US Foreign Policy Accounting

In John Pilger’s latest article, War On Democracy, you can read some unsavory US History. It’s not easy to shed our illusions. They are always a comfort to us. But the greater discomfort is in store for those who cannot, or will not, accept the facts.

No one wants to live in a world where monsters are real. No one wants to admit that those we’ve admired are in actuality monsters. If a soldier or an employee chooses to act out the brutal will of his superiors he is become the monster. There is no excuse or excusing.

Let’s shed all illusion and delusion and see what happens. Those of you hanging on – let go. All that you’ll really lose is fear.

What was done to Lisette’s paradise has an urgent and universal meaning, for it represents the violent, ruthless nature of a whole system behind its democratic façade, and the scale of our own indoctrination to its messianic assumptions, described by Harold Pinter as a “brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.” Longer and bloodier than any war since 1945, waged with demonic weapons and a gangsterism dressed as economic policy and sometimes known as globalisation, the war on democracy is unmentionable in western elite circles. As Pinter wrote, “it never happened even while it was happening”. Last July, American historian William Blum published his “updated summary of the record of US foreign policy”. Read all of The War On Democracy