Please read “Americans: A Good and Decent People” before you read this post.
Privately, we Americans are a good and decent people. However, as employees of our USGovt , or our US Military, or our USGovt Intelligence agencies, or our USGovt State Department, or as managers at the highest levels of our corporations, or our banks, our behavior is often deeply immoral and criminally evil.
So is the behavior of (almost all) our elected representatives when they vote on US foreign policy, or when they choose to ignore the USGovt’s activities abroad.
Below are just four bullet points with a few links for reference.
- We starve whole nations by economic sanctions; we assassinate men, women and children individually, and, using drones, by the thousands. By using our own personnel and those of our “allies” we torture them by the thousands, murder them by the tens of thousands in cold blood, kill millions of them with cluster bombs, chemicals and other illegal weapons, and intentionally attempt to destroy their civilizations by destroying the infrastructure which supports it. We pay no heed to the effects of our carnage on future generations of those we choose to attack. Agent Orange in Vietnam and depleted Uranium weapons in Iraq have left an epidemic of birth defects in Vietnam and Iraq.
- Our “heroes”, the patriotic airmen who “fly by” our football games at patriotic events, carpet bomb defenseless peasants who have done us no harm. To put in some context the once secret, now public depraved immorality of our Presidents, (Johnson and Nixon), our Secretaries of Defense and State (McNamara, Clark Clifford, Dean Rusk, Melvin Laird, and William Rogers, our National Security Directors, McGeorge Bundy, Walt Rostow, Henry Kissinger, and the US Air Force generals who carried out their directives, consider that between 1965 and 1973, the US Air Force “secretly” (secret from whom?) dropped more than 2,756,941 tons’ worth of bombs, in 230,516 sorties on 113,716 sites in Cambodia, a tiny nation of about 5 million peaceful peasants (1960) occupying a nation slightly larger than NY State in area. To put that total of 2,756,941 tons into perspective, the Allies dropped just over 2 million tons of bombs during all of World War II, including the bombs that struck Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 15,000 and 20,000 tons, respectively. And all of them on a poor nation which had done us no harm, and did not threaten us. Until Bill Clinton allowed the information to be released, we (the world) had no measure of the hell we had loosed on an innocent people.
- In more than half the nations of the world, our heroes, our “Special Forces” secret armies, operating from the more than 800 US military bases which now girdle the globe, are currently, secretly and illegally, assassinating foreign leaders, training foreign assassins, destabilizing and carrying out “regime changes” and attempting to establish or maintain foreign leaders who will meet the demands of our corporations, . (” U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Colonel Tim Nye told me that on any given day, America’s elite troops are working in about 70 countries, and that its country total by year’s end (2011) would be around 120. — Nick Turse)
- Since the end of World War II, there have been 248 armed conflicts in 153 locations around the world. The United States launched 201 overseas military operations between the end of World War II and 2001, and since then, others, including Afghanistan and Iraq. During the 20th century, 190 million deaths could be directly and indirectly related to war— more than in the previous 4 centuries…. civilian war deaths constitute 85% to 90% of casualties caused by war, with about 10 civilians dying for every combatant killed in battle….Seventy percent to 90% of the victims of the 110 million landmines planted since 1960 in 70 countries were civilians. (The Role of Public Health in the Prevention of War)
Clearly, these activities are being/were carried out by a large percentage of our fellow citizens. Massacring millions of (for instance) South East Asians, is not the work of a few “renegade” Americans, any more than massacring millions of (for instance) Slavs was the work of a few “renegade” Germans.
In Korea, Vietnam, and throughout the Middle East tens of thousands of young Americans have personally, on the ground, and from helicopter gunships, intentionally destroyed civilian housing and shot men women and children as they fled for their lives. No Gun Ri, My Lai, the Baghdad “Collateral Murder”, were not the work of a few deranged young Americans, and are only representatives of hundreds of such instances. They are just a few examples of the effectiveness of the US military training which turns decent young Americans into unthinking youngsters too scared not to follow orders from their psychopathic superiors. PTSD is the price they pay.
Psycopaths like Cheney and Rumsfeldt, and American lawyers who sanction, and American psychiatrists who assist torture, and the legions of Americans who violate the most elemental human decencies by pleading “National Security”, are the products of a system which after WW2, began slowly, like a fish, to rot from its head. A few Congressional inquiries (Church, Feinstein) have exposed some of the rottenness and attempted to legislate remedies. Countervailing forces have been too strong. Americans have not been sufficiently interested.
What happened to us? What happened to the generation which fought for and introduced the “socialist” New Deal, and then went on to fight the dark forces of fascism, and win WW2? What happened to the generation which rebelled against the Vietnam war? What happened to the thousands who participated in civil rights marches? What happens to the angelic third grader who during his formative years, daily or weekly, stands with his hand on his heart, pledging his allegiance to a nation dedicated to liberty and justice for all?
This blog will attempt to answer those questions in great detail in multiple future posts.