From email@example.com Fri Oct 4 08:00:37 2002
Subject: Black America and Bush’s New World Order
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2002 12:47:35 -0400
Sadanand, Nanjundiah (Physics) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>From the Black Commentator
The only thing Black that wants to go to war with Iraq is Condoleezza Rice, and she has told too many lies to be taken seriously.
One wonders if Colin Powell, who is brilliant, will ever muster the
courage to quit mouthing the foul script, and say the words he knows
to be true: the United States is determined to impose its will on the
entire globe, not just in the current dispute over Saddam Hussein, but
for the remainder of the
American Century. Iraq is a
demonstration of that resolve.
African Americans have every historical reason to reject the mad rush to war. Once again, we must form the core of the peace party.
The 38-member Congressional Black Caucus, all Democrats but not all
particularly brave, stood as a body to oppose Bush's threatened first
without a clearly demonstrated and imminent threat of attack
on the United States.
Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. held a press conference with
representatives of 48 national religious denominations, to urge that
all peaceful possibilities should be exhausted before using
In August, the Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church expressed unequivocal revulsion at war preparations, declaring:
War must not be pursued as an
economic policy, nor as a
vendetta of unfinished business. In this new millennium, the children
of America must not be sacrificed on the altar of militarism. As
spiritual leaders, we cannot keep silent as the integrity of what it
means to be a democracy is increasingly compromised. Although the
wheels of propaganda are turning incessantly through the media, we
believe that the path our nation is pursuing will lead to catastrophe
for America and the nations of the world.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops delivered a letter to Rice,
the dreadful National Security Advisor, expressing their
reservations about the administration's course.
Alone like corn pone among the major American denominations, the 16 million-member Southern Baptist Convention gave a rebel yell for the courageous idea of hitting the other guy first, international law be damned!
The Southern Baptists split from their northern brethren over the
issue of slavery - they believed it was God's design. Reminded that
Great Britain's Baptist Union opposed a U.S. first strike as an
appallingly dangerous course to take, convention spokesperson
Richard Land said,
The U.S. should not sit idly by waiting for her
allies in Europe to indicate their support. Land added,
No offence intended, but we have had to extricate the
Europeans from conflagrations of their own making twice in the last
century. Confederates never forget.
A Gallup Poll taken in August showed that 53% of Blacks opposed a U.S invasion of Iraq. That's consistent with African American positions on U.S. military adventures since the beginning of the Vietnam War. People over 65 registered even higher in the peace camp, at 55%, possibly because they've seen more of war. As usual, men of all groups are more bellicose (61%) than women (56%). Ten percent more Americans making $50,000-plus yearn for war (62%) than those earning under $20,000. People with college degrees are just educated enough to be dangerous - 65% agree with Bush, compared to 57% of citizens with no more than a high school diploma.
If you've ever wondered what God most churchgoers pray to, Gallup has a revelation: the God of War. Two out of three regular church attendees are singing from Bush's hymnal.
We can now construct an accurate profile of the American War Party, the people that represent a clear and present danger to human survival. They are youngish, white, affluent, well educated, churchgoers. And they are taking us all to Hell.
Among the peoples of the planet, there is no support for U.S.
declarations of a right to strike first. None. Governments are another
matter, and we shall see how they line up under extreme duress from
Washington. However, the views of the world's people matter a great
deal. The events of September 11 should have finally taught Americans
that their personal safety requires, in the words of the Declaration
a decent respect to the opinions of mankind.
Nelson Mandela expresses global opinion, when he says
of the United States of America is a threat to world peace.
The world cowers in fear of Washington, precisely the effect that the Bushmen seek. The U.S. no longer has a foreign policy; it has an appetite, and presents demands. George Bush is improvising the terms of a New World Order that he threatens to impose by force. His rantings about Saddam Hussein are solely for the consumption of the American War Party. The Plan is much bigger than one man with a mustache.
The rest of the globe knows that Saddam is a straw man, set up to be knocked down in America’s line of march toward true Superpowerdom, a form of planetary governance by intimidation and terror. Bush’s businessmen-warriors are making the rules up on a daily basis, but they are deadly serious when they speak of an American Century.
Oil is one thing they understand, intimately.
Colin Powell’s thankless task is to present U.S. demands in tones that sound like diplomacy—the equivalent of describing a TV wrestling match with a straight face. Powell is an amazing person, endowed with a special kind of genius. What a horrible waste of African American manhood, that it be harnessed to imperial enterprise. Powell, alone among U.S. emissaries, is respected in world capitals as a man of reason. Yet he is the point person in a criminal offensive against civilization’s highest achievement: a near-universal desire for a world ruled by law rather than brute force.
Europeans and Russians, especially, understand the language of empire. In case they didn’t get the picture, a leading figure in the unofficial Bush War Cabinet spelled it out to the Washington Post:
It’s pretty straightforward, said former CIA director
R. James Woolsey, who has been one of the leading advocates of forcing
Hussein from power.
