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Thursday, April 17, 2008

How US Capitalism Will End US Military Adventurism


And if any man will hurt them, fire (Scripture) proceeds out of their mouth, and devours their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.  These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.
-Revelations 11:3-6

By Peter K. Vickers
Information Clearinghouse
April 16, 2008

You know those overused phrases right? Those quips like ‘What goes around comes around’; ‘Karma is a bitch’; ‘You reap what you sow’; the trite off the cuff sayings about shared human morality that used to hold some wisdom, but have long since become empty verbiage? I’m sure if you thought for just a moment you’d come up with another clich in the same vein, that you could say and then laugh at how stupid it sounds, how meaningless it has become.

How about ‘The bigger they come the harder they fall.’

I hope all of you in the USA are ready because Karma really is a bitch, and Ezekiel’s Wheels are spinning out of your control, and the weight when they come to ground on America is going to hurt more than anything you can imagine. The gods of Mammon you have raised up will not be kind and millions of you are already BEGINNING TO FEEL the financial pain. You will not only LOSE YOUR ECONOMIC ADVANTAGES in the fall to come, but harder to bear will be the loss of your illusions about your morality, your superiority, your supremacy, and your vaunted exceptionalism. As in your blind aggressions in foreign lands the innocent within America will be collateral damage. None but those of you who have so blatantly looted your country’s coffers will be spared in the coming economic conflagration, and those vultures will simply flee to their international redoubts and leave you to your wretched misery.

Most Americans KNOW instinctively, beyond the fog of flag-waving and hollow hymn singing, deep in their souls, that the invasion and occupation of Iraq is a crime of monstrous proportions, one committed in their name, with their permission, by those they elected and those they armed and equipped, a crime they could end at any time but do not. Any student of history also recognizes this aggression to be just the latest in a series of heinous crimes committed on innocents around the globe by the modern world’s most egregious and dangerous country, a country once blessed, now drunk on power, cursed with addictions to venality, gangsterism, careless obese consumption and usury the likes of which has never been witnessed before. With so much original promise squandered America has allowed itself to become a vampire culture, consuming all it touches including its own natural wealth, its principals and institutions, its legacy, and in a final maddened act of social cannibalism devouring the future of its young and itself.

Poetic blind justice is about to render her verdict there in the land of the ‘light on the hill’, the Camelot of historys most brutal and deluded killer culture. Not ONE COUNTRY has had the strength to stand against American weapons and legions as they have killed millions in brutal aggressions over the last hundred years, but the USA has sown the seeds of its own destruction in the wanton, neo-liberal capitalism it has inflicted on the entire world, in the cost of its endless military adventures, in the social Darwinism that underpins American morality and theology and therein lies the self-administered poison that has rotted out the heart and guts of America and signals its inevitable DEMISE.

We know that the distress of this impending collapse in the US economy will extend into Canada and abroad, and that it will be very tough, and with the consequences clearly held, most global citizens stand ready to bear the suffering of this most necessary cure. A small price to pay for the future of our planet and our children, for those who are dying and will die under the guns of your young murderers in far-flung countries; a pittance in pain to finally be freed from all facets of this terminal malignant made-in-USA malady! It is finally becoming obvious even to Americans that their country has swallowed the poison pill which as we speak brings on the systemic failures which will ultimately silence the ravening dogs of war and deadly consumption that exude across the 49th parallel and around the world, a plague that left to continue its feral spread would be the end of all of us.

For you Americans who smell the rot that pervades your country and your culture, we feel pain and comradeship for what is to come but this cleansing must take place. The alternative is not something that humanity or the biosphere as we know it can survive.


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Man-Made Famine

There are many causes behind the world food crisis, but one chief villain: World Bank head, Robert Zoellick

By Raj Patel
The Guardian
April 17, 2008

For anyone who understands the current FOOD CRISIS, it is hard to listen to the head of the World Bank, ROBERT ZOELLICK, without gagging.

Earlier this week, Zoellick waxed apocalyptic about the consequences of the global surge in prices, arguing that free trade had become a humanitarian necessity, to ensure that poor people had enough to eat. The current wave of food riots has ALREADY CLAIMED the prime minister of Haiti, and there have been protests around the world, from Mexico, to Egypt, to India.

The reason for the price rise is perfect storm of high oil prices, an increasing demand for meat in developing countries, poor harvests, population growth, financial speculation and biofuels. But prices have fluctuated before. The reason we’re seeing such misery as a result of this particular spike has everything to do with Zoellick and his friends.

Before he REPLACED Paul Wolfowitz at the World Bank, Zoellick was the US TRADE REPRESENTATIVE, their man at the World Trade Organisation. While there, he won a reputation as a tough and guileful negotiator, savvy with details and pushy with the neoconservative economic agenda: a technocrat with a knuckleduster.

His mission was to accelerate two decades of trade liberalisation in key strategic commodities for the United States, among them agriculture. Practically, this meant the removal of developing countries’ ability to stockpile grain (food mountains interfere with the market), to create tariff barriers (ditto), and to support farmers (they ought to be able to compete on their own). This Zoellick did often, and enthusiastically.

Without agricultural support policies, though, there’s no buffer between the price shocks and the bellies of the poorest people on earth. No option to support sustainable smaller-scale farmers, because they’ve been driven off their land by cheap EU and US imports. No option to dip into grain reserves because they’ve been sold off to service debt. No way of increasing the income of the poorest, because social programmes have been cut to the bone.

The reason that today’s price increases hurt the poor so much is that all protection from price shocks has been flayed away, by organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organisation and the World Bank.

Even the World Bank’s own Independent Evaluation Group ADMITS that the bank has been doing a poor job in agriculture. Part of the bank’s vision was to clear away the government agricultural clutter so that the private sector could come in to make agriculture efficient. But, as the Independent Evaluation Group delicately puts it, “in most reforming countries, the private sector did not step in to fill the vacuum when the public sector withdrew.” After the liberalisation of agriculture, the invisible hand was nowhere to be seen.

But governments weren’t allowed to return to the business of supporting agriculture. Trade liberalisation agreements and World Bank loan conditions, such as those promoted by Zoellick, have made food sovereignty impossible.

This is why, when we see Dominique Strauss-Kahn of the IMF wailing about food prices, or Zoellick using the crisis to argue with breathless urgency for more liberalisation, the only reasonable response is nausea.


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