are all assembled, the world's people, awaiting the Pirates'
lunge at history. The Bush men have made sure we pay rapt attention
to their Big Bang, their epochal Event, after which the nature
of things will have changed unalterably to their advantage -
they think. The Bush men are certain of our collective response,
convinced that once we have witnessed The Mother of All War
Shows, humanity will react according to plan, and submit.
already savoring the New American Century just days ago, when
he summoned his underlings from Britain and Spain to the Azores
to make yet another final pronouncement. " We concluded
that tomorrow is a moment of truth for the world," Bush
a King. Or The Man Who Would Be King.
Kipling's tale of an English colonial soldier drunk on his imagined
power over the natives is eerily appropriate. The projected
fruits of Shock and Awe - the power to pillage the world with
impunity - utterly bedazzled and blinded the perpetrators of
the staged holocaust, even before the Event itself had unfolded.
In the days between the final U.S. ultimatum and the invasion,
American political and corporate media players were visibly
shaken by the clear and unanimous world revulsion at U.S. imperiousness.
we going back to The White Man's Burden?" Arab League UN
Ambassador Yahya Mahmassani shot at CNN's startled Wolf Blitzer.
"Is this the 21st Century?"
is, and George Bush and his armies cannot wrench away the provenance
of Time to lift again the Burden that even Kipling knew the
White Man was not fit to bear.
No one can
predict the specific ways in which nations and movements will
resist Bush's aggression against civilization. What is certain
is that the Pirates have succeeded in arraying important sectors
of every other nation on the planet in opposition to Washington's
hegemony. Bush has made the name that is our patrimony - "America"
- a curse on the lips of much of the world.
and Awe is essentially a horrific psychological warfare exercise
- and it is - the assault on humanity's collective sensibilities
has already had disastrous, unintended effects.
they are incapable of realizing it, the Bush men have revealed
themselves to the world - the audience for Shock and Awe - as
grotesquely ugly, brutish, irredeemably repugnant human beings
whose touch must be avoided under all circumstances. Every plan
and project of individuals and nations will be shaped by having
witnessed a racist America raining fire on a weaker people -
and reveling in the crime.
for world domination was doomed before the burning, blasting,
thundering, screaming display. The Pirates have accelerated
the processes of their own ruin.
As we wrote
in the March 6 issue of :
war against Iraq is an oil currency war, a preemptive
strike against the euro's potential to challenge the U.S.
dollar as the sole denominator of petroleum purchases. By
seizing the Iraqi oil fields and positioning itself to do
the same in Saudi Arabia, Iran and throughout the Persian
Gulf, the Caspian Sea and South Asia, the U.S. can stop the
euro cold and rule as its own OPEC, awesomely armed
and dreadfully dangerous. The dollar will remain supreme,
backed by the oil reserves of the globe.
the plan. However, as the world watched the U.S. morph into
its predatory essence month by month, a collective, global withdrawal
from America became apparent. Clyde V. Prestowitz Jr., president
of the Economic Strategy Institute and author of the forthcoming
book "Rogue Nation," describes the phenomenon.
past year, private foreign investment in the United States
has fallen dramatically. It has been partially offset by increased
buying of U.S. Treasury notes by Asian governments. But, at
the same time, some governments like Russia have also begun
to shift some of their reserve currency holdings from dollars
to euros. As a result, we have seen the dollar fall in value
against the euro by about 25 percent. That kind of a decline
occurs when foreigners decide to put their money someplace
other than the United States.
War is the
great and terrible engine of history. Bush and his Pirates hope
to employ that engine to harness Time and cheat the laws of
political economy, to leapfrog over the contradictions of their
parasitical existence into a new epoch of their own imagining.
they have lunged into the abyss, from which no one will extricate
them, for they will be hated much more than feared.
to break humanity's will to resist, the Bush pirates have reached
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