by Shams Pirani
[the problem of racism and stupidity in white britain, page 2]
Close your legs, open your mind
Leave those compliments well behind
Dig a little deeper into yourself
And you may find -
Come over here just sit right down
Needn't comb your hair, needn't pout or frown
I hear you've turned young men
Into dribbling clowns
36D so what? Is that all that you've got?
>> (Dave Rotheray / Paul Heaton)
So let us consider the war crimes and the true horror of the American-Saudi-Israeli axis of evil and their little poodle, Blair's and Cameron's and May's Britain. And more than that, let us consider the crimes against humanity of the entire institution of corporatism and all its little despots and armies, whether of murderers or sales people.
We should start by getting the details of Israel out of the way, since there are so many and there's no point talking about any other imperialist issue first - other than Brazil. So first, a few matters concerning Brazil, past and present, and then we'll get onto Israel and indeed the Labour-Conservative Party (one party).
At the end of the first chapter of Necessary Illusions, in which Chomsky discusses the attempts by 'Brazilian bishops' to democratise their media, the professor concludes "Across a broad spectrum of articulate opinion, the fact that the voice of the people is heard in democratic societies is considered a problem to be overcome by ensuring that the public voice speaks the right words."
We can use modern technology to democratically overpower those barriers standing in the way of a democratic press and real democratic rule across the world.
Where Brazil comes into it is this - in Brazil in the late 1980s Catholic Bishops supported the people in attempting to overthrow the corporate-controlled media - where a few private owners controlled all of the media networks and controlled the words of effectively all journalism through the machinations of weeding out those unwilling to speak only on a limited range of matters, but passionately, in order to produce the illusion of objectivity and democracy whilst really only allowing the media to put out what is effectively one single point of view. Today this same phenomenon is visible to the majority of intelligent British people insofar as the Guardian, BBC, Times, Telegraph and Independent largely tell one story, largely protect the same lobby (the corporate lobby) and unite in attempts to suppress and destroy any true representative of the people (eg Corbyn).
Chomsky states in the preface to Necessary Illusions the opinion that << citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self-defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control, and to lay the basis for more meaningful democracy. >>
So what does that mean in practical terms, ie "in practise"? Many things. For starters it means that before you let yourself be carried along with others, be they tv presenters or screenwriters or even people who don't deal in fantasy for a living, when they tell you that using billions of pounds of heavy weaponry in places far away, where we don't live, where we have no right to be, taking their natural resources, destroying their societies, is 'patriotic' or 'important to our national security' - it means doing your best to find out what the truth is, one way or the other. Any child who dies in a hideous way at the hands of bombs YOU have organised, directly as part of the establishment or passively as part of the 'voter base' sanctioning these decisions, deserves that you at least look and see whether or not it is 'necessary' to do what you did to that child - or indeed the adults, but in the west you pretend to care so much about the children you make into orphans or slaves or both or just kill. Sometimes rape. So let's focus, initially, on the most extreme savagery, active or passive, of western society.
That's the first matter relating to Brazil. Its attempts long ago to set up a democratic media. The past, and how that past and our failures to produce democracy, to hold back corporate tyranny, has created the present.
Today's Brazil points at exactly the same problem, in an even more pronounced way. And the west's relationship to that problem is the same as its relationship to solving its own racism problem and its relationship to the rise of Jeremy Corbyn.
Therefore the second thing about Brazil to note is the case of Dilma Rousseff. Pepe Escobar sums up << Welcome to post-coup Brazil: Land of permanent crisis, a powerless, illegitimate, corrupt government, economic recession, and unemployment. As Sader noted, "everything positive that Brazil built this century will be thrown out by a coup." >>
Meanwhile an examination of 'our' western media will show you that our right wing, including the Guardian, simply cheers on this anti-democratic act. Corbyn, meanwhile, stands up for democracy, for the rights of Brazilians and for Rousseff.
So now, let us turn to Israel. Make yourself comfortable, get that cup of tea, once we start on Israel we will be here all day. The number of crimes committed by Israel and the horror of those crimes requires that we get through rather a lot of material. And remember, many many of you have stood, actively or passively, shoulder to shoulder with Israel's genocidal state forces. Yes, Israel's crimes are also YOUR crimes - this applies, naturally, to so many neoliberals and neoconservatives I have known, from St Paul's, Oxbridge and beyond. People from my community who have worked for and worshipped genocidal piss artists like Blair and even Trump, people who have used neoliberal corporate whores like Obama and Clinton as figleaves. Many middle class and working class British people I have known have in many ways thrown their support behind Israel in its 'existential battle' against not being allowed to commit state terrorism and genocide the way the USA, Germany, France, Britain and many others have 'allowed' themselves to do in the past. Israel wants its 'right' to be like its genocidal 'white' allies. So you really do need to read what follows - those of you who have, without really knowing precisely what you were doing, given your name to a long list of white and token racists who support the genocide by the Israeli state of all sorts of humans the Israeli state classes, now more officially than ever before, as sub human, as what Hitler called 'untermenschen'. YOU have a duty, now, to read the long list of sick sick crimes you have totally ignored when (a) supporting genocidal fuckwits and (b) demonising, hounding and hating decent and honest humans who dare to stand up for the victims of genocide the way numerous brave Germans did, before being executed by Hitler. Germans like Sophie Scholl, I mean, obviously.
Which takes us nicely onto Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Perhaps that would be the ideal place to start, when trying to sum up a few 'key' issues involving Israel's guilt of racism, genocide, torture - basically a lot of 'war crimes' and crimes in general. What does Wikileaks tell us? Well, before we look at all thse horrible details - of the world's most famous apartheid state today, of the modern neo-European white supremacist empire, led by the USA an 'NATO' - the latter just a club of everyone who would have been with Hitler if Hitler had 'won' the 'war' against 'the allies' - before we get stuck into the horror show that is the sum total of the western modern-day history which is considered history (anything else, from Chomsky back to Newton is more or less ignored) let us return to the 'boring', 'difficult' lengthy words of one of those famous yet largely unstudied 'leading western scientists' I have brought up so far.
Richard Feynman tells us <<