And Americans Wonder Why They’re Getting Bombed

Barack Obama, like many other presidents before him, members of Congress, and most of the American people, just don’t get it. Everytime there’s an attempt to bomb this country, however vague and amateurish it might be, they run around like headless chickens, panicking, wondering why on earth this is happening to them. The media hurtles into overdrive with its crazed, “Be afraid, be very afraid,” headlines, and frenzied news anchors. Even the most minor of incidents results in the inevitable cry of, “Why us?”

No-one stops to reflect. Americans are so busy being self-righteous, considering themselves the elite of the world, that they never, for a moment, turn to a mirror and view themselves as the rest of the planet sees them. In particular, those nations who live under the US military jackboot.

Every time Mr or Mrs America dons a new shirt or a pair of shoes; straps on a wristwatch, or purchases a new saucepan; orders new tires for their fancy car[1] or fills its fuel tank with cheap gasoline, they do so on the misery, poverty, and suffering of millions in countries they’ve likely never even heard of.

Their military, of which they’re so proud……

…..have bases on every continent, except Antarctica, and occupy over 160 countries. The brutality of the US military is well documented, with frequent and regular violations of international conventions and the laws of common humanity. Mistreatment and slaughter of innocent civilians in occupied countries is now routinely recorded as ‘collateral damage’.

In 2004, Chalmers Johnson, writing for CommonDreams.Org, stated:

Once upon a time, you could trace the spread of imperialism by counting up colonies. America’s version of the colony is the military base. By following the changing politics of global basing, one can learn much about our ever larger imperial stance and the militarism that grows with it. Militarism and imperialism are Siamese twins joined at the hip. Each thrives off the other. Already highly advanced in our country, they are both on the verge of a quantum leap that will almost surely stretch our military beyond its capabilities, bringing about fiscal insolvency and very possibly doing mortal damage to our republican institutions. The only way this is discussed in our press is via reportage on highly arcane plans for changes in basing policy and the positioning of troops abroad — and these plans, as reported in the media, cannot be taken at face value.

Marine Brig. Gen. Mastin Robeson, commanding our 1,800 troops occupying the old French Foreign Legion base at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti at the entrance to the Red Sea, claims that in order to put “preventive war” into action, we require a “global presence,” by which he means gaining hegemony over any place that is not already under our thumb. According to the right-wing American Enterprise Institute, the idea is to create “a global cavalry” that can ride in from “frontier stockades” and shoot up the “bad guys” as soon as we get some intelligence on them.”[2]

The term, ‘America’s global footprint’ has been repeated so often in the media and by politicians, it has become a byword for all that makes Americans proud of their nation. The invasion and subjugation of weaker countries, innocent of any threat to the US, is accepted and applauded with all the vigor of a home-team win at any local baseball stadium.

There is only one reason for America’s attempted subjugation of the planet. It has nothing whatever to do with that oft-splurged rhetoric of president or senator: ‘keeping the homeland safe’.

Cheap goods, cheap fuel, and a steady flow of cash into the pockets of rich and powerful Americans is the sole objective of US imperialism. The Walton family of Walmart infamy owns as many dollar bills as the lowest 41% of the American populace between them. They want to keep it that way.

These rich and powerful US citizens have ruined the economy at home by throwing thousands out of work and moving their industries to third-world countries where workers get paid a pittance, and live in abject poverty, for goods that make the ‘Capitalists’ healthy profits on the US market.

Any rebellion by those in economic slavery at the hands of this ‘superpower’ is rapidly quelled by the US military, from its convenient base just down the road. Those posing too great a threat, particularly countries still managing to resist the invasion of its territory by the aggressor, are kept in check by the politics of a US-owned UN, or the intervention of so-called ‘US allies’ armed and financed from Washington.

In the Middle East, the most important of these is Israel.

The Israeli-Palestinian situation is not the prime cause for US resentment in that area, but it is a constituent of the fuel that fans the flames. Successive US administrations have tried to find a solution, but never succeeded; not that there isn’t one, but because Israeli interests are much more important to US military and economic strategy than a bunch of impoverished Palestinians walled up in Gaza or the West Bank.

Only yesterday, the following headline appeared on the BBC’s website:


Barack Obama is to ask the US Congress for an extra $200m in military aid to help Israel get a short-range rocket defence system in place.

The system is designed to shoot down mortars and rockets from Gaza or Southern Lebanon with guided missiles.

The system, called Iron Dome, has gone through testing and installation will start later this year.

According to US State Department figures, direct military aid to Israel was $2.55bn in 2009.

This is set to increase to $3.15bn in 2018. [3]

Meanwhile, in New York City, or Detroit airport, or almost any high population density city in the United States of America, crude bombs are being found. No-one has yet died from these devices since 9/11, (which was, of course, the biggest ‘bomb’ of all – so far).

And every time another one is discovered Americans look puzzled, stare questioningly at each other, and ask, “Why?”

[1] “Alien Tort Claims Act Lawsuit Alleges Slavery and Child Labor on Liberian Firestone Plantation”, SocialFunds.Com, December 30th 2005

[2] “America’s Empire of Bases” CommonDreams.Org, January 15th 2004

[3] “US to fund installation of Israeli rocket defence system” BBC, May 14th 2010

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2 Replies to “And Americans Wonder Why They’re Getting Bombed”

  1. Yes, RJ – I have to agree. There are a few people in the US who “get it” – but sadly far too few to make a difference. Reading comments on Common Dreams often reassures me that there are some people here who are not completely blinkered and brainwashed.
    A drop in an ocean though. 🙁

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