Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
Opinion Editorials, December 2009
Obama and Western Civilizations:
Hypocritical Rhetoric and Righteous Holocausts
By Mohamed Khodr
Palestine Think Tank, December 15, 2009
'Civilization of the West is perversion of heart and mind, Since its soul could not remain unpolluted, But the heart in the unilluminated breast unblest with peace… At war which is with men of truth Its wisdom is immature and mission incomplete In snatching bread from the weak its wisdom lies, Annihilation of man is the business of modern civilization. –Sir Muhammad Iqbal (Pakistani Poet, Philosopher, and Politician)
Professor Samuel Huntington in his book "The Clash of Civilizations" wrote: "Hypocrisy, double standards, and "but nots" are the price of universalist pretensions". Such has been the history of western "civilizations" marked by the arrogance of power, a sense of supremacy, a manifest destiny to colonize and civilize the weaker darker peoples through enslavement, genocides, abuse of human rights, theft of their natural resources, and frank racism that white is beautiful and good and dark is evil and savage.
The British Prime Minister during World War I, David Lloyd George, best expressed imperial racism when he said: "We insisted on the right to bomb niggers" [Mark Curtis The Great Deception, Pluto 1998, pg 135]
Such history manifests itself in paradoxes, contradictions, secrets, lies, and overwhelming violence toward what the British historian Mark Curtis calls the "Unpeople" in his book, Unpeople, he describes the characteristics of imperial power, especially British power as: "The principle victims of British policies are Unpeople–those whose lives are deemed worthless, expendable in the pursuit of power and commercial gain." This statement easily applies to all western imperialism from the Greeks, Romans, Europeans, and currently Americanism. By far the majority of –isms that led to the racial subjugation of the Unpeople arose in the west-from Imperialism, to Colonialism, Communism, Fascism, Nazism, Americanism, and the latest racist illegitimate child of western colonialism-Zionism.
Europe in the Post Enlightenment period alone has been the bloodiest continent in history accounting for tens of millions of dead civilians and the widest destruction of its cities. Abroad European imperialism resulted in additional tens of millions of dead Unpeople, all for greed and self enrichment. European powers saw no moral injustice or hindrance as they divided continents and created artificial nations under their separate rule or influence without the slightest regard for the indigenous populations.
In his book, The Wretched of the Earth (Penguin, 1990), Frantz Fanon wrote: "European opulence is literally scandalous, for it has been founded on slavery, nourished with the blood of slaves… The well-being and progress of Europe have been built up with the sweat and the dead bodies of Negroes, Arabs, Indians and the yellow races… Europe is literally the creation of the Third World".
Yet Europe and the west have the arrogant chutzpah to identify themselves as the saviors and upholders of civilization. The western sense of racial superiority and exclusivity found support in the New Testament: "We know that we are of God and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one". 1 John 5:19 (NASB)
Jews also see themselves as exclusivists with the divine gift of supremacy and right to rule others. The foundation for such beliefs is the Babylonian Talmud, Judaism's holiest book. Quoting just one verse should illustrate the supremacy of Jews to Gentiles: "'The gentiles are outside the protection of the law and God has "exposed their money to Israel." (Baba Kamma 37b)
Further analysis of western civilizations reveals the psychological disorder of a Split Personality much akin to the benevolent Dr. Jekyll and evil Mr. Hyde whereby the physician Dr. Jekyll is the healer of humanity and Mr. Hyde its destroyer.
No greater example of these multiple western characteristics exist than the lies propagated by Bush, Blair, and powerful media conglomerates that propagated their lies, that Saddam possessed WMD's, that ultimately led to the utter destruction of an innocent nation, Iraq, and the massacring of over one million of its civilians. Planning for such an invasion preceded 9/11, the very event that launched Bush's "war on terrorism". Today the world knows that it was all a fabricated lie to conquer Iraq's oil fields and protect Israel. Shockingly on BBC today, 12/12/09, Tony Blair admitted that he would've invaded Iraq anyway even if there were no WMD's just to remove Saddam Hussein because he used chemical weapons on his own people, chemicals given to him by the U.S. Obviously Blair conveniently forgot that it was Winston Churchill who first used chemical weapons to bomb Iraq. How noble and benevolent of Bush and Blair to free Iraq from its dictator.
