In the last few years the information presented on this and the previous site have provided my perspective on our present predicament regarding geopolitics, specifically, what we are in the midst of (2, 3) and what the future (2, 3) may hold.
In short, the main problem with our society is that our education system is designed to instill obedience, and it has done so extremely well. We have willingly consumed propaganda to the point where our hypnosis has turned us into servants of totalitarian regimes:
“The political philosopher Sheldon Wolin uses the term inverted totalitarianism in his book Democracy Incorporated to describe our political system. In inverted totalitarianism, the sophisticated technologies of corporate control, intimidation, and mass manipulation, which far surpass those employed by previous totalitarian states, are effectively masked by the glitter, noise, and abundance of a consumer society.”
Bill Hicks - JFK
We have allowed poverty and inequality to flourish by believing in Wall Street’s mantra, practicing accounting magic of indefinite growth, and normalizing scarcity based economics. We’ve come to believe that the world is less violent now than at any other time in history while we’re permanently scorching large segments of the earth. We have allowed ourselves to be surveilled for our own security. Our might has allowed us to state that we stand for peace and justice when waging war, and that war crimes are only war crimes (2) when others commit them. We call genocide ‘defense’ (2). We mimic and worship psychopaths and are unabashedly proud of our achievements as we create sacrifice zones to feed our addictions.
“We will leave behind, after our defeats, wreckage and death, the contagion of violence and hatred, unending grief, and millions of children who were brutalized and robbed of their childhood. Americans who did not suffer will forget. People maimed physically or psychologically by the violence, especially the Iraqi and Afghan children, will never escape. Time and memory will play their usual tricks. Those who endured war will begin to wonder, years from now, what was real and what was not. And those who did not taste of war’s noxious poison will stop wondering at all.” - Chris Hedges, “Pity the Children”
By 2012, 55% of the world’s refugees came from five countries, all of which we have bombed ‘back to the stone age’ (2): Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Sudan. Yet, we are not the primary providers of sanctuary for the tens of millions of refugees that we have created. On the contrary, majority of the countries waging war on these nations have turned their backs on their victims:
“Since 2003, when war broke out, at least 4.7 million Iraqis have been uprooted, creating the largest refugee crisis in the Middle East since Israel was founded. About half of the displaced remain in Iraq, while more than 2 million have spilled into Syria and Jordan, where the influx has overwhelmed hospitals and schools and created water and housing shortages….
“But most Western countries have refused to offer direct aid to Syria and Jordan, or welcome more than a handful of refugees….
“On average, European nations grant just 11 percent of Iraqi asylum claims, according to the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, and some countries -- among them Greece -- accept fewer than 1 percent.”
For example, by 2007, the United States had only taken in 466 Iraqi refugees, and had promised to “try to resettle 7,000” out of the estimated 2 million that had been displaced by the coalition of the willing. Syria on the other hand, during the same period, by 2007, was estimated to have been the recipient of 1.2 million Iraqi refugees, equal to approximately 5% of the total population of Syria.
click to enlarge - source (pdf)
click to enlarge - source (pdf)
It’s anyone’s guess if those responsible in the West for these wars of aggressions - crimes against peace - will ever be held accountable. What we do know is that by allowing these crimes against humanity to go unpunished we have transformed the global political landscape (emphasis added):
“Kofi Annan, declared explicitly… that the US-led war on Iraq was illegal. Mr Annan said that the invasion was not sanctioned by the UN security council or in accordance with the UN's founding charter. In an interview with the BBC World Service… he was asked outright if the war was illegal. He replied: ‘Yes, if you wish.’
“He then added unequivocally: ‘I have indicated it was not in conformity with the UN charter. From our point of view and from the charter point of view it was illegal.’”
"We’ve Lost Our Country": An Iraqi American Looks Back on a Decade of War That’s Devastated a Nation
- Rectal rehydration and waterboarding: the CIA torture report's grisliest findings
- Did Gitmo "Suicides" Cover Up Murder? U.S. Sgt. Speaks Out on Deaths & Prison’s Secret CIA Site: "Professor Denbeaux, you’re saying that this camp was used to experiment on people."... "Yes. That’s what General Dunleavy referred to when he referred to it as America’s battle lab. That’s what General Miller was referring to when he described Guantánamo as America’s battle lab. And he was Dunleavy’s successor. The only question was: What were the experiments? And, of course, the question became fairly clear once we discovered this giving of these psychotic-inducing drugs they gave them the minute people arrived."
- READ: Senate Committee’s Report on the CIA’s Use of Torture
- "Psychological Torture is Enshrined in U.S. Law": Complicity in Abuses Began Long Before Bush
- After Duo Created CIA Torture Methods, Did World’s Largest Group of Psychologists Enable Abuses?
- Mike Gravel to Senator Mark Udall: Make Full Torture Probe Public Like I Did with Pentagon Papers.
- Endless War: As U.S. Strikes Tikrit & Delays Afghan Pullout, "War on Terror" Toll Tops 1.3 Million (March 26, 2015).
By not punishing those who commit war crimes we have become desensitized to misery and are condemned to perpetual war. We have become a pariah nation, creating enemies across the globe as we fund campaigns of death and destruction.
