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Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Why would George W. Bush—and his arrogant “?second?” in command—go to war in Iraq with the warnings detailed by intelligence agencies months before the invasion took place? (See Washington Post story) The admonitions were vivid in descriptions of reprisals by al-Qaeda and other insurgents, notice that Iran would assert its regional influence, and generally piss off Muslims around the world to the point of action. And, of course, it all happened, as if it had been scripted in Hollywood. I may get a visit soon from the FBI or Secret Service for my opinions, but I honestly think the Bush/Cheney team is trying to fulfill the prophesy of George Orwell’s Big Brother in 1984 before the end of this administration. Not necessarily in the purest form visualized by Orwell, rather a movement to rule the world and control the production of oil. It didn’t start with GWB, or his father; the trend began when the petroleum industry wrested from the coal industry the number one spot as energy provider. But America’s imperial ambitions are well spelled out in Noam Chomsky’s book, Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance. Take my advice and read it. Here’s a quote: “Within establishment circles, there has been considerable concern that ‘America’s imperial ambition’ is a serious threat even to its own population. Their alarm reached new heights as the Bush administration declared itself to be a ‘revisionist state’ that intends to rule the world permanently, becoming, some felt, ‘a menace to itself and to mankind’ under the leadership of ‘radical nationalists’ aiming for ‘unilateral world domination through absolute military superiority.’” In his notes substantiating this material, Chomsky refers us to John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs, Sept./Oct. 2002, and Anatol Lieven, London Review of Books, October 3, 2002. In another article from MRZine, the Campaign Against sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII), criticizes the UK newspaper the Guardian for republishing unconfirmed Bush administration propaganda that could be used to justify escalation of the Iraq military surge, and even later military action against Iran. I guess this answers my original question.

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