day now, the Bush Pirates will attempt to shatter history, itself.
The United States intends to demonstrate to the world that it is fatal
to resist American global supremacy. The U.S. will rain thousands
of rockets, tens of thousands of bombs, and millions of artillery
projectiles on the people of Iraq and its Chicago-sized capital city,
Baghdad. Since U.S. military supremacy is already a globally understood
fact, this "Mother
of All War Shows" is actually a display of will. As
wrote on January 30:
real show is in the show, itself. The people who created George
Bush's ridiculous War Face are not just playing crazy to
gain transient advantage over Frenchmen and Russians. They are Hell-bent
on proving to the natives (all of us) that they are capable
of unimaginable destruction. We must see it to believe it
Event's choreographers conceived it as the greatest psychological
warfare operation since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and with the same
purpose: to reorder the world for generations to come.
may be the last pre-Event commentary from .
Since there is no doubt that Shock and Awe will, in fact, forever
alter global consciousness, it is important that we avail ourselves
of these moments before the cataclysm to state a fact that is obvious
to most people on Earth: Next week, or the week after, the American
people as a whole will be rightfully judged guilty of premeditated
crimes against human civilization.
do not say this for rhetorical effect, nor are we referring to any
religious notions of collective guilt. The criminal enterprise on
which the United States is embarked - the ghastly equivalent of a
live-fire, multi-megaton Fourth of July celebration of the New American
Century - is the end product of a society shaped by genocide and slavery.
White America sees the world through the eyes of the mass murderer
and slaveholder. Were it not so, there would not exist the grotesque
disconnect between white American public opinion and the opinions
of mankind, shared generally by Black America. Bush would not be possible.
Black, brown and red victims of American racism have indicted the
U.S. on innumerable occasions. Frederick Douglass' 1852
Fourth of July Address is appropriate to the present twilight
hour, soon to flash in flesh carbonizing horror. Douglass spoke to
the criminality of American society from the perspective of
the slave. Imagine the Arab and Muslim citizens of our world, as they
await The Event that is designed to herald American triumphalism.
him... your boasted liberty [is] an unholy license; your national
greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and
heartless; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mock; your
prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your
religious parade and solemnity, are to him mere bombast, fraud,
deception, impiety, and hypocrisy - a thin veil to cover up crimes
which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation
of the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are
the people of these United States at this very hour.
that Douglass' address was an indictment of the American people,
meaning white people. His was a perfectly sane assessment of a mad,
criminal minded white society, that is only episodically and cosmetically
capable of recognizing the humanness of other peoples. The American
legacy is revealed as monstrous.
is also important that Douglass was addressing an anti-slavery
crowd in Rochester, New York, white people who believed they were
not part of the societal problem. Douglass demanded that they examine
the very character of the Republic.
white American invents savages and brutes for his own profit and pleasure.
It has always been so. Native Americans could surely have destroyed
the Plymouth and Jamestown settlements at first landing but, for their
own reasons, made no serious attempt before it was too late. The English
arrived with criminal intent - and brought wives and children to form
new societies predicated on successful plunder. To justify the murderous
enterprise, Indians who had initially cooperated with the squatters
were transmogrified into "savages" deserving displacement
and death. The relentlessly refreshed lie of Indian savagery became
a truth in the minds of white Americans, a fact to be acted upon
by every succeeding generation of whites. The settlers became a singular
people confronting the great "frontier" - a euphemism for
centuries of genocidal campaigns against a darker, "savage"
people marked for extinction.
necessity of genocide was the operative, working assumption
of the expanding American nation. "Manifest Destiny" was
born at Plymouth Rock and Jamestown, later to fall (to paraphrase
Malcolm) like a rock on Mexico, the Philippines, Haiti, Nicaragua,
etc. Little children were taught that the American project was inherently
good, Godly, and that those who got in the way were "evil-doers"
or just plain subhuman, to be gloriously eliminated. The lie is central
to white American identity, embraced by waves of European settlers
who never saw a red person.
