by William Skink
I know we like to blow shit up in America. I’m still awake because someone just can’t help themselves at 12:30am, two days before the 4th of July. Hey, we’re out in the county now, so I guess I’ll just have to deal with it.
One way I could respond to ordinances exploding down the street at 12:30am is to escalate the situation. I could buy louder fireworks up on the rez tomorrow and blow them up in the vicinity of this asshole’s domicile, but way later, like 3am. But I won’t do that, because I’ve read Dr. Seuss, and I know how The Butter Battle Book turns out.
If Hillary Clinton sat down and read The Butter Battle Book, her reaction is now easy to assume: we Yooks should have kept the Zooks from getting a Big-Boy Boomeroo in the first place, by any means necessary.
Why do I say *now* it’s easy to assume? Has their been some kind of insight into the rationale of destroying another Mideast country (Syria) that is different from the humanitarian interventionist bullshit this Strangelovian warbeast has shoveled onto her clueless cult followers? Why yes, yes there has been, and if it was reported on cable news with the proper context, it could be scandalous enough to end her run at the White House.
Here is the take from Robert Parry, most certainly not cable news, framing a most revealing email:
Publicly, Hillary Clinton has toyed with both the democracy and humanitarian arguments but one of her official emails – released by the State Department – explains that the underlying reason for the Syrian “regime change” war was the Israeli government’s desire to remove Syria as the link in the supply chain between Iran and Israel’s foe, Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Though undated and unsigned, the Clinton email reflected the then-Secretary of State’s thinking as of late April 2012 (when it appears to have been sent), about one year into the Syrian civil war. The email explains the need for “regime change” in Damascus as important to Israel, which wanted to blunt Iranian regional influence and protect Israel’s “nuclear monopoly,” which is acknowledged quite frankly although Israel’s status as a rogue nuclear state is still considered a state secret by the U.S. government.
“The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad,” Clinton’s email states, brushing aside President Obama’s (eventually successful) negotiations to restrict Iran’s nuclear program.
“Negotiations to limit Iran’s nuclear program will not solve Israel’s security dilemma,” the Clinton email says. “Nor will they stop Iran from improving the crucial part of any nuclear weapons program — the capability to enrich uranium. At best, the talks between the world’s major powers and Iran that began in Istanbul this April and will continue in Baghdad in May will enable Israel to postpone by a few months a decision whether to launch an attack on Iran that could provoke a major Mideast war.”
The email explains: “Iran’s nuclear program and Syria’s civil war may seem unconnected, but they are. For Israeli leaders, the real threat from a nuclear-armed Iran is not the prospect of an insane Iranian leader launching an unprovoked Iranian nuclear attack on Israel that would lead to the annihilation of both countries. What Israeli military leaders really worry about — but cannot talk about — is losing their nuclear monopoly. …
Get that? Hillary wants to make sure the Yooks can maintain their armageddon leverage, because that way, the Yooks can use lesser ordinances, like their gadzook cluster bombs, to ensure that anyone who enjoys their bread with the butter side down remembers not to get too uppity.
So if that was Hillary circa April, 2012, what the hell is Hillary post-FBI interview 2016 gonna do to keep her path to the White House clear of pesky hindrances, like felonies and hubbies cornering Lorettas on the tarmac?
That interview, which happened today with a gaggle of lawyers (probably not the correct plural term), has been perfectly timed for the fuck-yeah culmination of summertime exuberance this weekend, celebrating the myth of American Independence.
Yes, myth, because there are no words, founding documents, or laws that really mean anything anymore.
What there is is dependence, dependence on grocery stores, government-funded (therefore decaying) infrastructure, cheap labor and an ocean of red ink that will be extracted somehow, in some form, but surely not from the ones who sit on top the great vampire squid Matt Taibbi described (and quietly suckles from).
And the ultimate dependence, the “representative government” we pretend is democratically elected, with an executive branch functionary a finger away from the button to start WWIII.
For those bummed out the Southgate Mall won’t be dazzling our Big Sky with their annual fireworks show, just wait. When The Donald is defeated, and Hillary ascends, the final show will be breathtaking.
Ordo Ab Chao (Order Out Of Chaos). Bait and switch. Divide and conquer. Things are not what they seem. Same as it ever was.
Well, I fell asleep last night in the middle of reading Parry’s piece, while the powwow drums were thundering away, lifted my way by a gentle breeze, and singers were decrying the rockets red glare–paeans to the collective memory of their ancestors, and promises to the next 7 generations.
It was refreshing as we drove into the powwow earlier in the evening to be asked politely by a nice (big) young man if we were carrying any firearms, alcohol or drugs, or fireworks, and that they weren’t allowed. As we exited the check-point, my naive son-in-law said “well 3 out of 4 ain’t bad.” My partner grimaced knowing he still had a gun stashed somewhere in the vehicle. Oh well, if we get attacked by jingle bell draped young warriors wielding feather wands, we know he’ll be safe…???
The Arlee Celebration is a grand reminder that in parts of this world we still ignore the bombs bursting in air, the fireworks and the patriotic nonsense that pervades the rest of American culture. When I go, I turn off my left brain and just listen and watch and feel. My whole adult life I’ve tried one way or another to not participate over the 4th of July in a celebration of hegemony. It was one thing, once upon a time to celebrate one’s own freedom and liberty. It is quite another to celebrate the taking of the other’s way of life, the subjugation of people’s and places, and the quest for empire (whether neocon, neoliberal, or liberal interventionist) in the guise of installing democracies to make the world safe for bankers, capitalists and moralists.
Great last paragraph Liz.