JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: PRETENTIOUS ARTICLE ABOUT TOP TEN BOOKS ON DICTATORS – TWO AMERICAN CANDIDATES – IN WHAT IS FREQUENT GUARDIAN PRACTICE MY COMMENT IS PROMPTLY REMOVED   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY CHRISTOPHER WILSON IN THE GUARDIAN AND PROMPTLY REMOVED

Top 10 books about tyrants
The novelist Christopher Wilson assembles a rogues’ gallery of despots and dictators

Okay, but you have studiously ignored others, in some cases just as horrible.

Lyndon Johnson was a man documented as having first won election in Texas through vote fraud.

And he was the man who started the pointless war in Vietnam that would kill 3 million locals, many in the most horrible fashion, for the sin of wanting their artificially-divided country re-united.

The million victims of Cambodia’s Killing Fields also belong to America’s credit. It was when their neutral government was toppled by American bombing and mini-invasions, that the monsters took control, and America stood by and watched.

Johnson also was an immensely corrupt man, building a small economic empire for himself while only serving at government jobs.

I would put the boyish smile of Obama here, too.

The Peace Prize winner – they gave it to him out of desperate hopes after George Bush – launched many wars and dirty murderous operations in the Mideast. He killed at least half a million in places as far-flung as Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and others, and he drove millions from their homes as refugees to almost destabilize Europe.

Very importantly, he initiated America’s industrial-scale extrajudicial killing scheme, a filthy, shameful thing that makes the efforts of the old Argentine junta look amateurish. He killed thousands of innocents, and even the intended targets were all legally innocent of anything.

He kept on the best of terms with the Mideast’s tyrants – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and others never having to fear repressing and killing their opponents. No drones for them.

He supported the coup in Ukraine against a democratically-elected government, causing the deaths of thousands, a civil war, and the emergence of neo-Nazi militias to the fore.

He then played games about Russian aggression, as they responded reasonably to all this, and re-ignited the Cold War, hurling troops and planes and tanks to Russia’s border.

He allowed the horror of Syria – at least 300,000 people killed – as mercenary rag-tag armies, pretending to be jihadists, worked to topple a peaceful government, well regarded by a majority of its people.

The horrors there included the use of small amounts of American-supplied chemical weapons (the government troops only recently discovering a small cache whose marking are unmistakable) in an effort to get an excuse (a “red line” as he put it) to send in the air force and bomb the crap out this beautiful land. Only the work of a much-cleverer leader prevented his success.

And on the home front, despite raising huge hopes in his own people (“Yes we can!”), he failed, in any serious way, to help them in eight years.

Fine man indeed with that smile and baritone voice. At least the corporate press still thinks so.

There are others, but I make my point.

In many cases, the only difference between what are called tyrants and others is a good press and being on the right side.

Much the way, history is written by the victors.

Posted August 23, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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