1 in the October 30, 2008 edition of The Black Commentator]
has changed and as long as this unequal and exploitative system
remains intact, nothing will.
recent selection by Barack Obama of the war mongering, apartheid
Zionist, Wall Street-backed, infamous Mossad-connected Rahm Israel
Emanuel to the powerful position of White House Chief of
Staff came as no surprise to politically conscious and discerning
people; and its going to get worse—a lot worse, on so very many
and foremost it should be clearly understood by Black, White,
Brown, Red and Yellow peoples everywhere that Zionism is the Israeli
version of the racist, murderous, and hypocritical U.S. ‘Manifest
Destiny,’ which despicable ideology supported and rationalized
the wholesale thievery of indigenous people’s lands, genocide,
and slavery on this so-called North American continent.
Zionism has become the 21st Century reality of apartheid, especially
as it is practiced towards the Palestinian peoples in particular
and Arab peoples in general, in what is known geographically as
the Middle East.
grasp precisely who and what the political hardliner and Zionist
Rahm Emanuel is, it is helpful to review the most excellent November
5, 2008, article entitled, Obama
Picks Pro-Israel Hardliner For Top Post, by Ali Abunimah,
which says in relevant part:
Rahm Emanuel was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1959,
the son of Benjamin Emanuel, a pediatrician who helped smuggle
weapons to the Irgun, the Zionist militia of former Israeli
prime minister Menachem Begin, in the 1940s. The Irgun carried
out numerous terrorist attacks on Palestinian civilians including
the bombing of Jerusalem's King David Hotel in 1946.
Emanuel continued his father's tradition of active support for
Israel; during the 1991 Gulf War he volunteered to help maintain
Israeli army vehicles near the Lebanon border when southern
Lebanon was still occupied by Israeli forces.
As White House political director in the first Clinton administration,
Emanuel orchestrated the famous 1993 signing ceremony of the
"Declaration of Principles" between Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat and Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. Emanuel
was elected to Congress representing a north Chicago district
in 2002 and he is credited with a key role in delivering a Democratic
majority in the 2006 mid-term elections. He has been a prominent
supporter of neoliberal economic policies on free trade and
One of the most influential politicians and fundraisers in his
party, Emanuel accompanied Obama to a meeting of AIPAC's executive
board just after the Illinois senator had addressed the pro-Israel
lobby's conference last June.
In Congress, Emanuel has been a consistent and vocal
pro-Israel hardliner, sometimes more so than President Bush.
In June 2003, for example, he signed a letter criticizing Bush
for being insufficiently supportive of Israel. "We were
deeply dismayed to hear your criticism of Israel for fighting
acts of terror," Emanuel, along with 33 other Democrats
wrote to Bush. The letter said that Israel's policy of assassinating
Palestinian political leaders "was clearly justified as
an application of Israel's right to self-defense" ("Pelosi
supports Israel's attacks on Hamas group," San Francisco
Chronicle, 14 June 2003).” The Obama appointment of Emmanuel
is just a beginning component of the real Barack Obama’s
war mongering and his pro apartheid Zionist stance.
as William B. Fox (former U. S. Marine Corps Major with a background
in logistics, public affairs, and military intelligence) and
Captain Eric H. May (former U.S. Army military intelligence officer)
note in their November 10, 2008 article entitled, Bush’s False
Flag Finale? (A Vigilant Shield Update), “Former
Naval Intelligence Officer Wayne Madsen reported on 6 Nov that “Questions
about Emanuel’s links to the Israeli intelligence service, the Mossad,
were allegedly so great that President Bill Clinton was forced to
dismiss Emanuel from the White House staff in 1998…[the Wayne Madsen Report]
has learned from U.S. intelligence sources that Emanuel was discovered
to be part of a political intelligence and blackmail operation directed
against Clinton by Israel’s Likud Party and Binyamin Netanyahu to
sink Clinton’s proposed Middle East peace deal.” And so goes Barack
Obama’s so-called “change you can believe in.”
might have hoped that the majority of people in this nation would
have immediately realized who Barack Obama really was and
is, when days prior to the farce of the November 4th election
in the U.S., he actually urged support for the over
750 billion dollar Wall Street (corporate blood sucking) sell
out of the masses of every day people in this country. But
the corporate media’s intense disinformation campaign and biased
and overwhelming support for Barack Obama was initially,
simply too potent, for the majority of people to see through
or recognize how they were being manipulated, pimped, and bamboozled.