this: during the entire course of westward expansion, no white civilian
caravan large enough to qualify as a "wagon train" ever
fell victim to Indians. Not one. The sole wagon train massacre occurred
on September 11, 1857, when Utah Mormons took captive 140 California-bound
migrants from Arkansas and executed every person above the age of
six. Local Indians played an auxiliary role to Brigham Young's militia,
which disarmed the travelers before methodically putting all but the
very youngest to death at Mountain
Meadow. The seventeen orphans were then distributed among Mormon
Mormons are not called savages.
can say with certainty that few
readers - although a remarkably well-educated assemblage - have ever
heard of Mountain Meadow. The event does not serve as a useful fact
in the American narrative. Yet the Indian wagon train massacres that
never happened are replayed over and over again in the national consciousness
because they were and remain useful to the ongoing American
enterprise. The truth has no place in the national saga - not as long
as there are new Indians to invent and destroy.
in plain sight
accommodate slavery, white America constructed a domestic edifice
of unreality in which it still resides. With Native Americans marked
for death and removal, importation of African labor began in English-speaking
America at Jamestown in 1619. Soon, Black slaves were everywhere in
the colonies, including pre-Revolutionary War New York City, where
Blacks at one point comprised 30 percent of the population. As late
as 1820, Blacks accounted for 23 percent of the nation.
median American slave owning household included five Blacks and a
white family on relatively small acreage. Outside of the Sea Islands
of Georgia and South Carolina, most
close, daily contact with their masters. This was due in no small
part to racial concentrations: slave percentages ranged from an
average of 50% in the Deep South to between 20% and 33% in the Upper
South. Therefore, close contact was inevitable.
worked in the fields, on the roads, in white houses, in factories,
on railroad and ship crews. Blacks were ubiquitous, walking, talking,
singing, working, aging, growing, dancing, sulking, fighting, fleeing,
playing, dying all around white people all of white people's lives.
commerce, comfort and privilege dictated that Black people were not
fully human, despite the living evidence to the contrary directly
in front of white people's faces from cradle to grave. Whites perfected
an alternative world of shared imaginings, in which each lie reinforced
and confirmed the other. White people told each other the same lies
and acted upon the exchanges as if each other's lies were true. Their
conversations, rooted in mutual lunacy, made sense - that is, they
conformed to a carefully constructed, circular logic that began and
ended with white supremacy. Whatever violated this logic was non-fact.
an individual were found to live in such a "perfect" fantasy
of the mind, he would be diagnosed as deeply psychotic. But in America,
the inmates run the asylum. Until very recently, high school history
books taught that mental illness put John Brown on the path to Harper's
Ferry, where he would be hanged for inciting insurrection among the
slaves. Confederate President Jefferson Davis? Well, he was a "man
of his times."
Chestnut, the prominent diarist of the southern ruling class who was
featured heavily in the PBS series, The Civil War, wrote, "Ours
is a monstrous system. Any lady is ready to tell you who is the father
of all the mulatto children in every household but her own. Those,
she seems to think, dropped from the clouds."
diarist - whose commentary is otherwise credible enough for the great
American Civil War story - is telling us that white women could not
see their husbands' features in their housekeepers' children's faces.
Americans know full well that white Americans are, in the mass, crazy.
The white supremacist fantasy is integral to the American identity,
and remains intact.
people hide facts like drunks conceal bottles. They are known to kill
fact-bringers, while elevating racial liars to the highest offices.
They want to be told that they are sane and good and kind when all
the evidence proves them to be delusional and cruel and grasping -
as surely most must suspect, at least every now and then, under life's
ceaseless onslaught of recalcitrant facts.
carefully hidden facts nevertheless leap out to pierce the delusion,
American whites retreat temporarily into innocence. If only they had
known the harm that they were doing, or was being done in their name.
We are so... naïve, trusting, optimistic, innocent, they
say, feigning contrition while waiting for the moment to reassume
character. Trent Lott, racist? We didn't know. A million African Americans
in jail? How could that have happened? Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi
children dead because water systems were purposely targeted by the
U.S. in the first Gulf War? We thought that was anti-American propaganda.
know more about the crime that is about to be committed in the Middle
East than Germans ever knew about the conduct of their government
in World War Two. They are less innocent of what is going to be done
in their name and with their consent than any population in the history
of armed aggression on the planet Earth. The facts of Shock and Awe
have been presented to the public in great detail, in the form of
Pentagon releases regurgitated by media household names. Americans
know what a city of five million looks like. They have seen what two
airplanes acting as missiles can do to an urban landscape, and can
imagine as well as the next human what 800 cruise missiles, thousands
of dumber missiles, many thousands more smart and conventional bombs,
and an unlimited number of artillery shells can do to a teeming metropolis.
