"In a government of law, the existence of the government will be imperiled
if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the
omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by example.
Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt
for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy."
Justice Louis Brandeis
Is Pakistan responsible for the Mumbai attack
in India? No.
Is India’s repression of its Muslim minority responsible? No.
Is the United States government responsible? Yes.
The attack on Mumbai required radicalized Muslims. Radicalized Muslims resulted
from the US overthrowing the elected government in Iran and imposing the Shah;
from the US stationing troops in Saudi Arabia; from the US invading and attempting
to occupy Afghanistan and Iraq, bombing weddings, funerals, and children’s
soccer games; from the US violating international and US law by torturing its
Muslim victims; from the US enlisting Pakistan in its war against the Taliban;
from the US violating Pakistan’s sovereignty by conducting military operations
on Pakistani territory, killing Pakistani civilians; from the US government
supporting a half century of Israeli ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their
lands, towns and villages; from the assault of American culture on Muslim values;
from the US purchasing the government of Egypt to act as its puppet; from US
arrogance that America is the supreme arbiter of morality.
As Justice Brandeis said, crime is contagious. Government teaches by example,
and America’s example is lawlessness. America’s brutal crimes against
the Muslim world have invited every Muslim to become a law unto himself – a revolutionary.
It is not terror that Washington confronts but revolution.
By illegal, uncivilized and undiplomatic behavior, the US has stirred Muslim
peoples from their long slumber as serfs of Western colonial powers. Some Muslims
have had all that they can take, and their fury drives them to rouse a billion
of their fellows to throw off the yoke of foreign hegemony.
The arrogant incompetence of American governments brought this conflict to
the American people and inflicted it upon the world. By destabilizing Pakistan,
the US lost a puppet and created an opportunity for Muslim revolutionaries to
exploit. By enraging India against Pakistan, the Mumbai attack has created new
problems for Pakistan that will focus that government’s attention away
from combating Taliban sanctuaries on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.
If the US picks up the slack, it will have invaded yet another country and become
trapped in a larger quagmire.
Having fomented terrorism, the American government now pretends to be the innocent
victim, just as Israelis, having brought about terrorism by driving Palestinians
from their homes and villages, pretend to be innocent victims.
Today European members of NATO, an outdated organization formed to defend Western
Europe against Soviet invasion, are sacrificing the lives of their soldiers
fighting the American Empire’s war in Afghanistan. If America continues
to have its way, Europeans will soon be dying in Ukraine, Georgia, and Iran.
The American government, which preaches "freedom and democracy" has
in the 21st century gone to great extremes to stamp out the US Constitution
and the civil liberties that it guarantees. The US government has repudiated
the Geneva Conventions and the prohibitions in US statutory law against torture.
The US government has set aside habeas corpus, the ancient legal principle guaranteed
by the US Constitution that prohibits governments from holding people in prisons
without presenting charges. The US government has broken the laws of other nations
by kidnapping foreign citizens and transporting them to other lands to be tortured.
These massive crimes have been justified in the name of the "war on terror."
In truth, America’s crimes foment revolution.
It was the US government that created the "war on terror," which
has been used to murder and dispossess millions of Iraqis and Afghans, to imprison
US citizens as if they were medieval serfs, and to squander three trillion dollars
for the sole purpose of enriching Halliburton and the military-security complex.
Investigative journalist John Pilger has shown that the so-called "moral
superiority of the West" is a hoax designed to shield from view the self-seeking
West’s crimes against humanity.
Obama promised change from this destructive behavior, but how does change arise
when the most arrogant woman on earth is appointed Secretary of State and the
rest of the new government is staffed with tried-and-true Likudniks and servants
of the military-security complex?
The change over which Obama will preside will have no American victories. The
change will come from America as a failed state, from the dollar dethroned as
reserve currency, from America repudiated by its allies and paid puppets, from
massive unemployment for which there is no solution, from hyperinflation that
The day might arrive when Washington is faced with revolution at home as well