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How To Make the US Go Away! (english)
14 Jun 2003
Attention Foreign Countries!
The
inimitable Rumsfeld has done it again. But thi
s time it is cause
for optimism and joy, especially if you are a relatively small country
who isn’t interested in being pushed around by the Empire of the
United States of America.
Rummy
– or Shifty as he is sometimes known, poet
of the Pentagon and messenger for administrations from Nixon
to Bush – announced that it would be
very difficult for accused war criminals in the Bush administration
to spend time in countries that have legislation that allows its
citizens to bring war crimes suits against foreign nationals.
Now
Belgium is exactly such a country, home of NATO headquarters, currently
anticipating a partially U.S. funded new headquarters compound in
Brussels.
Yes,
I know, you are probably wondering – since the Cold War ended
over a dozen years ago and the Soviet military machine is no longer
planning to storm through the Fulda Gap – why is it we even need
a new NATO headquarters? They ought to be leasing out 80% of the
building to people who can really use it! Well, never mind that.
Today’s article is not about the insatiable need of statist global
ruler-wannabes to expand and swell, parasitical and ravenous on
the backs of the dwindling pool of producers.
Today
is about celebration and hope! The quiet and confident assertion
of the people’s will and the power of sovereign law! The rough riders
of Bushland now twitch and tremble – in their state of advancing
age and sometimes questionable health – at the thought of arriving
in Brussels to be led cuffed from the airport to face charges related
to… Oh, I don’t know, waging a high-tech war against a low-tech
opponent for public reasons that are increasingly being shown as
not just fraudulent, but consciously and aggressively fraudulent.
Environmental pollution, theft of national resources through planning
as well as lack of planning, plus an improperly and possibly illegally
administrated occupation are the lesser charges. All worthwhile,
though!
Dubya
and his two primary henchman, the lovely Mr. Ashcroft for domestics
and the charming Mr. Rumseld for everyone else, have taken it upon
themselves to decide that neither foreign citizens nor American
citizens truly have the right to
due process or an adequate
defense. Furthermore, your identification as an "enemy"
of the administration or any of its policies is all that is needed.
"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence" or something
like that, as Martha Stewart and Ed
Rosenthal can attest. Facts, justice and rationality need not
apply in federal prosecutions, although Ed’s
recent sentence was a small and welcome slap back at the feds.

The
Belgians have quietly frightened the potential war criminals in
the Bush administration, and those from past imperialist administrations.
We mustn’t forget Clinton’s "humanitarian
war" fought side by side with drug-running Kosovar mafiosi
has also provided fodder for war crimes charges. This fear comes
from the personal beliefs of people like Clinton and Bush, and their
functionaries that political prosecutions are not only the best
kind, but the only kind.
Bill,
Rumsfeld, Bush and Cheney do indeed have something to worry about.
Brussels will need to adopt exemptions in advance to allow for the
visits of much of the American military and political leadership.
If they don’t, our illustrious leaders will have to stay home, or
perhaps, as bin Laden has learned to do, make tapes and send them
ahead.
Milosevic
is in jail, and Saddam is hiding or dead. Rummy and company may
notice their travel options becoming increasingly limited, as other
countries find ways to strike back at U.S. hubris in similar peaceful
and legitimate ways. Limitation of freedom by threat of prosecution
or arrest is a kind of sentence in itself. Better than being dead
or incarcerated, but on the same side of the fence.
To
paraphrase Tolstoy in Anna
Karenina – happy statist oligarchs are all alike; every
unhappy war crimes defendant is unhappy in his own way. It’s not
much, but I think its good news for the rest of us.
June
14, 2003
Karen
Kwiatkowski [send her mail]
is a recently retired USAF lieutenant colonel, who spent her final
four and a half years in uniform working at the Pentagon. She now
lives with her freedom-loving family in the Shenandoah Valley.

Copyright
© 2003 LewRockwell.com
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