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Volume 3, Number 9 March 30 - April 5, 2003 Quezon City, Philippines
the U.S. War State
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used to be a crime without a name. Although the most heinous of all crimes,
the concept was not introduced into international language until after World
War 2. Until then, military invasion and destruction of other peoples and
cultures masqueraded under such slogans as progress and spreading
was shocked many years ago when I heard Noam Chomsky say that genocide was
America's defining political tradition. Then I realized that the United States
(like Canada to a much lesser extent) was based on destroying the lives and
cultures of the 25 million or so first peoples who had lived in America for
millennia. In the case of the U.S., the story continued with the forcible
seizure of Texas in 1845 from Mexican farmers and indigenous peoples, and
Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, California and other state territories shortly
afterward in 1849. U.S. troops under the slave-owning General Zachary Taylor
unilaterally invaded its southern neighbor under the false pretext of avenging
American blood, and General Taylor soon vaulted into the White House as a
presidential war hero. Even though a young Congressman, Abraham Lincoln,
exposed the pretext, and connected it to a Anglo-British business strategy to
impose free trade on the regions by financing the prior president, James Polk,
into the White House as General Taylor’s commander.
1898, once again under the false pretext of self-defense (when the U.S.S.
Marine sank from an internal explosion), the Philippines, Guam, Cuba in part,
and Puerto Rico were seized from their peoples by another unilaterally
provoked war. This war of aggression and occupation, like so many U.S.
interventions since, was preceded by a media campaign of whipping up public
hysteria and war fever. Media baron Randolf Hearst made the famous remark, “You furnish the pictures, I’ll furnish the war”—not unlike
the U.S. cable and network media daily drum-beat in recent months for war on
Iraq. War is a major violence entertainment, and in close partnership with the
Pentagon it can go on for months to divert the masses.
tradition of misleading the American people by false pretexts for aggressive
wars is an old one in U.S. history, but since the fascist interregnum war
criminal invasions of other countries have not been accepted by public
opinion. The U.S. under the control of the corporate war party now seeks to
reverse this trend. By dint of the permitted 9-11 plane attacks on the World
Trade Center, an open presidential blank-check has been granted by Congress
for attacking third-world countries so as to occupy their countries and
control their resources. The now known blueprint of Dick Cheney, Donald
Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and others written in September of 2001 as the
Project for the New American Century is clear on the plan to shape the
international security order in line with American principles and interests.
Armed domination of the Gulf region transcends the issue of the regime of
looms large in this plan to rule the world for American interests. According
to a report sponsored by oil corporations from the Washington Centre for
Strategic and International Studies, oil is no longer a commodity to be bought
and sold within the confines of the traditional supply and demand balances,
but a determinant of national security and international power.
U.S. state military invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq in under two years are
expressions of this new supra-market policy. Before we pass over the pattern
of facts at work as merely realpolitik, we should note that this armed-state
project resembles fascism: not only in war criminal attacks on other countries
in violation of international law, but in repudiating market relations to
seize others valuable goods by armed force.
demagogic glorification of genocidal invasion once again escapes naming by a
flood of falsehoods and projections onto the latest U.S. Enemy, we need to
remind ourselves of facts that no mass medium once discussed from October of
2002 to March of 2003. As we lay bare the ruling deceptions here, we should
keep in mind the unifying principle which is not seen. U.S. state
justifications always project onto the designated Enemy what the U.S. security
state is doing itself. If it loudly condemns another weaker states weapons of
mass destruction, chemical and biological weapons, violation of international
laws, or attempts to impose its will on the world by terror, then we can
deduce that this is exactly what the U.S. is planning more of, but is
diverting attention from by accusing others. Test this underlying principle
with every international accusation the U.S. makes next, and you will find
that it is invariable confirmed.
