NATO's top military leaders, representing the now centuries old world rule by private investment banking, make a pathetic and pompous photo-op show of a supposedly tactical decision, to give up murdering Afghani citizens in their own country's homes, villages, cities and countryside after 2014.
A smiling Quisling Afghan president Karzai, installed with phony elections under murderous occupation of his country by the high-tech military of almost the entire industrialized (white) world is prominently seated along side NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Supreme Allied Commander Europe.[ New York Times]
One can't forget that CNN video of the NATO Secretary General explaining to us so clinically and chillingly reminiscent of SS officers portrayed in World War Two movies, that the tens of thousands of NATO bombing sorties in Libya caused little or no civilian casualties.
To make it look more like an official space-age planetary governing body than a gang of white collar criminals with homicidal intent, the conference hall is filled with an august circle of fifty delegate desks, each with the name of the country clearly indicated, as if to impress how very many nations are willing to share the responsibility for ten years of manslaughter of thousands upon thousands of innocent men, women and children in very their own beloved country.
If Barack Obama had been tried under Nuremberg-Principles on that same day in Chicago, the maximum leader could have spread his arms wide with lifted shoulders indicating in his defense that as everyone can plainly see, the genocide is, a multinational war crime atrocity in which he merely participates in as coordinator.
Whereas the President's opening remarks http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2012/05/nato_chief_chicago_has_always_.html in Chicago, were largely congratulatory pleasantries with little reference to pre-announced plan to withdraw all troops by 2014, the President's Remarks on Afghanistan War Troop Withdrawalas released by the White House, June 22, 2011 almost a year ago sought to justify withdrawal for the successes achieved:
"By the time I took office, the war in Afghanistan had entered its seventh year … al Qaeda's leaders had escaped into Pakistan and were plotting new attacks … the Taliban had regrouped and gone on the offensive … I ordered an additional 30,000 American troops into Afghanistan … we've inflicted serious losses on the Taliban and taken a number of its strongholds … Al Qaeda is under more pressure … we have taken out more than half of al Qaeda's leadership … we have put al Qaeda on a path to defeat … peace cannot come to a land that has known so much war without a political settlement … America will join initiatives that reconcile the Afghan people, including the Taliban … America, it is time to focus on nation building here at home … Let us responsibly end these wars … May God bless our troops. And may God bless the United States of America."
We are aware of the truth of wire services reports over the past ten years, that NATO (mostly US Armed Forces), with all it thousands of troops and space-age death delivery systems, have only succeeded in exercising a varying amount of control over cities in Afghanistan and less than half of Afghanistan's land area.
This boasting of military achievements in Afghanistan sounds familiar. After fifteen years of suffering more or less the same defeat in Vietnam, though throwing the equivalent of a 9/11 on the Indochinese population every month for fifteen years and having paid the French Colonial Armed Forces to do it for eight years earlier, the US and its European allies were driven out. In the end the only military achievement in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia was having brought death to between three and five million human beings for daring to oppose US-European neo-colonial military occupation and the corrupt and undemocratic government it had forced upon Vietnam.
The final military body-count achievement for Afghanistan will be more difficult to figure, for deadly terror began thirty-two years ago with Jimmy Carter's arming and training fundamentalist hill tribes intent on preventing their daughters from going to schools of the women liberating socialist government in Kabul. The CIA secretly funded a civil war to frighten the Soviets into making the mistake of intervention, and then invited in fundamentalist Arabs like Osama bin Laden and paid them to fight the Russians. After eight years the Russians left, defeated by CIA Stinger missiles, Arab and war load led attacks aided by CIA allied secret services from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. For the ensuing years of war among the US backed war lords, bombarding cities, raping women and stealing everywhere the Taliban [Students of God] movement was born to restore civil society, protect women, restore public services and peace. Only after a few years respite came the US post 9/11 US bombing, invasion and ten years of occupation war on all Afghanistan on the pretext of a refusal to extradite Osama bin Laden without evidence or trial.
