by David Shavin (EIRNS) — Oct. 19, 2023
Hamas warriors slaughtered up to 1,400 Israelis on October 7. Almost 3,000 Americans died on September 11, 2001. While it may not compare to hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths in Iraq (2003-06) or many other locations of darker-skinned peoples (and while it falls short of the slaughter of Palestinians over the last two weeks), it still is horrendous. And, worse, it is guaranteed to keep happening until the cycle is broken.
The cycle moves forward when Israel’s Netanyahu today—or the U.S.’s Dick Cheney in 2001—can tear up history and adopt the position, “it was totally unprovoked, get out of my way, I have a right to do whatever I feel I have to do.”
And that’s how empires do their dirty magic. Giving in to the reaction of rage against rage, so accepted, so expected, actually proves that one is a fascist, if not a beastman. On the contrary, understanding what is going on inside other populations and cultures is not merely a luxury, but is actually the minimum condition for being able to live in a society. But British imperial policy has always been that whatever side you are screwing today, you get maximum bang for your buck if you recruit amongst today’s victims for tomorrow’s Nazis.
What is happening, e.g., when major political figures, two of them candidates for President—Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Donald Trump, and Tulsi Gabbard—all vociferously opposed to the imperial wars that the U.S. has been engaged in, all flip upside-down in the blink of an eye?
Justice was not violated on 9/11, nor in Israel on 10/7. Justice was violated when the United States turned from being a developed country, willing and able to work with developing countries, into a greedy country, sucked into imperial policies and wars—sometime between the end of World War II and the murders of John Kennedy and Martin Luther King. That injustice hasn’t gone away and people are dying from it today, and feeling the pain, as if it only started today.
In the 1970s and 1980s, nothing upset the powers that be as much as Lyndon LaRouche’s insistence that Nazism (and massacres and genocide) was a lawful result of Malthusian population and economic policies. The unlearned lesson about Nazi genocide was that it cannot be dealt with, e.g., sending in provocateurs to provoke crazy anti-Semites, ostensibly to round them up, one by one. Rather, economic policies that allow, and depend upon, countries to benefit from each other’s strengths is what pre-empts the horror shows.
So, today, the Taliban announced their plan to formally join China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Recall, they were those “radical Islamicists,” supposedly impervious to the benefits of modern civilization. Perhaps China could explain their secret for disarming radical Islamic terrorism—or, better yet, the Taliban could instruct the West on the benefits of massive infrastructure development projects!
So, today, the Anti-Defamation League attacked the Jewish organizers of yesterday’s mass rally in Washington, D.C.—a rally for peace, for an end to the massacres, for Israelis and Palestinians to work together—and attacked them as “anti-Semites.” This is the same ADL that has not uttered a peep about the Canadian Parliament giving roaring approval to one of Adolf Hitler’s Ukrainian Waffen-SS soldiers. Maybe it is time to deal more honestly with the type of injustice that allows for fascism, and the beastmen of today.
That discussion, so long denied the world, is key to removing the mote from the eye of the Western world, and discovering happiness again. The pursuit of happiness runs through the very American policy of China’s Belt and Road. Solve that puzzle and discover that there’s more to justice than the next round of slaughter.