10.27 Update: My open letter to Congress in defense of Democracy and justice by clicking Letter to Congress.
Look closely at his face. This is the face of an Iraqi soldier trying to escape death and was instead kissed by an inferno sponsored by our military-financial complex. This is the face of war that our criminal Corporate State Media never shows us and our malignant politicians never mention. We will never know his name; he is but a body count and one of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who were buried by the hubris of treacherous imperialists who use “defense of democracy” as a means of stealing the wealth of nations. Presidents come and presidents go—each one promising to deliver change. All of them lie as they continue a legacy of immoral wars and repugnant colonialism that is turning our nation into the blitzkrieg bully of this planet.
Might makes right; those who have the most sophisticated guns get to dictate morality while practicing none of it. If there was justice in this world, leaders such as Bush, Obama, and now Trump—along with their toadies, handlers and wealthy benefactors—would be frog marched to the Hague and tried for crimes against humanity. But then again, the Hague itself is a farce as they go about convicting petty tyrants while giving cover to monsters who bleed the entire planet for the sake of the next marginal dollar. It’s like we are living in bizarro world where evil men are celebrated as heroes and those who defend their nations are painted as terrorists.
Just yesterday, at the blessing and behest of the commander-in-thief Trump, our military shot down a Syrian jet in their own nation. By what right do we have to be there to begin with? America is turning the concept of the United Nations into the travesty that it always has been from its inception. An organization founded to stop nation-state belligerence does no such thing; in reality the United Nations is nothing more than platform for super powers and colonialists to impose their will on the rest of the planet. Our government, which is plainly illegitimate considering that a super-majority of Americans give it a vote of no-confidence, is an entity which follows no laws even as it sets laws for the rest of the world. How laughable, people like McCain, Pelosi, Pence and Schumer get to preach about Democracy while making a mockery of it here at home.
I would call this hypocrisy but this would not do it justice. Hypocrisy is benign malevolence, what our government practices is outright mendacity. We have been in a state of continuous war for the past 50 years; it’s a right of passage for presidents to start their own wars as if bloodshed is a toy train to play with in the West Wing. One administration after another hops on Northrup Grumman and Boeing made missiles as if they are Dr. Strangelove reinvented. I would be in awe of this level of deception and disinformation if it was not so vile and wicked. The same system that pretends to be benevolent as it literally blows holes in the hearts of millions has us, the people, deceived enough to be addicted to politics to the point where we give the little money we have left to millionaire politicians who get (s)elected to pillage us.
I must give it to Obama, he was the biggest deception of them all as the oligarchy pulled the wool over all our eyes by presenting us an empty suit as the next coming of Lincoln. Obama won the Nobel Peace prize, I would say this was absurdity at its apex but it’s actually poetic justice. The Nobel Peace Committee is sham just like the Hague as they confer peace prizes to the same people who start the wars they pretend to finish. It’s fitting, Alfred Nobel was a shyster and an arms dealer; his brand of TNT blew apart more lives than Mount Vesuvius. Now they give us Trump—a carnival barker. This self-promoting ogre and town idiot is driving his base to Jim Jones level adoration and the opposition into a tailspin of derangement. This is why he was foisted upon us, to have us all in a tizzy and the public in perpetual conflict so the gentry could go on pillaging us. And of course, we fall for it!
Do you see a common theme here? Those who have the money and means get to purchase justice while those who have none of it are treated to perpetual injustice. The reason why this is not plainly evident and why another revolution has yet to come to fruition is because the powerful have the one weapon at their disposal that is even more lethal than the bombs dropped over Nagasaki and Hiroshima. This weapon is the media and they have deployed it against the world and the rest of us here in America. Truth is inverted by the snakes in the Corporate State Media as repugnant pundits and fraudulent “journalists” give cover to this miscarriage of justice and refuse to speak truth to power.This picture you see above was taken by a photographer named Kenneth Jarecke during the first Iraq war and then submitted to his editor. In the most shocking way, the executives of America’s mainstream media outlets colluded to keep this picture away from the eye of the public. The same fourth estate that was supposed to be speaking truth to power instead worked hand in hand with war mongers in our government in order to keep this most gruesome of images hidden from their audience? Why? Because wars are supposed to be entertaining and fun! Wars are supposed to be about fancy props and CNN style three dimensional graphics. Wars are cash cows for media, politicians and the military-financial complex alike. The yellow press hyenas don’t want to mess up this hustle by showing us the hell that wars really are.
