Press TV: Christmas of murder, an American story

Christmas of murder, an American story

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By Gordon Duff and Press TV

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“The real voices of reason are invariably those of the “terrorist.” Speak the truth and you are on a “watch list.” Demand justice and you become the fodder of a “drone attack.”

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During the past few weeks, America has shocked me. The vote to maintain the suffering and degradation of the Palestinian people was expected.

I cannot really claim that the bizarre and wildly conspiratorial lies about Syria and nuclear weapons, a news report I just viewed minutes ago, or the threat of chemical and biological weapon use, surprised me.

Then it hit me as though I had run into a wall at one hundred miles per hour.

America is voting to restrict visits by Russian nationals based on possible “war crimes” and is supporting similar attacks on Iran for their failure to adhere to America’s standards for human rights.

I keep saying it, as if it is a dream, “America’s standards for human rights…”

Without belaboring the point, I have watched my country murder two million people during the last 11 years. During my lifetime, I have watched America support death squads in three dozen nations, arm maniacal regimes with weapons of mass destruction and, quite openly, flood the world with narcotics while turning away from issues of mass murder and human trafficking on every continent but Antarctica.

I see this and realize I live in a nation obsessed with religion, obsessed with “judgment” and utterly blind to what is inexorably an evil that has seeped into the very recesses of every aspect of American society.

Today, in Russia, millions are preparing for the “end of the world,” based on interpretations of the Mayan calendar.

When I look around, the indifference to justice, to humanity, to honor and decency, the willingness to engage in wholesale evil on a massive scale, and no rational person can assert that the American psyche is one iota other than described, the idea of the “end times” begins to make sense.

Are so many utterly blind that they can’t see how a divine hand would demand retribution against societies that are so inherently infested with what could only be described as a demonic presence?

Indifference transcends all today, torture, murder, starvation, cruelty, no matter the color, the race, the religion, it means nothing.

If you think I am kidding, if you feel I exaggerate, please read any American newspaper, watch any report, listen to our government, see what we do, for every voice of decency, the soulless silence of millions rings with a deafening crescendo.

America is a nation of churches. They dot our cities, our countryside, new ones every day. The days of the small church, the rural congregations are quickly giving way to “mega-churches.” Such things exist no place other than America, often prefabricated, tens of thousands of square feet, industrial buildings altered to take on the appearance of places of solemnity and worship.

We are told America is a Christian nation with up to 44% of Americans regularly attending religious services.

This is a critical time. Christians around the world look to the period each year chosen to represent the birth of Christ. What had been intended to be a message of spiritual renewal, of universal love, of ultimate humanity and transcendent goodness, a time of hope and replenishment has, during my lifetime, a short few decades, lost its meaning.

It feels strange, talking about Christmas. My own household was never religious but Christmas was always a magical time, not just one of gifts, but a mystical period that touched all of us, believers and non-believers alike.

Let me be more than clear, there are endlessly more “non-believers” in America than “believers,” particularly among those who regularly attend religious services.

The twentieth century set the stage for what was to follow. What had been represented as the great clashes, between philosophies, clashes between political theories, clashes between nation states over the resources of the world are now laid bare, as the new century has brought new vision.

Capitalism, the financial religion of “the West,” was proven nothing but rehashed feudalism, with the barons and dukes replaced by petty dictators and the shadow world government of organized crime, described by many as “international finance.”

With few exceptions, every move toward human advancement and spiritual renewal was characterized as “radicalization.” A century of war builds a world of injustice, of filthy water, of poisoned food, of darkness and hopes for teeming billions dashed.

Whatever the people of the world accepted as their beliefs and hopes, nothing became so clear as the presence of an evil waiting to end a life, crush a dream, debase all innocence.

I can no longer watch the news; I can no longer listen to but a few world leaders.

Moreover, the real voices of reason are invariably those of the “terrorist.” Speak the truth and you are on a “watch list.” Demand justice and you become the fodder of a “drone attack.”

Thus, I look at America, judging the world; this leader is a “war criminal,” that one an “extremist,” and another, “sympathetic to ‘Al Qaeda.’”

Then I remember.