George Orwell accurately observed that, "We in the rich world live in comparative comfort only because of the inordinate power our governments wield and the inordinate wealth which flows from that power- -Global democracy means ensuring that the world is run for our benefit"'
Of hypocrisy, double standards, lies, contradictions, and the so called "just wars" first identified by the Roman statesman Cicero, then codified by St Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, again reared their ugly head in Obama's acceptance speech of his Nobel Peace Prize, a prize given for the "preservation of peace", where he outlined his doctrine of peace through 'Just Wars". He was obligated to justify his escalation of the war in Afghanistan against 100 Al Qaeda fighters with a funding surge of $30 Billion, amounting to $30 million per Qaeda member, to create peace in the country and region. In awarding the Peace Prize to Obama the Nobel Committee cited his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples". Surely Obama's speech shocked the Nobel Committee and gave them pause to wish they never awarded him such Nobel recognition. Never in the history of acceptance speeches for a peace prize has a world leader so extolled the moral justifications for war having mentioned war 44 times in the speech. He said such moral wars are justified in terms of self defense and resistance to oppression and tyranny. Obama selectively quoted Gandhi and Martin Luther King's creed for non violence, but forgot that King also said: "The greatest purveyor of violence on earth is my own government." and that Gandhi stated that: "Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today".
While a "Just War" is a western righteous principle it is neither acceptable nor tolerated by the west when the Unpeople invoke the same right to fight western and Zionist oppression and colonialism. For every lofty rhetoric ever uttered by a western leader that the world must uphold the moral values of justice, freedom, equality and independence from dictators and oppressors, Israel is always excluded from upholding these moral values, for Israel is above western interests and international law. Freedom and self worth is the sole prerogative of the white man. Obama's speech was littered with hypocrisy and double standards, but delivered with arrogant assurance that belies his weakness, insecurity, and his dependence on his white house advisors who are incidentally mostly Jewish and staunchly Pro-Israel.
Obama is now officially a warrior President. He now owns the Pakistani-Afghan wars and all their unforeseen consequences. He should have heed Churchill's advice on wars.
"Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events."
While extolling the virtues of freedom, democracy, and the world's need to fight international terrorism, especially by use of planes, America and Israel were the only two nations that hypocritically vetoed (vote was 153-2) the U.N. General Assembly Resolution A/RES/42/159 of December 7, 1987 that stated:
"Reaffirming also the inalienable right to self-determination and independence of all peoples under colonial and racist regimes and other forms of alien domination, and upholding the legitimacy of their struggle, in particular the struggle of national liberation movements, in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter and of the Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations,"
"Noting the efforts and important achievements of the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Maritime Organization in promoting the security of international air and sea transport against acts of terrorism, consistent with General Assembly resolution 40/61".
It's obvious why Israel and its American colony would veto a resolution that gives peoples the right of self determination, resistance, and independence from colonial racist regimes.
The west resorts to economic dominance of the third world through the World Bank run by Americans (the last three directors are Jewish) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) run by a European for the sole purpose of controlling and strangling third world economies to benefit western corporations. Political dominance is through the western created United Nations where the Security Council consists of a cabal of five nuclear powers who decide life and death of the Unpeople.
Militarily the U.S. is the sole superpower in the world. It has the largest military budget in the world (over $600 Billion) comprising 41.5% of the world share. It has over 700 military bases in over 130 countries. It also is the premier seller of arms to the world accounting for 41% of all world sales, primarily to hotspots such as the Middle East and Asia. The five members of the Security Council, keepers of the peace, account for 76% of all world arms sales, often to both sides of a conflict. Comparatively, the entire U.N. budget is only 1.8% of the world's military budget. War is profitable, peace is not.