What we get are wars that are sterilized; the death and destruction that is showered upon citizens through phosphorous clouds is overlooked and we instead see PlayStation version of wars. CNN, Washington Post, Fox News, and the rest present genocides as fun facts while mass murder is televised zoomed out far enough so that we see pixels being bombed instead of realizing that each dot is a mother, father, or child being snuffed out. This is how humanity is reduced and how true evil is normalized; we are so inundated with outrage and breaking news carnage that we have come to accept horrors as a water cooler chatter. Humanity eradicated on a day to day basis; we treat these things as quaint talking points over Starbucks lattes and gluten free biscottis as we partake in the next hashtag protest. #FreeInsertNameHere
The victims of these egregious wars are not just innocent people overseas; go to your nearest city and you will encounter the poor, the marginalized and one homeless veteran after another (read Silent Salute) who have been broken by endless policies of manifest aggression. Every 20 minutes, a veteran commits suicide unable to cope with the memory of death seared in his or her mind. The plight of veterans is turned into a means of selling cars and bumper stickers. “Thank you for your service” is uttered in passing as the citizenry continues shopping disconnected from the reality of never-ending hostilities. This depraved war against terror thus perpetuates itself; a thousand pigs eating at the trough of bloodshed—they are feeding on humanity.
What is done to others with bombs and bullets is done to us with disinformation and pervasive infringements on our rights. The National Defense Authorization Act that was signed by Barack Obama in the dead of night (Obama signs NDAA)–which empowered the Department of Defense to “counter disinformation and propaganda”–was a naked power grab usually pulled off by autocrats like Sadam Hussein. The NDAA is a poison pill that silences speech and restricts freedom of press. Keep an eye on this article on Facebook and social media; if this article is removed or flagged, take it as a sign that there is a concerted effort to sterilize truth the same way the picture of the Iraqi burned alive in the tank is rarely found on the internet. Our Corporate State Media and our cancerous government would make Joseph Goebbels proud.
I will let readers decide, is what you read here propaganda? Do I sound like a man who hates my nation or am I a person who cherishes the ideals enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights? The meme of “fake news” was meant to discredit people like me who try to expose the lies of the powerful. Freedoms don’t die overnight nor do they perish in one instant; our rights are bled away one small drip at a time. We have a choice as a people; do we want to keep being fed lies and propaganda and letting the notion of a free press be dictated by Wall Street and the moneyed gentry? Or are we better off seeking information from those who are not connected to a global system of greed and gluttony that is kneecapping humanity?We as Americans need to say enough! If we keep looking away while profiteers and plutocrats keep declaring wars overseas, soon enough those wars will boomerang home. We are one bad decision and one false move away from all of us eating mushroom clouds for breakfast. Perhaps we need to stop focusing on the salacious and turning everything into a political sport and actually unite to reclaim our government from the hands of colonial neo-fascists who reside on both side of the political divide. Or we can continue down the path of the Germans in the 1930’s and refuse to speak up against thugs who are setting the globe on fire with their greed. That did not end well for Germans; it will not end well for us. Don’t let our future be that of Dresden or else the face of death our media never shows us will be made evident in high definition reality before US. #FaceOfWar
“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” ~ Samuel Johnson
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Check out the Ghion Cast below where I discuss the shell game of politics that is used to hide the #FaceOfWar and keep us in perpetual conflict.
Originally from Ethiopia with roots to Atse Tewodros II, Teodrose is a former community organizer whose writing was incorporated into Barack Obama's South Carolina primary victory speech in 2008. He pivoted away from politics and decided to stand for collective justice after experiencing the reality of the forgotten masses. His writing defies conventional wisdom and challenges readers to look outside the constraints of labels and ideologies that serve to splinter the people. Teodrose uses his pen to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak truth to power.
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