Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
January 31, 2009

This U.S. Aid Offer Is Disgraceful

The United States will make an emergency contribution of 20.3 million U.S. dollars for humanitarian assistance in the Gaza Strip, the White House announced on Friday.

Consider:

WASHINGTON, September 9, 2008 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Israel of GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $77 million.

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In 2007, the United States increased its military aid to Israel by over 25%, to an average of $3 billion per year for the following ten year period (starting at $2.550 billion for 2008, growing by $150 million each year)

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The Israel Air Force used a new bunker-buster missile that it received recently from the United States in strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, The Jerusalem Post learned on Sunday

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Israel destroyed 41 mosques in Gaza, says ministry
According to official reports, Israel has also destroyed 35 UNRWA and governmental schools.
Israelis destroyed 25,000 homes in Gaza, Palestinians say
Estimates put Gaza damage at $1.5-2 billion.

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On the 29th January the United Nations launched an appeal for $613 million to help people affected by Israel’s three-week military offensive in the Gaza Strip, which killed some 1,300 Palestinians, injured more than 5,300, 34 per cent of them children, and caused widespread damage and destruction

And the U.S. offers a pathetic $20 million.

Have they no shame?

Posted by b on January 31, 2009 at 16:03 UTC | Permalink

Comments

b,

Indeed, AIPAC controls the US.

Israel, love the people, hate the government.

Posted by: IntelVet | Jan 31 2009 16:37 utc | 1

Bush was bad, wait until you see Obama getting a ticker tape parade in Kuala Lumpur (paid audience no doubt), meanwhile bomb the Gazans away into dust.

Posted by: Cloned Poster | Jan 31 2009 16:39 utc | 2

Have they no shame?

no.

this has been another edition of simple answers to simple questions.

plus there is not any more $$$ - has all been given to the jew bankers and financial con men.

Posted by: | Jan 31 2009 16:46 utc | 3

b

short answer to short question

no, they have no shame

perhaps they never possessed any capacity to shame

rubbing sin into sin - to see that ridiculous blair barking in this or that interview is truly repellant

Posted by: remembereringgiap | Jan 31 2009 17:25 utc | 4

This is an interesting redux on 2006 Lebanon war

The US support of Israel and the zionists, I expect a nuke.

Posted by: Cloned Poster | Jan 31 2009 17:27 utc | 5

It's long past time for the world to say 'No More' to the hard core right wing of Israel. Do no business with the Israelis. Boycott any company that does business with them. The world did it to South Africa. Only a world wide embargo of everything related to Israel will accomplish anything. And that still may not be enough.

Posted by: mikefromtexas | Jan 31 2009 17:27 utc | 6

I am surprised the US is even giving that much, since "it might strengthen Hamas".

Posted by: Colin | Jan 31 2009 17:42 utc | 7

Mike from texas-

It won't be enough. israel's supporters are everywhere. The rich, corporate elite have no shame, and honestly, most americans (despite what they say on tv) don't give a rats ass about nun'a'dem' furiners.

The american population has always been inward looking and focused only on themselves. After winning two WW's, giving birth to Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, inventing the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, sticking a man on the moon and popularizing Madonna and mullets, americans feel pretty damn smug.

They don't care if some third world turd kills with three dollar machetes or our allies use bombs that cost a hundred thousand dollar each. As long as the television works and the fridge has food, an american will figure the killing must be working. And when the foods gone, and the television has been repossessed, he just figures we've been killing the wrong people.

James McMurtry

Now I’m stocking shirts in the Wal-Mart store
Just like the ones we made before
‘ Cept this one came from Singapore
I guess we can’t make it here anymore

Should I hate a people for the shade of their skin
Or the shape of their eyes or the shape I’m in
Should I hate ‘em for having our jobs today
No I hate the men sent the jobs away

From his song, We can't make it here The lyrics ring so true.

And b- We idolize paris hilton; bill clinton is invited to state dinners; we litter our roadways and foul our air. Shame? What is the meaning of this word? I can't find a definition in any american dictionary.

Posted by: David | Jan 31 2009 18:05 utc | 8

"In the Narcissist, shame is so intolerable that the means have been developed not to experience it at all. What psychologists call "bypassed shame" looks like shamelessness or the absence of a conscience, hiding behind a protective barrier of denial, coldness, blame, or rage. Since there are no healthy internal mechanisms available to process this painful feeling, the shame is directed outward, away from the Self."

