The World Can't Trust What America Says
by John Kaminski
The key to integrity, this old Mayan guy once told me, is admitting
our faults. If we don't do that, our whole lives are built on a bed of
lies. This is the United States of America 2003 version - built on a bed
of lies and disintegrating all around us.
The situation makes some of us think that the Ayatollah (if you're
old enough to remember him - the Iranian religious leader who presided
over the taking of American hostages in 1979) was right: America is the
Great Satan, he said.
But I guess it's not important to Americans anymore to tell the
truth. I mean... just look at everything.
The greatest military attack on American soil has not even been
investigated. Three thousand people killed in downtown New York City and
it's just swept under the rug as the insane media manipulators rush on
to new fabricated crises to cover up the single greatest crime in
Talk about a big lie. Talk about lack of integrity. And the American
people, anesthetized as they are with ill-gotten gains, over-the-counter
drugs, bad schools and worse TV, don't even raise a collective eyebrow.
Telling the truth is just not important to them anymore, if it ever was.
In fact, if there's one thing obvious in the world today, it's that
America does not tell the truth. It says one thing but always means
something else. It promises to spread democracy but all it distributes
is oil-money-crazed dictatorship and prison or death without trial for
anyone who dares to stand in its way.
Is this the America you learned about in school? Is this the America
you hoped to create for your children, where a lie is called the truth
and everybody nods like dozing crackheads in front of a slum tenement
waiting for their next fix?
It's hard to say you're proud to be an American when George W. Bush
is your president. Embarrassed is more like it.
Whether it was deserved or not, America used to be regarded as a
beacon of freedom and justice for the entire world. That's why so many
people came here.
But it's radically different now. America is now a Mafia enforcer
fleecing poverty stricken countries for protection money. And if those
poor banana republics don't pony up, well, the U.S. has plenty of
depleted uranium bombs to drop on their children, or financial nooses to
tighten around the necks of their shattered economies.
It's sadly amusing that America claims to be a democracy yet so many
of its principle allies around the world are murderous dictatorships,
with plenty of corrupt despots to recruit as clients who are
all-too-willing to rip off their own people. Look no farther than
Yes, let's not gild the lily. It's protection money, extorted from
poor people by the biggest criminal syndicate of them all, the United
States of America. That's what NAFTA and the WTO and all these IMF
bailouts are all about. Countries get in economic trouble by importing
too many alluring products at too high a price from the United States.
Then, because corruption is the rule rather than the exception
throughout the world, some soulless leader decides to make a bundle by
selling off certain of his country's valuable natural resources, but the
money doesn't wind up in the coffers of his own country, it winds up in
his own private Swiss bank account, to which he safely flees to after he
is run out of his own presidential palace by an enraged populace. This
has been virtual policy in Mexico throughout the 20th century.
And that's if that country is lucky. If that country is unlucky, the
corrupt dictator/president doesn't go to Switzerland but instead hangs
around and presides over the IMF "bailout," in which the country's
principal assets, especially utilities, are sold at bargain-basement
rates to Wall Street plunderers, and the hapless nation is forced to
undergo "austerity" measures so the New York banks can harvest their
exorbitant interest payments.
Austerity measures like hyperinflation and demolition of all social
services guarantee any country who bites on the IMF lure an epidemic of
poverty as the middle class is reduced to servitude and thrown out in
the streets. This is happening all over South America. Just pick a
country (that doesn't have oil). Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru. One
of the top American plunderers, the Bechtel Corp., came into Bolivia,
made a deal with American flunkie dictator Banzer (now dead, thank God),
took over the water distribution system, and charged residents (peasant
dirt farmers) half their average monthly income for water that they
previously got for next to nothing. For years, the American press has
said nothing about this atrocity. Why? Because we essentially do that to
every country. That's where American "prosperity" originates.
And God help your country if it DOES have oil. Then the treatment by
America will be much worse.
How much more can we say about Iraq? There is absolutely no
scintilla of proof that Saddam was about to make any sudden aggressive
moves against anyone. We've been bombing him illegally for a dozen years
to make sure he didn't use all those nasty chemical and biological
weapons we sold him. Half a million Iraqi children have died because we
bombed his water systems and then prevented him from acquiring the
materials to fix it. That's something for Americans to be proud of. A
classic example of Americans refusing to contemplate the ugly truth.
