History – First Draft 04.29.2015
“Either give up your empire, or live under it.” – Chalmers Johnson
The Man and me
Doing nothing is the best option in a surprising number of situations, but it’s one that all authorities are constitutionally disinclined to exercise, as it they fear it might expose their own superfluity. And people in power can seldom resist an opportunity to start pushing other people around[…]
[…]I don’t believe the police are closet Klansmen or fascist lackeys; I also don’t think they’re heroes. They’re people doing a job, and, like everyone else in the world, they do what the people who pay them tell them to do. The people who pay them are the government, and the government operates in the service of those who own it. In effect, the police are a heavily armed private security force to protect rich people against the poor — a role that became nakedly obvious to me the day our billionaire mayor ordered the NYPD to bulldoze the perfectly legal protest at Occupy Wall Street[…]
[…]Everyone who’s paying attention — and I’m not talking about alarmist crackpots but the U.N., the Pentagon, the C.I.A. — agrees that the coming decades will see, to put it euphemistically, civil disturbances. The gap between the very rich and everyone else is only getting wider, meaning that more and more of us are finding ourselves on the wrong side of the police barricades[…]
Congress’s Pathetic Charade on the Iranian Nuclear Agreement
by Ivan Eland, April 28, 2015
Congress is thus asserting its role, but only with smoke and mirrors. I predict that any final agreement with Iran will raise a lot of fuss among Republicans and even some Democrats, but will eventually go through. Like immigration reform, I support a verifiable nuclear agreement with Iran, but I do not support the unconstitutional road to get there.
On the nuclear agreement with Iran, Obama’s acquiescence to Congress’s charade of relevancy reminds me of the Roman Empire, where emperors continued to pay due respect to the Senate, long emasculated from its glory days during the Roman Republic, but where everyone knew who was really running things.
Churchill’s Disaster – Gallipoli
BY ERIC MARGOLIS • APRIL 19, 2015
Churchill was at least man enough to take up command of a Scotts infantry unit on the Western Front, unlike so many other politicians who sent men to their deaths from the safety of their private clubs in Whitehall.
It is often said that modern Australia and New Zealand were really born as independent nations at Gallipoli, just as the same is said of Canada at the battle of Vimy.
True to a degree, but we should also remember that the British Empire often used its “white troops” from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada as cannon fodder to spare British regiments from the home islands.
Yemen Crisis: Saudi Arabia’s Air War Resumes
…Despite having no decisive impact on the opposing Houthi militias
BY PATRICK COCKBURN • APRIL 22, 2015