A year ago yesterday the explosion that caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill rocked the Gulf of Mexico and the infamous pipeline began spewing death into our waters for nearly 5 months. The consequences of this tragedy cannot be fully understood just yet and I’m sure we’ll all see and hear horror stories resulting from these events for many years to come. And as the common refrain goes, those responsible for this destruction are nowhere near being held responsible and are not expected to make good for their misdeeds. Indeed, not a single law or regulation has passed to prevent another disaster. This comes on the heels of learning what we always suspected, the various oil companies’ role in our most recent and tragic invasion of Iraq.
These events serve as another great example of the futility of fighting for reforms of the current system as a strategy for creating a more just society. As long as multi-billion dollar interests have the ear of our legislators, no amount of campaigning, calls, letters or voting can create a situation where those dollars will be ignored for more than a few fleeting minutes. As long as the rich rule the U.S. government, then we shall continue to suffer the consequences of those interests. Wars will be fought, disasters will plague us, the environment will die before our very eyes – that is until we do something to stop it permanently.
Even now, BP – the perpetrator of last year’s oil spill – is manipulating U.S. government politics with campaign contributions to individuals who will no doubt clear the path for BP’s continued destruction of our ecosystem. As the the FDL article linked above asks, how long until we find out how much BP and it’s industrial peers influenced Obama’s decision to spread America’s permanent war campaign to Libya? Surely after watching mass uprisings in several states this year, the West’s decision to invade Libya – with the largest oil estimates in Africa – could not be a coincidence?
The pessimist in me speculates that our planet, and humanity in particular, cannot survive the increasingly blood-thirsty search for our dwindling oil supplies. Doesn’t it follow that the dwindling supply, coupled with the continuing rise in demand, will create resource wars on a scale that we will not be able to survive?
A (usually comedic) blog I like to follow in my spare time recently published a post talking about the latest events in Libya to ask why conservatives are so against the pro-democracy uprisings of the so-called Jasmine Revolution, when a conservative Republican government undertook multi-billion dollar invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan in order to “bring democracy” to those lands. An interesting question, no doubt, for someone stuck in the false dichotomy of conservatives and liberals. Wouldn’t this be a fiscal boon, with democracy flourishing in the Middle-East at no expense to U.S. coffers? For those of us living outside of the dichotomy, the answer becomes more obvious why these explosive events are so reviled by the power-brokers of the status quo.
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We were told in February of 2009 what President Obama had in mind for our imperial ambitions in Iraq. The history of the state of Iraq is a sad story of Western imperialism. From the British border designations ensuring dependence on foreign powers, U.S. and British backed coups against emancipatory governments, installation of Western-friendly dictators who later became our enemies, and over two decades of bloody conflicts. The terrorism and destruction that is the history of Iraq can only be laid at our feet. The Obama Orwellian diatribe spoon-fed to us about ending combat operations can (and should) only be seen as a continuation of the horrific policies.
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When one takes the time to read liberal blogs a pattern quickly becomes apparent. When one is so entangled in the system of our government it obscures what one is actually cheering for or raging against. The line, ideologically speaking, becomes so blurred that thankfully one is able to determine which people deserve cheering or choking with a simple initial next to their name proudly proclaiming R or D! A member such as Arlen Specter, once a Republican and embodying everything “wrong” with our society, can change his party affiliation and suddenly this baptism allows for the ignoring of his policy beliefs by the liberal masses.
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Richard, over at American Leftist, highlighted an article (Thanks, Jack Crow) advertising Obama’s assertion that Iran is attempting to build nuclear weapons. Forgive me for being skeptical of a US president claiming evidence of WMD in a country in the Middle East, but the world has seen no such evidence and too many have died over similar assertions. Unless you have some ultra-secret new evidence – you’re lying to us. Every agency tasked with finding such evidence has been unable to do so.
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Last Tuesday, President Obama addressed the nation to explain to us his decision to prolong the Afghanistan War by sending 30,000 more troops into the country.
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