France and Russia have oil companies and
interests in Iraq. They should be told that if they are of assistance
in moving Iraq toward decent government, we’ll do the best we
can to ensure that the new government and American companies work
closely with them.
Translation: the United States will control the oil fields of Iraq. Bow down, or be cut out. The same terms will apply to the entire Middle East and Central Asia, as the U.S. expands its military presence.
In the September 15 article, puppet-in-waiting Ahmed Chalabi, leader
of the pitiful gaggle of exiles the U.S. plans to install as the
government of Iraq, looked forward to handing over the oil
fields to a U.S.-led consortium.
American companies will have a big
shot at Iraqi oil, he said.
In the 1884-85 Berlin Conference, the European powers, Turkey and the U.S. divided the globe into areas of influence. In 2002, the U.S. is claiming the whole planet as its protectorate. The price of access to vital resources, is obedience. Whatever happens at the United Nations in the coming weeks and months will be in response to this U.S. threat.
This explains the behavior of Britain’s Prime Minister Tony
Blair, whose countrymen chafe at his role as
poodle for Bush
even as opinion polls show overwhelming opposition to a U.S.-British
invasion of Iraq, especially within Blair’s own Labor
Party. Blair believes his fealty to Bush will ensure that Britain gets
its share of the spoils.
Renewed furor erupted among Labor when the Sunday Herald, a Scottish newspaper, unveiled a study written for Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and other Bush handlers before the Republicans captured the White House. Prepared by the Project for the New American Century, a Rightwing think tank, the September 2000 report presages the administration’s current game plan:
The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.
Labor parliamentarian Tam Dalvell spoke for many in his party.
is a blueprint for U.S. world domination—a new world order of
their making. These are the thought processes of fantasist Americans
who want to control the world. I am appalled that a British Labour
Prime Minister should have got into bed with a crew which has this
moral standing, he said.
When lawmakers from the world’s once-greatest empire are appalled, something earth-shaking is occurring.
Colin Powell accepted with equanimity the boos of delegates to the
United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in
Johannesburg, last month, and immediately turned north to the
oil-producing regions of the continent, the more pressing business on
his African itinerary. As MSNBC reported,
analysts generally agree
that the driving force behind the courtesy call in Gabon and Angola
[was] to secure oil sources in the run-up to a possible conflict with
Under the headline,
In West Africa, Oil is the Prize, the
article noted that the region around the Gulf of Guinea, including
produced more than 4 million barrels a day in 2000, which
is more than Iran, Venezuela or Mexico. The U.S. is seeking to
homeport in the Gulf of Guinea,
to secure oil
and transport routes as the United States depends more heavily on
Africa for supplies.
We would add that such bases—infrastructures of
force-projection proposed by the Oil Policy Initiative
Group—will be capable of facilitating
throughout the region, which accounts for 15% of U.S. oil imports.
British Member of Parliament Dalvell has it right. The Bush plan is elegant, simple, and absolutely brutal.
The United States, which for decades sought to break the power of OPEC, is now preparing to become OPEC, by military means. The threats against Europe and Russia are portents of the world envisioned by Cheney, Rumsfeld and the rest of the piratical band that runs the Bush government. They are about to define what an unchallenged superpower is, and does. International law is no longer a consideration.
The sovereignty of every nation on the globe is in jeopardy. So are
the lives of every person in the United States, as our society risks
being transformed into the repository of all the world’s
resentments—many of which will be absolutely justified. How many
terrorists can be distilled from six billion angry human beings? The
American Century is a prescription for insecurity without end,
In the new, bombed and besieged America—and that is what is on the horizon—civil liberties could shrink to the bare levels necessary for the free flow of goods and services; no one knows what freedoms are required to maintain a complicated market society such as ours, but we may be forced to find out.
Some of the older aspects of American life will remain: racism is
especially effective in maintaining the cooperation of the people that
comprise the War Party. Do not expect some great national
coming-together-under-common-threat. It didn’t happen after 9-1l
(except in the vapid chatter of TV
news personalities), and it
won’t happen when the attacks and threats become regular
occurrences. Generally speaking, white America acts badly under
The civil rights struggle made rapid gains in the years after World War Two, due in some measure to the political parties’ desire to present a liberal face to the world. Back then, the Soviets competed for hearts and minds. The Bush crowd—and those who will succeed them, if we allow it—is immune to embarrassment. If they bully the nations of Europe, how do you think they will treat us? And who will come to our defense?
The impending Bush war(s) is a domestic crisis. The exploited and abused people of Africa, Asia and Latin America surely require our concern and best efforts. But we must also understand that a New World Order means a New Domestic Order, as well—of which we have only gotten a small taste.
I, for one, never imagined that I would one day be considered an enemy by billions of fellow human beings. Yet that is now thinkable.
We have had more than our share of coping with enemies here at home.
George Bush has placed the nation on a course that leads to a global
us and all of
them. Which one are we?
Are you sure about your fellow Americans?