By JIM W. DEAN
“Deep within every one of us lies a natural understanding of good and evil. That is why one man can tell the truth convincingly – but it takes the entire apparatus of the state to peddle a lie – and propagate that lie to new generations.” – Gandhi.
There seems no escape from seeing the pretensions of Western Democracy dragged exposed and defeated before the world’s public, like Hector dragged behind Achilles’ triumphant chariot in the Iliad. What has happened to previously free people where they have, step by step, swapped freedom for something that cannot even be called a three-dollar bill, but a buck fifty?
We see citizens like these in the US, where their government treats them in many ways like the slaves of occupiers of a defeated nation. Sure, the people have some semblance of control over their lives, but only on issues for which the occupiers have no concern. Obama is a light version of Bush, with none of the Iranian nuclear bomb fraud and craziness, but who replaced it with Syrian and Ukrainian disasters.
Gitmo and its “Jihadis” are still with us, when the prisons should be instead full of NeoCons and the real perpetrators of 9-11, and followed by all those involved in the cover-up. That might require a lot of new prison construction to house them all. Obama brought us change, but then more of the same.
Today, we found ourselves on Veterans Today radio asking all those who witnessed the 9-11 cover-up to come forward to give us more details, which might force our government to stop hiding the truth. The lies about the justification for the destruction of Syria and Ukraine have been on a lesser scale, but only with regard to the US body count and the multi-trillion dollar defense spending robbery that the Bush gangsters pulled on us.
After all the carefully-orchestrated mega financial scams began to blow up on Bush-43’s watch (like pulling a rabbit out of a hat), our country experienced the trauma of 9-11. At VT, we are no longer laughed at when we call it a coup. Emergency laws appeared out of the magic hat, as did massive defense spending for the new foreign wars that took the country further down the tubes, yet Bush was re-elected.
That America did not get a war going with Iran was a miracle, partially due to one false flag attack that Gwenyth Todd broke up in Bahrain. Gwenyth escaped her targeted-assassination punishment by inadvertently changing plans to go somewhere else, missing her date for being blown up with “Shia extremists” in a rigged bomb plot.
The country became sick of Bush and the NeoCons, and that opened the door for Obama. But part of his riding into office was the horror of having John McCain and his blow-up-doll version of a first female Vice President, who had to be dressed each day and tutored in world geography to be able to talk to the press. Today she is still a laughing stock, but she was chosen to pull the women’s vote, and she did draw female fan worship like the biblical Golden Calf.
Europe and the crash of economy
The banking crash that brought Europe down was also a democracy-changing event. What used to be a pump-and-dump scam used to manipulate the stock market was boosted up to target entire countries. Financial regulator budgets had been paired back to insure their ineffectiveness. You all watched what happened.
Peoples’ lives got changed in a big way. Instead of a group of Warlords having to militarily conquer Europe to exploit it financially, new financial weapons of mass destruction were used.
Indebtedness was used as a smokescreen to convert state parliaments and legislatures into armies of occupation, who began ruling by cracking their austerity whips. The transition from freemen back to surfs began in earnest, but many have still not figured that out.
Little Greece is the current news legacy from that era, with its new anti-austerity promise government. The new Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, is in the real democracy spotlight now, having taken his little 5% party to a victory of 35%, and ending the dominance of the two major parties for the past 40 years. I am waiting for Greece to begin democracy revival conventions in Athens, which should be well attended.
Within the first week, we hear talk of concessions on Greece’s debt load, after creditors took a 50% haircut back in 2012. “It’s okay to talk about Greek debt, to lighten its burden,” said French Finance Minister, Michel Sapin. That was quickly followed by PM Tsipras rejecting having Greece’s name on the EU’s renewal of Russian sanctions, but in his first stumble, that decision was reversed the following day.
The $270-billion bailout monster still hangs over Greece, but what we are watching being birthed is a growing realization that the crime against Greece was loading her with debt that she clearly could never pay. The bankster gangsters that did that now have Ukraine in their sights, with lots of natural wealth they plan foreclosing on, with NATO and the US military serving as their guard dogs.
France was responding to democratic complaints on the stupidity of the Russian sanctions, which boomeranged on them when Moscow countered with the EU food import bans, and with what will most probably be the last military contract that French workers ever see from Russia — the Mistral.
The German opposition has been outspoken on the failure of the sanctions, but Merkel has a tight grip on power, as does the European Council.
The EU was designed to eliminate any real democracy in Europe, with its extra buffer layers of non-accountability between the voters and the political-financial elites. The plan seems to be working. The elites do pretty much what they want, like having no problem with their new puppet government in Kiev ignoring several ceasefires, and for using the lull in the fighting to prepare its next offensive.
When Mariupol gets shelled for its first time with innocent civilian deaths, the EU governments shed their instant tears, but use the event to justify Russian sanctions renewals. For the civilians dying daily in Donetsk from Ukrainian army shelling, not one tear — only more Western offers of military and financial aid to keep Kiev’s offensive going.
The European people, of course, want nothing to do with this; but they are powerless so far to stop it. The same goes for us here in the US. We had our moment in the sun when the spontaneous phone campaign to stop the Syrian bomb attack astonished our political establishment. They had not seen it coming. Obama averted what would have been the disaster of his career if he had gone through with the bombing campaign awaiting his call.
I prayed that the American people had discovered their telephone weapon of political mass destruction and would start using it weekly on one major target after another, but alas, my prayers were not answered. We are going to use our new VT radio network to build a permanent six-figure member army of phone callers to reach out and touch people who need to get banged over their heads to get their attention.
We cannot wait for the next election to have our every two-year moment in the sun. I never would have believed that I would be seeing Greece as the tip of the spear for a hopefully democratic revival.
Am I reaching here? Maybe so… but it happened when no one thought it could. This Greek election is one of the best examples of grassroots leadership coming forward in a long time. At the end of the day, we have to work with what we have… toward a better tomorrow.