“Obama sent Congress a $500 million request Thursday for a Pentagon-run program that would significantly expand previous covert efforts to arm rebels fighting both the Sunni extremists and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.” - June 27, 2014, “Obama seeks $500-million to arm select Syrian rebels”
“Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership.” - July 7, 2008, “PREPARING THE BATTLEFIELD: The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.” by Seymour Hersh
Present Middle East
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New Middle East
click map to enlarge - source - Further information on the new map of the Middle East at: “World War III began in May 2006: Building the New Map of the Middle East in Real Time”
We do all of the above and more with the conceded arrogance of the privileged, the exceptional, and then have the audacity to ask our deities to bless us for the ensuing carnage.
“The end of the political process, futile as it may have been, triggered the collapse of the status quo as we have known it for the past 47 years. It set in motion a series of events that will confront us with two stark alternatives regarding Israel and Palestine: either the permanent warehousing of an entire population or the emergence of a single democratic state….
“The message is clear, unilateral and final: This country has been Judaized: it is now the Land of Israel in the process of being incorporated into the state of Israel. You Arabs (or ‘Palestinians’ as you call yourselves) are not a people and have no national rights, certainly to our exclusively Jewish country. You are not a ‘side’ to a ‘conflict.’ Once and for all we must disabuse you of the notion that we are actually negotiating with you. We never have and never will. You are nothing but inmates in prison cells, and we hereby declare through our military and political actions that you have three options before you: You can submit as inmates are required to you, in which case we will allow you to remain in your enclave-cells. You can leave, as hundreds of thousands have done before you. Or, if you choose to resist, you will die.”
“Warehousing is worse than apartheid. It does not even pretend to find a political framework for ‘separate development,’ it simply jails the oppressed and robs them of all their collective and individual rights. It is the ultimate form of oppression before actual genocide…” - Jeff Halper, “Israel’s message to the Palestinians: Submit, leave or die”.
“And I think that if I have to give one allegory to this whole thing... I would imagine it as gang rape. And forgive me for using this hard language, but when you have a group of people raping someone, and this person that is being raped starting to scratch, the first thing you want to do in order to stop the scratches is to stop the rape. And what Israel, official Israel, is trying to do is to continue the rape and deal with the scratches. And I say, stop the rape, stop the occupation, stop the apartheid, stop this inhumane ghettoization of Palestinians, and then—then—we can start talking, and we can reach peace agreements and all these beautiful words that now don’t mean anything for us.” - Yonatan Shapira, a former Israeli captain and Air Force pilot.
Young American Jew, very brave اعتقال شاب يهودى امريكي شجاع جدا
Israel police beat American teen Tarek Khdeir
“There are many illustrations. Take a current one. In May, the U.S. agreed to support a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate war crimes in Syria, but with a proviso: there could be no inquiry into possible war crimes by Israel. Or by Washington, though it was really unnecessary to add that last condition. The U.S. is uniquely self-immunized from the international legal system. In fact, there is even congressional legislation authorizing the president to use armed force to ‘rescue’ any American brought to the Hague for trial — the ‘Netherlands Invasion Act,’ as it is sometimes called in Europe.” - Noam Chomsky, “America’s corporate doctrine of power a grave threat to humanity”
Howard Zinn -- “The Myth of American Exceptionalism” (lecture begin at 6:10)
If we only appreciated and understood what it meant when we were told that war is a racket and that all wars are banker’s wars:
“WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.” - Major General Smedley Butler, “War Is A Racket”
Collectively we have been lulled into obedience. Become selfish and self-centered, delusional sadistic beings fearing our own shadows and totally out of touch with reality. Our collective ignorance is what our governments have banked on; that the severity of our stupidity will hold steadfast as they commit genocides and collapse economies. Unfortunately, so far, they have been brilliant tacticians since psychopaths still govern our daily lives and corporations continue to convince us to consume what we do not need, or so is the doctrine of compliance that they are trying to instill upon us.
“…to make visible the invisible war... Tiqqun argues that, like the YoungGirl archetype, we are commodities, products and agents of capital caught in an invisible war in which we are our own oppressors.” - Mallory Amirault, “Tiqqun’s Tits: Preliminary Materials for Exposing the Young Girl” (pdf)
Mallory Amirault, Topless Artist Smashes Ceramic Breasts - CBC News Vancouver
When I think of all of this and more, the only fathomable excuse that comes to mind as to why we have forfeited so much; the only words that bring me comfort regarding our collective insensibility come from George Carlin pointing out that the cause of our ills is because half of humanity is dumber than the average person.
“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.” - George Carlin
George Carlin Stupid People
Why George Carlin’s words bring me comfort is because they imply that the problem has a solution, education, hence my work on mathematics. The alternative, that we are aware of our history and are indifferent to it, is unthinkable.
Since I have no desire to document the play-by-play symphony of carnage that is being unleashed and is to come, and since I have said what needed to be said, or as Arundhati Roy would say; “I feel that I don’t have anything direct to say without repeating myself”, we’ll consider this post to be the introduction to politics on chycho and it will be the last strictly geopolitical discussion we have on this site for quite some time, at least until Russia, China, Iran, or another formidable enemy of our choosing or making (2, 3, 4) is duped into directly confronting NATO (2), or until the next major false flag operation (2,3) sends the world into a frenzy.
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