The extent to which “educated” Americans are parroting anti-Qaddafi propaganda is an infernally-glowing product-testimonial to how powerful our Yankee brainwashing is: exactly which magnitude of bloodthirsty global tyrant rains bombs on so many sovereign nations for so long, and what kind of “electorate” can’t work out the greater evils, here? Qaddafi evil/ Drones Good?
To quote Prof. Michel Chossudovsky quoting Rep. Denis Kucinich (http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=24351)
Military operations of this size and magnitude are never improvised. The war on Libya as well as the armed insurrection were planned months prior to the Arab protest movement. In the words of Rep. Denis Kucinich:
“While war games are not uncommon, the similarities between ‘Southern Mistral’ and ‘Operation Odyssey Dawn’ highlight just how many unanswered questions remain regarding our own military planning for Libya.
The ‘Southern Mistral’ war games called for Great Britain-French air strikes against an unnamed dictator of a fictional country, “Southland.” The pretend attack was authorized by a pretend United Nations Security Council Resolution. The ‘Southern Mistral’ war games were set for March 21-25, 2011.
On March 19, 2011, the United States joined France and Great Britain in an air attack against Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1973.
Scheduling a joint military exercise that ends up resembling real military action could be seen as remarkable planning by the French and British, but it also highlights questions regarding the United States’ role in planning for the war. We don’t know how long the attack on Libya has been in preparation, but Congress must find out. We don’t know who the rebels really represent and how they became armed, but Congress must find out. (Denis Kucinich, Kucinich: President Had Time to Consult with International Community, Not Congress? | Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich, Press Release, March 29, 2011)
The Process goes: Step 1: Hegemony wants to do something Nasty Step 2: Hegemony constructs The Narrative to convince the Electorate that the thing Hegemony wants to do is Righteous Step 3: The Fancy Explainers (pundits on both sides of the Pseudo-Dichotomy) confirm/amplify/disseminate the Narrative Step 4: Desired Result
Whereas the Left-Leaning Intelligentsia was once a Sincere If Flimsy Obstruction to such monkeyshines, it is now “with the program”. Lefties who scratch their heads and affect to wonder how it is that The Conversation now only ranges from Center Right to Far Right (despite the rubber bone of rhetorical flourishes like “Socialism” and “Anarchy” that some are allowed to chew on) are flattering themselves.
Read Zizek (aka Hegemony Cricket) cursorily address the topic of Libya (he was happier reviewing “Avatar” and “The Dark Knight”) and what do you notice…?
SZ…Libya gave the western powers the ability to go back to this idea of the nineties of humanitarian interventions, which had declined due to the catastrophes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, what Sarkozy, Cameron and a little less maybe Obama, tell us is that we’re there to save civilians. That kind of cosmopolitan rhetoric can now reorganize or re structure the ideological field around the image of the west as a humanitarian power.
GLR. But the popular movement is facing its limits when bombs are falling and people die. How should we address this problem?
SZ. In Libya the situation is objectively mixed. I don’t think we have a clear-cut case. I have no sympathy for Qaddafi, but nonetheless I don’t think that what is happening in Libya is the same as in Egypt or elsewhere. We cannot say it’s simply and only about a bad tyrant opposed by the people. There are all sorts of tensions there like tribal relations and this is why the west loves it. The west liked that same phenomenon in the ex Yugoslavia as well. It was not politics, but tribes fighting each other. The only thing we can do, is simply ignore, side step Libya. For me what is going on now in Egypt is much more important. As I always emphasize, they are beautiful – we all cry. But these enthusiastic moments are in a way cheap.. What will happen now? How will this spirit of the revolution be institutionalized?
The striking thing about these comments is Zizek’s ability to make it sound as though humans are not really being blown to bits at all. The interviewer introduces a little unvarnished language (“people die”) and Zizek rises to the challenge like the pro he is. In Zizek’s rhetorical treatment of the concepts of them, Sarkozy, Cameron and Obama get to keep their beautiful suits on.
“How will this spirit of the revolution be institutionalized?”
Exactly how you were, Ziz.
And if I read one more Normative Liberal, On-the-Payroll, thoroughly Brainwashed “intellectual” use the debate-foreclosing buzzword “conspiracy theorist”, I’m gonna puke. The neocon pundit responsible for injecting *that* viral IQ-reducer into the mix deserves a bonus. The “Leftist” American Intelligentsia is the Vichy of our era and its “leaders” appear to be clamoring for the coveted Marshal Petain grant.
I just read someone in a comment thread here on FB refer to Cynthia McKinney as a “whackjob conspiracy theorist” (if this isn’t reactionary rhetoric, what is?); is the following the language of a “whackjob?”:
Shame on Press Already Calling President Obama’s Plan an “Exit Strategy”
Many in the special interest press are cynically reporting the President’s speech tonight as an “Afghanistan exit plan.” We have now reached the point where those who make and interpret current events think they can make us believe that war is for peace, ignorance is strength, slavery is freedom, and lies are the truth. Well, we know the truth, and we will not rest until every drone is stopped and no more bombs are dropped. We will not rest until peace is won. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said there comes a time when we do what we must because our ultimate measure is not where we stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where we stand at times of challenge and controversy. At this time of challenge, we are clear: we will not give up and we will not stop.
Now, what do YOU think is more dangerous to Yankee Hegemony… making statements like the above-cited, or, uh, advocating “Socialism”? I don’t agree with everything Cynthia McKinney has to say, but what kind of Collaborator would refer to her as a “whackjob”?
****Listen, I understand that academics are paid to NOT rock the boat… but you aren’t paid to go out of your way to slander genuine dissidents (not yet, at least), either… so why not try to curb the impulse? Despite the conditioning.