In a comment on Booman’s recent post Israel Readies Itself for Ground Invasion, Tarheel Dem wrote:

This seems to be the first stage of the end game of ethnic cleansing of Gaza. Next will be the campaign to secure Israel to the Jordan River.  Eretz Israel will be complete within Bibi’s term, thanks to using the ISIS crisis as cover.

And so will one of the most monstrous human rights betrayals of US policy.

Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and any other nations willing to take Palestinian refugees face a huge challenge of accommodating refugees of pretty much the total Palestinian population, who will not be taciturn about how the rest of the world betrayed them.

$10 per person for every US man, woman, and child underwrites this arrogance every year, as it has for over four decades.

Now tell me why we can’t fund adequate VA services.

I began a comment. It grew. Now a standalone post.

Read on if you dare.

Why can’t we adequately fund VA services?

Because those old soldiers are of no use to us anymore, that’s why. They’ve done their bit for God, Oil and Country. Israel, on the other hand? Israel is the burr under the saddle of the entire Middle East, always there to keep the heat on when needed.

Like now.

Bet on it.

Keeping the heat on gives us time.

Time to do what? Time to control.

Trillions for continuing a divided Middle East, pennies for the men and women who were tricked into fighting our economic imperialist wars.

Bet on that as well.

Just as it’s always been.

Just as it has always been.

Power needs to control.

Power needs time to control.

William Burroughs knew.

Burroughs knew.

Yes he did.

We have a new type of rule now. Not one-man rule, or rule of aristocracy or plutocracy, but of small groups elevated to positions of absolute power by random pressures and subject to political and economic factors that leave little room for decision.

They are representatives of abstract forces who have reached power through surrender of self. The iron-willed dictator is a thing of past.

There will be no more Stalins, no more Hitlers.

The rulers of this most insecure of all worlds are rulers by accident. Inept, frightened pilots at the controls of a vast machine they cannot understand, calling in experts to tell them which buttons to push.

–William S. Burroughs, “No More Stalins, No More Hitlers,” from Dead City Radio, Island Records, 1990; and Interzone, Viking Books, 1989.

I repeat:

“Inept, frightened pilots at the controls of a vast machine they cannot understand, calling in experts to tell them which buttons to push.”

Look at the faces of the two “bosses” here. Look at Obama and Clinton as they watch the assassination of Osama bin Laden.



What do you think?

But you vote for them anyway?

Of course you do.

They’re Democrats, right?




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