These bases protect a system that allows one percent of humanity to control 40 percent of wealth: a system that bails out just one bank with $180 billion – that’s enough to eliminate malnutrition in the world, provide education for every child and water and sanitation for all and to reverse the spread of malaria.
On September 11, 2001, the United Nations reported that on that day 36,615 children died from poverty. But that was not news.
Journalists and politicians like to say the world changed as a result of the September 11 attacks. In fact, for those countries under attack by the arsenal of freedom, nothing has changed. What has changed is not news. According to the great whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, a military coup has taken place in the United States, with the Pentagon now ascendant in every aspect of foreign policy.
It doesn’t matter who is president – George Bush or Barack Obama. Indeed, Obama has stepped up Bush’s wars and started his own war in Pakistan. Like Bush, he is threatening Iran, a country Hillary Clinton said she was prepared to “annihilate.”
Iran’s crime is its independence. Having thrown out America’s favorite dictator, the Shah, Iran is the only resource-rich Muslim country beyond American control. It doesn’t occupy anyone else’s land and hasn’t attacked any country – unlike Israel, which is nuclear-armed and dominates and divides the Middle East on America’s behalf.