America Stumbles through Another Year, Spreading Chaos And Trivia Everywhere in Its Path
By John Chuckman
The Palestinians are seeking a vote in the United Nations’ Security Council on a resolution favoring their statehood,
unquestionably a reasonable proposal in the minds of most of the world’s people. Of course, the United States, a
permanent member of the Security Council, would automatically veto such a resolution, as it vetoes all efforts to
restore order to the chaos of the Middle East. And of course, were such a resolution somehow miraculously to pass,
Israel would simply ignore it, as it has ignored a long list of binding UN resolutions. But a veto and certain contempt
are not enough for an upright, God-fearing Southern gentleman like US Senator Lindsey Graham. He busied himself recently
with threatening America’s withholding funds from a United Nations that gets involved in the “peace process.” Imagine,
the United Nations getting involved in peace? That is a chilling thought. Since the United States has a history of
withholding its UN dues against its solemn treaty obligations to bully its way to certain changes, such threats do carry
Senator Graham, regarded neither as an idealist nor a voice for peace, is only doing what so many American politicians
do under the unbelievably corrupt, money-drenched American election system, and that is to make ridiculous public
statements about the Middle East in return for generous dollops of campaign funds from the world’s most tireless
political lobby, that for Israel. You might think that the lobby itself would tire of funding backwater blowhards
demanding the other ninety-five percent of humanity play the game by America’s rules or America is picking up its
marbles or chips or whatever and going home, but clearly it does not.
“The peace process” is the longest running farce on the planet, continuing for nearly fifty years. It might have been
funny in the vein of The Mouse That Roared, but there is nothing remotely funny in the killing of thousands of people
and the extreme abuse and hopelessness of millions. You just could not make a worse hash of a diplomatic and human
welfare situation than America has made in the Middle East. And the situation has only intensified in its cruelty and
injustice. Today, Israel openly and regularly steals homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. It threatens ancient
Muslim shrines and desecrates some of them. It has savaged Gaza, the world’s largest open-air prison camp, twice,
killing close to four thousand including nearly a thousand children. It has attempted to starve Gaza’s people out with a
years-long embargo, and is making ugly noises about still another invasion. It is about to steal Syrian oil on the
occupied Golan Heights, drilling there illegally, and it is busy arranging the theft of offshore natural gas that
belongs to Gaza and Lebanon. It does all of this with complete impunity and not even a cross word from the likes of
Senator Graham. I do think the Middle East provides the strongest possible evidence of the complete unsuitability of the
United States to play a dominant role in international affairs. It is genuinely a case of the inmates running the
In another example of chaos mixed with farce, the United States pretends to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and while that
charade continues, planes loaded with American weapons keep flying out of Turkey to make the seeming lunatics even
stronger. Indeed, the various ragtag factions trying to overthrow the Syrian government, cutthroats assembled by the US
and its friends from all corners of the globe in a kind of hellish foreign legion, announced a new alliance, so telling
Washington’s approved terrorists in the conflict from those who haven’t made the cut is more difficult than ever.
Recently, one or another of the lunatic mobs shot down two fighter jets, and how do you think they managed that without
American anti-aircraft missiles? Turkey’s certifiably unbalanced president, Tayyip Erdoğan, one day makes fiery speeches
threatening Israel (to please the poor fools voting for him) and the next makes new secret deals with Israel. Remember,
this is a man who just built a one-thousand room palace for himself – yes, that’s right, exactly one thousand rooms –
and it is the ugliest, most pointless large structure built since the early Soviet era, a kind of gigantic sprawling
warehouse incrusted with jewels and filled with porcelain.
Well, dippiness is no barrier to membership in a secret club in the region which includes the UAE, Saudia Arabia, and
Israel, all lovingly assisted by the US. They are all governments who regard change as desirable only when it results in
an even more rigid status quo, as in Egypt. Never mind the welfare of the region’s people or democracy or human rights
or national boundaries. These guys resemble twelfth century lords seeing paupers cross their paths: they run them down
and proceed to a rollicking good dinner in the great hall. The club is all about security for hereditary monarchs,
security for America’s crusader fortress colony in the Middle East, and security for helper states in the American
agenda. We’ve had many reports recently of secret air-freight flights between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi. We also have
reports of flights out of Turkey into Syria. The never explained events at Benghazi were undoubtedly blowback from an
operation collecting unemployed thugs and arms for secret shipment to Turkey and then into Syria. Saudi Arabia is
voluntarily taking a bath by pushing oil prices down, a favor to the US and Israel and Turkey and a way of hurting
Russia, Iran, Syria, and even Venezuela – all current members in good standing of Captain America’s ever-changing galaxy
of villains – aka, the Axis of Evil. The US is willing to sacrifice for the time being its booming shale oil industry,
whose more costly production requires higher prices than Saudi conventional crude, in return for the Saudi sacrifice.
