financial support for the Central Intelligence Agency’s clandestine
campaigns to overthrow the Soviet-backed regimes in Afghanistan,
Nicaragua, and elsewhere. Among the beneficiaries of this secret
largesse was Osama bin Laden, a wealthy Saudi entrepreneur who
helped recruit Islamic zealots to serve with the Afghan rebels.
T. Klare, Blood and Oil
concerned about the level of frankly subversive activity that
the Iranians are carrying on in a number of places in Latin America
particularly South America and Central America…They're opening
a lot of offices and a lot of fronts behind which they interfere
in what is going on in some of these countries.
Gates, Secretary of Defense
listening to the newness in the news.
long ago, in April, 2008, the “Taliban” tried to assassinate the
Afghan President Hamid Karzai. This incident should have been a
HUGE warning to Karzai. A few days earlier, he condemned the U.S.
and Britain for the way they have “conducted the war.” According
to the New York Times, Karzai claimed that the American-led
coalition was conducting the war on terrorism in “Afghan villages”
while “the real terrorist threat,” the “sanctuaries of the Taliban
and Al Qaeda in Pakistan” remains untouched.
President Karzai, you don’t point to the obvious when you are dealing
with the American Empire. Big mistake! It is not good for living
a long and prosperous life!
Karzai, you must remember how you became president! People like
you, puppet rulers, are appointed by the U.S. and Britain. You should
know the history of puppet rulers and what happens to them when
you have seen enough destruction and death among their people, when
money from the U.S. and Britain no longer eases your conscience
and you speak up and call the world’s attention to the corruption
in which you have bloody hands.
are guilty too. You had to be open to the values of greedy. You
had to know the history of puppet regimes. You had to know what
happened to Saddam, and you had to know that “accidents” in the
U.S. happen to people who are whistleblowers.
Barack Obama plans to “adopt a tougher line” toward you, says a
senior administration official. “As part of a new American approach
to Afghanistan,” there will be “more emphasis on waging war” rather
than “development.” No joke! You will not have an American-looking
are now “seen as a potential impediment to American goals in Afghanistan.”
has become rampant” in your government” and it is “contributing
to a flourishing drug trade and the resurgence of the Taliban.”
CORRUPTION is rampant and the DRUG TRADE is flourishing!
This is the kind of language, Karzai that the American public reads
in the New York Times, coming from a senior administration
official that sounds serious and truthful. End of story! Corruption
and a flourishing drug trade is something democratic governments
like the U.S. and Britain don’t tolerate for a second! Heaven forbid
your government’s endeavors in corruption become a model
for nation states usurping democracy or your drugs spread to these
democracies and the U.S. - the U.S.! - becomes the largest drug
dealer in the world!
Karzai - you’re in BIG trouble. Everything is your fault. Your government
(even if limited to Kabul) is corrupt! Corruption has been discovered
in your government and in your government alone (even if the former
King, King George), spoke with you on a regular bases and gave you
the “good job, Brownie” seal of approval. The fact that the drug
trade had been virtually eliminated in Afghanistan before the U.S.
declared war on your country is not a fact worth noting now.
in the day, the U.S. supported and supplied weapons to the Taliban
(no friends of feminists around the world and the people who killed
your father) against the Soviet Union. The evildoers (the Soviets)
are gone, but the Taliban, like you, have decided to determine their
don’t determine your own destiny in this world - unless approved
by the U.S. And, some of us in the U.S. can tell you - that isn’t
are an impediment to the American goals! And that means you must
out for mountains when you fly and have your vehicles checked for
car bombs. You look good; well dressed. Regal. Elegant in a sea
of those Western black business suits. But the clothing won’t save
you or your brother, knee-deep in the drug trade. The American government
has its goals.
war. More pictures and stories of bombed out structures where women
and children will die. There will be a mug shot or two of a Taliban
with the caption, “Key Leader Captured.” “Key Leader Killed.”
