March 12, 2007

War Criminals, (Almost) Every One

Permit me very briefly to excerpt myself, because I have already expressed these particular points as well as I can. First, with regard to the monstrous, unforgivable crime that an attack on Iran would represent:
Any military attack by the United States on Iran within the foreseeable future -- even an attack using only conventional weapons -- would be profoundly immoral, and eternally unforgivable.


These central facts lead to only one conclusion: an attack on Iran would represent a blatant, naked act of aggression against a country that does not threaten us. It would not be an act of self-defense, if that term has any meaning at all: there is nothing at present or in the immediate future to defend ourselves against. Of course, the same was true of Iraq. We refuse to learn any lessons at all.

So an attack on Iran, even if confined to the use of conventional weapons, would confirm beyond the point of any remaining dispute that we have abandoned all the constraints on military action that the world has accepted for some time. We would make indisputably clear that we believe we have the "right" to make war on any nation, at any time, and on the merest whim. The existence of a threat to the United States is irrelevant and unnecessary to our actions. In effect, we will have declared war on the entire world, at least by implication. No one will be able to view themselves as safe: those we consider allies today might be viewed as enemies tomorrow. All concepts of "right" and "morality" would be jettisoned forever. We will have entered a world where brute force and military superiority are all that matter. Since no other nation can view itself as safe from our wrath, we can expect the rest of the world to make plans accordingly.

When the unprovoked, aggressive and non-defensive use of nuclear weapons is added to this picture, we will have entered a world of potential global holocaust.
About the Democrats' responsibility:
I indicated the other day some crucial actions the Democrats in Congress could take to stop these events, which are already gathering terrifying momentum. I repeat those suggestions here. ...

It simply is not true there's nothing the Democrats can do to stop the drive toward a wider war. For God's sake, they control Congress now. There's plenty they can do -- if they want to, and if they want to lead. The actions outlined above are critical; all of them together would throw a huge roadblock in the path of this criminal administration.


If, several months or a year from now, we are in the middle of a catastrophic and ever-widening war triggered by an attack on Iran (by either the U.S. or Israel), let no Democrat be heard to say: "But there wasn't anything we could do! We didn't want this to happen, but there wasn't anything we could do to stop it!"

It's absolutely not true. If this nightmare should come to pass, they will be its co-equal creators together with the executive branch.
Please remember one of the major points I made before about the meaning of these facts:
This is our posture and strategy toward Iran: the posture and strategy of Nazi Germany toward Poland. But we are America the Good. We cannot commit evil of this kind. Many Germans believed the same thing about their country.

Germany, in the summer of 1939. Like most Germans then, most Americans will do nothing. In the hysteria combined with national triumphalism that will almost certainly follow a U.S. attack on Iran -- aided in significant part by many hawkish Democrats with their eyes on 2008, and by our criminally propagandistic media -- it is more than possible that martial law may be imposed. Perhaps only in several major cities to begin with, but a start is all they need. All the mechanisms are already in place for such action by this administration -- and the Democrats still have not learned how to fight this battle, either.
Now, in yet another display of colossal, contemptible, utterly sickening spinelessness, the Democrats completely cave in still one more time:
Top House Democrats retreated Monday from an attempt to limit President Bush's authority for taking military action against Iran as the leadership concentrated on a looming confrontation with the White House over the Iraq war.

Officials said Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of the leadership had decided to strip from a major military spending bill a requirement for Bush to gain approval from Congress before moving against Iran.

Conservative Democrats as well as lawmakers concerned about the possible impact on Israel had argued for the change in strategy.


The Iran-related proposal stemmed from a desire to make sure Bush did not launch an attack without going to Congress for approval, but drew opposition from numerous members of the rank and file in a series of closed-door sessions last week.

Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., said in an interview there is widespread fear in Israel about Iran, which is believed to be seeking nuclear weapons and has expressed unremitting hostility about the Jewish state.

"It would take away perhaps the most important negotiating tool that the U.S. has when it comes to Iran," she said of the now-abandoned provision.

"I didn't think it was a very wise idea to take things off the table if you're trying to get people to modify their behavior and normalize it in a civilized way," said Rep. Gary Ackerman of New York.
It would thus appear that making "sure Bush did not launch an attack [against Iran] without going to Congress for approval" isn't such a burning concern for the Democrats any longer, if it ever was. Good to have that cleared up, in the admittedly unlikely event these bastards are ever rounded up for trials arising out of their crimes against peace and against humanity.

"The most important negotiating tool that the U.S. has when it comes to Iran." What's that? The threat to launch a second unprovoked war of aggression AGAINST A NON-EXISTENT THREAT in a manner that would make Nazi Germany proud?

And in this context, Ackerman has a hell of a nerve to speak about "normalizing" the behavior of others "in a civilized way." We have already entered the ranks of barbarian, pariah nations. We are hardly in a position to be lecturing anyone about this particular subject.

Given this latest evidence, we are now justified in drawing one stark conclusion. There are only two requirements for serving in Congress or in the executive branch of our government. These requirements apply to everyone who serves today, with only a handful of exceptions. First, you must be among the very stupidest and most cowardly of Americans. And second, you must be a war criminal -- an actual war criminal, or eager and willing to become one.

No, I will not be remotely polite about any of this from this moment on. The stakes may be as high right now as they have ever been in our lifetimes; given the nature of the criminal gang that runs the executive branch, they are probably higher. And still, most of you lazy, fat-assed, self-satisfied sons of bitches won't do a goddamned thing. Not a single thing. As I have said, if there is the slightest sliver of a chance to avoid a catastrophe that may be worse than the most horrifying science fiction nightmare, IT IS UP TO YOU. And most of you do nothing.

I honestly don't know why I bother to write even one more word. With the exception of a couple of hundred of you, you're not worth it. For the most part, you are relentlessly, unforgivably trivial and superficial. At a moment that may well turn out to be one of the major turning points of history, the majority of you DO NOTHING. You fill me with contempt, and you make me sick.

I don't think I'll be trying to convince anyone to do anything from now on, since it's obviously entirely hopeless. I'll write only about what especially interests me personally, and I'll say what I want in whatever form I feel like. I've explained many of the issues related to these subjects from an historical perspective, in terms of the political and moral principles involved, and from many other angles. I've tried to provide copious supporting evidence for my themes and arguments, and I've often presented my ideas as dispassionately as I can. None of it has made even a dent.

I guess I'll have to start hurling the shit, very hard and very crudely. That seems to be about the only thing most of you understand, idiots that you are.

And, NO, I will not apologize for one word I've just written. Not ever. That is a solemn promise.