by Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research
In an earlier post here, I mentioned that there seems to a blind spot among otherwise highly aware Occupy activists and sympathizers about what used to be called the “military-industrial complex.” As I mentioned, people I run into and have fruitful, inspiring talks with often take the attitude that “oh, all that stuff about the US trying to dominate the world is just conspiracy theory.” If you read Michel Chossudovsky’s article and use it as a starting point for some research, you’ll start to realize that the “conspiracy theory” is not something put together with a few facts, a taste for shadowy plots, and a large dose of old-time pacifism; in fact such ideas as, for example, using mini-nuclear warheads as “bunker busters” against probably nonexistent superhardened underground palaces built by Muammar Ghaddafi are not the stuff of paranoid fantasy. They have been actively, clearheadedly, and minutely planned, and such equally insane ideas are now being actively, clearheadedly, and minutely planned – this time against Iran. And have been minutely, clearheadedly, and actively planned more or less continuously since before Hiroshima, through the Korean War and the Cold War and Vietnam and the War on Instability and the War on Terror.
Read Chossudovsky’s piece and, as I say, do your research. Separate the wheat from the chaff. Think the whole thing over, and then ask yourself the old question: cui bono? Who has more to gain? The defense contractors and the generals and colonels who enter and exit the revolving doors between the Pentagon, the boardrooms, the media studios, and the halls of Congress like the figures in one of the astronomical clocks found in Europe’s cathedrals (such figures as Death, the Fool – smiling at the flower in his hand as he steps into the abyss – and so on)? Or we old-fashioned, well-intentioned-but-naif, and slightly paranoid pacifists?
Dr. Chossudovsky has a message for us in the second half of his piece:
The antiwar movement is in crisis: civil society organizations are misinformed, manipulated or co-opted. A large segment of “progressive” opinion is supportive of NATO’s R2P “humanitarian” mandate to extent that these war plans are being carried out with the “rubber stamp” of civil society.
There is a definite need to rebuild the antiwar movement on entirely new premises.
The holding of mass demonstrations and antiwar protests is not enough. What is required is the development of a broad and well organized grassroots antiwar network, across the land, nationally and internationally, which challenges the structures of power and authority. People must mobilize not only against the military agenda; the authority of the state and its officials must also be challenged.
Central to an understanding of war, is the media campaign which grants it legitimacy in the eyes of public opinion. A good versus evil dichotomy prevails. The perpetrators of war are presented as the victims. Public opinion is misled: “We must fight against evil in all its forms as a means to preserving the Western way of life.”
Breaking the “big lie” which upholds war as a humanitarian undertaking, means breaking a criminal project of global destruction, in which the quest for profit is the overriding force. This profit-driven military agenda destroys human values and transforms people into unconscious zombies.
Now allow me to paraphrase slightly one of his sentences:
“A broad and well organized grassroots anti-Wall Street network, across the land, nationally and internationally, which challenges the structures of power and authority. People must mobilize not only against the financial agenda; the authority of the state and its officials must also be challenged.
Now let me suggest that “military-industrial complex” should be amended to “military-financial complex” as a means of making it clearer that the economy of the United States is fundamentally a war economy and that what Chossudovsky calls the “profit-driven military agenda” is inextricable from the issue of finance and banking and their control over the political process.
Let me end by quoting from an edited version of the seminal Declaration of the Occupation of New York City that I saw somewhere:
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
They have participated in maintaining a war economy and a global military presence in order to ensure access to resources, including cheap labor, thus perpetuating colonialism at home and abroad, supporting repressive regimes and overthrowing legitimate governments, thus participating in the repression of free speech and the imprisonment, torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.
I say to all of you, anti-war activists and Occupiers, as the drums of war again beat and the US and its allies prepare once again to pervert the sacred legacy of the United Nations for the perpetuation of the business of global militarism, that we are fighting the same battle.