Hofstra University held a public hearing on the legacy of President George W. Bush in mid-March. Scholar and outspoken heroine Phyllis Bennis of the Public Policy Institute was seated among former government officials at the event. Bennis personified the claim of George Orwell (1903-1950): “In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
Bennis drew strong applause as she said, “The only appropriate public appearance for George. W. Bush is at his own trial for war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Bennis cited several international war crimes violations and drew upon Nuremberg Trial conclusions. Is this woman of integrity personally safe in a nation where Henry Kissinger, George Bush, Dick Chaney and Donald Rumsfeld roam freely? Kissinger and Mr. Bush know they must not travel to London and other airports for fear of being arrested for war crimes upon arrival. Why did the Bush family purchase land in isolated Paraguay where there are no extradition agreements between that nation, the US and other countries? Hiding away at some time in impoverished space of Paraguay is more attractive than appearing at a war crimes tribunal. Millions of war victims are indisputable evidence against the Bush regime.
Guns of August author/historian Barbara Tuchman cautioned, “War is the unfolding of unexpected events.” “9/11 and terrorism” are terms that fill historical gaps after the 1989 demise of “atheistic communism.” Prayers offered in churches for the end of communism petrified several generations during Cold War years of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD). Following WWII Senator Arthur Vandenberg advised President Truman, “If you want to keep the US on a war economy, you must scare the hell out of the people.”
Harvard professor Howard Zinn described 9/11 as the greatest deceit in history.” With 9/11 as his launching pad Mr. Bush arrogantly defied world opinion, ignored UN protocol and attacked Iraq. 9/11 was not spawned in Iraq, nor in Afghanistan. Similar to are the ever-expanding US war in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, the US has attacked sixteen nations since the Vietnam debacle. Mr. Obama appears to be in the same “Dark Night of the Generals” as we spend over $2 billion daily on defense, up from $1 billion for the entire year in 1945.
January 19, 2015 scholarly nuclear scientist writers at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the minute hand on its “Doomsday Clock” to 11:57, the closest pointer to nuclear war disintegration/devastation we have ever been since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.
The latest US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has a long history with weapons procurement in the Pentagon. Several years ago Carter and Robert Perry called for a nuclear strike on North Korea’s nuclear facility. Radioactivity from such a bold move would affect millions in both Koreas, Japan and China. In 1962 a UN resolution judged use of nuclear weapons as a crime. Which feral leader will use city/country destroying weapons a third time?
The day for finalizing the March agreement with Iran is drawing to a close. After the USA/CIA 1953 overthrow of a democratically elected Mossadegh, Iran’s government clearly was scalded by US and British influence.
During the 1980’s Israel would be safe if Israel’s sole friend the US of the only nuclear nation in the Persian Gulf knew weapons from the Pentagon fed to both Iran and Iraq would cause these two nations to destroy each other. The US in particular and other Western nations might heed Shakespeare’s advice: “Prepare not a fire for your enemy so hot that you will yourself be scorched.”
US negotiators might recall J. Robert Oppenheimer’s words after his regretful role in developing the atomic bomb. “The next war will be fought with dozens, perhaps hundreds of nuclear weapons.” There are thousands of such weapons held by all five Security Council members (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the USA). Dr. Helen Caldecott, an Australian pediatrician gave up her practice to oppose nuclear weapons. She observes -”We’re a magnificent species. Yet we’ve learned how to wipe out the whole of life on Earth. And we seem to be heading in that direction.” THE NEW YORK TIMES and WASHINGTON POST editors have fallen from literary grace in toleration of nuclear insanity. Are two prominent newspapers in pockets of our Military Industrial Complex, so feared by five-star General Eisenhower?