According to a study done by the Congressional Research Service, October 7, 1983, the U.S. has undertaken 234 military interventions abroad. This number does not include covert actions or numerous instances in which U.S. forces have been stationed abroad since World War II in occupation forces or for participation in mutual security organizations, base agreements, or routine military assistance or training operations. Post World War II, the U.S. has bombed 22 nations, excluding Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, causing the death of millions of people. From 1945 to 2003, the United States attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than 30 populist-nationalist movements fighting against intolerable regimes. (William Blum: thirdworldtraveler.com)
"Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we about living." -General Omar N. Bradley
Far from being the beacon of peace and freedom the U.S. has launched more foreign military interventions abroad, responsible for the most regime changes, most bombings of foreign nations, most assassinations of world leaders, while being supportive of rogue dictators and the roguest of nation of them all-Israel. If there was a prize for the most militaristic nation in history, America would easily win the prize.
The death of millions of Unpeople around the world is of no meaning, worth, or significance to the west. Western governments justify such "collateral damage" as the inherent price of war while their dead soldiers are gallant heroes who died for freedom and protection of western values. Both the American media and Pentagon ignore such worthless victims as evidenced by the remark of a U.S. General on Iraqi casualties: "we don't do body counts".
The schism between western governments and their uninformed, disinterested, literate but uneducated populace is vast allowing corporations and interest groups to dominate domestic and foreign policy. As long as the corporations and the media feed and distract their populace with television "expertise" and programs, the latest sales, newest and hottest gadgets, sports events, movies, and a debt ridden consumption appetite; bombs and missiles can riddle the homes and lives of the Unpeople with total impunity.
The west in due time will implode due to economic and social collapse. It can't sustain its infinite borrowing to satisfy a spoiled population and within decades its demography will change whereby the neglected colored Unpeople will dominate the government, media, think tanks, financial and academic institutions. Soon white people will be asking for Affirmative Action in universities and employment. This can only lead to mass social unrest. America is already divided and polarized between the "real" Fox Nation Americans and the "unreal" Americans, a euphemism for colored minorities. The biggest loser of this future is Israel which will finally have to face justice and accountability. Its history and past will haunt it and Jews around the world will similarly face accountability for their support of this racist murderous nation that holds nothing sacred except Jewish life and military expansionism.
Nay, the east and west shall meet when the western world becomes colorized and colonized by the very victims of western arrogance and might is right creed.
The west will then emerge out of its intoxication of arrogance, power, racism, impunity from justice, and invincibility to remember Tacitus who attempted to warn Rome's leaders that: "To plunder, slaughter and rape they give the false name of empire, and where they make desolation they call it peace."
Oh colored masses, be patient, time, truth, justice, and history is on your side.
"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion, but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do." –Professor Samuel Huntington, "The Clash of Civilizations", Touchstone Books, p. 51
http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Rogue_State_US/US_Bombing_Since_WWII.html At least 22 nations have been bombed, by William Blum, historian
http://wapedia.mobi/en/Overseas_interventions_of_the_United_States Military History/Foreign Policy of U.S. including Number of Wars/Interventions since 1776
http://www.fas.org/man/crs/crs_931007.htm U.S. launched 234 military operations abroad: 1798 – 1993
http://thirdworldtraveler.com/Dictators/Friendly_Dictators.html List of Friendly Dictators U.S. Installed or Supported with Blood on their Hands
http://thirdworldtraveler.com/Genocide/Amer_Genocide_Middle_East.html The American Genocide in the Middle East
http://www.globalissues.org/article/75/world-military-spending#WorldMilitarySpending Stats on World Military Expenditures
http://www.un.org/documents/ga/res/42/a42r159.htm U.N. General Assembly Resolution on Self Determination and fighting International Terrorism
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