tactic works wonderfully with a lapdog press and political class who are
excited into a kind of collective delirium by choral denunciations of the
foreign demon who is the designated Enemy of the Day. (I will explain why in
my analysis ahead of the ruling group-mind.) So exactly does the U.S. security
state project its own violent policies onto others that one can tell what
vicious policy it is about to escalate next by by the intensity with which the
Other is accused of the crime. This is how we can best understand the endless
accusation of the Soviet Union of a plot to rule the world before 1991, and
how we can best make sense of the official U.S. fixation on global terrorism
today. Both predications disclose the inner logic of the U.S. war states own
pattern of behavior. I sometimes wonder whether this is a deliberate strategic
tactic of diversion, or a structure of paranoid delusion built into the
mind-set of U.S. culture.
us in this light examine the principal claims and concealments of the Bush Jr.
administration in its pursuit of Iraq:
Bush administration has tirelessly claimed to be upholding international law
in its pressuring of the Security Council into action regarding Iraq's
violation of U.N. resolutions and international law. In fact, since its entry
into office the Bush Jr. administration has sabotaged laws, covenants and
monitoring protocols to protect individuals and peoples against nuclear
weapons, biological weapons, chemical weapons, land mines, small arms,
international ballistic missiles, torture, racism, discrimination against
women, arbitrary seizure and imprisonment, mistreatment of prisoners, crimes
against humanity and war crimes, military weather distortions, biodiversity
loss, and international climate destabilization. Its latest overriding of
international law and due process has been the forcible usurpation of the
Security Council inspections of Iraq. No rogue state in modern history has
remotely matched this continuous and systematic violation of international law
and procedures to implement international law.
Bush administration's preparation and threat of military invasion against a
country thousands of miles from its borders is unequivocally a war crime under
international law, including Principles 1, 2 and 6(a)1of the Nuremberg Charter
and Article 54 of the Geneva Convention. The fact that this war crime of
preparing for and planning an invasion of Iraq by U.S.-led armed forces
whatever the UN decides has never been openly discussed promoted the very
aggression which the U.N. is constituted to prevent.
is not as if there were any doubt about the Bush administration's clear
intention to put itself above the law as it incessantly accused Iraq of doing
so. It declared from the beginning that it would go it alone with whoever was
willing, and yet not a word of this declared threat to international peace and
security issued from any U.N. ambassador, including Canada’s Bill Graham,
that this was a lawless intention and plan.
effect on Iraqi citizens of the long-planned U.S. war of aggression against
Iraq is said to be their liberation. The targeted victims since the first war
on Iraq have, however, been most of all infants and children. The Bush
administration’s planned Operation Shock and Awe is a self-imagery of
Godlike power which is more blind in hubris than in 1991 when the U.S.
military assault caused mass infectious disease, child dysentery and birth
mutilation by deliberate bombing of civilian electricity sources, sewage and
water treatment facilities and by the deployment of nuclear waste in shells
and weapons. Over 500,000 children in Iraq have already died as a consequence
of the last war according to UNICEF—a figure predicted in 1991 by the New
England Journal of Medicine, and substantiated in 1999 by the leading British
medical research, Lancet.
weapons of mass destruction about which the Bush regime has most pervasively
trumpeted its concern were sold to Saddam at great profit by the U.S., Britain
and other Security Council members. This is why Bush officials took the
original Iraq report to the U.N. from the Council chair (then the military
client state, Colombia), and deleted all the pages documenting these military
sales before distributing the text to non-permanent members. Secretary
Rumsfeld, meanwhile, has refused to work with the relevant Senate committees
to expose and ensure against continued military sales to Iraq or its middlemen
by U.S. armament manufacturers.
demands for Iraq’s compliance with U.N. resolutions are not and have not
been its true concern since far more U.N. resolutions over far more years have
been ignored by the U.S. military partner, Israel. Thus continuing war crimes
and crimes against humanity by Israeli administrations are still perpetrated
with impunity in the illegally occupied territories of Palestine—for
example, by land and property seizures and continuous enlargement of the
illegal occupation, collective punishments of the population, increasing
assassinations, and destruction of civilian infrastructure and homes. Twelve
to eighteen UN resolutions prior to the inspections were said to have been
violated by Iraq during its years of living with militarily enforced
destruction of its society. Israel before, and since, has violated 64 UN
resolutions with impunity. No double standard of international law has been so
long-term, blatant and systematic, except by the U.S. itself.
