“It is easy. All you have to do is tell the people they are being
attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the
country to danger.” — Hermann Goering
Genocide used to be a crime without a name. Although the most heinous
of all crimes, the concept was not introduced into international language until after World War 2. Until then, military invasion
and destruction of other peoples and cultures masqueraded under such slogans as progress and spreading civilisation.
I was shocked many years ago when I heard Noam Chomsky say that genocide
was America's defining political tradition. Then I realised that the United States (like Canada to a much lesser extent) was
based on destroying the lives and cultures of the 25 million or so first peoples who had lived in America for millennia. In
the case of the U.S., the story continued with the forcible seizure of Texas in 1845 from Mexican farmers and indigenous peoples,
and Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, California and other state territories shortly afterward in 1849. U.S. troops under the slave-owning
General Zachary Taylor unilaterally invaded its southern neighbour under the false pretext of avenging American blood, and
General Taylor soon vaulted into the White House as a presidential war hero. Even though a young Congressman, Abraham Lincoln,
exposed the pretext, and connected it to a Anglo-British business strategy to impose free trade on the regions by financing
the prior president, James Polk, into the White House as General Taylor’s commander.
In 1898, once again under the false pretext of self-defence (when the
U.S.S. Maine sank from an internal explosion), the Philippines, Guam, Cuba in part, and Puerto Rico were seized from their
peoples by another unilaterally provoked war. This war of aggression and occupation, like so many U.S. interventions since,
was preceded by a media campaign of whipping up public hysteria and war fever. Media baron Randolf Hearst made the famous
remark, “You furnish the pictures, I’ll furnish the war”—not unlike the U.S. cable and network media
daily drum-beat in recent months for war on Iraq. War is a major violence entertainment, and in close partnership with the
Pentagon it can go on for months to divert the masses.
The tradition of misleading the American people by false pretexts for
aggressive wars is an old one in U.S. history, but since the fascist interregnum war criminal invasions of other countries
have not been accepted by public opinion. The U.S. under the control of the corporate war party now seeks to reverse this
trend. By dint of the permitted 9-11 plane attacks on the World Trade Centre, an open presidential blank-cheque has been granted
by Congress for attacking third-world countries so as to occupy their countries and control their resources. The now known
blueprint of Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and others written in September of 2001 as the Project for the New
American Century is clear on the plan to shape the international security order in line with American principles and interests.
Armed domination of the Gulf region transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.
Oil looms large in this plan to rule the world for American interests.
According to a report sponsored by oil corporations from the Washington Centre for Strategic and International Studies, oil
is no longer a commodity to be bought and sold within the confines of the traditional supply and demand balances, but a determinant
of national security and international power.
The U.S. state military invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq in under two
years are expressions of this new supra-market policy. Before we pass over the pattern of facts at work as merely realpolitik,
we should note that this armed-state project resembles fascism: not only in war criminal attacks on other countries in violation
of international law, but in repudiating market relations to seize others valuable goods by armed force.
As demagogic glorification of genocidal invasion once again escapes
naming by a flood of falsehoods and projections onto the latest U.S. Enemy, we need to remind ourselves of facts that no mass
medium once discussed from October of 2002 to March of 2003. As we lay bare the ruling deceptions here, we should keep in
mind the unifying principle which is not seen. U.S. state justifications always project onto the designated Enemy what the
U.S. security state is doing itself. If it loudly condemns another weaker states weapons of mass destruction, chemical and
biological weapons, violation of international laws, or attempts to impose its will on the world by terror, then we can deduce
that this is exactly what the U.S. is planning more of, but is diverting attention from by accusing others. Test this underlying
principle with every international accusation the U.S. makes next, and you will find that it is invariable confirmed.
The tactic works wonderfully with a lapdog press and political class
who are excited into a kind of collective delirium by choral denunciations of the foreign demon who is the designated Enemy
of the Day. (I will explain why in my analysis ahead of the ruling group-mind.) So exactly does the U.S. security state project
its own violent policies onto others that one can tell what vicious policy it is about to escalate next by the intensity with
which the Other is accused of the crime. This is how we can best understand the endless accusation of the Soviet Union of
a plot to rule the world before 1991, and how we can best make sense of the official U.S. fixation on global terrorism today.
Both predications disclose the inner logic of the U.S. war states own pattern of behaviour. I sometimes wonder whether this
is a deliberate strategic tactic of diversion, or a structure of paranoid delusion built into the mind-set of U.S. culture.
