are all assembled, the world's people, awaiting the Pirates' lunge
at history. The Bush men have made sure we pay rapt attention to
their Big Bang, their epochal Event, after which the nature of things
will have changed unalterably to their advantage - they think. The
Bush men are certain of our collective response, convinced that
once we have witnessed The Mother of All War Shows, humanity will
react according to plan, and submit.
was already savoring the New American Century just days ago, when
he summoned his underlings from Britain and Spain to the Azores
to make yet another final pronouncement. " We concluded
that tomorrow is a moment of truth for the world," Bush said.
like a King. Or The Man Who Would Be King.
Kipling's tale of an English colonial soldier drunk on his imagined
power over the natives is eerily appropriate. The projected fruits
of Shock and Awe - the power to pillage the world with impunity
- utterly bedazzled and blinded the perpetrators of the staged holocaust,
even before the Event itself had unfolded. In the days between the
final U.S. ultimatum and the invasion, American political and corporate
media players were visibly shaken by the clear and unanimous world
revulsion at U.S. imperiousness.
we going back to The White Man's Burden?" Arab League UN Ambassador
Yahya Mahmassani shot at CNN's startled Wolf Blitzer. "Is this
the 21st Century?"
it is, and George Bush and his armies cannot wrench away the provenance
of Time to lift again the Burden that even Kipling knew the White
Man was not fit to bear.
one can predict the specific ways in which nations and movements
will resist Bush's aggression against civilization. What is certain
is that the Pirates have succeeded in arraying important sectors
of every other nation on the planet in opposition to Washington's
hegemony. Bush has made the name that is our patrimony - "America"
- a curse on the lips of much of the world.
Shock and Awe is essentially a horrific psychological warfare exercise
- and it is - the assault on humanity's collective sensibilities
has already had disastrous, unintended effects.
they are incapable of realizing it, the Bush men have revealed themselves
to the world - the audience for Shock and Awe - as grotesquely ugly,
brutish, irredeemably repugnant human beings whose touch must be
avoided under all circumstances. Every plan and project of individuals
and nations will be shaped by having witnessed a racist America
raining fire on a weaker people - and reveling in the crime.
plan for world domination was doomed before the burning,
blasting, thundering, screaming display. The Pirates have accelerated
the processes of their own ruin.
we wrote in the March 6 issue
impending war against Iraq is an oil currency war, a preemptive
strike against the euro's potential to challenge the U.S. dollar
as the sole denominator of petroleum purchases. By seizing the
Iraqi oil fields and positioning itself to do the same in Saudi
Arabia, Iran and throughout the Persian Gulf, the Caspian Sea
and South Asia, the U.S. can stop the euro cold and rule as
its own OPEC, awesomely armed and dreadfully dangerous. The
dollar will remain supreme, backed by the oil reserves of the
was the plan. However, as the world watched the U.S. morph into
its predatory essence month by month, a collective, global withdrawal
from America became apparent. Clyde V. Prestowitz Jr., president
of the Economic Strategy Institute and author of the forthcoming
book "Rogue Nation," describes the phenomenon.
the past year, private foreign investment in the United States
has fallen dramatically. It has been partially offset by increased
buying of U.S. Treasury notes by Asian governments. But, at the
same time, some governments like Russia have also begun to shift
some of their reserve currency holdings from dollars to euros.
As a result, we have seen the dollar fall in value against the
euro by about 25 percent. That kind of a decline occurs when foreigners
decide to put their money someplace other than the United States.
is the great and terrible engine of history. Bush and his Pirates
hope to employ that engine to harness Time and cheat the laws of
political economy, to leapfrog over the contradictions of their
parasitical existence into a new epoch of their own imagining.
they have lunged into the abyss, from which no one will extricate
them, for they will be hated much more than feared.
attempting to break humanity's will to resist, the Bush pirates
have reached too far.
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