Imperial Assumptions Are Reaching Critical Mass

By Jim Kirwan

In a recent American film there is a bit of dialogue that explains the very difficult position in which Americans now find themselves. The film was “Shooter” and the motivating proposition embedded in the drama is one that we all must begin to think about.

“. . .the truth is that nothing, no matter how horrible, ever really happens without the approval of the government-over there and over here. The problem isn’t in the doing-it’s the people in power having to admit that they ‘knew’!

The prisoners are tortured at Abu Ghraib and only the underlings go to jail. Their bosses knew: we know their bosses knew but you don’t say it. There is no ‘head’ to cut off. If one of them betrays the principals of money and power then the others betray him. What it is – is human weakness and you can’t kill that with a gun.”

Then a different character later adds . . . “There are no sides; there are no Sunni’s no Shia’s; no democrats or republicans: There is only the “haves” and the “have nots”! This is a country where the Secretary of Defense can go on TV and tell the American public that this is about ‘freedom’ ­ it’s not about oil. And nobody questions him-cause they don’t want to hear any answer because it’s all a lie. There’s only so many places at the table: Now are you on the inside or you on the out! . . . This is the world we live in!”

The connection between this portion of ‘Shooter’ and the world at this moment is what happened on July 17, 2007, the day that the Bushwhacker added yet another Executive Order to his personal list of crimes against this nation and its people. “Bush Outlaws War Protest – Citizens Face Full Asset Seizure”

“In one of his most chilling moves to date against his own citizens, the American War Leader has issued a sweeping order this week outlawing all forms of protest against the Iraq war.

President Bush enacted into US law an ‘Executive Order’ on July 17th titled “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq”, and which says:

“By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, as amended (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.)(IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.)(NEA), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, “I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, find that, due to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by acts of violence threatening the peace and stability of Iraq and undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq and to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people, it is in the interests of the United States to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13303 of May 22, 2003, and expanded in Executive Order 13315 of August 28, 2003, and relied upon for additional steps taken in Executive Order 13350 of July 29, 2004, and Executive Order 13364 of November 29, 2004.” (1)

This proclamation represents the height of US governmental hypocrisy ­ as the only reason our troops are in Iraq now and our forces have remained there during all the years since 1991, was and is to smash that nation back into the stone-age. And all of this comes from the orders issued by the US commander-in-chief: the same George W. Bush who signed this new Executive Order.

This ‘act’ is supposedly meant to bolster and rehabilitate a nation that we are spending over $12 billion a month on, to simply annihilate the viability of that state. Iraq is the same nation that this Commander-in-Chief has brutalized by denying water and electricity to them, while turning ordinary daily life in Iraq into a gauntlet of privation; compounded by murder, kidnapping and random military actions of dubious military value. These ‘actions’ can have huge humanitarian costs to those still trying to live in their own country. Four million have fled into exile, millions more have died, and more have been maimed starved or imprisoned. And just today Bush and his compliant ‘generals’ want to grant themselves yet another year of this nightmare to continue to keep the profits flowing into the coffers of his friends and directors.

Now suddenly it is Americans who must not speak of these things, or ask any questions about why our government did this, or why we are continuing to do this to a country that did not attack us? “President Bush’s newest executive order states that any American citizen who threatens the peace and stability of Iraq and undermines efforts to promote reconstruction and reform there may have all their property and interests seized by the Treasury department without warning.”

In fact the people who should be arrested and held for what is happening in Iraq are the upper echelon of the entire Bush Administration: for it is they who have relentlessly attacked that nation, they who have unjustifiably arrested millions of people, ninety-five percent of whom it turns out did nothing wrong except to be Iraqi citizens.

The sheer gall of these American imposters would now have the world believe that it is they who care about Iraq, and they who have come to defend the reconstruction and reconstitution of that place where we have tried and failed so very many times since GW announced “Mission Accomplished” so very long ago-back when the American numbers there still lingered near 120 dead.

Add to that sad military record of total incompetence, from the generals, the politicians and our huge cadre of ‘yes-men”: that has only managed to produce this virtually constant drumbeat of “Stay the Course” that calls for total and unconditional “victory” over an idea, and not an army. By any measure this “war” has been a colossal failure, and can not end in anything but defeat for this country, for the region, and for the world in general. But this is only a “Defeat,” for humanity and for the peoples of the world: For those who hold the secret contracts, and those who know what happened to the $2.3 trillion that Rumsfeld told us has “gone missing” from the Pentagon-this farce has been a bonanza of illicit and illegal war-profiteering that has never before been equaled. For them, every day this war continues is a victory for them! Oil was only $18 a barrel when the US invaded Iraq, so who profited the most from the obscenities of this war?

Had we asked about the character of this recycled male cheerleader, this self-deluded person with an additive and corrosive personality, someone incapable of compassion, reason or common sense-then we might have investigated his status as something more dangerous than an AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. Had the media done its job before the elections of 2000, then Bush-the-Lesser would never have made it to the run-offs of that star-crossed “election.” But we were not vigilant then so that’s history now.

What is missing from recent history is the following chilling bit of information. Written, directed, and produced by Peter Watkins for the BBC’s The Wednesday Play strand, its depiction of the impact of Soviet nuclear attack on Britain caused dismay within the BBC and in government and was banned for 20 years. It was scheduled for transmission on August 6, 1966 (the anniversary of the Hiroshima attack) but was not transmitted until 1985, the corporation publicly stating that “the effect of the film has been judged by the BBC to be too horrifying for the medium of broadcasting”. It was widely viewed before its BBC debut on video and in art-house cinemas, often using prints provided by Watkins. The film won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 1966. (2)

This information is critical to anyone’s understanding – if we are to correctly measure our responses to the idea of surviving a nuclear exchange. This is especially true of anyone seeking to comprehend the importance of the current trend toward “Imperial Assumptions.” Yet this is information that no government wants its public to become aware of as this information could severely alter how many people might begin to see international affairs and the real need for actual political dialogue over mutually assured destruction. We no longer live in a John Wayne world, and the wars we “fight” are no longer wars of defense, because as the whole world knows the USA is conducting a continuing massive offensive against the entire region of the Middle East: And if Cheney gets his way, we won’t quit until we’ve widened this war into several other nations in that region. That would create the next World War, and nothing would ever be the same for Americans again.

In light of these oddly yet severely connected two things-the latest Executive Decree from the worst war-time leader the world has ever seen, and from the hidden truths of the reality in nuclear death-perhaps it’s time that the global-public begins to understand just how serious this current situation really is.

Of the 535 people in the congress today only about 43 have any integrity, all the rest have already sold their votes and what might remain of their consciousness to the enemies of what was once the USA.

The opening quote in this article briefly outlines what we are all up against. True they are just lines from a film, yet equally true is that they can become hauntingly real, once you realize what is being done to all of us, in the name of the corrupted leaders in many countries: Countries where their greed and the arrogance of their passion for that which is not theirs remains uppermost.  Only a serious public outcry from the majority of people here could alter the current reluctance of congress to act. And yet ‘act’ we must or that cryptic phrase:

“This is the world we live in!” could easily become our national epitaph.

1) Bush Outlaws War Protest – Citizens Face Full Asset Seizure (and

2) The War Game


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