Black America and Bush's New World Order
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only thing Black that wants to go to war with Iraq is Condoleezza Rice,
and she has told too many lies to be taken seriously.
One wonders if Colin
Powell, who is brilliant, will ever muster the courage to quit mouthing
the foul script, and say the words he knows to be true: the United States
is determined to impose its will on the entire globe, not just in the
current dispute over Saddam Hussein, but for the remainder of the "American
Century." Iraq is a demonstration of that resolve.
have every historical reason to reject the mad rush to war. Once again,
we must form the core of the peace party.
The 38-member Congressional
Black Caucus, all Democrats but not all particularly brave, stood as
a body to oppose Bush's threatened first strike "without a clearly
demonstrated and imminent threat of attack on the United States."
Jackson, Jr. held a press conference with representatives of 48 national
religious denominations, to urge that "all peaceful possibilities
should be exhausted before using military force."
In August, the Council
of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church expressed unequivocal
revulsion at war preparations, declaring:
War must not
be pursued as an "economic policy," nor as a vendetta of
unfinished business. In this new millennium, the children of America
must not be sacrificed on the altar of militarism. As spiritual leaders,
we cannot keep silent as the integrity of what it means to be a democracy
is increasingly compromised. Although the wheels of propaganda are
turning incessantly through the media, we believe that the path our
nation is pursuing will lead to catastrophe for America and the nations
of the world.
The U.S. Conference
of Catholic Bishops delivered a letter to Rice, the dreadful National
Security Advisor, expressing their "grave reservations" about
the administration's course.
Alone like corn
pone among the major American denominations, the 16 million-member Southern
Baptist Convention gave a rebel yell for the courageous idea of hitting
the other guy first, international law be damned!
The Southern Baptists
split from their northern brethren over the issue of slavery - they
believed it was God's design. Reminded that Great Britain's Baptist
Union opposed a U.S. first strike as an "appallingly dangerous
course to take," convention spokesperson Richard Land said, "The
U.S. should not sit idly by waiting for her allies in Europe to indicate
their support." Land added, gratuitously, "No offence intended,
but we have had to extricate the Europeans from conflagrations of their
own making twice in the last century." Confederates never forget.
A Gallup Poll taken
in August showed that 53% of Blacks opposed a U.S invasion of Iraq.
That's consistent with African American positions on U.S. military adventures
since the beginning of the Vietnam War. People over 65 registered even
higher in the peace camp, at 55%, possibly because they've seen more
of war. As usual, men of all groups are more bellicose (61%) than women
(56%). Ten percent more Americans making $50,000-plus yearn for war
(62%) than those earning under $20,000. People with college degrees
are just educated enough to be dangerous - 65% agree with Bush, compared
to 57% of citizens with no more than a high school diploma.
If you've ever wondered
what God most churchgoers pray to, Gallup has a revelation: the God
of War. Two out of three regular church attendees are singing from Bush's
We can now construct
an accurate profile of the American War Party, the people that represent
a clear and present danger to human survival. They are youngish, white,
affluent, well educated, churchgoers. And they are taking us all to
Alone in the
world, by choice
Among the peoples
of the planet, there is no support for U.S. declarations of a right
to strike first. None. Governments are another matter, and we shall
see how they line up under extreme duress from Washington. However,
the views of the world's people matter a great deal. The events of September
11 should have finally taught Americans that their personal safety requires,
in the words of the Declaration of Independence, "a decent respect
to the opinions of mankind."
Nelson Mandela expresses
global opinion, when he says "the attitude of the United States
of America is a threat to world peace."
The world cowers
in fear of Washington, precisely the effect that the Bushmen seek. The
U.S. no longer has a foreign policy; it has an appetite, and presents
demands. George Bush is improvising the terms of a New World Order that
he threatens to impose by force. His rantings about Saddam Hussein are
solely for the consumption of the American War Party. The Plan is much
bigger than one man with a mustache.
The rest of the
globe knows that Saddam is a straw man, set up to be knocked down in
America's line of march toward true Superpowerdom, a form of planetary
governance by intimidation and terror. Bush's businessmen-warriors are
making the rules up on a daily basis, but they are deadly serious when
they speak of an American Century.
Oil is one thing
they understand, intimately.
Colin Powell's thankless
task is to present U.S. demands in tones that sound like diplomacy -
the equivalent of describing a TV wrestling match with a straight face.
Powell is an amazing person, endowed with a special kind of genius.
What a horrible waste of African American manhood, that it be harnessed
to imperial enterprise. Powell, alone among U.S. emissaries, is respected
in world capitals as a man of reason. Yet he is the point person in
a criminal offensive against civilization's highest achievement: a near-universal
desire for a world ruled by law rather than brute force.
Europeans and Russians,
especially, understand the language of empire. In case they didn't get
the picture, a leading figure in the unofficial Bush War Cabinet spelled
it out to the Washington Post:
straightforward," said former CIA director R. James Woolsey,
who has been one of the leading advocates of forcing Hussein from
power. "France and Russia have oil companies and interests in
Iraq. They should be told that if they are of assistance in moving
Iraq toward decent government, we'll do the best we can to ensure
that the new government and American companies work closely with them."