Since both countries are desperate to hurt Russia, Iran, and Syria, the deal is a marriage made in Realpolitik heaven.
Russia has helped Syria and does business with Iran, and Saudi Arabia and Israel hate Iran and Syria. The US has made a
large investment in toppling Syria for Israel’s benefit, but the plan has been thwarted by Syrian endurance and Russian
help. The plan also overlooked the loyalty of important Syrian societal groups to President Assad, but America often
overlooks details as it attempts to reshape the world to its liking with bombs. Of course, there was also the precedent
of Iraq, a bloody fiasco that achieved nothing but a million deaths and splintering a country into pieces. That
splintering, by the way, continues with the ISIS fiasco: Iraq’s Kurds are being used against ISIS to strengthen their
own region’s quasi-independence from Iraq.
The chaos the secret club-member countries have created in Syria – perhaps 200,000 killed and a couple of million
refugees – appears not to bother them in the least, just so many paupers in the roadway when galloping home to dinner at
the great hall. The victims do provide useful free material for the propaganda war being waged, the understanding
implicit in America’s and Canada’s and Europe’s press being always that President Assad is responsible for the
catastrophe. The US, and cheerleaders on the sidelines like Canada’s current dismal right-wing government, are doing
virtually nothing for the refugees, or for the many civilians crippled or wounded. Ironically, Israel actually accepts
for treatment in its northern medical facilities some of the very fanatics wounded in the dirty work. After all, it is
ultimately Israel’s dirty work they do, regardless of their fanaticism. It’s a phenomenon we might call selective
terrorism: fanatical killers who do America’s work, or Israel’s, are not treated as terrorists at all. No matter how
many women and children you kill, no matter how many places you bomb, you only become a terrorist if you oppose the
interests of America or Israel.
The toll in killed and wounded and homeless in Eastern Ukraine continues to mount. New punitive measures come regularly
from Kiev, undoubtedly with American advice about possible vulnerabilities – after all, a top cabinet minister in the
coup-created government is American. Only the other day we read reports of Ukrainian militia-types, the kind of
right-wing thugs who helped the US overthrow an elected government in Kiev, blocking food traffic into the East.
Attempting to starve people into submission is defined in international law as a war crime, but we hear no word of
concern from America, just as we heard no word of concern for Israel’s original blockade of Gaza which actually included
a calculated level of calories intended to just keep the population alive (since modified under intense secret
In all these induced chaotic situations, we hear little or nothing from the UN, an institution which should be among the
first condemning aggressive behavior. But the UN, despite the many differing private views of its members, is now in all
official capacities under the thumb of the US. Its current Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, a candidate favored by
America, is ineffectual and behaves at times almost as though he headed an organization having nothing to do with peace
or human rights.
Well, there is some intimidating history. Boutros Boutros-Ghali was the only UN secretary-general not to be elected to a
second term in office, and the reason was an American plan to be rid of him, one of Madeleine Albright’s glorious career
achievements. America vetoed his second term because it was most unhappy when he did not embrace the bombing of Bosnia,
and they disliked other of his views which tended to be thoughtful and compassionate. Earlier, Secretary-General Dag
Hammarskjöld, a much admired man, was assassinated in an engineered plane crash, said to have been the work of Belgian
mining companies unhappy with the UN’s policies in Congo, a place the mining companies had drained of wealth for decades
of brutal exploitation, but I think it unlikely anything of that nature happened without at least a nod of approval from
Washington, which after all was a major customer for the products of Congo.
The evidence is piling up, despite delays and many irregularities in the official investigation into the crash of
airline Flight MH-17 in Ukraine, that a Ukrainian pilot deliberately shot the plane down. His fighter is said to have
been armed with air-to-air missiles on take-off, something completely out-of-the-ordinary in the conflict since Eastern
Ukrainians have no air force. It returned, according to an eye-witness, with no missiles and the pilot’s muttering
cryptic phrases. Of course, this would be the kind of act you might expect from people who used sniper rifles earlier
this year to kill many hundreds of civilians in Maidan, the central square of Kiev, in order to terrorize the population
and start the coup. But where is America’s voice in these grotesque doings? As Russia has patiently pointed out, an
American spy satellite was virtually overhead at the time of the crash, so definitive evidence exists without a doubt
but is not produced. But then neither is it produced for the destruction of Flight MH-370 in the Indian Ocean, an event
it is virtually certain was the work of American forces at the secret Diego Garcia base as the plane came their way for
whatever unknown reason.
The irregularities around Flight MH-17’s investigation include Malaysia, owners of the airline, being excluded from the
group conducting the investigation and include the fact that segments of the wreckage were left behind at the crash
site, and that after taking a very long time to get there in the first place, making manipulation of forensic evidence
possible and even likely. We also have the absence of any American satellite or radar records, and we have not a word
about the autopsy on the pilot, something which might solve the entire mystery, as from the discovery of Ukrainian
missile fragments in his body.
