Where’s Woodrow Wilson now?

 

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In 1919 as the Ottoman Empire was dissolving and France and Britain were licking their imperialist chops over the Mandates they were about to govern,Woodrow Wilson the idealist president, the son of a Presbyterian minister created the Crane-King Commission to actually ask the Arabic peoples of the region what they thought. The president believed in the idea of self-determination.What did the natives think?

 

Two things, They were terrified of Zionism,the gradual takeover of Palestine and secondly, they all wanted the US to become their protector in that part of the world. Such was the reputation of Wilson’s America at that time. There was this Presbyterian sense of fairness and justice. Forget the fact that the Commission’s prophetic report was never acted on and train your eyes on the latest scandal of torture and lies which are degrading both the CIA and the clownish Bush who presided over the empire’s latest fall from grace.

 
This should not be news to the wide awake, those who read and pay attention.

 
By the time of the 30s the USA was well on its way to becoming an empire and when the supposedly idealist president FDR was asked about the US’s support of the dictadura(the harsh dictator) Somoza in Nicaragua, he replied,”He may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.” And so it has gone. There is no such thing as a benevolent empire.

 
So a year (1967) to the day that he was murdered Martin Luther King Jr. called out his own country “as the greatest purveyor of violence in the world”, People were shocked. King was dead on.The Vietnam war was in full flight, a catastrophe which saw a minimum of 1 million Vietnamese civilians killed…and this was followed by Chile ,El Salvador, Guatemala, Indonesia etc.
Nobody should be shocked at these revelations.
The United States along time ago ceased to be the”shining city on a hill” as Winthrtop called it in the 17th century.

Where’s Woodrow Wilson when you need him?

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2 Comments »

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    mushafta Says:

    Right on Ted!
    But you forgot to mention Canadian complicity!
    Check out the fundraising the Conservatives do with the likes of Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld et alii when the Republicans arrive here to host their $5k dinner speeches. If they pay that kind of money to listen to them, they obviously support what they do!

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    mushafta Says:

    Says Dick Cheney today in the Toronto star:

    ” Iwould do it again in a minute,” Cheney said in a spirited, emotional appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press. He denied that waterboarding and related interrogation tactics were torture, noting that three of the past four attorneys general had agreed with his view.
    “Torture is what the Al Qaeda terrorists did to 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11,” Cheney said. “There is no comparison between that and what we did with respect to enhanced interrogation.”

    Can there be any better proof that he and his colleagues are guilty of war crimes? Look at the numbers alone- over 2 million innocent people of Iraq killed as a result of that invasion alone!


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