Monday, November 27, 2006

The Old Models Are Not Working

The Old Models Are Not Working

“But the 20th-century struggle against Fascist totalitarianism provided a new rationale for precision in constitution writing. It was not enough just to defeat the Fascist powers, America and its allies realized. It was also important to remake the political cultures that had allowed such tyrannies to arise in the first place. And that meant drafting new constitutions for the defeated nations. The question now is whether America and its allies will muster the same clarity and commitment in Iraq.”

Following WWII the AmeriKKKans and their allies stepped in to reconstruct the governments of Germany and Japan. The Nazis fell apart following the death of Adolph Hitler and surrendered and the Japanese Emperor who was trying to find a way to end the war anyway, surrendered unconditionally after the US dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki marking the official end of the war. In the aftermath of the German and Japanese surrenders and before the start of the “Cold War” the US and its allies determined to control the German and Japanese governments so they could not regroup and pose a threat to the Anglo-AmeriKKKan and Russian victors. To accomplish this the US sent in their diplomatic and military agents and wrote the constitutions for both Germany and Japan setting the tone and tenor for the types of governments they would have. “The Japanese Constitution was written in 1946 by the U.S. Occupation after imperialist Japan's surrender to try to ensure that the nation would never engage in militarist aggression. It also made the emperor a symbol of the nation, instead of the divinity who had been idolized up to then, and spelled out guarantees for basic freedoms and the civil rights of women, marking a big step toward a true democracy. Although controversy has brewed for years over whether the constitution was forced upon Japan by the Americans, many Japanese also value the pacifist Article No. 9 that forbids the country from using force to settle international disputes.”
Having experienced success in “nation building” in Germany (prior to the East-West split) and Japan following WWII, the US immediately ratcheted up its’ covert operations (following the creation of the CIA in 1947) to influence the governments of numerous countries around the world and create a climate favorable to the expansion and consolidation of US corporate, economic and military hegemony. Neocolonial, neoliberal puppet governments have been established, dissolved and new ones formed all over the world, ala what we see now in places like Haiti, Afghanistan and Iraq in an effort to keep Western multinational corporate interests a top priority. This model is the modern version of the British “indirect rule” model used during their colonialist and neocolonialist periods that has served the imperial interests of England for years. AmeriKKKa has employed this model with varying degrees of success and failure over the years in diverse places such as Iran, Vietnam, Liberia, the Caribbean and throughout Latin America. People and nations are creatures of habit and what we are seeing in both Afghanistan and Iraq is nothing more than the AmeriKKKan ruling elites doing the same thing over and over again, attempting to expropriate the resources of others and steal them for themselves.
The problem for the fascist oligarchy is non-European people are rebelling against the European model of forced imposition of their governmental, economic and cultural paradigms upon them. Iraq and Afghanistan are classic examples of armed resistance against US imperialism. What we are seeing in Venezuela and other parts of Latin America are examples of economic and political resistance against US hegemony. US arrogance and hubris following 9-11 have accelerated global resistance to AmeriKKKa imperialism and it concomitant agenda of globalization. The old models of European imperialism still leave a bitter taste in the mouths of non-Europeans and the urge to resist the Western model of globalization (economic neocolonialism and expropriation of resources) is fierce and passionate. “European-drawn borders have failed; European models of statehood and statecraft have failed, and, in global terms, European civilization has failed. Unable to see beyond those models, the United States fails to exert influence commensurate with its power, except in the field of popular culture (even Islamist terrorists like a good action flick). With the end of the colonial vision and the swift crack-up of postcolonial dreams--not least, of a socialist paradise--there is a worldwide vacuum of purpose that the glittering trinkets of globalization cannot fill. From the fear-mongering of our own media to the sermons of Moktada al-Sadr, the real global commonality is the dread of change. Whether in Tehran or Texas, the established orders have gone into a defensive crouch. Men dream of change, but cling to what they know. Far from teaching the workers of the world to love one another (or at least to enjoy a Starbucks together), the economic and informational effects of globalization have been to remind people how satisfying it is to hate. Whether threatened in their jobs, their moral code, or their religion, human beings dislocated by change don't want explanations. They want someone to blame.” Return of the Tribes
The resistance to globalization runs deep. by Ralph Peters
The Iraqi freedom fighters attempting to oust the Anglo-AmeriKKKan occupation may lack the sophisticated weaponry of the West; but their will is indomitable, as the AmeriKKKan invaders have discovered. The old models of invasion, conquest, foisting a pliant puppet government on the indigenous people are not working and will not work in the near future. People want to be free. They want to be self-determining. We are seeing this as Nigerians in the Delta resist the encroachment of oil drilling onto their lands. We see the strong resistance of the Iraqis, Palestinians, Afghanis and Columbians against US backed corporatist take-overs. The strong talk out of Latin America from Chavez and the newly elected leaders of Chile, Bolivia and Brazil are a direct response to the anti-imperialist sentiments of the masses; the longsuffering farmers, merchants and peasants. “The current leftward surge is the product of two trends, coupled with each other. One is persistently high levels of social and economic inequality in the region. Two, steady democratisation since the eighties. The spark may lead to a wild fire in the restive Asian countries where in the absence of effective Leftist leadership, extremism and religious terrorism came to the fore.”
The arrogance and hubris of the AmeriKKKan ruling elites and their minions will be their undoing. As Iraq and Afghanistan push AmeriKKKa closer to the twin disasters of military defeat and domestic implosion, it is becoming clear to most sane people; the old models are not working. Alas even a desperation Hail Mary, the recommendations of the good ol’ boy Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group will not be able to prevent the ruling elites from suffering the well deserved consequences of their crass and disastrous attempts at empire.



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