Hold your head in your hands as you listen to the usual preposterous claims of yet another American president representing the elite criminal leadership of the wealthy white world's investment community declare that after ten years, "our forces" have broken the momentum of the Taliban."
Just so, do some of us remember hearing Lyndon Johnson testify to 'our gains in the war against the Godless Vietcong,'(viciously attacking our half million troops sent to save people not ready to govern themselves from trying.)
Those of us old enough remember as well US troops, planes and ships and/or covert operating CIA saving Greeks from Greek socialists;
– saving Koreans from uniting their nation after the US, having previously recognized their country as territory of Imperial Japan for forty years, divided it and installed a dictator who would massacre of 200,000 thousand communists, socialists, union activists men, women and their children in the South (so hated he had to flee for his life after the US reinstalled his government. The history of his dictatorship has been expunged from South Korean schoolbooks).
– saving Iranians from their first democratic (oil nationalizing) government;
– saving Guatemalans from a democratically elected but US business uncooperative government;
– saving Congolese from their popular first president to then suffer millions of lives taken under a brutal and corrupt US and Belgian installed dictator;
– saving Cubans (unsuccessfully), from revolutionary Cubans who chased away a US backed dictator;
– saving Lebanese from anti-Israeli Lebanese;
– saving Brazilians from a beloved popular president of the people;
– saving Bolivians from being free of their generals;
– saving Chileans from a popularly elected socialist president;
– saving Dominicans from Dominicans demanding their elected President back;
– saving Panamanians from a CIA-payrolled-agent President and saving one thousand of them from the trouble of living;
– saving Grenadians from independence from the US;
– saving Salvadorians from revolting against US backed massacres,
– saving Haitians from their beloved US kidnapped priest-President;
and after 9/11 when as Rev. Jeremiah Wright noted "Chickens have come home to roost." repeating Malcolm X saying so after JFK's assassination:
– everyone remember saving Iraqis from a murdering CIA aided dictator, and then saving a million Iraqis from a peaceful death;
– saving Somali from having a humane non-war lord Islamic government,
– saving Yemeni from overthrowing their brutal US backed dictator,
– saving Pakistanis from America hating Pakistanis;
– saving Libyans from a government that had brought them Arab socialism and a living standard higher that nine European nations with free health care and higher education;
The list goes on and encompasses nearly every non-white complexioned nation on earth, updating to the present saving of Syria from any possible peaceful existence uncontrolled by Western investment banks.
All these hundreds of bombings, invasions, occupation wars, covert overthrows, engendering of violence, false flag stimulating of civil wars and other acts of war like dis-stabilizing sanctions have all taken place under three names of high appointed officials forced upon presidents from Truman through Obama. All three are close confidants of David Rockefeller. Either the Dulles brothers, Henry Kissinger or Zbigniew Bzrezinski have overseen each the heinous taking of lives in illegal wars from Korea through the latest covert genocide in Syria.
Those who really rule and are in charge of these infinite unjust investment opportunities, which imperialist military criminally enforce with the inhuman horror of war, are neither capable of self-restraint nor respecting boundaries. The simple business amorality of the unchained power of money created as a false commodity, once released over humanity, flows downhill like water seeking its own level, covering every place possible everywhere, whether great or tiny.*
Morality, civility, humaneness, nobility, appreciation and respect for the lives that will need to be taken in wars to stimulate capitalist economy in the face of new production technology lowering profits, is not part of the business ethic.
The profits from investing in wars of conquest of natural resources and from rebuilding afterwards renew the private accumulation of capital that assures the continuing rule of those long ensconced in power for the wealth and resources previously stolen from the commons and commonwealth of the planet.
For a few days, in Chicago, militarized politicians of wealthy nations pretended to sit in discussion of how much more death they will deal to poorest nation on earth before they are allowed by their dominating investment banking community's ruling elite to desist. How many of our observant honest journalist and peoples historians doubt that these uniformed and fine suited men who met in Chicago are merely going through the motions of diplomats and politicians and are in reality absolutely powerless to do otherwise.
