By Henry McRandall
If future historians are honest, they will have great difficulty sugarcoating the horrific global legacy of a century dominated by Pax Americana — the hegemonic domination of the world by a brutal Anglo-American corporate capitalist empire, emplaced and enforced by the boundless militarism of the U.S. and its NATO allies.
For almost a century, Amerikkka and its mostly-western allies have run roughshod over almost any country — mostly in the so-called Third World — unable to defend itself against the violent imprecations of a western socioeconomic elite whose insatiable greed and unquenchable bloodlust impel the puppet political prostitutes they own to wage savage and interminable wars, for the sole purpose of giving western billionaires and mega-millionaires access to even more cheap energy and resources, stolen land, cheap labour, environmental laissez-faire and captive markets.
Amerikkka, of course, fancies itself “the world’s policeman” and claims that it and its cohorts are “bringing democracy” to an “uncivilized” world. But if the U.S. is the cop, then clearly it is the most corrupt and brutal cop in history. And if what these “brothers-in-arms” are bringing to their vanquished hosts is “democracy,” then “democracy” could be the biggest scam in history. What they are really bringing is merely generations of gruesome pain and hardship.
Consider some of the consequences of just some of Amerikkka’s wars in recent history:
The U.S., of course, was the first and only country in the world to ever drop a nuclear bomb on anyone — in fact numerous bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the Second World War was winding down circa 1945. Generations of children have since been born in those two cities, and significant numbers of those generations of babies were born with physical deformities and/or massive genetic malformation.
Almost four decades after the end of the Vietnam War, much of that desperately poor country’s agricultural land remains unusable, still highly toxic from the hundreds of tons of napalm and Agent Orange sprayed across the land by Amerikkka and its allies.
In 2004, the U.S. dropped hundreds of tons of bombs — laced with depleted uranium and mercury — on the Iraqi city of Fallujah, not long after imbecile former U.S. president George W. Bush posed in a flight jacket aboard a massive battleship and insanely declared “mission accomplished.” And since 1995, more than one in five of the babies born in Fallujah has been born with either a deformity and/or a significant genetic flaw. Across “democratized” Iraq, scores of innocent civilians — men, women and children — die each day at the hands of religion-frenzied suicide bombers.
Of course Amerikkka and its NATO allies have also waged other wars and other invasions and occupations of relatively defenceless countries. Typically, the internecine hostilities triggered by the western intervention linger on long after their western “liberators” have abandoned ship and gone home, leaving the devastated population alone to deal with the aftermath of the massive destruction.
One of the aftermaths, an aftermath that can haunt the beleaguered survivors for generations, is the millions of buried land mines wantonly left behind by their western “liberators.” Buried across the land and concealed from human detection, these land mines are left to explode — 5, 10, 20 or even 50 years after the hostilities have ended — when an unsuspecting innocent — most often a child — steps on the ground and unwittingly explodes a device powerful enough to blow off limbs, if not kill the victim. (The U.S. is one of only two countries in the world to refuse to sign the international land mines treaty. The other, of course, is Israel).
The 28 NATO countries hold just 12.6 percent of the world’s population. But they account for almost 80 percent of worldwide military spending. They claim their incursions into other countries are to “liberate” oppressed populations and bring “democracy” to a largely “uncivilized” world. But that is all a cynical facade.
The real — and only — reason the U.S. and its NATO allies wage so much war against the rest of the world is to protect and to vainly attempt to perpetuate the global hegemony of a crumbling corporate capitalist Anglo-American empire, dominated by a lawless Top One Percent intent upon stealing everything it can possibly steal from the Other 99 Percent — not only in their own countries but around the world.
It should come as no surprise that the six most right-wing countries in the world just happen to be the six most economically advanced, predominantly white, predominantly English-speaking countries in the world — the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. These six countries are the countries most responsible for the rapacious corporate capitalist global domination that is now collapsing the entire world economy. And it is these six countries that will ultimately have to pay the price for the horrors they have visited upon the rest of humankind.
U.S., NATO warmongering ravages Earth
By Henry McRandall