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What We Can't Conquer, We Buy

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Crossposted from Axis of Logic

Lunacy is ruling the world. Eternal wars, environmental damage, neglect of the common people, are all proof of the total lack of common sense. The ever-increasing movement towards inequality and the gradual strangling of democracy are signs that people matter no more. Culture has been replaced by the accumulation of material goods. Information has morphed into mass propaganda. The truth is of no significance. Greed has won out over humane instincts of solidarity. Individualism (read: selfishness) is the creed of this age and sharing and caring have gone out the door. Governments try to make fear and hatred the ruling instincts of the masses and the Other must be seen as the enemy. The general apathy and ignorance that is typical for the average citizens of most countries add to the ease with which the people can be kept blind and deaf to what is going on around them. And thus they also become easy victims of nationalistic propaganda.

Wars make the Other into a sub-human being

The policies of the United States from the very beginning of the colonial days down through the centuries of heedless murder and takeover of lands belonging to foreign countries and to native Americans have always been greedy, callous and self-righteous.

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The people in power decide that their country has to go to war for conquest and increased power, wars to dominate, to oppress, to minimize people who are different from us. And the 'enemy', the people who are sacrificed on the altar of greed, are always depicted as inferior, as barely human.

The propaganda machine gets turned on and the 'Gooks', the 'terrorists' or whatever name they may have been labeled with, are now seen as not really worth humane treatment. The death of a 'Gook' or the suffering of a 'terrorist' is of no importance. The term 'collateral damage' for the deaths of civilians in the enemy country is a clear sign that those uncivilized people are of no importance.

The Main Stream Media go along with this belief by not mentioning the numbers of enemy deaths. Even the deaths of our own people are insignificant and the numbers weren't even published during the war in Iraq until they somehow became so openly known in spite of the hushing-up, that it became impossible even for the MSM to ignore the fact that U.S. military were dying in huge numbers. Internet sites posted the increasing numbers of U.S. dead day by day until they became common knowledge. They were OUR people so the leaders had to at least pretend some concern. But deep down it didn't really matter. Those kids were mostly from poor families and limiting the number of poor people in the world is one of the major goals set by the wealthy elite. The people at the top are of course immune to any danger of becoming the victims of wars or of the gradual destruction of the environment. Or so they think.

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Purported reasons for wars vary all the time, but the true reason is always greed. Selling the wars is made possible by creating mass hysteria and the firmly rooted and constantly repeated theory that the U.S. is threatened by inferior people only worthy of being obliterated. Millions and millions of Americans lap up the propaganda: white skin good, dark skin bad.

The outcome of all this century-long propaganda is that the average U.S. citizen actually believes that they are in fact superior to all other nations. God made them unique. 'Commies' kept making excellent targets even as late as Ronald Reagan's criminal interventions in Central America, the covert war on the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, the support of the death squads in El Salvador and Honduras and even the invasion of little Grenada under the phoniest of pretexts. A war was needed to make Reagan's sinking ratings go up, so a war was staged. And it worked. Again and again and again it works and the people never get wise. It was their right and duty to defend their country from 'Commies' who were out to conquer the world and destroy the superior values of the free American people.

When other made-up reasons for invading Iraq were finally shown up to be all lies invented by the crooked administration, people were made to believe, once again, that the U.S. needed to save the world from infidels and uncivilized creatures who didn't share our Western values and culture.

United States moral superiority has become dogma

The Neocons set an indelible mark on U.S. warfare. Their carefully constructed plan was made public through the think tank 'Project for the New American Century' (PNAC, founders - neoconservatives William Kristol and Robert Kagan). It formally dated from 1997 but had been in the scheming process since the days of Ronald Reagan. According to PNAC "American leadership is both good for America and good for the world". These worthies supported a policy of superior military strength and what they euphemistically called 'moral clarity'. In their hammer-style and scarily successful propaganda the word 'moral values' at home was repeated ad nauseam to cover up the vicious nature of their program of global military and economic domination abroad. They had to convince the world, and of course their own country, that they were the superior moral force on the planet. The U.S. megalomania had reached a new height.

This 'moral clarity' would bring the United States to increase their military bases all over the planet and to confirm their power in islands of concentrated U.S. presence in the most gigantic embassies anywhere in the world. The first one in Central Asia was in Baghdad, but it is now being followed by equally city-like walled-in fortresses in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Their military bases now number 7371 spread over 130 countries on all five continents with 325,000 US military personnel2.

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These neoconservative pillars of a U.S. Empire under construction were totally void of any realistic thinking or human concerns. They were playing a huge game and all they were concerned with was winning that game — at any cost. Their main goals are summed up by Global Research in "The Worldwide Network of US Military Bases - The Global Deployment of US Military Personnel" by Jules Dufour — as follows:

"Major elements of the conquest and world domination strategy by the US refer to:

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Siv O'Neall was born and raised in Sweden where she graduated from Lund University. She has lived in Paris, France and New Rochelle, N.Y. and traveled extensively throughout the U.S, Europe, and other continents, including several trips to (more...)

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