At the same time, and by contrast, these militarized politicians, both elected and appointed, are legally responsible for the deadly war crimes they feel themselves above the law in committing their signatures to, though they do so for the investment community they are beholden to. This politicians, and not the war requesting investment community, sign orders for generals to pass on down through the chain of command to those who are actually pull the triggers. Will there not eventually be consequences for those responsible for illegal and undeclared wars – crimes against humanity?
The answer to this question, as Bob Dylan sang, "is blowin' in the wind." Former presidents, secretaries of state and defense feel forced to cancel trips abroad apprehensive of ugly citizen reaction and dangerous encounters that can require police protection, even temporary protective confinement. They best avoid a certain town in Vermont for fear of arrest under an local ordinance in effect.
Though Spain has reined in the strong willed judge who was frightening a lot of high officials involved in dirty wars, no one can be sure that judges elsewhere will not rise up to bringing the law to bear on crimes against humanity individually filed in national courts that international courts will not accept, as in the case of General Pinochet, who found himself arrested and in held in limbo between England, Spain and his own Chile for extradition charges filed.
This month saw the conviction by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal of former President Bush junior and many of his appointees as guilty of the torturing they presided over. This tribunal of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission is no lightweight, being founded by an internationally respected anti-imperialist, for twenty years Prime Minister of Malaysia, notoriously outspoken and tough on Western media when it slandered his nation or his administration.
In Cape Town, South Africa, the Bertram Russell-Sartre War Crimes Tribunal has been reconstituted for prosecution of Israeli crimes against Palestinians and an second panel to prosecute Barack Obama is being considered by another group.
A few weeks ago, a former president of Veterans For Peace had an indictment read at the gates of the Hancock, NY Drone Air Force Base indicting military and personnel along with their chain of command up through and including President Obama.
[see OpEdNews, Thursday, April 26, 2012, Whoops! Coming End of US Wars for Wall St. – Demonstrators Indicting Not Protesting]
The Campaign for International Awareness that Martin Luther King Condemned US Wars and the "unjust predatory investments they are meant to maintain." has been gathering endorsements from all major anti-war organizations and celebrities from all walks of life.
Finally, the new campaign Prosecute US Crimes Against Humanity Now, featuring country-by-country histories of US crimes following in the footsteps of peoples historian Howard Zinn and Martin Luther King teaching of honest history since 1945 and exposing how corporate media disinforms (1967 Beyond Vietnam sermon. The campaign is dedicated to promote awareness of the ever more meaningful important work of the National Lawyers Guild and the Center for Constitutional Law. http://prosecuteuscrimesagainsthumanitynow.blogspot.com/
Today's international 'untouchables' will be Humanity's prisoners tomorrow. "Times, they are a changing," continued Bob Dylan.
* "Rule by financial capital- by money and those who have it-in disregard of all non-financial values, has triumphed over democracy, markets, justice, life, and spirit" David Korten, in When Corporations Rule the World
Jay Janson is an archival research peoples historian activist, musician and writer; has lived and worked on all continents; articles on media published in China, Italy, UK, India and the US; now resides in NYC;. Howard Zinn lent his name to various projects of his; Global Research; Information Clearing House; Counter Currents, Kerala, India; Minority Perspective, UK; Dissident Voice, OpEdNews; HistoryNews Network; Vermont Citizen News and others have published his articles, 250 of which are available at http://www.opednews.com/author/author1723.html Weekly column, South China Morning Post, 1986-87; reviews for Ta Kung Bao; articles China Daily, 1989. Is coordinator of the King Condemned US Wars International Awareness Campaign (King Condemned US Wars) and creator of Prosecute US Crimes Against Humanity Now Campaign fearuting a country by country history of US crimes. Studied history at CCNY, Columbia U., U. Puerto Rico, Dolmetscher Institut München, Germany; Korean National University of Arts, Seoul; Radiotelevisione Italiana, Rome; Zagreb Radiotelevision,Yugoslavia; Hong Kong Arts Academy.
Article originally published by OpEdNews 5/24/2012