It does not faze them.
tell us some things, and conceal others. Anti-war activists peer into
the contradictory numbers - responses to prejudiced questions based
on false premises - and find slim, silver linings of peace sentiment.
The Bush men come to opposite conclusions, or rely on a public change
of heart if American casualties are kept to a minimum.
Pirates know their fellow Americans well. What the polling data consistently
show is that white Americans are afraid of getting hurt. They would
much rather have company when the time comes to wreck Iraq. They worry
about being the sole targets of retaliation, and would prefer that
a peanut gallery of foreigners cheer "our" guys into battle.
However, white America does not give a damn for Iraqi lives.
Zogby/Atlanta Journal-Constitution survey released in February reveals
the murderous intent of most white American males and at least a third
of their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters. The pollsters asked:
"Would you support or oppose a war against Iraq if it meant thousands
of Iraqi civilian casualties?" A solid majority of white men
answered in the affirmative, as did more than a third of white women.
Only seven percent of African Americans favored a war that would kill
thousands. (See "Blacks
favor peace, whites opt for war,
who were nearly as warlike as whites when asked the general, pro-
con- question (60 percent of Hispanics and 62 percent of whites said
yes to war), balked when presented with the prospect of a bloodbath.
Only 16 percent of Latinos favored a war that would kill thousands
of Iraqi civilians.
best that can be said for the white American public is that it is
split between those who harbor a depraved indifference to human
life, and those who may be decent human beings.
the "decent" white cohort is likely to be half mirage, a
masquerade of false innocence and feigned ignorance straining to appear
to be decent. As of last week, according to Zogby,
white support for the general prospect of war remained at 62 percent,
while only 19 percent of African Americans said yes to the general
question - down four points from February.
is obvious that many of the "decent" people are shamming.
In the interim between the February and March Zogby polls, the Bush
men distributed to pliant media vivid and detailed descriptions of
the full dimensions of Shock and Awe, including possible use of the
21,000-pound MOAB ("Mother of all Bombs," or "daisy-cutter")
anti-personnel weapon, the biggest conventional bomb in the U.S. arsenal.
MOAB's explosive force "looks and feels" like Hiroshima,
said a CNN reporter invited by the Pentagon to cover the very public
detonation of the device, in Florida.
American people know that thousands of Iraqi civilians will be fried,
decapitated, carbonized, smothered, and otherwise snuffed out in the
first days of the war. They have been made aware that Iraqi civilian
infrastructure - such as water and electricity - will be targeted.
They have been informed that up to two million refugees will be forced
from their homes. Shock and Awe is psychological warfare on the grandest
scale. It is the purpose of the U.S. that the entire world bear witness
to unimaginable destruction. "That's the whole point,"
wrote in January. "The War Party wants the world to know
that there is no escape from the raging superpower."
sheer size of this has never been seen before, never been contemplated
before," said an unnamed Defense Department official, describing
U.S. attack plans. Shock and Awe author Harlan Ullman bragged that
the effect of the strategy developed by his group for the Pentagon
will be "rather like the nuclear weapons at Hiroshima."
Bush regime spoon-feeds the entire war scenario to the corporate media,
refreshing the 24-hour news cycle at regular intervals with blood
curdling new angles and sidebars. Those Americans who claim not to
know what is in store for Iraq, are lying. The pro-war majority is
comprised mainly of (overwhelmingly white) people who are eager
to kill Iraqi civilians, and a smaller group who know full well that
thousands of innocents will die, pretend to wish it were not so, but
give Bush their blessing, anyway.
people are racists, pure and simple. If not, they are misanthropes,
people who have a general hatred for other humans. However, we do
not need to make such a leap, because white American racism fits the
behavioral pattern, perfectly. Were the United States not a racist
society, the impending public crucifixion of Iraq would be unthinkable.
and people are one
white America, Iraqis - or Arabs in general ("Sand niggers,"
in redneck-speak), or Iranians (same difference), or Africans ("niggers"
by a hundred names), or the Vietnamese "gooks" and the "Japs"
of bygone days - are just Indians. White Americans find it easy to
kill such people, a rather basic definition of racism.
reject the argument offered by many on the white Left, now as during
the Vietnam War, that the broad masses of white Americans are innocent
dupes of the lying corporate media. The media certainly do lie, but
the dupes are most often willing consumers. 's
publishers are veterans of the corporate media, former network correspondents.
