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, June 20, 2010

American Chernobyl

Sunday 20 June 2010

by: Hervé Kempf | | Op-Ed

A never-completed nuclear power plant close to the epicenter of the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine, Soviet Socialist Republic in 1986. (Photo: Stuck in Customs / Flickr)

An uncontrollable industrial catastrophe, a worm-eaten system controlled by a rigid nomenklatura, a dynamic leader who wants to change things: doesn't that remind you of something? Yes, of course: Chernobyl, the Soviet Communist Party, Gorbachev.

Let's recall the 1980s: during that era, people knew that the USSR was doing poorly, but who would have bet a franc or a dollar on its rapid collapse? Still less so, given that the country had found an appealing and modern leader. From the outset, Gorbachev committed to vigorous reforms (glasnost and perestroika) even as he changed the USSR's foreign policy through detente with Ronald Reagan.

And then Chernobyl exploded. The catastrophe revealed the system's fragility. In 1989, the Berlin Wall crumbled; in 1991, the USSR was dissolved. Russia entered a decade of hard economic recession.

People today know that the United States isn't doing well, but who would bet a Euro or a Yuan on that country's rapid collapse? Still less so, given that the country has elected an appealing and modern leader. From the outset, he committed to vigorous reforms (the stimulus and the healthcare law) even as he acknowledged that the United States could no longer run everything in the world.

And then Deepwater Horizon exploded... The unstoppable gushing of oil provoked is proving to be a historic environmental catastrophe. It simultaneously demonstrates the incompetence of big private companies and (after a first failure during Hurricane Katrina, in 2005) the state's inability to master the situation.

Like Chernobyl, Deepwater Horizon derives its meaning from its context - that of a society dominated by a capitalist oligarchy that rejects any in-depth change in spite of the financial disaster for which it is responsible. Wall Street remains as solidly attached to its privileges, as were Soviet dignitaries.

Moreover, politicians, advertising and media maintain the fiction that the American dream can endure without disruption. But a pillar of American power has been shaken: that of cheap energy. Mr. Obama tries to make his fellow citizens understand: "What we can predict is that the availability of fossil fuel is going to be diminishing; that it's going to get more expensive to recover; that there are going to be environmental costs that our children, our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren are going to have to bear," he said in a June 13 interview.

The end of cheap oil is the end of the "American way of life." Will the United States stand up to the challenge? One may think they will. Or not.

Americans can not handle the truth.
They would rather stay in denial.
Denial has become a way of life for most Americans.
War is peace, and peace is war.
The bigger the better.
Peak oil is here. Cheap oil is history.
The American dream along with our freedoms are no more.
Obama like the rest of them give us lip service instead of reality.
Because Americans are spoiled, they feel they are entitled.
Entitled to produce 2% while using, and wasting over 20% of the global oil.
We have no one to blame but our selves.
The system is broken and our 'leaders' keep using band aids.
Crush it and start over.
Obama has no plan. Why?
Because he does not have the political will, or political capital to take us into a new era.
Instead of subsidizing green technology. We subsidize the oil corps and war mongers.
Obama still talks about Al/Quaida.
We have internal terrorists. They are called the International Corps.
The same ones that our children are dying for are the same ones that are killing us and the planet.
Wake up America. You have been conned again.
The same suits are still running, and ruining this country.
They just changed their lapel pins from small [r] to small [d].
They are one in the same.

1 comment:

charlie ehlen said...

You bet, Americans love to stay deluded and uninvolved. Not all of them. The majority do however. They show this by getting all "upset" over trivial crap, like gay marriage or "family values". They never get upset, they hardly ever even mention, the rip offs by the big money gangs. Where was the outrage at the last administration for the shredding of the Constitution? It was non-existent.
NOW, we have the "tea parties" all upset over trivial crap. Why weren't these supposed "patriots" pissed off at the damn Patriot Act or the Military Commissions Act? Oh no, those "protect" us from the nasty "terrorists". What a waste of energy to try to talk to those folks. They would rather stay deaf, dumb, and blind while being under the spell of the likes of Beck, Limburger, and Faux Noise. Or their "hero" Mr. 5 Deferments Cheney.
America, what a country.