The ordeal of Fatima Bouchar, detailed by Ian Cobain in the Guardian, exemplifies the vile essence of the ‘Terror War’ being conducted by United States and its abject satellite, Great Britain, against large swathes of the world’s population (including, increasingly, their own people). It is a case of brutal torture against an innocent, defenseless pregnant woman, whose only “crime” was to be married to a man who belonged to an organization which had long been supported by the US and UK — until the geopolitics of oil made the group expendable. It is a tale of cowardice and cruelty, of hypocrisy and corruption, of deliberate atrocity that exacerbates the extremism it purports to combat. It is the emblem of an evil system ordered, countenanced, championed and protected at the very highest levels of the two governments — a system that is very much still in operation today.
This is the reality of our age. What Americans and Britons once refused to do to Adolf Hitler’s minions — torture, abuse, and deprive them of legal rights — they now do routinely, continually and without shame to people whom they know to be either completely innocent or — even in the torturers’ own estimation — to be peripheral, unimportant and unthreatening. They are torturing people because they want to do it, because they like to do it.
And the entire political class of both Britain and the United States acquiesce in this. They accept it. They do not denounce the perpetrators and orchestrators and orderers of torture as evil. They do not condemn them and shun them as they would child abusers and murderers. They thunder and bluster over small straws of difference and policy nuances, but they swallow whole the steaming, blood-soaked viscera of Terror War torture. Instead, they prosecute officials and soldiers who try to tell the truth about torture and other atrocities of the Terror War, as Jesselyn Raddack reports here. War crime is now completely normalized in American politics and American society. It’s what we do. It’s what we are. And we don’t care.
Yet everywhere you look — even in the oh-so-fervent, “we’re the good guys,” liberal progressive humanitarian blogosphere — you will see incessant, obsessive coverage of all the minute ins and outs of the political circus: the primaries, the polls, the money, the momentum, the players. Every day — every hour — they read the tea leaves and poke through the entrails, hoping to divine what needs to be done so that “our side” wins. Our torturers. Our renditioners. Our abusers of innocent pregnant women. Our beaters and batterers and chainers and killers. We want our man, not their man, to commit the atrocities.
This obscene dynamic is now the essence of the American political process. It is rotten to the core, rotten at the top, rotten to the roots. As we’ve noted here many, many times before, Henry David Thoreau gave the only possible response that anyone who aspires to a measure of honor can give to the obscenity that engulfs us:
“How does it become a man to behave toward this American government to-day? I answer that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.”
|Written by Chris Floyd Empire Burlesque|
|Tuesday, 10 April 2012 00:16|