"It can never be "my fault."

"More typically, the shamelessness of the Narcissist comes across as cool indifference or even amorality. We sense that these people are emotionally shallow, and we may think of them as thick-skinned, sure of themselves, and aloof. Then, all of a sudden, they may surprise us by reacting to some minor incident or social slight. When shaming sneaks past the barriers, these "shameless" ones are unmasked for what they really are -- supremely shame-sensitive."

"That is when you will see a flash of hurt, usually followed by rage and blame. When the stink of shame has penetrated their walls, they fumigate with a vengeance."

"Shame is the feeling that lurks beneath all unhealthy narcissism, and the inability to process shame in healthy ways -- to face it, neutralize it, and move on as healthier individuals do -- leads to the characteristic postures, attitudes, and behavior of the Narcissist."

Narcissism and Shame

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Au contraire, b -- the Israelis and Americans are utterly possessed by shame.

If you do not
If you will not
Look in the mirror
All crimes are Theirs.

Posted by: Antifa | Jan 31 2009 20:30 utc | 9

What use are even 20 million if they can not be used and Israel does not let the help enter Gaza.

France says Israel blocks water equipment for Gaza | U.S. | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - Israel has blocked attempts to get a water purification station into Gaza and the equipment must now be brought back to France, the French Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Eric Chevallier said France had complained to Israel about its refusal to let in the equipment and had still not received a satisfactory explanation.

"An important amount of aid was let in (to Gaza), but for reasons which we have difficulty to explain, the water purification could not enter," he told a news conference.

"We have decided to repatriate it."

Posted by: Fran | Jan 31 2009 21:35 utc | 10

they don't want gazans to have the reward of pure water. let them drink pollutants, it is part of the unhealth plan.

Posted by: annie | Jan 31 2009 21:49 utc | 11

When you get your news from China you can't expect to get it right.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Obama administration will announce an additional $20 million in humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza on Friday, two U.S. officials told CNN Thursday.
The United States is the leading provider of bilateral economic and development assistance to the Palestinians, having programmed an estimated $2.2 billion through USAID since 1993.
http://www.usaid.gov/wbg/aboutUs.html

January 2, 2009
USAID continues to provide food assistance through the World Food Program, supporting approximately 20,000 non-refugee Palestinian households in Gaza with a bimonthly package of five basic foods, including wheat flour and vegetable. Since December 28, WFP and its implementing partner, CHF, have distributed approximately 720 metric tons (MT) of food commodities to USAID-supported beneficiaries in Gaza.
http://www.usaid.gov/wbg/pr_01_02_2009_.html

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jan 31 2009 21:54 utc | 12

Thanks bacon.

Posted by: slothrop | Jan 31 2009 23:04 utc | 13

Let's look at a country other than the US -- Germany, for example. Germany kicked in another million Euro for Gaza.--

news report: Germany increases humanitarian aid to Gaza, January 21, 2009

The Federal Foreign Office has increased its humanitarian assistance from twelve to thirteen million euro. The latest one-million increase is to be channelled to German aid agencies on the ground.
http://www.german-info.com/press_shownews.php?pid=731

While it's been a bit more generous to Israel:

Historical accounts reveal that robust, but highly secretive military and intelligence cooperation between Germany and Israel resumed in the late 1960s, not long after the West German government suspended covert arms shipments in 1964. The select group of German officials overseeing the arms trade considered secrecy vital both to avoid scrutiny under a law banning German arms exports to areas of potential conflict, and perhaps more importantly, to avert negative consequences in relations with the Arab world. Despite these risks, successive German leaders have remained committed to far-reaching defense cooperation with Israel and Israel continues to be a top recipient of German military technology. The extent and precise value of arms shipments to and from Germany through the mid-1990’s remains unclear, yet analysts assert that German arms played a considerable role in Israeli military victories in 1967, 1973 and 1982. In response to Iraqi scud missile attacks on Israel during the Gulf War of 1990-1991, the German army provided Israel with arms and substantial financial assistance. In 1999 and 2000, in perhaps the most high-profile German arms shipments to Israel since German unification, Germany financed 50% of the costs for three “Dolphin-class” submarines designed specifically for the Israeli navy. In August 2006, the German government committed to deliver and finance one-third of the costs, approximately 1 billion Euros ($1.3 billion), for two more submarines by 2010.
http://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33808.pdf

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jan 31 2009 23:08 utc | 14

Well, bacon. Another contradiction of the Empire Thesis.

