Truthdig’s Paul Street: The United States and the Crucifixion of Yemen
“I do not share other world citizens’ willingness to pardon ordinary Americans from responsibility for U.S. government crimes, both direct and indirect, around the world and in Yemen. The real story of what the U.S. is doing globally is readily available for those willing to look beyond “mainstream” sources and doctrine. Most Americans remain willfully ignorant of terrible transgressions regularly committed in their name by Uncle Sam and his allies and clients abroad.
“This ugly indifference extends even to many on the nominal left, including Bernie Sanders fans who gave unconditional support to Sanders even after he told a peace activist in Iowa City in 2015 that the Saudis “are going to have to get their hands dirty” in the U.S-led “war on [of] terror.”
““For Bernie and his supporters,” 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka wrote two years ago in an essay titled “The Yemen Tragedy and the Crisis of the American Left,” “the mischief that the Saudi government and private individuals have been engaged in across the region financing groups like [Islamic State] wasn’t dirty enough.”
“Neither, apparently, was Riyadh’s U.S.-equipped campaign to bomb Yemen back to the 19th century—a campaign that has turned Yemen into a shameful humanitarian disaster of epic proportions.””
He’s right. We are guilty. All of us. We let this happen through our apathy and our willful ignorance.
You can’t continue to wear rose-colored glasses when viewing our own history (past and currently making) and still call yourself an American. We have to stop our government’s continuing campaign of terror on the world at large. WE are the terrorists who have spawned other terrorist groups in retaliation for what we’ve done.
We were all so shocked by 9/11. We’re thinking, “Why did they do this to us? What did we do to deserve this?”
THIS: We have ignored what our government has been doing for a few centuries, and with our access to information for the last 80 years, we have no excuse. We’ve been willing to accept lies and misinformation, all because we’ve been spoon-fed “patriotism” by our leaders whose sole mission is to rob us blind while they yell “squirrel” and point to carefully selected blame games.
We can’t afford to ignore our government’s war crimes and war-mongering behavior anymore. We can’t. If we continue on this road, we’re complicit in all war crimes our military and intelligence agencies commit in our name.
“The United States has killed, maimed, displaced and otherwise harmed an astonishing number of people in its 241-year record of murder and mayhem—including more than 20 million killed in 37 nations since 1945.”
Here ya go, Presidents (except Jimmy Carter), Congress, FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. One more goddamn fucking word about Russian meddling and the American people should kick your duplicitous, corrupted, evil asses. Woodrow Wilson invaded Russia during their revolution because he hated communism, and began a campaign of interventionism, calling the action White Russian. This action was the source of the upcoming Cold War and our rivalry with Russia. We interfered in their elections, and Americans have been ignorant of this fact thanks to the government being in charge of the making of our history books.
This blatantly racist bastard (he held a private viewing of the hideous White Supremacist film “Birth of a Nation” and personally re-activated the KKK) was responsible for the murder of civilians in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatamala, Honduras, and other nations, thanks to his interference in their democratically-elected governments. Why did he do this? His belief that we were superior and had the right. We aren’t and we never did.
“Hiroshima (146,000 killed with a single bomb—what President Harry Truman called “the greatest thing in history”) and Nagasaki (80,000): The arch-criminal atom bombings were unnecessary and savagely carried out even though the U.S. high command knew Japan was defeated and ready to accept U.S. surrender terms.”
What you should know, fellow Americans, is that dropping bombs on Japan was NOT due to winning the war or trying to stop more bloodshed (choke on that stupidity for a sec). It was to send a clear message to *Moscow*. All our military commanders told Truman it was unnecessary but he ignored them. The fucker should have been hung for war crimes.
We have to put a stop to this terrorism by our government, ladies and gentlemen. We have no right to interfere with other nations, never mind declaring non-wars on their peoples. No right whatsoever.