regime change all along demanded by the Bush administration cannot benefit the
Iraqi people as promised because the projected U.S. military occupation has
not been about getting rid of Saddam (who the U.S. armed and supported into
power), but has ever more directly been the forced takeover of Iraq's publicly
owned and controlled oil reserves. These reserves since the 1950's have
(despite Saddam’ U.S.-supported coup d’état) financed the most advanced
social infrastructure in the Arab world, free education, and universal health
care. During the demonization of Iraq over the last 6 months, its public oil
revenues have enabled a government program of guaranteed food for all citizens
by a publicly run distribution system which the U.N. World Food Program
described as the most efficient in the world. With oil as with all else, the
greatest enemy to this empire is the civil commons of publicly owned resources
which obstructs corporate market control. That the Iraqi government has,
moreover, put a run on the U.S. dollar by converting its oil revenues into
Euros instead of dollars is another unspeakable fact which is blocked out of
all corporate media reports.
the War Crime Unfold
ultimate target of the U.S. war party has long been the greatest and most
accessible high-quality oil reserves on the planet. The Bush oil party has
long coveted it, and U.S. military invasion has been the favored blitzkrieg
method for getting it over years of planning – with no response by the
Security Council. But world public opinion has not covered its eyes like
governments and the corporate media. Turkey's people were 96% against invasion
of Iraq as its government considered large bribes, and Spain's people were
over 90% opposed as its Falangist prime minister joined Tony the War Poodle in
barking for the invasion. Over 30 million citizens from across the world
demonstrated against a U.S.-led invasion in one weekend, an historically
U.S. president's response to all this has been revealing. He has told the
world throughout that the U.N. itself is on trial, with him as God's judge.
The Security Council has been told for months that it either agrees to a
U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, or it is irrelevant. If it fails, the Bush
administration will take the law into its own hands and invade distant and
weak Iraq as America's sovereign right. Try to remember when you heard this
kind of demagoguery and defiance of international law before.
difference has been most clearly in the use of the U.N. Pervasive aerial and
ground inspections of Iraq's territory, soften-up bombings of defenses in the
North and South, and successful commands to destroy short-range missiles which
together had largely stripped Iraq’s meager defenses by mid-March. During
this process, U.S. and allied demands merely escalated from immediate
abolition of weapons of mass destruction to—without any media noticing—demands
for total disarmament. Best to have a helpless victim. Has history ever
witnessed such a corruptly one-sided scheme to destroy and loot a defenseless
I watched the Security Council Meeting on March 19 after military inspections
of Iraq were forcibly terminated by the Bush Jr. administration's decision to
take the law into its own hands, I was struck by the intimidation of the
Council members. They were in thrall to a ceremony of avoidance. The hard fact
that the U.S. administration had just stopped the U.N.'s due process by its
decision for lawless armed attack of Iraq was blocked out of view as if it had
not been decided. That this massive armed military invasion was a grave
violation of international law, the supreme international crime under the
Nuremberg Charter, was never mentioned. The ritual of sacrifice prevailed
instead as if in collective submission to the implacable ordinance of Fate.
pieties and aversion of the facts ruled. The Secretary-General was
congratulated for removing the inspection teams on the instruction of the U.S.
administration so that they would not be harmed by its illegal invasion. The
inspectors were again and again praised for inspecting Iraq's military
possessions before the full-scale illegal invasion forcibly prevented the
completion of their work. Much angst was displayed for the humanitarian
catastrophe about to unfold, with none mentioning that the lawless usurpation
of U.N. process by the blitzkrieg invasion of a suffering poor country would
cause the mass terror. The long genocide was diplomatically sanitized by
abstractions. In the case of the U.S., Britain and Spain, Saddam Hussein was
held solely responsible.
ritual mantras of concern for international peace and security, alleged Iraq
government violations not substantiated by the inspectors, official regrets,
collective self- blaming, and much talk of rebuilding the society about to be
destroyed were limned in a sleepwalk of official euphemisms. The theme that
bound them all was the silence on the U.S. planned war-criminal attack in
violation of the will and the legal process of the U.N. Security Council
itself. Kofi Annan almost spoke out when he advised that a belligerent country
is responsible under law for the costs of occupation. But the U.N. and Canada
were soon ready to pay for picking up the pieces of another mass destruction
of a poor society by U.S.-led forces.
remembered all the history and accounts I had read of the Third Reich and the
cowardice of official appeasement that enabled every step. The appeasement now
was on the level of the mind itself. No-one dared to say what was happening.