The contradictions are so innumerable I wonder about the sanity of comrades who cling to the tidy expurgation that "amerika" is source of every evil. tsk tsk.

Posted by: slothrop | Feb 1 2009 1:59 utc | 15

The point is, slothrop, should it escape you (apparently it has), that even when we get the facts straight while 'old Europe' was, possibly, neutral on Iraq it was and is entirely complicit with the US on Palestine (also Afghanistan and Iran).

Credit where credit is due, shall we say. Can you get your cerebral neurons around that?

Posted by: Don Bacon | Feb 1 2009 3:54 utc | 16

don bacon,
Germany gives "aid" to Israel because of blood dept and the fear of being told of if ever the governmet of the Germans would refuse to "aid" the Israelis.
the "aid" for Gaza is also blood dept, but associated with recent shame, and more to show that germany is doing something and is thus not biased.

sad state of affairs, no?

Posted by: sabine | Feb 1 2009 4:04 utc | 17

In terms of damage to Gaza, there's also this: "Officials warn of ‘destruction of all means of life’ after the three-week conflict leaves agriculture in the region in ruins."

Posted by: ptw | Feb 1 2009 4:04 utc | 18

It hardly matters that, in the effort to produce a domestic legitimation of power, the german government (or any government in the industrialized oecd) occasionally opts out of this or that practical implementations of capitalist class domination. And in any case, germany didn't obstruct america's invasion of Iraq, which strategically is of a piece with afghanistan and palestine. Germans suck the giant cock of "empire" even as they advertise and annoyingly false independence.

Good for you bacon. Nice catch, even as you miss the forest for the tree.

Posted by: slothrop | Feb 1 2009 4:21 utc | 19

sabine,
According to the report I cited above there is "widespread concern that Israel plans to reconfigure the [German-financed] submarines to enable them to launch nuclear missiles."
Some "blood debt", no?

Posted by: Don Bacon | Feb 1 2009 4:25 utc | 20

slothrop,
You've got it backwards -- I'm bringing attention to the forest while you are fixated on the tree (the US) and spouting all your class domination claptrap. This is not class warfare and it has nothing to do with any economic system. It's power and profit, pure and simple, as old as the hills, with the self-righteous western powers +Israel and their bogus "western values" pitted against the "evil" Muslim hordes.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Feb 1 2009 4:37 utc | 21

Gaza desperately short of food after Israel destroys farmland

According to the World Food Programme, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation and Palestinian officials, between 35% and 60% of the agriculture industry has been wrecked by the three-week Israeli attack, which followed two years of economic siege
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"Gaza produced half of its own food. Now that has declined by 25%. In addition, a quarter of the population depends on agriculture for income. What we have seen in large areas of farmland is the destruction of all means of life.

"We have seen a creeping process of farmers being forced out of the buffer zone around Gaza's border. Before 2000 we could approach and farm within 50m of the fence. After Israel's evacuation of the settlements in 2005, the Israeli army imposed a buffer of 300m. Although it is elastic, now there are areas, depending on the situation, where farmers cannot reach their farms in safety within an area of over a kilometre. It is indirect confiscation by fear. My fear is that, if it remains, it will become de facto. Bear in mind that 30% of Gaza's most productive land is within that buffer zone."
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In al-Atatra, Ahmad Hassan, 65, the overseer of an orchard that once had hundreds of lemon and orange trees, surveyed an area flattened by bulldozers. "This was the well," he said, showing a pile of bulldozed concrete. "We can clear the ground in two weeks. Then what? The well is gone. The pump has been destroyed. And where will the trees come from to replant the land?"

Posted by: b | Feb 1 2009 7:32 utc | 22

B#22,

What the fuck does bulldozing farmland have to do with stopping rocket attacks, or degrading Hamas? This is simply genocide.

Posted by: anna missed | Feb 1 2009 9:54 utc | 23

@Don Bacon #21:

Sure, class warfare is not always about "power and profit" but when is the eternal grab for P&P not class war, ie, the haves against the have-nots??? Our economic system is fundamentally class-based...