Let us in this light examine the principal claims and concealments of
the Bush Jr. administration in its pursuit of Iraq:
The Bush administration has tirelessly claimed to be upholding international
law in its pressuring of the Security Council into action regarding Iraq's violation of U.N. resolutions and international
law. In fact, since its entry into office the Bush Jr. administration has sabotaged laws, covenants and monitoring protocols
to protect individuals and peoples against nuclear weapons, biological weapons, chemical weapons, landmines, small arms, international
ballistic missiles, torture, racism, discrimination against women, arbitrary seizure and imprisonment, mistreatment of prisoners,
crimes against humanity and war crimes, military weather distortions, biodiversity loss, and international climate destabilisation.
Its latest overriding of international law and due process has been the forcible usurpation of the Security Council inspections
of Iraq. No rogue state in modern history has remotely matched this continuous and systematic violation of international law
and procedures to implement international law.
The Bush administration's preparation and threat of military invasion
against a country thousands of miles from its borders is unequivocally a war crime under international law, including Principles
1, 2 and 6(a)1of the Nuremberg Charter and Article 54 of the Geneva Convention. The fact that this war crime of preparing
for and planning an invasion of Iraq by U.S.-led armed forces whatever the UN decides has never been openly discussed promoted
the very aggression which the U.N. is constituted to prevent.
It is not as if there were any doubt about the Bush administration's
clear intention to put itself above the law as it incessantly accused Iraq of doing so. It declared from the beginning that
it would go it alone with whoever was willing, and yet not a word of this declared threat to international peace and security
issued from any U.N. ambassador, including Canada’s Bill Graham, that this was a lawless intention and plan.
The effect on Iraqi citizens of the long-planned U.S. war of aggression
against Iraq is said to be their liberation. The targeted victims since the first war on Iraq have, however, been most of
all infants and children. The Bush administration’s planned Operation Shock and Awe is a self-imagery of Godlike power
which is more blind in hubris than in 1991 when the U.S. military assault caused mass infectious disease, child dysentery
and birth mutilation by deliberate bombing of civilian electricity sources, sewage and water treatment facilities and by the
deployment of nuclear waste in shells and weapons. Over 500,000 children in Iraq have already died as a consequence of the
last war according to UNICEF—a figure predicted in 1991 by the New England Journal of Medicine, and substantiated in
1999 by the leading British medical research, Lancet.
Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction about which the Bush regime
has most pervasively trumpeted its concern were sold to Saddam at great profit by the U.S., Britain and other Security Council
members. This is why Bush officials took the original Iraq report to the U.N. from the Council chair (then the military client
state, Colombia), and deleted all the pages documenting these military sales before distributing the text to non-permanent
members. Secretary Rumsfeld, meanwhile, has refused to work with the relevant Senate committees to expose and ensure against
continued military sales to Iraq or its middlemen by U.S. armament manufacturers.
U.S. demands for Iraqs compliance with U.N. resolutions are not and
have not been its true concern since far more U.N. resolutions over far more years have been ignored by the U.S. military
partner, Israel. Thus continuing war crimes and crimes against humanity by Israeli administrations are still perpetrated with
impunity in the illegally occupied territories of Palestine—for example, by land and property seizures and continuous
enlargement of the illegal occupation, collective punishments of the population, increasing assassinations, and destruction
of civilian infrastructure and homes. Twelve to eighteen UN resolutions prior to the inspections were said to have been violated
by Iraq during its years of living with militarily enforced destruction of its society. Israel before, and since, has violated
64 UN resolutions with impunity. No double standard of international law has been so long-term, blatant and systematic, except
by the U.S. itself.
The regime change all along demanded by the Bush administration cannot
benefit the Iraqi people as promised because the projected U.S. military occupation has not been about getting rid of Saddam
(who the U.S. armed and supported into power), but has ever more directly been the forced takeover of Iraq's publicly owned
and controlled oil reserves. These reserves since the 1950's have (despite Saddams U.S.-supported coup detat) financed the
most advanced social infrastructure in the Arab world, free education, and universal health care. During the demonization
of Iraq over the last 6 months, its public oil revenues have enabled a government program of guaranteed food for all citizens
by a publicly run distribution system which the U.N. World Food Program described as the most efficient in the world. With
oil as with all else, the greatest enemy to this empire is the civil commons of publicly owned resources which obstructs corporate
market control. That the Iraqi government has, moreover, put a run on the U.S. dollar by converting its oil revenues into
Euros instead of dollars is another unspeakable fact which is blocked out of all corporate media reports.
Watching the War Crime Unfold
The ultimate target of the U.S. war party has long been the greatest
and most accessible high-quality oil reserves on the planet. The Bush oil party has long coveted it, and U.S. military invasion
has been the favoured blitzkrieg method for getting it over years of planning - with no response by the Security Council.