From the website HistoryCommons.org, the story of how and why the United States withdrew from participation in the International Criminal Court:

“May 6, 2002: US Withdraws from International Criminal Court Statute

In a letter to Secretary-General of the UN Kofi Annan, US Undersecretary of State for Arms Control John Bolton writes: “This is to inform you, in connection with the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court adopted on July 17, 1998, that the United States does not intend to become a party to the treaty. Accordingly, the United States has no legal obligations arising from its signature on December 31, 2000.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says, “The United States will regard as illegitimate any attempt by the court or state parties to the treaty to assert the ICC’s jurisdiction over American citizens.”

The ICC dates back to the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, and serves as the world’s first and most influential war crimes tribunal.

Bolton’s letter serves to both withdraw the US from the Rome Statute, which established the ICC, and relieves the US of its obligations under the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.

US Will Not be ‘Second-Guessed’ – The Bush administration defends its action, contending that the treaty infringes on US sovereignty because, under its provisions, an international prosecutor answerable to no one could initiate politically motivated or frivolous suits against US troops, military officers or officials.

“We do not want anything to do with it,” an administration spokesman has said. The ICC is “unaccountable to the American people,” and “has no obligation to respect the constitutional rights of our citizens,” Rumsfeld says. Secretary of State Colin Powell says the ICC undermines US judicial sovereignty and the US could not be held accountable to a higher authority that might try “to second-guess the United States after we have tried somebody… We are the leader in the world with respect to bringing people to justice…

This is the official legal position of the nation that seeks sanctions against Iran, that wants to limit the travel of those of other nations that it believes may be subject to a system of justice that, if one were to carefully read the text above, the government of the United States officially repudiates.

America does not want to be “second guessed” as it believes its function is as “the leader in the world with respect to bringing people to justice…”

Does everyone see the insanity in this or is it just me?

5 Replies to “Press TV: Christmas of murder, an American story”

  1. Another fine piece, Gordon. when i bread it last night three comments agreed. on waking it is six.

    (now seven) so of course it’s not just you.

    whilst we are told “the truth will set you free”, in practice it’s not so straightforward, as much of the truth about current humanity tends to provoke in us a curious mixture of anger and cynicism, which in turn, depending on temperament, can lead to cynicism or a kind of hopelessness akin to muted despair.

    this should not be understimated – after all it is not impossible that the situation is indeed hopeless, that our billion year plus evolutionary climb has finally led us, or latterly perhaps we have taken ourselves (us = humans) up a cul-de-sac.

    we must not give way to this understandable negative response, which can only lead to too great a dependence on drink, drugs, sex and other symptom-mitigating analgaesics. there are other remedies which offer more positive relief when the going seems too tough.

    1, each other

    2. the (difficult) acknowledgement that our hard-won truths are never more than very partial insights. whilst we cannot know for sure what intelligence exists elsewhere in our universe, we have developed sufficient reason to realise that homo-sapiens is only on the first rung of the ladder of self-conscious intelligence. anything less puts us back into the non-self-conscious animal kingdom.

    3, the remarkable beauties of Nature – we may now be despoiling the Earth, but as yet we cannot assault the glory of the Heavens. even on earth there are remarkable, magical landscapes, and contemplation of non-human creatures, despite their beleaguered habitats, still offer endless fascination and sometimes joy. the intricate construction of material nature partially revealed by scientific investigation.
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    4. the knowledge that for all it is in our faces here in homosapiensville, evil is a tiny, infinitesimal fraction of creation. the effects of evil art devastating, but evil itself is simply a flicker of bio-electricity in a few million human brains. if you could be reduced in size by a billion times you would “see” the wonderful, sparkling world of atoms – even shit would be as miraculous as any other part of creation and would not smell obnoxious…

    5. humor. but only the best, purest humor.

    we could all extend such list for ourselves – for me mathematics, the little i understand of it, is a source of joy and wonderment. the best music (Palestrina rather than Mick Jagger, Arvo Part rather than Phillip Glass) speaks directly to the soul of a higher world.

    get the heck out of big cities.

    like the rest who have written here, i have long ago given up on constructs like “Christmas” and the MSM. but there is much spiritual nourishment in wisdom that has passed down through the ages. many teachings of ‘Jesus’ come from a very elevated spiritual cognition. ‘Lao Tzu’ saw clearly. we do not know who these people were, or even for sure if they existed, but we can acknowledge truth when we encounter it.

