Number 14 - October 17, 2002
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Bush has embarked on a strategy of permanent war abroad. The inevitable
result will be a permanent state of emergency within the borders of
the United States. There is no possibility of separating the two. And
permanent domestic emergency will certainly mean a permanent state of
siege for Black America, the permanent domestic enemy.
Readers of a certain
age may have heard this kind of alarm before, but the nation
has never been here before, at the brink of armed conflict with
no end, under a regime that is intent on creating and sustaining a global
theater of warfare.
We are not talking
about occasional hostilities, nor the mere threat of war from
here to eternity, but actual wars in constant flow around a globe that
is to be forever suppressed in naked pursuit of "U.S. interests."
George Bush is acting under a strategic policy that demands the continuous
demonstration of a universal American right to impose its will on Planet
discussed briefly in our October 3 issue, has been described as a design
to place the world's energy resources under U.S. lock and key. It is
far more than that; energy is just part of the spoils of global rule.
It is not a secret
policy, but an open book, loudly proclaimed, if the public would but
listen. The working document is entitled, "Rebuilding America's
Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century," a
report prepared by Vice President Dick Cheney's close associates just
before the 2000 election. It has been implemented by the Bush administration
at every stage of development. The events of September 11 have surely
accelerated the process, but the plan was policy the moment Bush
and Cheney assumed office.
deputy editor Jay Bookman provides an excellent analysis of the issue:
The Project for
the New American Century document calls for U.S. engagement in as many
as four simultaneous wars at any given time for the foreseeable future.
These wars would be initiated by the U.S. to eliminate "threats"
from any quarter. The word "threat" has been redefined, to
mean the capability of any state to mount a "deterrent to
American intervention" anywhere on the globe.
No nation in human
history has ever spoken words remotely sounding like this. The now operative
American strategy baldly places the whole planet under the gun, for
utilization as the U.S. sees fit - a permanent state of war against
any portion of humanity that might resist.
The simple capability
to deter the U.S. from acting as it chooses is deemed a legitimate cause
of attack. The 2000 report linked North Korea, Iraq and Iran as nations
seeking nuclear weapons as "a deterrent to American intervention"
- a year and a half before Bush dubbed the trio "the Axis of Evil."
Pundits around the globe looked down their noses at Bush, decrying his
lack of sophistication. What axis? they asked. How could any informed
person think that these dissimilar mini-powers have anything in common?
Two of them, Iran and Iraq, are deadly enemies, having lost a million
men to each other in a war that lasted most of the Eighties.
The pundits didn't
get it. According to the logic of the New American Century, it does
not matter what Iraq, Iran or North Korea do, or whether they
even speak to one another. The "Axis" countries share one
thing only - a presumed willingness and capability to resist the U.S.
- and must be deprived of that capability by all means necessary. Their
mere capacity to deter U.S. intervention in their regions puts them
in Washington's cross hairs. The report says this plainly, and lays
out in detail the permanent deployment of U.S. forces to suppress such
capability anywhere it appears.
In the not very
long term, the report calls for the encirclement of China, in preparation
for a final showdown.
Nowhere does the
report pay even lip service to the sovereignty of other peoples. The
sole purpose of U.S. dominion over the globe is to advance U.S. interests.
Herein lies the true meaning of, "You are either with us... or
against us" - another much derided and misunderstood statement
by Bush. His handlers intend to literally eliminate all potential opposition.
Since it is in the
nature of people to resist, the U.S. will get its four simultaneous
wars, and more. That is precisely what the planners of the "New
American Century" expect.
During the congressional
debate on Iraq, the Bush administration and its supporters further refined
the order of battle. If Saddam has germs that can be used for warfare,
they declared, he must be destroyed. However, even if he no longer possesses
stocks of germs, he might rebuild his capacity, and must therefore be
destroyed. If he cannot deliver the future germs as weapons, he might
give them away to others who can; he must therefore be destroyed.
This logic, accepted
by a majority of the Congress, can be applied to the tiniest Caribbean
or Pacific island nation, in conjunction with any political grouplet
thought to be located in any corner of the world. Low-level germ stocks
can be manufactured in the smallest countries, and stolen or purchased
by any serious terrorist organization. No industrial base is necessary.
Under the Bush Doctrine, any nation accused of harboring people who
might possess such "weapons of mass destruction" can be targeted
and summarily neutralized. If capability alone justifies attack, universal
capability means worldwide targets and permanent war.
The world also exists
within U.S. borders. Every nation is represented here, by tens and hundreds
of thousands or millions of people. Unless the Bush strategy is rejected
in its entirety, racist passions will sweep the interior of this nation
with undiluted fury. Race hatred is the only fuel that can sustain permanent,
global war. It is also the automatic and inevitable response to the
attacks that will surely multiply against the homeland of a super-aggressive
State terror at
home lies very near down this road. Black America remains the permanent
enemy within. This bell tolls for us.
of Project for the New American Century, September 2000: "Rebuilding
America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century"