Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nemesis


Chalmers Johnson wrote about “Blowback” in which he links the CIA’s clandestine activities abroad to disasters at home.  In “The Sorrows of Empire,” Johnson explores how the growth of militarism and the garrisoning of our troops around the world has jeopardized our safety at home.  The final volume of what has become known as the “Blowback Trilogy” is “Nemesis: The Last Days of The American Republic.”

The CIA’s term “blowback” is a metaphor for the unintended consequences of it’s activities, which are kept secret from the American people.  In 1953, Eisenhower’s CIA feared there would be blowback from its reprehensible interference in the affairs of Iran.  By installing the Shah to power, the CIA brought twenty-five years of tyranny and repression upon the Iranian people, which concluded with the Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolution, and the staff of the American embassy was held hostage for more than a year.  That covert operation helped convince many people throughout the Islamic world that America was its mortal enemy.

Unfortunately, most American’s don’t have a clue regarding what has been happening for the last six decades.  We think of our country as peaceful, happy, hard working, and law abiding.  Readers might be shocked to learn that the Islamic extremists we are now fighting are the very group we supported and subsidized throughout the 1980s in the name of fighting Communism in Afghanistan.  And, during the 1990s, our government attempted to starve the population of Iraq, which resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths.

Bush claimed that suicidal Sunni assassins, who attacked us on September 11, 2001, were “evil”, and that we are “a beacon for freedom” and “this is civilization's fight.”  The abstract values such as a “clash of civilizations” is a way of evading responsibility for the blowback that America’s imperialism has generated.

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