After years of U.S. and Israeli slaughters in the Middle East, President Obama somehow announced with a straight face this week that Washington had "a moral obligation" to intervene in Syria in response to alleged use of chemical weapons by Damascus, which has suffered repeat bombings and nearly half a century of military occupation at the hands of the Jewish state. Obama affected deep concern about the alleged Syrian WMD transgression, as though we all hadn't been led down this WMD path before with George W. Bush and Iraq, a gruesome tale that turned out to be one of the most spectacular crimes in the world since WWII.
The point should be obvious. If the use of weapons of mass destruction justifies military intervention, then someone had better invade the U.S. right away for its repeated use of WMD and other weapons of wholesale killing, including atomic bombs, Agent Orange (100,000 times more potent than Thalidomide), depleted uranium, CS, CN, and DM gases (Vietnam), arsenic, cyanide, napalm, cluster bombs, white phosphorous, and on and on and on. There is no other country that comes anywhere near equaling Washington's achievements in inflicting mega-death on those in its political way, and Syria is simply USrael's latest target for "regime change." Let's declare zero tolerance for this disgusting hypocrisy.
Continued Congressional idiocy was the order of the day on Capitol Hill this week, as Republicans redoubled their efforts to heap unmerited hardship on illegal immigrants while Democrats absurdly countered that the mass importation of poorly educated workers without authorization to be in the country has no social costs, but in fact benefits everyone. Neither group of political dinosaurs has a clue. The Republicans can't see that sermons about obeying the law reek to high heaven when delivered by blood-soaked imperial cheerleaders who have helped devastate one country after another in the name of "Israel first" and "free trade," and who by now are well on their way to destroying even the U.S. middle class with their unfettered support for keeping government off the backs of swindling bankers who looted the public of God-only-knows how many trillions of dollars in the wake of the financial meltdown in 2008. The Democrats, meanwhile, stubbornly refuse to get that U.S. foreign and trade policies ensure that impoverished populations around the world are eternally exploited by the I.M.F. and World Bank, whose parasitic interventions guarantee that fat profits are extracted from lands teeming with hungry and diseased people, thus providing the impetus for millions to flee to industrialized countries in hopes of gaining at least minimal access to the capital that has been extorted from them in their countries of origin. This does not mean that they are "aspiring Americans," though they will accept that designation by default if there is no prospect of a change in U.S. policy that might lead to a decent life back home. But of course, with the Republicans dragging their knuckles along the House floor and the Great Half-White Hope muttering irrelevant platitudes from the White House, there is fat chance of that.
Obama-care supporter Ray Fisman said in Slate.com that the findings of a New England Journal of Medicine study showing that patients enrolled in Medicaid were no healthier than were the uninsured is an occasion for him to "eat humble pie." It turns out that providing broader access to medical care in a sick society doesn't automatically produce better health. Surprise, surprise. Hypertension, cholesterol, and diabetes, not to mention cancer, continue to wreak their customary havoc on a sedentary U.S. population marinating in untested chemicals and bombarded with propaganda celebrating ever-escalating consumption for the greater glory of limitless profit. Unfortunately, for Fisman the issue isn't the profit system driving us to an early death, but rather, how to persuade individual Americans to lead a healthy lifestyle. But this is like trying to make fish in Lake Erie be healthy. Without addressing policies that have converted the world to a combination gas chamber and toxic waste dump, there is no possibility of having a broadly healthy American population.
Amidst a hunger strike involving 100 of the 166 "detainees" at the U.S. gulag in Guantanamo, President Obama renewed his call to close the torture center, while his gulag officials continued to force a greased tube down the noses and throats of the protesting prisoners, until they gagged and bled. Meanwhile, Andrew McCarthy in National/Review.com asked who really cares if jihadists "starve their way into the Great Orgy in the sky?"
Is ours a great two-party democracy or what?
"The Week - The Best of the U.S. and International Media," May 17, 2013