Friday, April 17, 2009

From 9/11 to the decline of the Anglo-american empire

In the wake of the ruthless and immoral exploitation of human suffering (both American and not) carried out by the Bush/Cheney administration, it might be a good occasion for Obama to bring the "change we can believe in" he's been talking for ages and open a proper, independent investigation on 9/11.

Why not? The official version has proved inconsistent and false and there is always a thinner part of the world population that believes it, so what's the harm in saying the truth? Ok, 3,000 American lives "expendable" for the greater good, more than a million Iraqi lives "expendable" for democracy, thousands of American kids sent to die in Afghanistan and Iraq to build a much better world, world that unfortunately they won't have the possibility to enjoy.

Let alone the once-democratic countries being slowly (or not so slowly) transformed in police states, with a rampant fascism spreading all over Europe: English police beating up people just for the sake of it, Italian government banning cartoonists and journalists just because they are not aligned with their totalitarianism.

Recently, I enjoyed a querelle in the travel blogosphere about an article appeared in the Independent about Dubai: all travel writers, who happen to know Dubai very well, from Lara Dunston to Terence Carter to Susan Macaulay agree in saying that the article is unbalanced, with no research behind, full of common places and racism-nuanced. I haven't read that specific article, but honestly, knowing English press, I do believe what the travel writers say. After all, the only purpose of English press is governmental mind-control and brainwash trusting subjects.

Not long ago I laughed out loud reading an article on the Economist about how Lula ruined Brasil. Of course Mr Economist knows that Brasil has grown 5% last year and that is expected to grow "only" 3% this year, and he also knows that "Great" Britain is not really growing, especially thanks to the artists of the creative finance populating the sacred spot of the City of London. Sorry, Mr Economist, your articles reek of desperation.

It's not the end of the world, just of an empire, one of the many in human history, it's lasted even longer than the American, kind of losing ground too. We know, it's an inescapable process, all empires have gone through their heyday and their decline. Accept it with grace and go back to do some good information, as now you look pathetic.


Lara Dunston said...

What a great piece! I couldn't agree more!

Your blog looks great - I'll definitely return and spend a lot more time here next time. Flat out right now. Hope you're well!

Angela said...

Thanks Lara! Glad you liked it. I really enjoyed the whole quarrel on the English media campaign on Dubai, not because it was actually *enjoyable* but because it's good to see experts like you and Terry with solid arguments to develop against such inaccurate information.

Scott said...


9/11 'Truthers' are a bunch of conspiracy theory nutjobs.

They are simply not credible.

You are an educated woman. Why do you take them seriously?

Angela said...

You said it... because I'm an educated woman. I don't have a theory about 9/11, but I've read the official report and it's an insult to human intelligence. By defining them "nutjobs" I assume you both read the official and alternative reports right?

Thanks for commenting :-)

Scott said...

I haven't read them, no. But please don't misunderstand me.

My argument is not that the official government account is a wholly accurate and impartial representation of the day's events. I am in no doubt that it is a deeply flawed document and doubtless slanted for pure partisan advantage. These things usually are.

Government reports do not get at the truth. They are not designed to. They are designed to protect those in power. This much we can agree on.

It does not follow from this, though, as you seem to be implying, that the broad outlines of the government account are not correct.

On points of detail I am sure you can find inconsistencies, but the general picture is clear.

And to imply that inconsistencies on minor points of detail are proof of a wider cover up or conspiracy is delusional, paranoid thinking of the worst kind.

Angela said...

All they are asking is to get a proper investigation, on that day 3,000 died, an independent investigation is the least they can provide.

That being said, thinking of a cover up is paranoid? The whole US history is studded with cover ups, and the consequences of 9/11 have largely proved to be aimed at increasing US (and multinationals') power in the Middle East. Why would they invade Iraq, otherwise? I know you don't believe the "exporting democracy" fairy tale, they just toppled a regime, destroyed a country and sold it to the best buyer. Always the same scheme in US history. Demanding a radical change in this behaviour I think it's more than fair and legitimate.

Scott said...

Look, I don't reject your premise. If your argument is that Amercian history is full of cover ups and conspiracies, you will find no argument from me.

My problem is not with the premise of your argument. It is with the conclusions you draw from it.

They simply don't follow.

It is a massive leap from America's flawed past to the idea that the Amercian government would deliberately set out to murder 3,000 of its own citizens as part of some diabolical plot to shore up its position in the Middle East. A massive leap.

Not only does it not follow from its premises, it is simply not credible. It is delusional. and it is paranoid.

But I know you won't agree with me, so we'll just have to agree to disagree on this one. :)

Angela said...

"Murder its own citizens"... if this is your argument, it's quite weak, just study how the power works.

American interest in the Middle East is clear, divide et impera, and since the communist paranoia doesn't stand anymore, now there is the terrorist paranoia, and with this excuse so-called "civilised" governments are justifying and carrying out any sort of crime.

No, we won't agree in this, as in many other things actually :-)))
Nice to see your comments though

SilviaMori said...

is going to be a laugh the they when terrorism won't work either... I can't wait to see what they'll come up with.
I'm not so educated so according to what I've just red above I'm almost certainly wrong.
Happy days.

Angela said...

As far as I'm concerned, people don't need to be so well-educated to understand what's going on, but keep their eyes peeled. As for "well-educated" people, they rather look "well-in denial"...
Thanks for stopping by Silvia!

SilviaMori said...

Pleasure Angela,
your writing together with your perspective are simply hard to find.
That's quality!

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