And as long as we're on the subject, there was no legitimate reason
for the first Gulf War, either. Iraq had a valid beef against Kuwait,
because American oil companies (yes, Neil Bush was involved) were slant
drilling into Iraqi oilfields, which is surely an act of economic
warfare. Of course, this was never mentioned by the whorish American
Look at the other oil countries. Colombia is under permanent siege
(both for drugs and oil). Venezuela is currently being wracked by a
would-be coup that was blatantly fomented by U.S. business interests.
Indonesia and Saudi Arabia are totally repressive military
dictatorships, as are all the Stans near the new Caspian Sea oil fields.
Mexico's in our back pocket though we've recently loaned them some money
so we can fleece them again.
Last weekend, virtually all democratic countries (notable exception:
Japan) in the world witnessed massive demonstrations to urge the United
States not to throw its poisoned bombs around the Persian Gulf. These
demonstrations were not aimed at the great threat Bush and Powell and
Rumsfeld are focused on.
The rest of the world (excepting the neo-Nazi government of Israel)
is not concerned about Saddam Hussein. He is no threat to anyone. Most
of the bad weapons he had were provided to him by the United States.
No, the rest of the world - as recent polls show so clearly -
believes the United States is the greatest threat to peace in the world.
And how do you figure to defend America's reputation with all these
blatant lies being told in Washington to justify the mass murder of
dark-skinned people who have no army with which to defend themselves?
In point of fact, the disgusting little man who brokered the
original Iraq deal was none other our belligerent defense secretary
Donald Rumsfeld, who sold chemical weapons to Saddam back in the '80s,
shortly after he bestowed another lethal gift on his own citizens in the
form of aspartame, the active ingredient used to sweeten Diet Coke and a
zillion other things. Aspartame was never formally approved by the FDA
except long after the fact, and has been connected to many different
health problems. See Rense - aspar.
What a fine legacy to leave his family: anthrax and aspartame spread
all over the world. I'm sure his family must be very proud. What kind of
vicious psychotic could be proud to be an American when contemplating
And that's to say nothing of Dick Cheney, our surly vice president,
who ignored a court order to turn over documents that would have
revealed how he and his energy buddies ripped off the state of
California for billions of dollars. At the same time, he's reaping
billions in profits as his old company gets the support contracts from
every single military deployment.
Why have the American people said nothing about this? Why have no
U.S. newspapers blown the lid off this thing?
Look at the false characters Bush has surrounded himself with to
assure the destruction of the environment and the impoverishment of the
American people: corporate shills Whitman and Venemen to "protect" the
environment, an ex-general of the army to conduct "diplomacy" with other
countries, that general's son to assure that everything on TV eventually
comes only from one station, a glossolalia-speaking psychopath to
enforce the laws of the country.
Why aren't millions of Americans besieging their elected
representatives, demanding an end to all this criminal behavior? Because
it wouldn't do any good. All their elected representatives should be
indicted themselves. Anyone who ever received a contribution from Enron
or Arthur Andersen is obviously an accessory to the robbery of American
consumers. All these people belong in the jail at Guantanamo Bay,
indefinitely incarcerated without access to lawyers or family under the
very terms of the new orwellian laws they have created.
But there's another reason why this won't happen. It's because the
American people have no integrity... as individuals, or as a nation.
And in that sense, we have only received what we have deserved.
Congratulations America! Now, the entire world can't believe a
single thing we say. This is the world we have created for our children.
Continue to scream as we teeter on the edge of the abyss. Right up
until that awful moment we fall in, and become as the rest of the world
- cringing in terror from the American war machine.
Just remember one thing: in this new century of pre-scripted news
alerts and false terror alarms, whatever America says will not be the
truth. This is a conscious choice Americans have made of their own
volition - to lie about everything.
- John Kaminski
John Kaminski is a writer who lives on the coast of Florida and is
waiting for the troops to arrive.
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