- it’s coming - roaring overhead or rumbling down a road where troops
in the familiar dessert camouflage gear will disembark and begin
to seek out terrorist and drug lords. 30, 000 more U.S, troops in
you and the Afghani people should prepare for CHANGE!
for that other bit of news. Iran has officially become the new Soviet
Union. Communist are out. Iranian terrorism is the new world menace
- and the American Empire, once again, will save the world from
this evil threat! This comes from the U.S. Secretary of Defense
Robert Gates, old King George’s chief warmonger after Donald Rumsfled.
American Empire suspects Iran of supplying weaponry to Hezbollah
and Hamas! That’s “a lot of nerve!” some of us would say. Gutsy
arrogance! Here’s a nation-state (other than the U.S.) supplying
weaponry for the massacre of women and children (I know) terrorists
without the “good job, Brownie” seal of approval from the U.S. who
supplies Israel with over 3 billion annually for weaponry! Iran,
remember the devastation of Lebanon and recently Gaza with F-16
jets and Apache helicopter gun ships funded by the U.S.? Of course,
you do. Two wrongs don’t make a right, but more important, and the
way it works in this world lead by U.S. corporatists, there’s only
ONE right way of doing business in this world and it all emanates
from within the U.S.
Gates under the Obama administration now (that slight change happened
on January 20, 2009, in case you missed it) said your nation is
practicing “subversive activity” in Latin America! Here in the U.S.,
some of us know what happens when you are branded with conducting
“subversive activity.” Anything that undermines capitalism and the
racial hierarchy is labeled “subversive activity.” The Reuters UK
report said, Gates believes Iran is.
a lot of offices and a lot of fronts behind which they interfere
in what is going on in some of these countries” in Latin America.
Fronts? I think of casinos, the running of cigar and alcohol
between Havana, Cuba and the U.S. until Fidel chased the money changers
(or, as they thought of themselves, businessmen) out of Cuba.
“left wing” countries are the problem and never mind, again, the
fact that in Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Bolivia have
governments the people elected (as opposed to the U.S. where the
people endured 8 years of an unelected King!). These governments
are for the people and by the people who have for so long been the
wretched of the earth under dictators, puppet regimes, controlled
and funded by Washington D.C. How many death squads were trained
by the U.S. to kill the populations in these countries?
it’s a new day!
nations, according to Gates, have become allies of Iran! A gutsy
display of arrogance again!
Time’s Marty Moss-Coane and her guests, Trita Parsi and
Barbara Slavin, discuss Iran. Does it possess nuclear capabilities?
Is it a “terrorist” nation? Does Iran have desires to be an empire?
is a bad child!
caller, who identified himself as an Iranian American, suggested
to the host that the guests discuss 1953. The Iranian hostage crisis
of 1979-80 was not an isolated situation. The host and guests spoke
all at once: “We” must get past the past! “We” must move on! “We”
must look to the future!
seconds and it was over. 1953 was never mentioned. The CIA operation
under President Eisenhower to remove the democratically elected
Iranian president Mohammed Mossadeqh and replace him with U.S. puppet
Shah Pahlavi was never mentioned. Host and guests returned to Iran,
the “bad” child. Could Iran be appeased with a “cultural exchange”
- why would you have expected an intelligent and, above all, truthful
discussion on Iran here in the U.S.? Listen to the taunting tone
of the Head of State: Tehran has to talk. The “bad” child “we” have
singled out has to genuflect while saying the words the American
Empire wants to hear.
the U.S., the audacity of President Karzai and Tehran represents
a world out of control? While the U.S. is trying to solve a glitch
in the capitalist machinery, little peon presidents and are talking
back, acting as if they are operating autonomous nation-states far
and away from U.S. F-16 missiles!
hear the war-rattles from Washington D.C. - do you, Iran, Afghanistan,
Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Bolivia? So many of you
wayward nation states engaging in “subversive activity.” The economy
is really bad here, and Americans don’t read the fine print or any
print - by design. No one is talking about ending an economic system
that depends on war and poverty.
look out for CHANGE - coming to you!
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board member, Lenore Jean Daniels, PhD, has been a writer,
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theory, and short stories with a Marxist sensibility to the impact
of cultural narrative violence and its antithesis, resistance narratives.
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Literatures, with a specialty in Cultural Theory (race, gender,
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