Tuesday, May 23, 2006

World War III Waiting to Happen?

A comment on Americablog brought the following Boston Globe article to my attention last night: An Anti-Bush Alliance
The article expresses the fear that a new 'axis of evil' is forming, with the players including Russia, China, India, Iran, Pakistan, Mongolia, and a lot of countries whose names end in -stan. Please read the entire Globe article for details. I will highlight a few quotes;

"The purpose of this collaboration is to give form to a common policy of resisting what the governments in Beijing and Moscow have come to see as an aggressive, overbearing America."

"Acceptance of Iran by the organization at the very moment when the Islamic Republic is defying the International Atomic Energy Agency -- and when China and Russia are blocking US efforts to have the United Nations Security Council approve sanctions on Iran -- suggests a tectonic shift in geopolitics."

"Ironically, this is precisely what President Bush has pledged to prevent."

"But after five years of trial and error, it is clear that the Bush doctrine is having the opposite effect."

When a policy leads to the opposite of its intended effect, this is called incompetence.

Students of history may recognize what is going on here, and see what a disastrous error BushCo™ has made in foreign policy. The world, and not just Moscow and Beijing, have come to see America as 'aggressive and overbearing.' They are so frightened of the US as redefined by the PNAC-controlled neocon cabal that they are beginning to band together for mutual defense. The last time this happened was in response to the fascist alliance between Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy, and Hirohito's Japan.
The search string, 'fascist America' now returns 10,600,000 results from Google. I tried the same search a few weeks ago, and returned just under 8,000,000 results. Obviously the parallel between Hitler and Bush is becoming a common perception.
Common Dreams News Center has the following article by Robert Kennedy Jr., originally posted Jan. 22, 2005: Kennedy: Fascist America
Again, I urge you to read the entire article, it is very well written, but I will highlight a couple of passages;

"While communism is the control of business by government, fascism is the control of government by business."

"My American Heritage Dictionary defines fascism as 'a system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership together with belligerent nationalism.' Sound familiar?"

"The White House has clearly grasped the lesson."

"The Republicans are 95 percent corrupt and the Democrats are 75 percent corrupt. They are accepting money from the same corporations. And of course, that is going to corrupt you."

This last quote is the one that should scare you the most. The elements in American society that might resist BushCo™'s regime are as follows; Congressional oversight, Senate oversight, Judicial oversight, Media oversight, Opposition oversight.
Needless to say, the Congress, Senate, and Supreme Court are all currently dominated by Republicans. The opposition Democrats are more like the Oppossum Democrats, demonstrating a remarkable ability to curl up in a ball and hibernate during times of crisis. The media, led by FOX "news" are doing all they can to enable the continuation of America's slouch towards Armageddon.
As James Madison said, "The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands may justly be pronounced the very definition of a tyranny."

Hopes that the upcoming midterm elections will deliver America from her agony are misplaced on a number of counts. First, the recently introduced electronic form of balloting has shown itself to be easily manipulated, and many believe is responsible for BushCo™'s 2004 'victory' in Ohio. Second, even a Congress or Senate with a seeming Democratic majority will still have a large number of DINOs, Democrats In Name Only, who will vote with the Republicans more often than not, and always on critical issues. The name LIEberman comes to mind. 75% corrupt isn't going to be a significant change. And third and last, even in the highly unlikely event that a majority of squeaky-clean principled Democrats were to gain control of Congress, Senate, and in 2008 (or earlier, by impeachment) the White House, that new and hopeful administration would be saddled with a Supreme Court and corporate-dominated Media who would continue to obstruct them in every reform effort. Worse, they would have a huge federal debt to cope with, and a crippled economy. Remember that it was Germany's impoverishment from WWI reparations that allowed Hitler to manipulate the German people into accepting Nazi attacks against their neighbours.

Is this a bleak analysis of events? You bet! Blogger sans-cullotte, whose post on this subject appears here had the following reactions on the Americablog comment thread: "holy crap", and later, "That's WWIII Waiting to happen." Sans-culotte has one of the best amateur blogs on the web IMO. Hell, his comments on Americablog are one of the best things about Aravosis' site. I don't think he's overreacting here, and neither am I. By no means am I saying that those who oppose Bush should give up. I just think we all should fight harder knowing the seriousness of the opposition. Failure is not an option. I'll leave you with a few relevant quotes.

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent" - Thomas Jefferson

"There are four boxes to use in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, ammo. Use in that order." - Ed Howdershelt

"Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance to one whose character is that of a sottish, stupid, stubborn, worthless, brutish man."
--Thomas Paine, referring to King George

Hat Tip to Nigel Elliot, whose comment at Americablog brought this to my attention.

Update: In further pursuit of this issue, I found the following from DailyKos, that I somehow missed a couple of weeks ago:

Shanghai Cooperation Organization

And here's the link to the SCO homepage:

SCO Home