Threats and bribes by the U.S. had for months saturated the proceedings of the
Councils judgment, but there were to their great credit few takers of the
blood money. The Security Council had repudiated the U.S.-led war by an
overwhelming rejection of any motion for it. For the U.S. now to still lead an
invasion was self-evidently against the Security Councils will and decision,
and thus wholly illegal. Yet there was a strange refusal to name the crime,
the supreme international crime of a war of aggression against another state.
One listened in vain for one explicit reference to the violation of the U.N.
Charter, of the Nuremberg Charter, of international criminal law, of the
Secretary-Generals own previous statement that a U.S. attack without Security
Council support would be illegal, and of the usurpation of the will and
process of the U.N. Security Council itself.
the contrary, Iraq was being held accountable to obey the Council's every
demand to strip its meager defenses as huge U.S. and British armed forces
formed on its borders. Ever louder U.S. threats of armed invasion outside the
law and against Security Council vote was left to proceed as if it was a
natural event. Everywhere in the media, the inevitable war was bowed before as
an ordinance of destiny. It was only now a question of viewers watching U.S.
forces destroy a society at will and with impunity, an ideal mass market site
for the entertainment of lawless power. No-one thought to notice from within
the Security Council Chamber and official global culture that every step of
the mass terror against an essentially defenseless people was planned, chosen
and executed in defiance of all international law by a sitting member state.
monstrous construction had no author. Responsibility fell only on the victim.
The U.S. became another onlooker at the inevitable war. Once it invaded, it
became magnanimous in assigning the costs to others to pay for its mass
destruction. It was now ready to co-operate with its international partners in
the rebuilding of the country that it destroyed. No-one inside official
society outside thought to hold the U.S. accountable for what it did. There is
no alternative took another meaning. Now the no-alternative world the U.S.
rules means criminal war invasion as an act of God.
New Fundamentalism: America is God
you observe the criminal war invasion of Iraq, the round-the-clock commentary
and pictures, and the aftermath, watch for a silent general fact. There will
no end of detailed discussion of the military operations of attack and
occupation of a country rendered defenseless by Security Council demands, with
much admiration and vicarious self- congratulation at the new weapons and
strategic moves of the American Superpower. There will be no end of experts
and commentators communicating adoringly to audiences about the high-tech
assault instruments which are being tested on a third-world people to see how
they work. Its a little like a high-school science experiment, advised the
Pentagon Joint Chief of Staff to the militarily embedded CNN medium of public
fact at the center of the whole conflict and long in dispute will, however,
soon be put down the memory hole with no one noticing. No one in the media or
government will point out that the biological and chemical weapons that Iraq
was declared to be hiding are not used, and did not in fact exist. No one will
think to notice that this, the main justification of the war, the weapons of
mass destruction in the hands of Saddam, was from start to finish a vast and
criminal big lie. No one will wonder at their own cowardly complicity in the
long train of destructive deceit and war crime even as the invading armies
sweep across the country and the 3000 sorties of bombs fall with no hint of a
chemical or biological weapon or nuclear device. Least of all will servelings
of the ruling group-mind connect back to the Third Reich's prototype of
aggressive war. It is the Formula. Blame terrorists as the cause of the
country's police state measures. Accuse every country attacked of being an
imminent threat to it to justify the invasion. Denounce all resistance as
unpatriotic. Attack and occupy the weak country with total weaponry. The
formula repeats as long as it is not called out.
group-mind cannot compute what does not fit its fixed presuppositions. So
predictable outcomes follow as if prescribed by the laws of nature. The
inevitable war occurs like El Niño. Only the terrible infliction of damages
are thought worth perceiving or talking about. The moral debate is silenced,
left to the world's peoples in the streets where only passing painted signs
can speak. The co-ordinates of international law and the rogue war party in
control of the White House are blocked of every discussion as if they did not
exist. There will, in particular, be no discussion of this administration's
illegal presidency, its ever more ruinous failure to govern effectively at any
level of the U.S. economy, the environmental meltdown which it leads, or the
unprecedentedly pervasive corruption of its lead corporate gang—from all of
which the latest orchestrated war is the ongoing system of violent diversion.