Posted by: Colin | Feb 1 2009 10:04 utc | 24

RE Antifa 39,

"More typically, the shamelessness of the Narcissist comes across as cool indifference or even amorality. We sense that these people are emotionally shallow, and we may think of them as thick-skinned, sure of themselves, and aloof. Then, all of a sudden, they may surprise us by reacting to some minor incident or social slight. When shaming sneaks past the barriers, these "shameless" ones are unmasked for what they really are -- supremely shame-sensitive."

I might point out that this "hyper-shame" also fits neatly into the ethical code of elite Southern white exceptionalism. Where ones status is defined by those both below and above, and is grounded in a rigid hierarchical social system based on protestant religion, classical philosophy, and medieval chivalry. In addition to the combative sensitivity to slights, it also encompasses hardened loyality to family, locality, state , and religion - deference to elders and social "betters", an almost theatrical sense of hospitality, fierce defense of female purity, propensity to magnify personal insults into capital crimes, and an intense respect for male virility and manly courage where the "duel" is the ultimate expression. All part and parcel of a typical honor based society.

Posted by: anna missed | Feb 1 2009 10:17 utc | 25

Colin,
You've got a point, and I stand corrected when you put it as: "the haves against the have-nots." The US and its allies make a point of picking on countries that, mostly for economic reasons, are unable to defend themselves. If that's your definition of class warfare, then okay.

This is off-topic, but I do have a problem when you say "Our economic system is fundamentally class-based." It seems like, reading your CV, that you've made it as an "Independent Writing and Editing Professional." Did your class help, or did you do it with your own ability? I've made a good living doing various things on my own, and my dad started a successful business after coming out of the depression. The Bacon family were not lords&ladies. I don't say there aren't classes, but Holland and the US aren't the UK, are they. Anybody can still make it Bill Gates-style (or less).

I think that one benefit of this recession is that people will be forced to abjure allegiance to corporations and do more of what you (and I) have done -- go out on their own and make a buck or a guilder, er, euro. But that's all 'OT' so let's move on.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Feb 1 2009 15:44 utc | 26

Why should the US offer aid to those it plans to eliminate, or agrees to decimate endlessly by proxy, in a minor, easy, if slow, clumsy and wearisome, ethnic cleansing operation?

Some symbolic token, a small bone, must be offered as discursive ammo for the supporters, the press, the Int’l community who will nod wisely, etc.

A blatant show of power. Shame is not a feeling the powerful ever have and they only ever apologize or admit to mistakes post hoc, long after, when all is done and sealed in the past...this is afaik an Anglo-culture speciality (forgiveness new start legitimizes it..)

It has nothing to do with shame, guilt, or being embarassed, it is strategic PR for themselves and the followers who cheer them on.

The small sums are nod-nod-wink-wink to forcefully signal, those people are toast.

Posted by: Tangerine | Feb 1 2009 16:23 utc | 27

Why should the US offer aid to those it plans to eliminate, or agrees to decimate endlessly by proxy, in a minor, easy, if slow, clumsy and wearisome, ethnic cleansing operation? Some symbolic token, a small bone, must be offered as discursive ammo for the supporters, the press, the Int’l community who will nod wisely, etc.

A blatant show of power. Shame is not a feeling the powerful ever have and they only ever apologize or admit to mistakes post hoc, long after, when all is done and sealed in the past...this is afaik an Anglo-culture speciality (forgiveness new start legitimizes it..)

It has nothing to do with shame, guilt, or being embarassed, it is strategic PR for themselves and the followers who cheer them on.

The small sums are nod-nod-wink-wink to forcefully signal, those people are toast.

Posted by: Tangerine | Feb 1 2009 16:28 utc | 28

The fact germany and other euros supply israel with the means to slaughter palestinians is more proof that the "empire" thesis is bull. Thanks, bacon for offering more facts disabusing the view that the US is solely to blame. It's this reductive argument that deserves to die.

Also, the euros to a man support the US position visavis israel. And yet in expiry our euro comrades whine whine whine about the US.

As for my reductive classwar arguments, well, why is it that the northern industrialized economies support israel and gwot? It's not a coincidence and it's not because they're all reading the old testament.

Posted by: slothrop | Feb 1 2009 17:03 utc | 29

tangerine,

The small sums are nod-nod-wink-wink to forcefully signal, those people are toast.

so true.