But world public opinion has not covered its eyes like governments and the corporate media. Turkey's people were 96% against
invasion of Iraq as its government considered large bribes, and Spain's people were over 90% opposed as its Falangist prime
minister joined Tony the War Poodle in barking for the invasion. Over 30 million citizens from across the world demonstrated
against a U.S.-led invasion in one weekend, an historically unprecedented event.
The U.S. president's response to all this has been revealing. He has
told the world throughout that the U.N. itself is on trial, with him as God's judge. The Security Council has been told for
months that it either agrees to a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, or it is irrelevant. If it fails, the Bush administration will
take the law into its own hands and invade distant and weak Iraq as America's sovereign right. Try to remember when you heard
this kind of demagoguery and defiance of international law before.
The difference has been most clearly in the use of the U.N. Pervasive
aerial and ground inspections of Iraq's territory, soften-up bombings of defences in the North and South, and successful commands
to destroy short-range missiles which together had largely stripped Iraqs meagre defences by mid-March. During this process,
U.S. and allied demands merely escalated from immediate abolition of weapons of mass destruction to—without any media
noticing—demands for total disarmament. Best to have a helpless victim. Has history ever witnessed such a corruptly
one-sided scheme to destroy and loot a defenceless country?
The Ruling Group-Mind
As I watched the Security Council Meeting on March 19 after military
inspections of Iraq were forcibly terminated by the Bush Jr. administration's decision to take the law into its own hands,
I was struck by the intimidation of the Council members. They were in thrall to a ceremony of avoidance. The hard fact that
the U.S. administration had just stopped the U.N.'s due process by its decision for lawless armed attack of Iraq was blocked
out of view as if it had not been decided. That this massive armed military invasion was a grave violation of international
law, the supreme international crime under the Nuremberg Charter, was never mentioned. The ritual of sacrifice prevailed instead
as if in collective submission to the implacable ordinance of Fate.
Formal pieties and aversion of the facts ruled. The Secretary-General
was congratulated for removing the inspection teams on the instruction of the U.S. administration so that they would not be
harmed by its illegal invasion. The inspectors were again and again praised for inspecting Iraq's military possessions before
the full-scale illegal invasion forcibly prevented the completion of their work. Much angst was displayed for the humanitarian
catastrophe about to unfold, with none mentioning that the lawless usurpation of U.N. process by the blitkrieg invasion of
a suffering poor country would cause the mass terror. The long genocide was diplomatically sanitised by abstractions. In the
case of the U.S., Britain and Spain, Saddam Hussein was held solely responsible.
Repeated ritual mantras of concern for international peace and security,
alleged Iraq government violations not substantiated by the inspectors, official regrets, collective self- blaming, and much
talk of rebuilding the society about to be destroyed were limned in a sleepwalk of official euphemisms. The theme that bound
them all was the silence on the U.S. planned war-criminal attack in violation of the will and the legal process of the U.N.
Security Council itself. Kofi Annan almost spoke out when he advised that a belligerent country is responsible under law for
the costs of occupation. But the U.N. and Canada were soon ready to pay for picking up the pieces of another mass destruction
of a poor society by U.S.-led forces.
I remembered all the history and accounts I had read of the Third Reich
and the cowardice of official appeasement that enabled every step. The appeasement now was on the level of the mind itself.
No-one dared to say what was happening. Threats and bribes by the U.S. had for months saturated the proceedings of the Councils
judgement, but there were to their great credit few takers of the blood money. The Security Council had repudiated the U.S.-led
war by an overwhelming rejection of any motion for it. For the U.S. now to still lead an invasion was self-evidently against
the Security Councils will and decision, and thus wholly illegal. Yet there was a strange refusal to name the crime, the supreme
international crime of a war of aggression against another state. One listened in vain for one explicit reference to the violation
of the U.N. Charter, of the Nuremberg Charter, of international criminal law, of the Secretary-Generals own previous statement
that a U.S. attack without Security Council support would be illegal, and of the usurpation of the will and process of the
U.N. Security Council itself.
On the contrary, Iraq was being held accountable to obey the Council's
every demand to strip its meagre defences as huge U.S. and British armed forces formed on its borders. Ever louder U.S. threats
of armed invasion outside the law and against Security Council vote was left to proceed as if it was a natural event. Everywhere
in the media, the inevitable war was bowed before as an ordinance of destiny.
It was only now a question of viewers watching U.S. forces destroy a society at will and with impunity, an ideal mass-market
site for the entertainment of lawless power. No-one thought to notice from within the Security Council Chamber and official
global culture that every step of the mass terror against an essentially defenceless people was planned, chosen and executed
in defiance of all international law by a sitting member state.
