The rulers of the United States seem
to make the same mistakes, every time. They empowered
the Pakistani government, which created the Taliban
that took over Afghanistan, and provided a haven
for Osama bin Ladin. That same government's nuclear
scientist, Mr. Khan, then proceeded to spread the
technology of proliferation around the globe.
George Bush thanked the military dictator
of Pakistan for slapping Mr. Khan on the wrist.
Meanwhile, Mr. Khan's genies are out of the bottle,
and liable to wind up in one of our ports, in a
cargo container, some day. It's just a matter of
The greedy gluttons of the Republican
Party have brought that time much closer, through
another unholy alliance, with the government of
the United Arab Emirates. It was that government
that acted as a go-between with the Taliban for
the United States. They did Washington's bidding,
and are still doing it in the Middle East. So they
are to be rewarded with a contract to handle all
those cargo containers coming through U.S. ports.
Even Republicans can't stomach that, but their greed
is much stronger than their racism. The connections
between the United Arab Emirates and the United
States are ties of rich men. They have the logic
of money, not ideology, or even of race.
And now we see the wholesale spread
of fratricide in Iraq, promulgated by the Shi'ite
militias that the United States installed as the
military and police rulers of the country. What
did they think the Shi'ites would do, once armed
by the Americans? Apparently, these Americans don't
think too well. They always make the same mistakes,
and then blame the rest of the world for their stupidity.
suppose it is, overall, a good thing that the Iraq
venture is coming apart at the seams, although one
cannot revel in the killings of hundreds in the
fiasco that the United States has created. But it
is amazing that these Americans, who set such diabolical
forces in motion with billions of our tax dollars,
always claim to have been victimized. Now, they
want to demonize the Arabs of the Emirates, who
were their great friends in the disaster that became
Afghanistan. Will they finally turn on the Pakistanis
– who have the only Islamic nuclear bomb? Have they
changed their minds about the Shi'ites, whom they
hated when the Ayatollahs took over Iran, but then
armed against the Sunnis in Iraq – which has led
to the holocaust sweeping that country?
It is clear that madmen are in command
of the world's only superpower. What is worse, is
that these madmen are rather stupid. They fund the
Taliban, and support the fragile military regime
in Pakistan, and wind up arming the Shi'ites in
Iraq, while at the same time planning to attack
the Shi'ite regime in neighboring Iran. What a bunch
of idiots. But very dangerous idiots. For Radio
BC, I'm Glen Ford.