Posted by: sabine | Feb 1 2009 18:40 utc | 30

I wonder why folks here started over with Germany. Did I say a word about it?

There is a lot to criticize on Germany-Israeli relations and I say so loudly in my country and my native language. But why should I do so or be obliged to do so on this blog? MoA was not made for that purpose.

Yes the current German Merkel government is very supportive of Israel. Other governments here have been less supportive despite a quite fierce Israel lobby here. Public opinion is much less supportive.

(BTW: The German subs to Israel ARE definitely build as nuclear platforms - second strike capability for Israel.)

The current German government also supports war in Afghanistan. 60-70% of the German people do not.

The question than is why the German government is so supportive? Because of the will of the people, or because of pressure from the U.S.? Yes there is such pressure - intense pressure.

There is absolutely no unified European position towards Israel. Belgium to stop exporting 'arms that bolster the IDF' to Israel for example. The UK press was quite hostile to Israel this time.

There are a lot on the right in Europe (esp. eastern Europe) who support Israel for only one reason: "Keep the Jews away from my country."

I wonder how many in the U.S. think like that ...

Posted by: b | Feb 1 2009 19:22 utc | 31

The question than is why the German government is so supportive?

Yes, why?

Hint: it's not because germany et al. are vassal states in the "amerikan" empire.

Posted by: slothrop | Feb 1 2009 19:52 utc | 32

b

it is so necessary, rhetorically & otherwise to deculpabilise us imperialism of its crimes - he wants to share the guilt around - he fails to understand imperialism tho he claims to read capital. it is no accident that whenever we go into the abbatoirs of war & occupation - slothrop stays silent, very silent.

slothrop does not understand what a vassal state is under late capitalism - that is quite clear to me. he absents the decisionmakers of washington from any survey. he is unable to particularise the difference between egypt, germany or australia vvassal classes

slothrop refuses to understand, is wilfully ignorant of the decisive nature of u s imperialism in the mechanism of our history. it is ahistoric. he posits in mych the same way as the frauds did with the protocls elders of zion - he concocts a class of internation capital that have nothing to do with the decisions of washington or new york or delaware for that matter

so he falls short - he attacks the vassal states or commends them in his perverse way of somehow being worse that imperialism itself - to the point where the french pensioner in lille is as guilty as donald rumsfield. safe as sloth might be in the world of theory - reality seems to jar him

in brief, i do not believe he understands the nature of capital in europe, especially germany

when washington wails - everyone is forced to go to their pockets to aid israel & you are correct to call the 'aid' to gaza by u s imperialism to be anything but that, at best an insult, at worse, infamy

Posted by: remembereringgiap | Feb 1 2009 20:11 utc | 33

You of course did not answer the question: why do euros support by sins of commission and so few by omission, gwot and israel?

I'll answer by responding to what you pass off as aphorisms which are only private slogans you mumble at your followers (only you):

/vassal state is under late capitalism

There are no vassal states in a world system marked above all by the institutions of "late capitalism." These are institutions designed to avert collapse of global capital, so "late capitalism" is wishful thinking. As such, all states are vassals to the extent that global capitalists can selectively expand new markets whole deindustrializing the old "core" economies. There are scads of empirical support for this analysis. Perhaps when you're finished w/ your epic poetry "why did the US shoot my white rabbit," you can figure it out.

the decisive nature of u s imperialism in the mechanism of our history. it is ahistoric.

What do you mean? Forget that. You don't know. Decisions made in Washington have an unusual fidelity to the historic interests of global capital. Prove otherwise.

Posted by: slothrop | Feb 1 2009 20:59 utc | 34

slothrop

the "scads of empirical support" is in your shorts, pal

you are ahistoric

your understanding of economics abysmal - keep with the rhetoric but make sure your sentences are short

Posted by: remembereringgiap | Feb 1 2009 21:25 utc | 35

Yup. Just insults. Never support for anything you claim. Never.

Again. Answer the question you fucking cow.

Posted by: slothrop | Feb 1 2009 21:36 utc | 36

& you slothrop - the pinnacle of socratic discourse - i'm sure if i was stuck with you in plato's cave i'd have a fucking headache

the answer is outside your window & not in your head, as much as you would like that to be true


& anyway at 22:40 here in europe i hear that israel is launching yet more air attacks against gaza

Posted by: remembereringgiap | Feb 1 2009 21:51 utc | 37

You always confuse consequences for causes.

