On October 7th, at an “undisclosed location” somewhere in “Southwest Asia,” men wearing different types of camouflage and dun-colored boots gathered before a black backdrop adorned with Arabic script. They were attending a ceremony that mixed solemnity with celebration, the commemoration of a year of combat that left scores of their enemies slain. One of their leaders spoke of comraderie and honor, of forging a family and continuing a legacy.
Oh Raytheon, oh Raytheon, you have a place with AFRICOM...
More of this ISLAMIC state rubbish. It little more than "The reds are coming nonsense".
Africa is resource rich. It has great tracts of underused farmlands. Western Corporations want a foothold in the region even as China and other competitors look to invest in the region so as to extract the resources for their own use. The ex Colonial powers of Europe including France and the United Kingdom grew tremndously rich off their African holdings as they grew into Empires. Belgium saw its treasuries bloat from what was in essence slavery in the Congo and the resources send back to King Leopold. The Capitalist monstrosities of Cargill and Monsanto need places to grow their own poison GMO's as resistance to the same builds at home.
This is a land grab nothing more. It is not about making us safe from terrorism. It is to make the Corporations safe from the peoples that live in the regions that Corporations wish to assert control over. Every US soldier and every Civilian contracter hire to work there is participating in a land and resource grab anbd a theft of other peoples wealth. None of them are defending "freedom and liberty" and no there not the risk that Americans will be forced to speak Swahili if those "brave soldiers are not defending our rights".
Every local group in the regions that advocates for its poor and the peoples that live there , or that suggests the local people control their own land and resources will be deemed ISIS and will be eliminated. Once in a while a member of some Western Intelligence agency will meet some poor African and give him money and the promise of more in the future if he just plants a bomb provided to him in some public market. Another star and stripey eyed public relations officer with the rank of Colonel will then detail to some stenographer from the Western media as how the US must send in yet more troops to combat radical Islam.
The War on Terror in a NutShell.
The Saudis fund "Islamic terrorists".
The US fights "Islamic terrorists".
The Corporate State advances.
.. yeah .. it's a racket ..
Nick, I'm sure you know this, but readers of this headline won't --- unless they are directly told that "It's Not America's Secret Drone War", but the "Disguised Global Capitalist EMPIRE's Secret Drone War" ---- since the DGCEmpire has captured, controls, and now fully "Occupies" our former country as its nominal global HQ, and merely 'poses' as America.
Although it seems crazy here on CD to say it --- nowhere near enough
Americans even understand that there is an EMPIRE, nor that they
themselves are nothing but 'subjects' of that EMPIRE --- because all but
a small fraction of even the alt media don't really try to educate the
people about the EMPIRE, which is a shame (or a sham) in not enabling the:
"Rising-up, standing-up, and shouting-out against EMPIRE" --- which is absolutely
essential if we are to ignite a non-violent Second American Revolution against EMPIRE again in 2015/6 like 1775/6.
The American people will absolutely have to understand that Empire
wars abroad and its economic tyranny at home are both parts of the same
disease/cancer of EMPIRE itself.
"Empire Files" is uniquely and with seminal focus doing more to
educate the American people about the Disguised Global Capitalist Empire that
has captured, controls, and now fully "Occupies" our former country as
its nominal global HQ, metropole, and 'beard' of faux-democracy than any
other progressive source of truth-telling.
Although, "Popular Resistance", "Common Dreams", "TruthDig", WSWS,
"The Real News Network", "Truth Out", "Days of Rage", and an array of
progressive alt media sites also deserve credit for providing good
articles exposing and 'outing' the Empire with some increasing
A non-violent "shout heard round the world" against this EMPIRE is
the only peaceful and 'effective' alternative to another bloody "shot
heard round the world" of mass suicide.
BTW, here's Prof. Robinson's diagnosis of the cancerous Empire that America has been reduced to:
"The U.S. state is a key point of condensation for pressures from dominant groups around the world to resolve problems of global capitalism and to secure the legitimacy of the system overall. In this regard, “U.S.” imperialism refers to the use by transnational elites of the U.S. state apparatus to continue to attempt to expand, defend, and stabilize the global capitalist system. We are witness less to a “U.S.” imperialism per se than to a global capitalist imperialism. We face an empire of global capital, headquartered, for evident historical reasons, in Washington."
Robinson, William I. (2014-07-31). Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity (p. 122). Cambridge University Press. Kindle Edition.