Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Washington, DC by Jay Janson
At least a hundred million of us heard heard President Obama's statement regarding the most recent US military atrocity in Afghanistan, a massacre of sixteen civilians in their homes during the night, nine of them children, "... and I will bring the full weight of the law down upon anyone involved. " [Network news 3/13/2012]
Does "anyone" not include the President himself? As Commander-in-chief he is responsible for having sent this poor devil, now accused of an insane mass-murder, only one of many reported since Obama took office acclaiming the intelligence of his plan to take thirty-five thousand troops from Iraq and send them into the other US war of occupation in Afghanistan? Did he, as did his predecessor, not send many thousands of armed Americans like this alleged staff sergeant murderer to militarily attack and occupy the entire nation of Afghanistan under absurdly false pretenses? The President has primary "involvement" in this and all other massacres that have taken place since he became Commander-in chief.
Yours truly (and probably dear reader) is also "involved" according to the same President Obama, for Obama has, as our nation's chief executive, often solemnly declared that these armed Americans are acting in the name all Americans, and I am an American (in this case unfortunately so). (Of course, I could try to cop out of "involvement" by claiming the President was not telling the truth, because according to our Constitution, only the Congress and not the President the legal power to declare wars.)
My minister, and probably yours, is "involved," because even if he or she might not have given his or her blessing to young parishioners shipping out to Afghanistan to fight and kill in order to occupy that poor nation, for ten years, he or she has probably not cautioned that it be a sin to follow such immoral commands.
Of course all the war praising and justifying network anchors and commentators are as "involved" as they have been in all the atrocities against indigenous populations in during US wars in Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Panama, Grenada, Somalia, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and Libya.
The members of Congress, rubber stamping a criminal foreign policy of wars, as Martin Luther King Jr. condemned as meant to maintain "unjust predatory overseas investments" are deeply "involved" in each and every atrocity, massacre and loss of life of even the brave soldiers of these poor countries that sought to defend their nation from US military attack and occupation.
The most obvious hands on "involvement" is of space age high-tech armed Americans in uniform acting under a most frighteningly weird, inhumane and blind code of following orders, most any orders, against a poor population in their own homes, in the name of a patriotism inculcated from grade school and only rarely investigated later in adult life.
The above mentioned "involvements" are all quite obvious to any honest person who is at all awake to what is happening in this world dominated by one great superpower nation of people.
Not so obvious for having been cleverly masked, is the most basic and causal "involvement" of the most powerful and influential of the wealthiest within the investment community who for pathetic reasons of accumulation of capital, conceived, planned, and conspired to falsely promote such wars as in Afghanistan as fearfully necessary through the media conglomerates they own and have these wars approved and ordered by financially beholden elected officials under their coercive influence.
Prestigious names of the nation's leading families and our largest corporations, are rarely seen to be "involved" in atrocities by US military. Yet, to a amazing degree they have been "involved" in backing if not investing in all US wars in small impoverished nations trying to free themselves from their colonial era masters since the WW II. And these same great families and US corporations made great fortunes investing in low wage Nazi labor to build Hitler's Germany to the number one military power in the world that would be capable of eliminating the Soviet Union, that menaced their colonial investments.
When the President promised to bring the full weight of the law to bear on anyone "involved," he surely had no intention of bring the law to bear on himself or any the big names investors and investment banks they own, the CEOs and presidents of these banks, the presidents of our great American universities who have presented no obstacle to corporate media disinforming, misinforming, misleading, blacking out the truth and frightening the public with preposterous scares of imminent attack from abroad.
These basic criminal acts and "involvements" of a going-along nature like ours, and have been quite cleverly kept from public discussion, with the sole exception of the perceptive and brave Martin Luther King Jr., who decried silent acquiescence in atrocities as immoral and deserving of the Dante's "hottest fires in Hell" and said his government was "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world." [see King Condemned US Wars Awareness ] http://kingcondemneduswars.blogspot.com/
And King was silenced, raised to national recognition for his challenge to racism, and his words of condemnation of US wars for predatory investments made taboo or inappropriate to ever mention again.
P.S. in his world shaking sermon Beyond Vietnam, a Time to Break Silence, King anguished over his time of silent 'involvement' before speaking out on that morning.