POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO'S GLOBE AND MAIL
Imagine my surprise to learn that most people in the world don't accept extrajudicial murder by governments?
And one has to say, the murdering agency here is not just any government, but a government which blubbers and drones day and night about human rights and democracy and freedom. America’s Secretary of State, just for one, has become practically a recording device playing slogans on loudspeakers as the murders go on.
It wasn’t that many years ago that the world was appalled to learn that juntas in some South American countries made thousands “disappear” by rounding them up, drugging them, and throwing their bodies out of planes over the ocean.
What America is doing – and it is doing it in half a dozen places, including Yemen and Somalia – is indistinguishable from the juntas “disappearing” citizens they didn’t like.
The word “terrorist” in this context is meaningless, serving only as an Orwellian excuse to murder those with whom you disagree and to intimidate others by the example.
It is a measure of the sheer arrogance and corruption of power that the government of the United States assumes it has a right to act in this fashion.
Of course, in this, America closely copies the brutal and unethical practices of Israel, a country which cheers them on as at a big sports event. And Israel is such an example of success, isn’t it?
None of the world's so-called rogue states - places like North Korea or Burma - are known for this level of lawless savagery.
It is estimated recently that American drone-missile strikes, just in Pakistan, have killed 3,000 people in a few years.
The Pentagon says that "only 20%" of the dead were civilians, and that that is an acceptable level of performance.
600 civilians - over and above the 2400 targets, themselves, each and every one, legally innocent – murdered is acceptable?
But, of course, numbers on deaths coming from the Pentagon always have a large element of hazy fantasy. They murdered 3 million souls in Vietnam, and you never heard a word from them on the extent of that holocaust. All for nothing but an insane Ahab-like compulsion to kill communists.
A million or so people were killed in Iraq, America’s compulsion having changed to Muslims, but no mention of numbers there either.
You cannot have a government of laws unless you are yourself willing yourself to obey them.
When we choose not to be governed by laws, it is the powerful and psychotic who inherit the earth.
"Iran embarks on $1b. cyber-warfare programTehran has embarked on an ambitious plan to boost its defensive cyber-warfare capabilities and is investing $1 billion in developing new technology and hiring new computer experts..."
Idiot, the most dangerous examples of cyber warfare we've ever seen are the Stuxnet and Flame pieces of malware.
It is even possible that Stuxnet - which escaped its intended target of Iran to spread - caused part of the nuclear plant horror in Japan by making controls unusable.
We know from analysis that these two pieces of malware were developed by the same people.
The United States and Israel are the authors.