Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Obama's "Smart Power" Helps Legitimize "Smart Coup" In Honduras?

Henry Kissinger said in the seventies, "if we can't control Latin America, how can we dominate the world?" This imperial vision is more evident today than ever before. Obama's presence in the White House was erroneously viewed by many in the region as a sign of an end to US aggression in the world, and especially here, in Latin America. At least, many believed, Obama would downscale the growing tensions with its neighbors to the south. In fact, he himself, the new president of the United States, made allusion to such changes.

But now, the Obama administration's "Smart Power" strategy has been unmasked. The handshakes, smiles, gifts and promises of "no intervention" and "a new era" made by President Obama himself to leaders of Latin American nations last Spring at the Summit of the Americas meeting in Trinidad have unraveled and turned into cynical gestures of hypocrisy. When Obama came to power, Washington's reputation in the region was at an all-time low. The meager attempts to "change" the North-South relationship in the Americas have made things worse and reaffirmed that Kissinger's vision of control over this region is a state policy, irrespective of party affiliation or public discourse.But the Organization of American States (OAS) and Carter Center, hardly "leftist" entities, have condemned the electoral process as illegitimate and refused to send observers. So has the United Nations and the European Union, as well as UNASUR and ALBA.

Washington stands alone, with its right-wing puppet states in Colombia, Panamá, Perú, Costa Rica and Israel, as the only nations to have publicly indicated recognition of the electoral process in Honduras and the future regime. A high-level State Department official cynically declared to the Washington Post, "What are we going to do, sit for four years and just condemn the coup?" Well, Washington has sat for 50 years and refused to recognize the Cuban government. But that's because the Cuban government is not convenient for Washington. The Honduran dictatorship is.
What we are witnessing is the economic hit men of the West hard at work. This is a battle for the region. The West is trying to bring back, and or hold their grasp on what used to be called [Banana Republics]. The corporate globalized West which has already turned U.S.A. into a [Hamburger Helper Republic] wishes to continue their influence in the Southern Hemisphere.

19 comments:

Oso said...

RZ,
Doesn't it kind of seem like the French after WWll trying to hang on to their empire,or the British between the wars?
Just another declining colonial power trying to restore the status quo ante?

RealityZone said...

I agree. All empires come to an end. It seems to me as if they are buying time. tick-tock-. If this is a race to the bottom, they will need something to barter with when they reach the bottom. This is just pure corporate globalism. And once more it shows that it does not matter which party is in power. The Western oligarchs are, and have been running the show.

Vigilante said...

Once again, R-Zone, Hombre, we have different takes. I say (said) Honduras, Si! Zelaya, No! here, and here. I haven't looked at Honduras since July. At that time, I took my anti-Zelaya POV to Honduras sites. None one took any fight back to The Vigil. I am to conclude my first impression was correct & is likely to last. You and Hugo are free to disagree, of course!

Vigilante said...

Just a friendly suggestion, while I'm thinking about it:

I suggest that you adjust the font colors in your template so that links are more noticeable. [There were two in my last comment, in case you missed them.] You could do that as a courtesy to those among your Commentariate who go to the trouble of embedding HTML links, as opposed to letting them swing out, naked as it were, and clutter your entire page!!!

RealityZone said...

VIG; LMAO RE> "You and Hugo are free to disagree, of course!" I can still smell the sulfur. lol.

Maybe I made a weak point. This post was more about the Obama regime, than the Zelaya regime.
And yes i did check your hyper links. Interesting comments on your posts.
I guess it goes back to the idea that dictators are bad, unless they are OUR dictators.

Vigilante said...

No, I can't allow that gross exaggeration. Ignoring facts is what exudes the scent of sulfur more than anything else.

Please fix the template? Thanks!

RealityZone said...

Which gross exaggeration is it that YOU CAN NOT ALLOW? lol

confucius said...

You really sound as if you need help desperately.

RealityZone said...

LOL---SOS---SOS---.

Oso said...

Vigil,
I don't know a lot about Honduras,I do know that US support for terrorism (Contras)against Nicaragua was based in Honduras,with their governments acceptance if not approval.Battalion 316 was a military unit committing massacres against peasants and anyone seen to oppose the Honduran regime. John Negropontes fingerprints are all over anything bad which occurred there.

During this time period where we supported the Contras is when the present Constitution was written and adopted. So if Zelaya was really seeking a referendum to reform the constitution, it would be a good thing since the present one is linked to a government which arguably did what we accuse Afghanistan of doing-allowing terrorists to launch attacks from their territory. As to Zelaya's popularity-I don't know nada about that. Gonna have to look into it.

charlie ehlen said...

What I find "interesting" you mention it matters not "which" party is in power. Which? That implies more than one. America is basically a one party state now.
We just have two wings of the war party.
Way back, the republicans were anti-war and non-interventionist. For a short time, the democrats made that claim. They did have to over come "saint" Woodrow and FRD, JFK, and LBJ there.
Now we seem to get war, useless war no matter which half of the party occupies the house at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

RealityZone said...

Oso; you are absolutely correct about Negroponte. he is one of the shadows that keep coming up. Her is a great bio on him. Note his co-horts. http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/beta/profile/Negroponte_John/

RealityZone said...

CHARLIE; Oh, I totally agree that we exist under a one party system. One of my main talking points has been----they select so we may elect.---the corpotocracy is their paymaster, not the american tax payer. The [MIC] and the globalist bankers are pulling the strings.

Oso said...

Vigil,
also you refer to the Financial Times article how Zelaya had a less than 25% support in polls. Which polls? the article doesn't name any.

Wikipedia has Gallup and COIMER & OP polls quoted to show a slight uptick in support of an opposition candidate,Lobo as well as a slight drop in the "none of that above" vote.

When I read in Spanish the full poll of COIMER & OP there is clear opposition,52% to 17% to the coup.

RZ, yeah Negroponte sucks,thanks for the link.

Oso said...

http://narcosphere.narconews.com/thefield/3511/poll-wide-majority-hondurans-oppose-coup-d%E2%80%99etat-want-zelaya-back

a favor del golpe-in favor of the coup.

contra el golpe-against the coup.

Vigilante said...

To get back into Honduras' politics right now would be a major detour for me. My original point was this pro & Con Zelaya situation was originally less about Pan-American socialism and Pro or Anti-Americanism. It was about facts on the ground. It was about holding up the key Honduras Constitutional provisions against the political culture of continuismo. I would expect all small-d democrats to respond positively to that. But they didn't. Outsiders took ideological sides, and original facts on the ground may not count for much any more, because there's lots more money outside Honduras than inside.

Vigilante said...

I still don't see my embedded links, Administrator.

RealityZone said...

VIG; When I go to the original post, then go to the comment section, I see your here, here links in blue.

Vigilante said...

Sorry, R. Zone. I'll take it up in email.