United States electorate based on Christian bigots in classic reactionary style
- From: alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Alan)
- Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 10:35 +0000 (GMT Standard Time)
VHeadline.com commentarist Chris Herz writes: In this column, we annoyed some
readers with the comment that the USA had already suffered tactical defeat in
Iraq. Apparently some of the faith-based crowd have been listening too long to
the bloviation of their conflator-in-chief. They have swallowed the fluff and
guff about "democractizing the Middle East" just as once they did the lies about
weapons of mass destruction. Or the codswallop of some mysterious association
between Saddam and Osama.
What they were really about was just what they always are up to ... any Indian
can tell you what they really covet.
Well the dream of US-controlled, "privatized" oil in Iraq is dissipating
just like one of those mythical mushroom clouds in a hurricane of fact. And this
is, in military terms, tactical defeat: The failure to take and hold the
Thanks to Reuters we see the oil-production figures: 1.1 million barrels per day
for December 2005, down from 1.2 the month before, and down from 1.8 mbpd
January last. Iraq's pre-invasion production was never less than 2.5 mbpd. The
fall-off is entirely due to sabotage and the physical threat to the lives of the
necessary foreign engineers and technicians. In other words, the Resistance has
found the fatal weakness of its opponent and is attacking at what military men
call the "schwerpunkt": The point at which a decisive battle must be waged.
Despite US attempts to try to shift the focus of resistance to the Zarkawy
religious fanatics and their looney attacks on their own people, there are
obviously some, probably former professional officers, who understand where the
battle can successfully be fought. Every liter of oil left in the ground is
their legacy to an independent Iraq.
And despite claims to the contrary, there are no puppet forces other than the
Kurdish Peshmerga, temporarily re-uniformed in Iraqi colors, capable of combat
operations. And no domestic forces are capable of sustained combat, by reports.
The United States is attempting, as did Britain in its colonial period, to
savagely use its airpower against the Iraqis, attempting with only 160,000
troops a war of attrition against a population of 26,000,000. Of course this
leaves a trail of death and devastation -- airpower can be counted upon to kill
at a rate of nine to one: Nine non-combatants for every enemy soldier destroyed.
But so far at least, no one has invented an attachment for an F-16 which will
mend holes in pipelines.
So this miserable tactic too, fails to deal with the key element in the battle.
Were we here at VHeadline.com really the cynics the right-wingers call us, we
could ask nothing better than that the USA "stay the course" in Iraq ... even
expand their dastardly wars into Syria and Iran.
The people of Latin America have been afforded a precious breathing space; time
to get their house in order. And it does no harm to see the Empire weakening
itself daily by loss of troops and treasure. Every Marine blown up by an
"improvised explosive device" (more evidence of competent military direction in
at least portions of the Resistance) is one who will not be available for the
'democritization' of Lake Maracaibo, or to move from Paraguay to the rescue and
liberation of southern Bolivia. And the financial consequences of the war have
already been 'disasterous.'
With an half trillion US$ already down the Iraq rat-hole, and state debt at 8.1
trillions and now beyond control, the United States lacks the financial power to
restore their shattered main port on the Gulf of Mexico. They lack the ability
to sustain the pensioning system for their aged. They cannot find the resources
for the reform of their healthcare system. In the economy the housing bubble is
clearly headed for a bust. They cannot, perhaps most importantly, maintain
manufacturing and physical infrastructures like highways, and electrical
transmission lines. Tough to build and maintain aircraft and ships if your
fastest-growing industry is jails and prisons and your biggest commercial
enterprise is Wal-Mart -- selling Chinese goods.
In his election-eve video tape (carefully redacted here) Osama bin Laden stated
that the way to defeat the USA, the only way, was to foster the plutocracy
there; to allow it, to encourage it to spend the USA into oblivion.
Politically, the Empire is in poor shape as well. Her ruling plutocracy have
excused themselves from bearing the costs of the attempted hostile take-over of
the Iraqi National Oil Company by drastically cutting taxes on wealth.
These factions can now only govern the state by basing the electorate on
Christian bigots and chauvinists in classic reactionary style.
The sense of alienation elsewhere in the population has to be seen to be
Even some of the ignorant, hitherto held in check by their preachers, are
hearing from their wives about food prices ... and they cannot help but notice
the steady rise in fuel prices.
"Can't you see we're still here,
Can't you see we're still here,
Singing loud; Singing clear,
We shall not go under,
We're still here."
Nemesis Peace Centre
Abuse of Women and Children
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