The distraction and attack rhythm of one war after another will, if it is not
seen through, continue to succeed with the Formula until the world is
subjugated across its civilizations. As long as the self-evident can be
denied, there is nothing to stop it. Discharges of condemnation of Saddam
Hussein can occupy the mind instead, until the next Enemy is wheeled into the
war theater to extend the U.S. war states rule.
Canada, the CBC and its retinue of U.S. explainers and apologists will report
the world to us so we cannot see the meaning of what is happening. The local
academy will occasionally provide the choral affirmation on cue. Thus, Janice
Stein of the University of Toronto’s Munk Center will reassure us on CBC
News coverage on March 20, the day that the U.S. crime against peace began,
that We are targeting Iraqs leadership and not its civilians. All are one in
Americas view of the world as itself. What cannot be discussed is the U.S. war
crime itself, even to deny it. It is unspeakable – so long as the ruling
group-mind remains the invisible prison of our collective life.
moral syntax of the American group-mind is the inner logic of the problem. In
this era, the group-mind is American. All its principles are presupposed as
the way that God is presupposed by the religious fundamentalist—an
all-powerful, all-knowing and jealous ruler of the world, which none may doubt
without social opprobrium and attack. U.S. witch-hunts of those who oppose the
religion of America is the creed's fanatical mode. But the creed is not
confined to expression within Americas church of self-adoration. It is on a
crusade across the world's continents, with ruinous destabilization or armed
attack of those who do not submit to its will for freedom.
God of America is primitive. It worships itself. But there are a set of
silently regulating principles at work through all the phenomena of its rule
which together constitute the ruling group-mind which has imprisoned global
culture within its premises since 9-11 .
1 of this ruling group-mind is that the U.S. national security state is
assertion is never directly stated because that would reveal the absurdity of
the equation. But the assumption nevertheless underlies every statement that
has proceeded from U.S. government offices since 9-11. This preconscious
equation explains, for example, why even the U.S. government's official
opposition, the Democratic Party, has abdicated from political responsibility
in its fear of appearing to oppose unjustified wars against essentially
defenseless third-world societies in Afghanistan and Iraq. They are
incarcerated within the ruling structure of mind, more paralyzed than 1930
Germans in their dread of being named as unpatriotic. This is a fear that can
only be explained by the equation of the state military command and its
apparatus with America. Beneath the surface phenomena of party politics rules
the instituted group-mind in terms of which perception itself is constructed.
the equation of America to its armed state apparatus is never publicly
challenged in the official culture of the West because the equation is assumed
a priori across the official leaderships of American allies. No-one who houses
the false equation can tell them apart. They cannot see the demonstrable
falsehoods of the war state, the overthrow of the Republic's democratic
traditions, and least of all the safety of millions of innocent civilians in
other countries: because they assume America and its national security
apparatus are one and the same. Since they love America, and America is it,
they cannot distinguish their beloved country from the criminal gang
institutions of the National Security Council, the Pentagon and the CIA. As
these rogue secret societies rule across the world by the force of armed
terror, mass disinformation, secret narco-links and political bribery and
coercion at every level, lovers of America are obliged to defend this criminal
global domination as America. This absurd equation obliges them to be, in
short, blind dupes. It then further misleads them into supposing that anyone
who opposes a gangster state rule of the world is anti-American. One absurdity
builds onto another. The disorder ends as a paranoid mass cult characterized
as patriotism, just as in the 1930's with the worlds most powerful industrial
state. It is in this false equation at the baseline of the group-mind that we
find the kernel of the worlds problem – Americas self- definition as
absolutist armed force unbound by fact or international law.