Posted by: slothrop | Feb 1 2009 22:25 utc | 38

At least we know now, beyond any doubt, that euros are as complicit as anyone in the US state dept. for these crimes. And we also know that it is laughably hypocritical when euros insist the US is the culpable agent.

That we know for certain. Why this is so is a matter for debate.

Posted by: slothrop | Feb 1 2009 22:32 utc | 39

read lenin. on imperialism. he explains concisely & i would think comprehensively

Posted by: remembereringgiap | Feb 1 2009 22:41 utc | 40

It hardly matters that, in the effort to produce a domestic legitimation of power, the german government (or any government in the industrialized oecd) occasionally opts out of this or that practical implementations of capitalist class domination. And in any case, germany didn't obstruct america's invasion of Iraq, which strategically is of a piece with afghanistan and palestine.

Not to start a cow, but -- I agree with slothrop here, although I do not see a whole lot of light between positions. I believe Wallerstein would agree.

There is a lot to criticize on Germany-Israeli relations and I say so loudly in my country and my native language. But why should I do so or be obliged to do so on this blog? MoA was not made for that purpose.

Of course you are under no obligation to do anything you don't want. Yet, I'm not sure what the exact purpose of this blog is. Regardless, I for one -- following Chomsky's dictum -- believe that we should all be criticizing our own governments foremost, since that is what we have the most control over, and hence the most moral responsibility for. As the Empire weakens, individual countries will increasingly cleave off and stand up to its blandishments.

All aid offers have been disgraceful.

Posted by: Malooga | Feb 1 2009 22:58 utc | 41

If the euros enacted aggressive boycotts of Israel and rallied to enforce existing UN sanctions and adamantly supported a two-state pre-67 and right of return, there might be real progress.

But they won't oppose the imaginary empire. Why? Because euros owe jews sanctuary in the state of Israel, sure. But just as important, israel is a bulwark in the useful marginalization of arab, persian etc. challenges to global capitalist class power.

Even more proof of this thesis comes from the arab elites themselves--their inaction has zero to do with their status as vassals of "empire" but everything to do with class membership.

Posted by: slothrop | Feb 1 2009 23:16 utc | 42

Also, I have somewhat carelessly used the lingo of "late capitalism" and "world-system" stuff here. The historical reality demands reassessment of these theses. The global capitalism of today has enormous flexibility in the way that the mobility of capital can abandon zones of industrialization, reduce the costs of variable capital, finance consumption out of accumulation in industrializing zones...this could go on forever. German capitalists are doing this in their own country, btw.

Posted by: slothrop | Feb 1 2009 23:23 utc | 43

``Anybody can still make it Bill Gates-style (or less).''

Sure, if you start with the advantages he had, and manage to con a powerful corporation (IBM) into gifting you with a cash cow (MS-DOS). (IBM made the computers, but did not realize that there was a bundle to be made, directly and indirectly, from the operating system, which it left entirely in Microsoft's possession.) For what 'tis worth, upwards social mobility in the US is actually less common than it is in Europe. Anyway, who cares---other than the lucky ones---if a few get filthy rich, when the majority is just getting by, and a significant minority not even doing that.

Posted by: Feeder of Felines | Feb 2 2009 0:09 utc | 44

The ridiculous claim by those who argue the amerikan empire doesn't exist, that in fact capitalist corporations and their attendant armies operate in concert rather like an old school flat structure producer co-op. without anything at the helm, is that if the contention that amerika wasn't the bossfella were true, it would be unique in the annals of corporate capitalism, all of whose other structures are extremely hierarchal.

Acknowledging that the german pols played to their home audience when they declined to overtly participate in the amerikan empire's illegal invasion of Iraq, does not mean that germany is not a vassal state of the empire, all it means is that the empire was pressed to exert its control as completely as it prefers during the period in the lead up to invasion.

The proof of that is the german intelligence agents who assisted the amerikan empire's bomb targetting in the first week of the invasion. This was something that was clearly not in germany's interest, especially not in the interest of the german govt who were on a hiding to nothing once the german public learned of this assistance to murder. Everyone involved must have known the public would learn of this perfidy, if only because amerika would not be able to resist releasing that information, either to further embarrass the pols who had stood up to the empire, or to demonstrate that the amerikan empire really did have the support of 'old europe'.