What kind of world do we want to live in? One where coups and civil wars are engineered for the pleasure of others? One
where airliners full of people are shot down deliberately? This is the chaos, and just part of it, America has bestowed
upon us in the twenty-first century. I won’t even go into the financial tsunami it created in 2008 with the same lack of
caution for others and concern about doing things correctly. The full impact of that has yet to strike us all.
But America brings laughable trivia, too. The President of the United States spending time and breath on the hacking of
a private company’s web site? A Japanese company, no less? And turning the relatively trivial business of hacking, which
happens every day now somewhere, into an international incident by blaming, almost certainly incorrectly, North Korea?
The President said the FBI had investigated and assured him that North Korea was responsible. What he didn’t tell us was
that the FBI has a decades-long record of being wrong, seriously wrong, a great deal of the time. Given the FBI’s
history, it certainly is in the running for the title of Most Incompetent Security Organization in the Western World,
although, like other national security institutions in the United States, it is grossly over-funded with money gushing
out like water from broken plumbing. Americans pay more per unit of misinformation than likely any other people on the
Anyone familiar with the record of the FBI listens to assurances like the President’s with a sarcastic smile at best
(see FOOTNOTE for a partial list of the FBI’s viciousness and incompetence over the years). Shortly after the
president’s silly words, we had several world-class tech experts tell us why it could not have been North Korea, and
I’ll take bets against the FBI on this one from anyone.
It likely was someone at Sony doing a publicity stunt to promote what by all reports is a dud of a film, but why should
the man with the biggest job in the world join in? Consider also the fact that if you make what can be viewed as a
threatening comment or presentation of any kind against the President of the United States, you will be visited and
interviewed by the Secret Service, who will then keep you on file permanently. Why is it okay to make a movie about the
assassination of North Korea’s president then, the subject of The Interview? Sony certainly has right to do stupidly
foolish things, but it is more than a little muddled for the President eagerly to support it. Will he now address the
rights of porn actors in California to work without condoms?
As I write this, a British newspaper reports that some Sony employees have been quietly dismissed. Reported also is the
discovery of a web site strongly suggesting disgruntled employees. See what I mean about America overlooking the facts
before it acts?
FOOTNOTE ON HOW WRONG AND DISHONEST THE FBI HAS BEEN: The FBI was wrong in claiming there was no such thing as the Mafia, something J. Edgar Hoover insisted for many years
while he gambled at their racetracks and stayed at their resorts for free, some biographers believing Hoover had been
compromised by the Mafia with photos of his secret gay, cross-dressing life. The FBI was wrong in focusing huge
resources for many years on the pathetic American Communist Party, half of whose small membership is said to have
consisted of FBI agents. The FBI was wrong about the threat of Albert Einstein, seeking his extradition for a time and
checking the contents of his garbage to his dying day.
The FBI was wrong about the danger of Dr. Martin Luther King, and it played judge and jury with his personal life. The
FBI was wrong about Dr. Wen Ho Lee of Los Alamos being a spy, although it ruined his career. The FBI was wrong about the
crash of TWA Flight 800, taking an inordinate amount of time trying to let public interest cool and avoid the obvious
fact that the crash was an accidental shoot-down by the American military, there being a radar track showing something
like a missile rising towards the plane. Despite its vast resources, the FBI never saw 9/11 coming. One of its own
senior agents, Robert Hanssen, was one of the more damaging spies of modern times, a man whose carelessness in many
details, classic indicators of a paid spy, went unnoticed for years. The FBI was wrong in the Atlanta Olympic bombing,
ruining the life of another innocent man. It couldn’t have been more wrong in its handling of the sad kooks at Waco,
effectively murdering them all.
So, too, at the Ruby Ridge standoff where an FBI sniper killed a woman and her child needlessly. The FBI Crime Labs were
cited in the 1990s by the Inspector General for misconduct and manipulating evidence, something many had suspected for
years. The FBI specialized for years in hurting the reputations of those it didn’t like or those it merely suspected, as
by asking questions at their place of work and neighborhood, not have any proof of wrong-doing. The FBI, at least under
J. Edgar Hoover, held career-threatening information obtained by spying over the heads of many prominent congressmen and
government leaders, effectively blackmailing them to do its bidding. It did the same with non-government officials where
it felt so inclined.
The FBI was wrong about the assassination of President Kennedy, it being the only investigative agency for the
lamentable, embarrassing Warren Commission, thereby assuming at least equal responsibility for its inaccurate, dishonest
report. Indeed, the FBI did not reveal at the time that Oswald secretly worked for them as a paid informant (since
documented). It also lied about evidence a senior FBI agent destroyed after the assassination, a note Oswald had