2 is that America is the ultimate source and moving line of the world’s
freedom and goodness, God's material embodiment on earth.
assumption too is presupposed as true by definition, the prime article of
faith of a fanatic religion. Full-spectrum dominance and pre-emptive attack of
threats before they appear are not merely clinically paranoid delusions of
power and persecution. They follow from the underlying and increasingly
absolute assumption that America is God, the source of all Freedom and
Goodness on the planet. The expressions of this deranged presupposition are
evident in every speech of the former alcohol and cocaine addict occupying the
White House, and there is no evident opposition from the parishioners of U.S.
indirect questioning or challenge of this first moral premise of the
group-mind is attacked as a betrayal of the country and what it holds dear.
American freedom comes to mean, then, only what establishes and maximizes the
absolute right of the U.S. to command the world – specifically, to command
as inevitable that all societies adopt an American-style market, American
values and culture, and American military dominance in all areas of the globe
as its vital interests. How do we test the rule of this fanatic basis of
thought? It is expressed in Bush Doctrine policy documents throughout. But we
can more easily discover its ruling principle at work by asking whether there
is any limit placed anywhere on what the U.S. and vassal corporate states have
the right to demand of other peoples and societies – including unconditional
support of full-scale war against destitute societies over ten thousand miles
from American borders.
may go in the way of attack-dog journalism, but one hint of question of this
ruling assumption that America is the moving line of the world's freedom is
heresy. The assumption is thus internalized prior to censorship.
Self-censorship is this regime's center of gravity, and holds the group-mind
in its prison. Those who oppose it hate freedom. Loyalty to this ultimate
premise of social and political thought is what regulates the mind at a
preconscious level prior to statement. It is the identity structure of the
mob-mind across the world.
3 follows as a logical consequent from Principle 2. America is always and
necessarily right in all conflicts with other nations or peoples or social
is not a truth which facts can disprove, because it is true by definition in
the ruling group-mind. Disproving facts are irrelevant or of no consequence,
even if by some chance they make it through the gates of the corporate media.
This third regulating assumption explains why even the hardest facts soon
disappear from sight if they throw doubt on Americas infallible moral
superiority in cases of international conflict – for example the conviction
of the U.S. by the International Court for its war criminal actions against
Nicaragua, along with the $13.2 billion damages which were never paid.
the selection and exclusion of facts and perspectives which regulate editorial
offices and policies, this third principle of the ruling group-mind too
regulates perception and conversation beneath direct control. Before an
exposing word is spoken, it is ruled out from within. It is an intersubjective
operation, like the thought-field of playing a game. Any fact or argument
which calls into question Americas moral superiority to any adversary is known
to be hostile to freedom and the good in advance of consideration.
4 and 5 follow suit as ultimate moral imperatives for all Americans and their
people or nation or social force which does not side with or opposes the U.S.
government is evil (Principle 4), and so must, as an Enemy of world freedom
and justice, be attacked by all means available—including pre-emptive armed
force before the Enemy presents a threat (Principle 5).
4 and 5 have sharpened into patriotic absolutes with the Bush Jr. regime. Not
even fabricated evidence – like the Gulf of Tonkin attack off Vietnam or the
electricity cut-off of infant incubators in Iraq in 1991 – are thought any
longer essential necessary to justify a military attack on another peoples
territory and society. As George Bush Jr. said to a West Point audience this
year: If we wait for threats to materialize, we will have waited too long.
There is, therefore, no need for the threat to be real. Threats only need to
be declared. That is is why the attack on Iraq by U.S. and British armed
forces did not require anyone else to confirm that there was, in fact, a
threat from Iraq's weapons of mass destruction being used by terrorists
against America. The evil is known, as with witchcraft, by the accusation
itself. Once accused, the Enemy becomes such by definition – because
materialization by fact is too late. Those who question the designation side
with the Enemy. You are with us, or for the terrorists. Bush's rage against
French opposition to the war of aggression against Iraq thus follows
necessarily. The logic of the ruling group-mind prescribes reality prior to
self-evident baseline of entitlement is thus instituted for the rest of the
world which is not spoken. America can go to war against accused enemies as it
chooses on the basis of the self-propelling operations of its ruling
group-mind alone. All one has to do is trigger the known stimuli which
activate its value-set and its attendant emotions of rage. Since 9- 11,
majority opinion support for Americas New War in any form follows from this
lockstep of the group-mind. It is predictable so long as it remains unexposed
is no outer perimeter to the certitude of this program to those who bear it.
