Sometimes it is better not to think.Thinking is stressful but thanks to the global media disinformation machine blissful ignorance is becoming easier by the day. All we have to do is shut up and listen passively as the radios and television sets beam buckets of stultifying lies into our tired ears. Last week's big lie was, of course, the now notorious Nobel 'Peace Prize'. As President Obama met with the War Council in the Situation Room of the White House to discuss the escalation of the 'just war' in Afghanistan, which has killed more civilians than combatants- a war predicated on a mendacious conspiracy theory concerning a grave threat to civilisation emanating from the villages of Afghanistan- the august Nobel Prize committee in Norway were preparing to announce this year's winner: President Obama.
President Obama, according to the committee, is to be awarded the prize for 'extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons." ...His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population' Extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy? What a load of tosh! Let's look at the facts!
First of all, it should be pointed out that Obama did not even campaign on a peace ticket. Instead of rhetoric about world peace Obama rehashed the Bush line on the threat from the US-created Al Qaeda phantom enemy. He spoke of the need for an escalation of US-NATO troops in Afghanistan to counter the growing threat to humanity posed by illiterate Pashtun tribes. He has been true to his word. Since Obama's inauguration, the US military budget has increased by more than 35 billion dollars; this at a time when American citizens could do with some financial help from their government. Bush's GWOT, global war on terror has simply been renamed. It is now deceptively entitled 'Overseas Contingency Operations'.
By the end of his incumbancy, President Obama will have the distinction of overseeing the biggest US military operation since the Vietnam War. This is truely a man of peace.
What about Isreal's war crimes in January? What did Mr. Obama say about them? Nothing. Infact, US military aid to Isreal has also increased inspite of the subterfuge about a resolution to the 61 year oppression of the Palestinian people.
As for Latin America, the USA's favourite terror victim, very little has changed. Sure, Obama looked good exchanging pleasanteries with Hugo Chavez a few months ago. But plans were already in place to build more US military bases in Columbia right along the Venezuelan border. Here also Obama the peace maker has been true to his word. During his election campaign he spoke of the necessity of 'reclaiming' Latin America, bringing them back into the fold, as it were.
What about the people of Honduras, one of the world's poorest countries? They now live under an corrupt, oppressive US-friendly dictatorship, thanks to the inimitable machinations of the White House. Zelaya had threatened to close down the US military base in Soto Cano, the same base Washington had used to arm the death scuads that invaded Nicaragua during the eighties, killing, maiming, looting and raping all before them in the name of 'democracy'. Washinton could not allow their little terror hub to slip out of their hands, so they gave the go ahead to the fascist thugs how ousted the Honduras's democratically elected president.
As for Iraq, the US administrative and military presence in Iraq is permanent. The world's biggest embassy is currently underway right in the center of Bagdad. In reality, it be be a US citadelle which will function as the shadow governement of the country for decades to come. The citadell is still under construction and, according to some reports, could be a big as 80 football stadia when completed.It will have shopping malls, bars, swimming pools etc while the local population lives in poverty and fear. This is called Pax America.
So, what has changed so far under the Obama adminstration? There has simply been a further shift in our understanding of language. War now means peace. The antonym is now the synonym. As the Roman writer Tacitus put, ' they make a desert and call it peace'.But should we expect any better from a committee that once gave the Nobel Peace prize to one of the twentieth century's more nefarious war criminals, Henry Kissinger, now the eminence grise lurking in the corridors of the Obama administration?