    a suggestion comes to mind. remember the old-fashioned idea of a retreat – not in the military sense. every once in a while you should get the hell out of the human sphere and live very quietly for a few days, whether in Walden-like seclusion by a lakeside in a forest, climbing a mountain, in the gentle non-imposing order of a secluded monastery, or if you live in a suitable spot, in your own home, with the electricity turned off – whatever – there are many settings, and we do not need to be, indeed must studiously avoid being, either fanatical or precious about it. this is a necessary antidote to immersion in the details of the sordidity of human affairs. to recharge our batteries requires periodic withdrawal.

    one simple but potent fact is this: up to now technological advance has selectively empowered the lower nature of humanity. a simple example – an evil man who acquires a gun and a fast car is potentially a much more harmful agent than before. a good person can only use these things as a means to combat those evil protagonists who abuse them, but otherwise does not receive any great enhancement of their human nature.

    we have no proof that this “selective empowering” will always continue to work in the favor of the exploiters and the psychopaths.

    keep up your spirits!

  2. Excellent article that lays bare the total, full spectrum hypocracy of lies dominating the political spectrum.
    What Duff exposes makes the practice of Christmass a joke in America and exposes the complete insanity of what the USG says versus what it really does. Either the USG’s right hand doesn’t know what it’s left hand is doing or it’s the biggest group of liar and sociopaths ever assembled who claim to be a democratic republic.

    There is no peace on earth and goodwill for man as long as the USG continues to mass murder innocent civilians in foreign undeclared, unprovoked, illegal, unConstitutional wars for profit and for surrogate power of those who hijacked it. Use of drones to kill numerous women and children for one alleged “target” is a war crime and it is disgusting that Congress or the people puts up with it. No they are not just collateral damage, they are innocent human beings who have done nothing wrong.So the USG inflicts massive public terror anonymously by drone delivered air strikes and says it is doing it to prevent terrorism. The biggest terror machine in history deploys massive terror to prevent it? What?

    Yes, once again Gordon Duff shows what happens when the American Sheeple drink the mass media koolaid and become part of a new Jonestown, a precurser to America being turned into the New Gaza, the world’s biggest open air prison of the future?

    Couldn’t happen here in the land of the free many will say, but we now have the world’s biggest privatized prison system with conviction and sentencing quotas required in some areas and this generates huge billion dollar profits and numerous trumped up arrsts and seizures with planted evidence. We also have a controlled press and media that has attained success never before thought possible with mass media dispensed USG propaganda that too often attains its goal. A better name for America would be land of the psy’oped, narcotized, dumbed-down and mindkontrolled thanks to the massive deployment of ultra-high tech psychotronics and more.

    Thanks to Gordon Duff for telling it like it really is and trying to wake up the sheeple from their slumber. An article like this is a real Christmass gift to us all and a true public service.

  3. Mr. Duff,
    Very, very true, what is written here. The massive disconnect between the fantasy appearance of truth, justice, spirituality-and its reality. So many really want to believe the fanciful story, they want to “be positive”, and not let “negativity” intrude into their fragile minds. I’ve been lectured to by these types that “all my negativity is going to come back one me”. I find myself laughing at them almost hysterically. After all, who is gonna get kicked in the head harder, me, who has been to Hell and can’t quite find a way out-or them, who are blissfully supporting the ride that takes one to Hell in the first place?
    But then, maybe I’m taking all this too seriously, after all, most of pillars of positivity are on some type of personality drug.

  4. Nice touch Gordon and no its not just you, our true reality becomes clearer everyday. As far as Christmas i feel the same way… I haven’t done a tree or any of it since 2005. I give presents to loved ones and ask for nothing in return. I leave you with this quote.

    “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a human experience.”
    Teilhard de Chardin 1881 – 1955

  5. Does everyone see the insanity in this or is it just me?

    It’s not just you. Unfortunately though many Americans can’t see it until it hits them in the snout and wakes them up personally. When I hear an educated women of means tell me that they should just stop unemployment insurance to force people to go back to work so that her pension won’t be threatened I have force myself to not spew projectile vomit in her face. It’s all about ME in the good ole USA anymore!

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