Whoever is targeted next can be pursued with the righteous fury of a Salem
witch-hunt with the mob-mind structured to bay for blood. Any criticism is
suspect, and accused too to keep the threat of evil at bay. Few dare to stand
against the closed program. It is the basis of acceptable self-definition.
George Bush Jr. himself exemplifies the group-mind as its creature and primary
expression. That is the secret of his popularity. He expresses the ruling
syntax of the unstated American religion. It is triumphally true and right a
priori. It is what we are. God has given America our freedom, and so it can do
no wrong. The fearful are silent lest they appear to be taking sides against
their country. The group-mind in this way is internalized as the first
requirement of normality. Its hold is everywhere it is not seen through. That
is why most of the Globe or Post's columnists house it too as their own.
6 of the American group-mind completes the closed circle. The President of the
United States (or those under his command) cannot commit a crime abroad
whatever crime they in fact commit.
the U.S. refuses to be bound by the rule of law outside of its borders. It
blocks at every turn the application of international law to its chief
executive and line of command. It refuses to recognize the International
Criminal Court, even as the U.S. demands that the Court try and convict those
the U.S. directs it to. The President of the United States is placed above the
law, and takes the law into his own hands as a right to rule that is assumed
as sacred. The presidential incumbent may be attacked for domestic
misbehaviors. But once he leads America abroad, he stands for freedom and
justice in the world by definition – even if he achieved office by violation
of election law.
war command cannot commit war crimes or crimes against humanity on the
international plane, even if the evidence overwhelmingly entails his criminal
guilt. It thus follows from the group-minds hold that when George W. Bush led
the war criminal attack on Iraq in defiance of international law and Security
Council vote, not media or official voice in the U.S. recognized the fact.
Simultaneously, U.S. Senators unanimously blessed the armed forces sent to
enforce the criminal fait accompli. One can predict these outcomes from the
group-minds program. It is structured not to see what is going on.
the lawless forces rolled over U.N. fences on the border and began the terror
bombing of the capital city, the New York Times decreed that everyone hopes
for success. As the illegal attack morphed from Operation Shock and Awe to
Exemplary Destruction to Operation Freedom Iraq, all of official society gazed
in thrall, mute at the trampling of international law, millions of citizens
protesting in the streets, and the saturation bombing of a poor peoples city
with only men waving rifles to defend them. No weapons of mass destruction
fought back. The ceremony of denial went on.
the military, corporate and financial axis the President stands for across the
world interfere in elections, train death squads to kill democrats, melt down
entire economies by coercive prescriptions, and bomb civilian infrastructures
to ruin, the connected causal structure is blocked out by the ruling
group-mind as non-existent. The title to bribery and threats of UN Security
Council members to coerce their vote for war is also presupposed as a given
right, not to be questioned even by the UN itself. In this way, an instituted
mind-lock of the world's sole Superpower regulates beneath consciousness much
as medieval belief in the divine right of Kings once ruled. Only now the
group-mind is set to rule as God across the globe.
zero abolishes the mind that can think beyond it. Since opposition to the U.S.
gangster state is opposition to the Free World, its entitlement to any act of
aggression is necessarily liberating prior to fact. Merely project the threat
to international peace and security onto the designated Evil Other that stands
in the way of liberty, and no limit can be placed on the enormity of the
attack and theft that is thus justified. This cruel game goes on as long as
the public does not see through it. It may target Canada's water for the gift
of Americas freedom if we do not.
