The US Empire Unmasked and Why It’s Time to Speak Out

“Why Are We The Good Guys?” is the title of a brilliant 2012 book by David Cromwell of the media monitoring organization, Media Lens. The book challenges the dominant elite orthodoxy that whatever “mistakes” they may make, the US and its closest allies always mean well – and are an undoubted force for good in the world.

Well, that might have been true in World War Two, when the US, the Soviet Union, Britain and others were fighting the Nazis, but I wonder if there’s anyone out there (and whose salary isn’t paid by the US defense industry, NATO, George Soros or Rupert Murdoch), who would still claim that the US — and its closest allies — are benign actors in international affairs?

It’s not just the effects of the Iraq war — an illegal conflict in which blatant lies about WMDs were told in order to justify a brutal invasion which led to the death of one million people and the rise of Daesh, also known as ISIL. In the past few weeks, we’ve had a number of reminders as to what the 21 century “US Empire” is really about — and the shamefully duplicitous way in which it operates.

Earlier in the month, we had the Colin Powell email leak, in which the former Secretary of State said that Israel had 200 nukes “all targeted at Tehran”and “we,” meaning the US, “have thousands…”

Even if Iran did develop nukes — then they wouldn’t use them as they’d be deterred by the Israeli and US ones. Powell’s email shows us what a scam the whole Iranian “nuclear threat” narrative was.

Remember, draconian sanctions were imposed on the Islamic Republic — sanctions which caused great hardship to ordinary Iranians — on the grounds that the country was secretly developing nuclear weapons, which would threaten the entire world. But Powell admits that the Iranians wouldn’t be able to use a nuclear bomb, even if they had been developing one. Rather than being the “threat,” Iran was the country threatened.

Then, a day after the Powell email story broke, we had the US — and other coalition “allies” — bombing the Syrian army at Deir ez-Zor, when the SAA was preparing to launch an assault on Daesh. The US said, the attack, which killed 62 soldiers and injured 100, was an “accident.” Yet the SAA has been static in the area for some time.

The attack was further proof (and there’s been enough already), that the US’ priniciple aim in Syria is not fighting Daesh and other terror groups, but to bring down the secular government fighting these groups.

It’s noteworthy that while the US bombed the Syrian Army, Daesh launched a simultaneous attack. Talk about “partners in crime.”

Two days after the massacre at Deir ez-Zor, an attack on an aid convoy again showed us the US’ true colors. Even though we still don’t know whether the convoy was bombed from the air — the UN revised an earlier statement saying it was an airstrike — the attack was blamed on Russia and used by the US to make the case for the imposition of a no-fly zone (NFZ) in Syria or, more accurately a “we can fly, but you can’t zone.”

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