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John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF A COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Iran is ‘world’s biggest sponsor of state terrorism’, says US Defense Secretary James Mattis”

 

Response to a reader comment:

“What actually is a ‘terrorist’?

Answer.

Anybody uncle Sam says is a terrorist!”

 

That is very true.

Today’s world is artificially divided up between “terrorists” and “supporters of terror” versus those supposedly “opposed to terror.”

It is a completely arbitrary and highly misleading division decided by no one other than the American government and serving its own needs in manipulating world affairs.

The nomenclature for the division got started in America’s Middle East colony as it tried to distinguish itself for public relations purposes from the people it had displaced, abused, and killed in substantial numbers. The artificial and self-serving division was adopted wholesale by the US after 9/11.

The division is a virtual replication, just using new names, of the world of the Cold War era, also imposed by the US for its own manipulative purposes – “communists” and “communist sympathizers” and “fellow-travelers” versus “the Free World.” That wording became so ingrained, we sometimes still see references to the Free World more than a quarter century after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

One is tempted to recall America’s Puritan origins as well as the still-substantial influence of Bible-thumping Fundamentalism with a world view of “Satan and his legions” versus “God and His people.”

America does seem to need a devil of some kind “out there” to oppose just to keep the military engine stoked and throbbing for imperial expansion.

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