The hundreds thousands of human cogs in the corporate media machine
are made up of "normal," mostly white, middle class Americans.
They share a common, white American worldview, shot through with native
racism. (A worldview that many non-whites in corporate media attempt
mightily to assimilate.)
people who create the "news" neither need nor get top office
supervision as they go about the daily business of constructing false
realities. White Americans have lived in a warped and artificial bubble
of their own self-serving creation since they killed their first "red
savage" and whipped their first "nigger brute." On
issues of race, the homogeneity of the American media predates corporate
conglomerization. Mexican bus crashes are only news on the weekend.
Deaths in the ghetto must come in multiples to make the cut.
very little executive intervention, media operatives choose the truths
that are comfortable to them, and discard the rest. White Americans,
in and outside of media, build their peculiar discourse around facts
and fantasies of convenience. They believe what they want to
want to believe that killing Iraqis will make them safe. They also
must believe that they are justified in sanctioning the coming
carnage - after all, are they not a kind and generous people?
this commentary is being written, CNN reports that 72 percent of Americans
believe that Saddam Hussein "had something to do with" the
events of September 11. Did the corporate media drum this idea into
their passive, innocent heads? If so, what mojo have Black Americans
been working to immunize themselves from the corporate spellbinders?
And why does the corporate magic seem to work only on white Americans,
while bouncing ineffectively off the skulls of Europeans, Asians,
Africans, Australians, Latin Americans, even most Canadians - in a
world inundated with hard and soft American propaganda, and in which
there is little advantage in opposing the United States?
fact, the U.S. corporate media found themselves unable to vouch for
the Bush-Powell linkage of Saddam Hussein and Al Qaida. The corporate
press were obliged and eager to megaphone every repetition of the
baseless charge by the President, the Secretary of State and the rest
of the regime's newsmakers.
The world's media did likewise, in covering the biggest story on the
planet. But the major American media players did not build a case
for this, the wildest of the Bush men's tales, if only because there
was nothing to build a case around.
reckoned correctly that his kind of Americans would, in the end, choose
of their own volition to believe his lies, because the Bush-Powell
lie is all that is available to justify the mass murder that a majority
of white Americans are intent on committing. Bush knows his people.
Black America knows them, too.
agrees that white Americans suffer from "false consciousness"
- but of the most acute, pathological kind. Let us be clear about
the roots and severity of the mental disorder. Too many white people
of good will have for far too long offered mitigating explanations
for mass white American outrages that would serve just as well to
absolve Germans under Hitler, their (initially) elected leader: they
were afraid, insecure, psychologically wounded, gullible, ignorant,
Americans have heard all the permutations of apology for homicidal
racism. The images that utterly defeat every exculpatory analysis,
the scenes that are more searing to the soul than any medieval rendition
of Hell, are the photos of white American families at lynchings. They
laugh. They bring their children, and picnic baskets. They greet neighbors
and kinfolk among the thousands who have been brought together for
the festivities. Some have driven many miles to join in the camaraderie
of shared experience, a bonding. The focal point of the gathering
cooks on a pyre of hastily gathered planks and branches, mouth agape,
eyes gouged out, extremities disintegrating like charcoal.
he guilty of the crime? Who? says the young woman, tipsy from the
contents of her paper cup. Oh, the nigger? I guess so. What was his
name? Uh, Sammy something, I heard. Did he have children? Hell, I
don't know, what's the difference? Why you askin'?
people who achieved their national identity through centuries of mass
murder, the theft of a continent, and the enslavement of millions
are impatient to impose their piratical diktat on the globe. Maybe
next week. "The Bush cabal," we wrote back in January, "devoutly
believe they are at a Hiroshima-like juncture in history - that they
have at their disposal the means to start the world over in an apocalyptic
spasm of swift and terrifying violence."
America's problem is the entire planet's affliction, now.
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