Which is it? A peace-loving democratic republic or a hegemonic imperial aggressor state? Of course, I'm talking about the United States which, under President George W. Bush with his aggressive Neocon policies of perpetual war, is becoming more and more a global military empire with no scruples about law or morality, and a genuine ally of international terrorism.
To begin with, the lunacy of declaring a "crusade" against a billion and a quarter Muslims seems to be taken right out of a book of horrors. Instead of isolating the small groups of religious fanatics around Osama bin Laden, the Bush administration chose instead to make heroes of them the very moment they attacked a Muslim country, Iraq, without any provocation whatsoever. In doing so, Bush became al-Qaeda's best recruiter and made Iraq an enlarged training camp for terrorists. Those are the facts that anybody not lost in wishful thinking can see all too clearly.
The book "The New American Empire" explains how such a self-defeating approach to Islamist terrorism came about and became U.S. foreign policy. -After Sept. 11, the "geniuses" around Bush and Cheney saw an opportunity to seize control of the entire oil-rich Middle East region. By linking Iraq to the attacks of 9/11, the American public would not object to an aggressive war, so they thought, if Americans could be made to believe that a military invasion of a Muslim country would make the U.S. more secure.
They designed a policy that they called the "Bush Doctrine", and embraced the myth that "The best defense is a good offense," in order to justify this mammoth departure from international law.
On September 20, 2002, the National Security Strategy document was published. It was nearly a verbatim reproduction of another document, published on September 2000 by the "Project for the New American Century", a group of Neo-conservative pro-Israel interventionists who had argued that the United States should not miss its chance to become a global empire and should assert the unilateral right to act as the world's policeman, especially in the Middle East.
Therefore, and this is important, the policy of turning the USA into an aggressor state did not come about after, but preceding the attacks of September 11, 2001. These devastating terrorist attacks were then used to implement a policy which had nothing to do with fighting terrorism but was rather a long-thought out plan to use American military power to subjugate the entire Middle East. Such a policy had been proposed previously, among others, by Ariel Sharon's Likud party in Israel.
The official story about attacking Iraq because this country supposedly had weapons of mass destruction or because it had links to al-Qaeda never made sense. And in fact, these rationales have been proven complete bogus. -What remains is the initial plan. -That's the reason why Bush does not have an exit strategy in Iraq: He intends to remain there forever and build 14 permanent military bases. In his eyes, Iraq is sort of an American colony and it will host permanent American military bases forever, for the greater benefit of American oil companies and for the greater benefit of the state of Israel.
That's the plain truth and this explains all the lies and the inconsistencies that the Bush administration has resorted to in order to sell this illegal and immoral war. And that's why the Bush administration will attack Iran, as soon as a new pretext can be created for doing so. That is also why the Bush administration, John Bolton at the forefront, does not have any use for the United Nations which has no military force of its own: The U.S. "is" the United Nations and the world has to be subservient to the new empire. But, you may ask, how many terrible crimes will the U.S. have to commit to implement such an imperial policy?
Sounds like a comedy or a comic movie.
Not in Bush's mind or in the Neocons' minds. That's their crazy plan that we see unfolding everyday under our very eyes.
Where do you fit in such a diabolic plan?