How Things Got to This Point
by Saab Lofton
"I was in Guatemala when the C.I.A. was preparing its attack on the Arbenz government [in 1954]. Arbenz was a democratically elected president and mildly socialist. His state had no revenues; its biggest income maker was United Fruit Company. So Arbenz put the tiniest of taxes on bananas and Henry Cabot Lodge got up in the Senate and said the [Stalinists] have taken over Guatemala ... We installed a military dictator and there's been nothing but bloodshed ever since. Now, if I were a Guatemalan and I had the means to drop something on somebody in Washington, or anywhere Americans were, I would be tempted to do it. Especially if I had lost my entire family and seen my country blown to bits because United Fruit didn't want to pay taxes."
--Gore Vidal, from his book, Dreaming War: Blood For Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta
... much as I abhor thirty second sound bytes, this actually does the trick. How things got to this point? Two words: Corporate GREED. As the great Gore Vidal explained, the United Fruit Company refused to pay the legitimately, democratically elected government of Guatemala "the tiniest of taxes" so Guatemalans could, for instance, afford to provide free universal health care.
White supremacy played a role as well, since I seriously doubt the elite would've wanted masses of brown skinned people breeding their asses out, which would be all the easier if those darker than a shopping bag had access to essential social services as Scandinavia does ...
"In countries like Finland, Norway, Denmark, poverty has almost been eliminated. All people have health care as a right of citizenship. College education is available to all people, regardless of income, virtually free."
--U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, from his interview with Democracy Now, November 8th, 2006
... and since the C.I.A. has yet to attack Scandinavia, that must mean socialism is OK for whites, but not for NON-whites.
The Central Intelligence Agency might as well be called the Corporate Imperial Army, because it has been VIOLENTLY overthrowing legitimately, democratically elected governments on behalf of the wealthy for DECADES (the relationship is analogous to a Mafia Don and a hitman). Iran in 1953, Guatemala in 1954, the Congo in 1960, Indonesia in 1965, Chile in 1973, to name a few ... And in each case, GENOCIDE was committed immediately afterwards. In fact, it may not even be possible to accurately calculate exactly how many people have been killed by all the puppet dictators the C.I.A. has installed, so its death toll is higher than Hitler's. Think about THAT the next time you're in the mood for a movie/tv series that glorifies spies.
Yes, I am the biggest Hogan's Heroes fan on the planet. Yes, Colonel Hogan was O.S.S. (Office of Strategic Services). Yes, the O.S.S. was the predecessor of the C.I.A., but if Hogan was real and could see the evil deeds of his "descendants," he would vomit from disgust until his body turned inside out.
Going back to what Vidal said about how if he was a Guatemalan and had the means to drop something on Americans that he'd be tempted to do it ... Well, now y'all understand the motives of Stalinists and Islamofascists (not to mention the Boondock Saints, the Punisher from Marvel Comics, that popular serial killer Dexter, etc.). Those who've truly been oppressed understand Vidal's temptation, but fortunately, most folks doN'T act accordingly NO matter how tempting vengeance is.
This is why I'm concerned about the near future: If the Occupy Movement survives this winter and thrives, another 9-11 or even an additional war could be CONcocted in order to distract the masses from capitalism's countless failures. So in case there are any terrorists reading this, STAND DOWN. You've done enough (too much, to be honest). Why? Glad you asked ..!
"We continue to spend over $50 billion a year on the U.S. nuclear arsenal. This makes NO sense. These funds are a drain on our budget and a disservice to the next generation ... We are robbing the future to pay for the unneeded weapons ... Now is the time to invest in the people and the programs to get America back on track."
--Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA), senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, October 5th, 2011
.... fifty billion (with a B) dollars a year GONE -- all so an arms dealer can own a MTV Cribs mansion and a yacht ... Granted, it doesN'T take a nuke to defend oneself against a terrorist sect hidden in a cavern, but logic was NEVER the right-wing's strong suit. So long as there's even a HINT of a threat, inbred retards who're believing everything FOX News is saying will use ANY excuse to CONtinue funding nukes (i.e., those MTV Cribs lifestyles nukes pay for), so again, STAND DOWN. Otherwise, another October Surprise (Google that on an empty stomach sometime) will occur.
I limit myself to curse words and the Occupy Movement limits itself to the tactics of Gandhi and Dr. King -- NOT because the enemy deserves mercy ('cause they fucking doN'T), but because doing so eliminates chickenshit excuses to waste taxes on genocidal nonsense ...
... and because, as was said in the movie, Batman Begins ...
THE LEAGUE OF SHADOWS: Your compassion is a weakness your enemies will not share.
BRUCE WAYNE: That's why it's so important. It separates us from them.