However that targeting came about; either because the german govt didn't want to get as deep on the shitlist as france had, or because german intelligence, along with virtually every other 'western' intelligence agency, is owned by the amerikan empire, it demonstrated just how much of vassal states the other states in the western alliance are.

Posted by: Debs is dead | Feb 2 2009 3:47 utc | 45

Really, what you argue is that persons occupied in the "hierarchy" of german state, are slavishly deploying the directives of "empire."

Well, why. For christ's sake. Answer the question.

Posted by: slothrop | Feb 2 2009 4:16 utc | 46

I believe the empire to be a corporate entity, only hiding behind the symbols and attributes of US Americanism and the "western" world (Wall Street, Hollywood, MacDo, Coca Cola and some boob enhanced, white teethed unisex actors).
The Empire, needs no national affility, it will be where the money goes and be what it needs to be, they will sell the product! For heavens sake, the Prime Minister of NZ is a Goldman Sachs Banker - wtf!, he ran on a "obama" platform of change and hope (getting rid of "Auntie Helen") and won.
In the case of the US/Israel/China/Iran/Pakistan/Afghanistan/Somalia/and countless of others the "empire" will sell us war and fear and destruction all around, some die and some will watch horrified and fearful, and others will shop.
The "empire" can only exist with our co-operation,either willingly, for self preservation; passively, to better not cause trouble and stir the waters or forced, i do need this job. And we co-operate, because we must.
So we safe ourselves into denial, we create the office face, the friend face, the father/mother face, the lover face, and now we the World are a bunch of drugged out borderline personalities. The "empire" running our governments is our provider, is running our media, is running our schools, our workplace (the reason 99% of all managers are a bunch of certified idiots is because they hire and promote themselves), they sell us "the Joneses" all the gadgets that go with it, and suddenly everyone is depressed and on a diet, and work ourselves to an early death.
We are at the end of our "industrial age", the "service age" turned out shit, and we need less and less junk and junk food because we all had to much as it is.
And the "empire" can't have that, The world will a:give generously (Money, Aid, Military Support, total submission) or B: the empire will kill you/me/us either by dropping bombs, or by staging a banking - financial crisis or anything else they can make money on.
It is only the people that think in form of Nationality and Country, of left and right, rich/poor etc. The Empire itself is stateless, without borders, without loyalty, without shame.
And by refusing to accept this little reality, we allow crimes in the name of nationhood and nationality, we allow collective punishment, we allow insults and torture, we allow endless war, and we dare not look in the mirror.
The human specimen is one dumb sucker.

sorry for the rambling, but can we all agree to ignore the beast? Please?

Posted by: sabine | Feb 2 2009 6:09 utc | 47

Banking At Night

Posted by: Lizard | Feb 2 2009 7:05 utc | 48

lizard, i like that

To seize is to
Restore calm;
To liquidate,
To end bondage

thx for the poetry.

Posted by: sabine | Feb 2 2009 7:23 utc | 49

The US manages the world’s ‘reserve currency’ and holds about 50% of the world’s military might. It is the bully on the block (or the savior...) and it basically runs world affairs as it wishes.

Even if the outcome seems disastrous, nobody can, will go against them. Euros and Arabs and others - the ppl, not the leaders - spit on that power, but know they are powerless. In the Arab world, less or not in Euroland, and not at all in Aus/Nz. etc. leaders gain political kudos by bashing the US in public while privately bowing down and making deals which benefit those at the top.

The US is set on its proxy statelet, its magical exceptional genocidal foothold, Israel, so supporting Isr. becomes a symbol for capitulating, falling in with the US. Saudi, France, etc. consider it a cheap concession, an easy way to keep in the good books of the Superpower, after all, it is only ‘a few’ Palestinians!

And provides a good distraction from more important matters - energy, etc.

The opposition to the Iraq shock and awe invasion was much stronger but naturally failed - it was a bolder move with more consequences, nevertheless agreed to by the Int’l community beforehand in a sneaky way (sanctions, oil for food, UN guff, etc.)

Posted by: Tangerine | Feb 3 2009 17:37 utc | 50

Israel caused the destruction? Why arent they made to pay? As wirth Lebanon,Israelis being coddled.So long as it is,you can be sure it will continue to attack and destroy its neighbours.

Posted by: brian | Feb 3 2009 21:39 utc | 51

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