Out of the Group-Mind
the first level, release from the ruling group-mind is by the shared
recognition of its assumptions which only hold the mind so far as they are not
seen. The ruling group-mind goes deeper than the economics of the situation,
because the economy itself is regulated by it.
the economy's ruling money sequences require our collaboration with them to
convert any priced commodity into the profit of sale. This may seem an
academic point until we recognize that the U.S. corporate economy cannot
reproduce itself if people choose in ever larger numbers to not pay one cent
for any U.S. product or service until its war state reforms.
may seem too small a movement in our circumstances, until one realizes the
transformation of daily life such an undertaking entails. Every choice and
moment of daily life is restructured by its regulating purpose. Outgrowing the
ruling group-mind to which we have become enslaved begins with refusing to
expose oneself any further to its conditioning. No more American television or
media except to expose their lies. No more American junk food or drink inside
any free home, and no more fast fat- food and beverages outside it. No more
American autos. No more American appliances. No more American or
vassal-British gas. No more violence entertainment, and no more American
drugs. No American financial services or stocks at any level. No more U.S.
dollars or travel until the regime change comes.
choice paths of life add up. You cannot go down them all without transfiguring
mind as well as body, and all the economic relations you enter into. All are
revified by the transformation. Local life economies are reinvested in.
Addictions are dropped. Poisons are blocked. Dumb-down is reversed at every
level. It is unlikely that you can do it all without the joining with others
in the task of designing a life economy stitch one step at a time.
could have enabled such a choice across borders except what has now happened
– a war state aggression with no pretext, a gangster state defiance of world
public opinion which seeks genocide of its victim, an undeniable and monstrous
crime of mass destruction in a world where all can see the murderous tyranny
in plain sight.
is not new, but what is new is the transformative focus – the repudiation at
every step of the U.S. war state and all of its foundations. It has taken the
pedagogy of this administrations systemic crimes to bring the world to a hard
recognition. There is no health in this ruling system. 90% of the world has
rejected its war. 90% of the world can more reject the foundations of it in
their everyday lives.
everywhere are at the all-important end of U.S. money sequences which must
always convert corporate product into cash before they can profit and go on
expanding. If a lot of people from across the world stop their money votes for
all U.S. products and services (including the U.S. dollar itself), this is a
market revolt which strikes to all the money arteries of the American
corporate empire. It cannot be withstood even at the level of 5%. Yet it is a
revolt which cannot be put down. It multiplies in volumes and velocities as
the group-mind breaks, word spreads and people act across their lives. As the
effects everywhere yield a better life for everyone who chooses out of the
death economy, the new world is built stitch by stitch through the life
economy of everyday choice. This is the one strike against the American war
state that it cannot sustain.
strike starts with U.S. oil and gas products across the world. Every
ExxonMobil, Texaco Chevron, and BPAmoco brand pump is boycotted as the war
state's prime sponsors. Every American media and its Canadian imitators are
switched out of. Every fat-and-cancer food and drugged beverage is refused.
This structure of choice does not just stop the fuel of the war machine and
its conditions. It releases the lives of all those who choose it and their
communities into new life and well-being.
But the life mind need not stop with consumer behavior. It confronts the death machine and its propagandists at every step. The lawful word and act of speech can reverse the meaning of any milieu with its demand for truth. Every open node of the circulation of ideas inside the classroom, the workplace, the windows of the home, the bumper of the car and bike, the church, the street and the store are its sites. The functionaries and vehicles of the death-economy and its war state are always ignorant of life facts. Behind the flood of slogans and invective, their minds are cliches which cannot think through. Only the armor of the group-mind sustains them. What has been most lacking in public discourse is the courage of life intelligence in the face of the onslaught of unchallenged slogans. Once the group-mind is exposed, it cannot stand. It reels in confusion when others do not acquiesce in its rituals of presumption. For its bearers are ultimately afraid. I have counted the word fear four times in a single paragraph of a Blair or Powell speech. It is the currency of all the justification for aggression. It can only reproduce in the silence of consent. But now the peoples of the world, as never before, do not acquiesce. This squalidly vicious empire is unraveling beneath the cannon and propaganda in the very ties of legitimacy upon which all society depends. •
McMurtry PhD is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph and a
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His latest book is Value Wars: The Global Market versus the Life Economy published by
(The essay was delivered at a forum entitled "The Assault on Iraq and the War Against Democracy: How Should Canadians Respond" held on Sunday March 23, 2003 in Toronto, Ontario, under the auspices of Science for Peace <http://scienceforpeace.sa.utoronto.ca>.)
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