Address to Mut zur Ethik Conference, "Sovereignty or Imperialism," Feldkirch, Austria, September 5, 2009
Europe's Complicity in Evil
Hon. Paul Craig Roberts, Ph.D., Chevalier, Legion d'Honneur
is a widespread supposition that Obama, being black and a member of an
oppressed race, will imbue US foreign policy with a higher morality
than the world experienced from Bush and Clinton. This is a delusion.
represents the same ideology of American "exceptionalism" as other
recent presidents. This ideology designates the United States as The
Virtuous Nation and supplies the basis for the belief that America has
the right, indeed the responsibility, to impose its hegemony upon the
world by bribery or by force. The claim of American exceptionalism
produces a form of patriotism that blinds the US population to the
immorality of America's wars of aggression.
is any different under Obama. Obama has escalated war in Afghanistan;
started a new war in Pakistan; tolerated or supported a military coup
that overthrew the elected president of Honduras; is constructing 7 new
US military bases in Colombia, South America; is going forward with
various military projects designed to secure US global military
hegemony, such as the Prompt Global Strike initiative that intends to
provide the US with the capability to strike anywhere on earth within
60 minutes; is working to destabilize the government in Iran, with
military attack still on the table as an option; supports America's new
military African Command; intends to encircle Russia with US bases in
former constituent parts of the Soviet Union; has suborned NATO troops
as mercenaries in US wars of aggression.
should Europe react? Europe should disassociate from the United States
and go into active opposition to US foreign policy. Europeans should
demand that their governments withdraw from NATO as it serves no
European interest. The two aggressive militarist powers, the US and
Israel, should be sanctioned by the UN and embargoed. Instead, Europe
is complicit in US and Israeli war crimes.
of the cold war, Europe is accustomed to following US leadership. The
financial convenience of the shelter provided by US military power
negated independent European foreign policies. In effect, Western
European countries became US puppet states.
does Europe escape from a subservient relationship of many decades?
Not easily. The US is accustomed to calling the shots and reacts
harshly when it meets opposition. For example, French opposition to
Bush's invasion of Iraq brought about instant demonization of France by
the US media and members of Congress.
US government uses financial sanctions and threatened leaks of
sensitive personal information gathered by its worldwide spy networks
to discipline any independent-minded European leader.
is essentially captive and forced to put US interests ahead of its
own. Consequently, unless Europeans find their courage and discard
their servile status, Europe will be badgered into more wars and
eventually led into a devastating war with Russia. One European
country can do little, but concerted action would be effective. For
example, why do not Europeans protest that the war criminal Tony Blair
was given a post in the EU?
Obama administration's attitude towards self-determination and the
sovereignty of the people is that these grand-sounding concepts are
useful platitudes with which to mask the hegemonic interests of the US
government. US money and propaganda foment "velvet" or "color"
revolutions that turn more countries into American puppet states.
platitudes are useful also to disguise the overthrow of US civil
liberties, such as habeas corpus, due process, and prohibitions against
torture and preemptive arrest.
the cold war era, one of the mainstays of US propaganda against the
Soviet Union was the inability of Soviet citizens to travel within
their country without the government's permission. This indignity has
now been inflicted upon US citizens. As of September, 2009, US citizens
can no longer travel within their country by air without the permission
of the Transport Security Administration.
Obama administration has adopted the Bush administration's search
procedures. Under these rules travelers' computers, cell phones, and
other devices can be seized for searches that can take up to 30 days.
If you are on your way to a meeting and your presentation is on your
computer and your contacts' numbers are on your cell phone, you are out
threat" is the excuse for these Gestapo practices. However, there have
been no domestic acts of terrorism in 8 years. The few "plots" that
led to arrests were all instigated by FBI agents in order to keep the
nonexistent threat alive in the public's mind. Yet, despite any real
terrorist threat the police state continues to gain ground. Considering
the extent of America's oppression of peoples abroad, one would expect
much more blowback than has occurred, assuming that 9/11 was not itself
an inside job designed to provide an excuse for America's wars of
aggression in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.
must look beyond the empty American political rhetoric about "freedom
and democracy" and recognize the emerging Brownshirt American State.
Democracy is slipping away from America. Its place is being taken by
an oligarchy of powerful interest groups, such as the financial sector,
the military/security complex about which President Eisenhower warned,
and AIPAC. Political campaign contributions from interest groups
determine the content of US domestic and foreign policy. A country in
which political elites are above the law and can violate with impunity
both laws against torture and constitutional protections of civil
liberties is not a free country.
political leaders and the American people need Europe's help in order
to avoid the degeneration of the American political entity. American
freedom, as well as sovereign independence elsewhere in the world,
require criticisms of US foreign and domestic policies. The US media,
which was concentrated into a few hands during the Clinton
administration, functions as a Ministry of Propaganda for the
government. It was the New York Times that gave credibility to the
neoconservative propaganda and forged documents that were used to sell
the invasion of Iraq to the public. It was the New York Times that sat
for one year on the evidence that the Bush administration was
committing felonies by violating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
Act. It was not until after Bush was re-elected that the reporter was
able to force his story through editorial opposition. Americans need
criticism from Europe to compensate for the absence of an independent
American media. Americans need outside help in order to reach an
understanding of the immorality of their government's policies, because
they receive no such help from their own media. Without Europe's help,
Americans cannot regain the spirit of liberty and tolerance bequeathed
to them by their Founding Fathers. America herself is a victim of the
neoconservative and liberal internationalist pursuit of US hegemony.
in America need to hear many voices telling us that it is
self-defeating to become like an enemy in order to defeat an enemy. As
Germans learned under Hitler and Russians learned under Stalin, it is
the internal enemy--the unaccountable elite that controls a country's
government--that is the worst and most dangerous enemy.
America has enemies who are against "freedom and democracy," then
America herself must make certain not to sacrifice her own civil
liberties, and the sovereignty of other peoples, to a "war on terror."
Acts of terror are a small cost compared to the cost of the erosion of
civil liberties that took centuries to achieve. Far more people died
to achieve liberty than have died in terrorist attacks.
The United States cannot pretend to be a guarantor of liberty when the US government takes away liberty from its own citizens.
United States cannot pretend to be a guarantor of peace and democracy
when the US government uses deception to attack other lands on false
whose culture was wrecked by 20th century wars, Europe, which has
experienced tyranny from the left-wing and from the right-wing, has a
right to its own voice.
America needs to hear this voice.