But with renewed vigilance, over time that will change. It must
also be remembered that liberation struggles for economic, social,
and political justice, nationally and internationally, are long
term dialectical affairs and they will not only continue, but
in the course of time, become stronger.
millions celebrated the successful corporate selection of Barack
Obama to be the U.S. Empire’s next face, millions of others did
not. Moreover, as it becomes clear, for example, that the
Obama / Biden regime will not institute, support, or provide
single payer / universal health care for the masses of every day
people, and will in fact continue and increase support
for the greedy corporate blood sucking elite of Wall Street, the
people will begin to awaken. As it becomes clear that Barack Obama
is not now nor ever was a man of peace but rather a procurer
of war, the people will awaken. As it becomes clear that Barack
Obama’s slippery tongue embodies subterfuge, half truths, and
constant disinformation, the people will begin to awaken. As it
becomes clear as to why the U.S. corporate media of the
Empire so vigorously supported Barack Obama, the people, be they
Black, White, Brown, Red, or Yellow will understand what horror
the corporate / military and Zionist elite has ushered in, in
the person of Barack Hussein Obama, to be the face of the imperial
U.S. Empire at home and abroad.
thanks not only to the Empire’s corporate media, but also to certain
so-called leftists and progressives who, collaborated with and
capitulated to, the U.S. Empire, there was virtually no
strong, serious, or much-needed critical analysis and criticism
of the then candidate Barack Obama who, like a smilingly
deceptive demon from hell, came rushing in to anxiously take over
the reins of the Empire for the U.S. corporate / military elite.
The written words to me from an astute Black American reader of
The Black Commentator ring clear and true when he recently
Maybe most frustrating is that when I
looked for the progressive intellectuals and leaders I most
look up to and who have over the years helped directly shape
my consciousness, what I shockingly found were individuals giving
Obama a pass in areas they would have critiqued others
on. What I found were many intellectuals and leaders ignoring
the vast problems with Obama's policy positions, ignoring basic
progressive principles, and instead putting forth "strategic"
arguments (plea copping in my opinion) as to why we needed
to vote for Obama despite his clearly stated centrist, pro free-trade,
and pro empire positions.
When I most needed my progressive intellectuals to be a critical
voice in this time of vast deception and high stakes, many...
many... of them failed me.
is how a people can unwittingly lay the foundation for their own
political and cultural irrelevance, and sometimes ultimately
their own genocide. For indeed genocide, like fascism, can be
brought about in differing forms.
Obama, on behalf of the corporate / military elite who are his
masters, will soon be calling upon the ‘American’ people to make
horrible economic and social sacrifices in the name of patriotism
and the nation. Barack Obama will speak of pain which he himself
does not know, just as he speaks of war which he himself has not
experienced. He will demand ever more sacrifices of the people,
but it is this filthy unjust system that the people must ultimately
sacrifice, not our humanity, our hopes, and our dreams. “Beware
of the naked man who offers you clothes.” Notwithstanding the
meaningless change of skin pigmentation, this new U.S. Emperor
is nonetheless “naked;” devoid of truth, justice, and a
love for the every day people of this nation and the world.
a fact, if we are not vigilant and Barack Obama is given “a
pass,” we Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow peoples in
this nation will assuredly lose what is left of our meager
civil liberties, and this nation and the world will most
certainly be engulfed in continuing and unending wars, which are
perpetrated, manipulated, and perpetuated by the subterfuge
of the U.S. corporate / military elite.
painful as it might be for some to acknowledge, the Obama presidency
bodes a very ill wind for justice and peace loving people in the
U.S. and throughout the world. But there is yet an alternative.
That alternative is to organize outside of the so-called
Democratic and Republican Party Republicrat plantation
and political machinery. It is high time that Black, Brown, Red,
White, and Yellow peoples get off the mental plantation
of trickery, broken promises, subterfuge, economic exploitation
and endless war/s brought to us by the Republicrats [i.e.
the Democratic & Republican Parties] of the United States.
The Obama presidency will be nothing more than a plantation with
Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow peoples as the 21st
Century proverbial economic cotton pickers for the bosses of the
bloated but tiny corporate / military elite of this nation, in
concert with world wide capitalism. Indeed capitalism is
nothing more than systemic and rationalized economic, political,
and military terrorism against the masses of people, who are used
as the cannon fodder of the corporate / military machine, and
who now have Barack Obama as their emperor-in-chief of the U.S.
X was so correct. The “clash” between those who want freedom,
justice, and equality for everyone and those who want to
continue the system of exploitation” is at hand. And as Malcolm
X further stated, this “clash” is all about resisting and struggling
against exploitation, and not upon “the color of the skin…”
Barack Obama or the economic and military interests he represents
bode well for the vast majority of people. Thus, we must
be unceasingly vigilant, resist exploitation; and organize,
organize, and organize some more!
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board Member, Larry Pinkney, is a veteran of the Black
Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic
of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American
to have successfully self-authored his civil/political rights
case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights. In connection
with his political organizing activities in opposition to voter
suppression, etc., Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally
televised PBS NewsHour, formerly known as The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist
and Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here
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