United States will control the oil fields of Iraq. Bow down, or be cut
out. The same terms will apply to the entire Middle East and Central
Asia, as the U.S. expands its military presence.
In the September
15 article, puppet-in-waiting Ahmed Chalabi, leader of the pitiful gaggle
of exiles the U.S. plans to install as the "government" of
Iraq, looked forward to handing over the oil fields to a U.S.-led consortium.
"American companies will have a big shot at Iraqi oil," he
A Power of One
In the 1884-85 Berlin
Conference, the European powers, Turkey and the U.S. divided the globe
into areas of influence. In 2002, the U.S. is claiming the whole planet
as its protectorate. The price of access to vital resources, is obedience.
Whatever happens at the United Nations in the coming weeks and months
will be in response to this U.S. threat.
This explains the
behavior of Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair, whose countrymen chafe
at his role as "poodle" for Bush even as opinion polls show
overwhelming opposition to a U.S.-British invasion of Iraq, especially
within Blair's own Labor Party. Blair believes his fealty to Bush will
ensure that Britain gets its share of the spoils.
Renewed furor erupted
among Labor when the Sunday Herald, a Scottish newspaper, unveiled a
study written for Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and other Bush handlers
before the Republicans captured the White House. Prepared by
the Project for the New American Century, a Rightwing think tank, the
September 2000 report presages the administration's current game plan:
The United States
has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional
security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate
justification, the need for a substantial American force presence
in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.
Tam Dalvell spoke for many in his party. "This is a blueprint for
U.S. world domination - a new world order of their making. These are
the thought processes of fantasist Americans who want to control the
world. I am appalled that a British Labour Prime Minister should have
got into bed with a crew which has this moral standing," he said.
When lawmakers from
the world's once-greatest empire are appalled, something earth-shaking
The other, African
Colin Powell accepted
with equanimity the boos of delegates to the United Nations World Summit
on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, last month, and immediately
turned north to the oil-producing regions of the continent, the more
pressing business on his African itinerary. As MSNBC reported, "analysts
generally agree that the driving force behind the courtesy call in Gabon
and Angola [was] to secure oil sources in the run-up to a possible conflict
Under the headline,
"In West Africa, Oil is the Prize," the article noted that
the region around the Gulf of Guinea, including Nigeria, "produced
more than 4 million barrels a day in 2000, which is more than Iran,
Venezuela or Mexico." The U.S. is seeking to establish a "homeport"
in the Gulf of Guinea, "to secure oil and transport routes as the
United States depends more heavily on Africa for supplies."
We would add that
such bases - infrastructures of "force-projection" proposed
by the Oil Policy Initiative Group - will be capable of facilitating
"regime-changes" throughout the region, which accounts for
15% of U.S. oil imports.
British Member of
Parliament Dalvell has it right. The Bush plan is elegant, simple, and
The United States,
which for decades sought to break the power of OPEC, is now preparing
to become OPEC, by military means. The threats against Europe
and Russia are portents of the world envisioned by Cheney, Rumsfeld
and the rest of the piratical band that runs the Bush government. They
are about to define what an unchallenged superpower is, and does. International
law is no longer a consideration.
of every nation on the globe is in jeopardy. So are the lives of every
person in the United States, as our society risks being transformed
into the repository of all the world's resentments - many of which will
be absolutely justified. How many terrorists can be distilled from six
billion angry human beings? The "American Century" is a prescription
for insecurity without end, war eternal.
A twilight struggle
In the new, bombed
and besieged America - and that is what is on the horizon - civil liberties
could shrink to the bare levels necessary for the free flow of goods
and services; no one knows what freedoms are required to maintain a
complicated market society such as ours, but we may be forced to find
Some of the older
aspects of American life will remain: racism is especially effective
in maintaining the cooperation of the people that comprise the War Party.
Do not expect some great national coming-together-under-common-threat.
It didn't happen after 9-1l (except in the vapid chatter of TV "news"
personalities), and it won't happen when the attacks and threats become
regular occurrences. Generally speaking, white America acts badly under
The civil rights
struggle made rapid gains in the years after World War Two, due in some
measure to the political parties' desire to present a liberal face to
the world. Back then, the Soviets competed for hearts and minds. The
Bush crowd - and those who will succeed them, if we allow it - is immune
to embarrassment. If they bully the nations of Europe, how do you think
they will treat us? And who will come to our defense?
The impending Bush
war(s) is a domestic crisis. The exploited and abused people
of Africa, Asia and Latin America surely require our concern and best
efforts. But we must also understand that a New World Order means a
New Domestic Order, as well - of which we have only gotten a small taste.
I, for one, never
imagined that I would one day be considered an enemy by billions of
fellow human beings. Yet that is now thinkable.
We have had more
than our share of coping with enemies here at home. George Bush has
placed the nation on a course that leads to a global struggle between
"us" and all of "them." Which one are we?
Are you sure about your fellow Americans?