Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Continuous propaganda; perpetual warfare

I grew up in America's Deep South during the 1960's.  My world was conservative, white, and Protestant, and I bought it all, lock, stock and barrel.  Oh, yes, I remember the Cold War very well; I was steeped in its mythology; the propaganda that was endless, and mostly total bullshit.

I remember when the Soviet Union fell in 1991, the Russian people, who had always been forced to live like peasants serving rich master (Tzars or Communist Party officials, take your pick) looked to the West for help ... it was a tremendous opportunity to embrace those people as part of the "free world" and to encourage them to throw off the mantle of communism.  Instead, what was the response of the leadership of the United States?  Do you remember?

It was, essentially, silence, although there were some speeches congratulating the Russians, they were not welcomed into the community of Western industrialized nations.  We are now seeing what a huge mistake that was.

Essentially, I think the US didn't know what to do without its old cold war adversary.  How were they going to continue to frighten the American people into silent submission?  For the past 25 years, the US has been looking for new enemies in order to maintain its state of perpetual fear and warfare.

Every read George Orwell's "1984" ?  That book seems written for the "New America". Americans now live in a state of continuous propaganda, and endless warfare (only the current villain changes).

It certainly seems to me that Russia has far more justification for sending troops into Eastern Ukraine, which is part of its sphere of influence, in defense of the people there, and their right to self-determination, and who are undoubtedly Russian, than the US does for sending military forces into Somalia or Iraq.

Imperialism?  Absolutely.  By definition, imperialism is "a policy of extending the rule or authority of an empire or nation over foreign countries, or of acquiring and holding colonies and dependencies."  Yes, the appellation fits.

And Russia has not exhibited a fraction of the imperialistic aggression of the United States.  The only thing Russia threatens, under Vladimir Putin, is America's lust for imperialistic domination of the planet. 

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