The monstrous construction had no author. Responsibility fell only on
the victim. The U.S. became another onlooker at the inevitable war. Once it invaded, it became magnanimous in assigning the
costs to others to pay for its mass destruction. It was now ready to co-operate with its international partners in the rebuilding
of the country that it destroyed. No-one inside official society outside thought to hold the U.S. accountable for what it
did. There is no alternative took another meaning. Now the no-alternative world the U.S. rules means criminal war invasion
as an act of God.
The New Fundamentalism: America is God
As you observe the criminal war invasion of Iraq, the round-the-clock
commentary and pictures, and the aftermath, watch for a silent general fact. There will no end of detailed discussion of the
military operations of attack and occupation of a country rendered defenceless by Security Council demands, with much admiration
and vicarious self- congratulation at the new weapons and strategic moves of the American Superpower. There will be no end
of experts and commentators communicating adoringly to audiences about the high-tech assault instruments which are being tested
on a third-world people to see how they work. Its a little like a high-school science experiment, advised the Pentagon Joint
Chief of Staff to the militarily embedded CNN medium of public news.
The fact at the centre of the whole conflict and long in dispute will,
however, soon be put down the memory hole with no one noticing. No one in the media or government will point out that the
biological and chemical weapons that Iraq was declared to be hiding are not used, and did not in fact exist. No one will think
to notice that this, the main justification of the war, the weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Saddam, was from start
to finish a vast and criminal big lie. No one will wonder at their own cowardly complicity in the long train of destructive
deceit and war crime even as the invading armies sweep across the country and the 3000 sorties of bombs fall with no hint
of a chemical or biological weapon or nuclear device. Least of all will servelings of the ruling group-mind connect back to
the Third Reich's prototype of aggressive war. It is the Formula. Blame terrorists as the cause of the country's police state
measures. Accuse every country attacked of being an imminent threat to it to justify the invasion. Denounce all resistance
as unpatriotic. Attack and occupy the weak country with total weaponry. The formula repeats as long as it is not called out.
The group-mind cannot compute what does not fit its fixed presuppositions.
So predictable outcomes follow as if prescribed by the laws of nature. The inevitable war occurs like el Nino. Only the terrible
infliction of damages are thought worth perceiving or talking about. The moral debate is silenced, left to the world's peoples
in the streets where only passing painted signs can speak. The co-ordinates of international law and the rogue war party in
control of the White House are blocked of every discussion as if they did not exist. There will, in particular, be no discussion
of this administration's illegal presidency, its ever more ruinous failure to govern effectively at any level of the U.S.
economy, the environmental meltdown which it leads, or the unprecedentedly pervasive corruption of its lead corporate gang—from
all of which the latest orchestrated war is the ongoing system of violent diversion. The distraction and attack rhythm of
one war after another will, if it is not seen through, continue to succeed with the Formula until the world is subjugated
across its civilisations. As long as the self-evident can be denied, there is nothing to stop it. Discharges of condemnation
of Saddam Hussein can occupy the mind instead, until the next Enemy is wheeled into the war theatre to extend the U.S. war
In Canada, the CBC and its retinue of U.S. explainers and apologists
will report the world to us so we cannot see the meaning of what is happening. The local academy will occasionally provide
the choral affirmation on cue. Thus Janice Stein of the University of Torontos Munk Centre will reassure us on CBC News coverage
on March 20, the day that the U.S. crime against peace began, that We are targeting Iraqs leadership and not its civilians.
All are one in Americas view of the world as itself. What cannot be discussed is the U.S. war crime itself, even to deny it.
It is unspeakable - so long as the ruling group- mind remains the invisible prison of our collective life.
The moral syntax of the American group-mind is the inner logic of the
problem. In this era, the group-mind is American. All its principles are presupposed as the way that God is presupposed by
the religious fundamentalist—an all-powerful, all-knowing and jealous ruler of the world, which none may doubt without
social opprobrium and attack. U.S. witch-hunts of those who oppose the religion of America is the creed's fanatical mode.
But the creed is not confined to expression within Americas church of self-adoration. It is on a crusade across the world's
continents, with ruinous destabilization or armed attack of those who do not submit to its will for freedom.
The God of America is primitive. It worships itself. But there are a
set of silently regulating principles at work through all the phenomena of its rule which together constitute the ruling group-mind
which has imprisoned global culture within its premises since 9-11 .
Presupposition 1 of this ruling group-mind is that the U.S. national
security state is America.
This assertion is never directly stated because that would reveal the
absurdity of the equation. But the assumption nevertheless underlies every statement that has proceeded from U.S. government
offices since 9-11. This preconscious equation explains, for example, why even the U.S. government's official opposition,
the Democratic Party, has abdicated from political responsibility in its fear of appearing to oppose unjustified wars against
essentially defenceless third-world societies in Afghanistan and Iraq. They are incarcerated within the ruling structure of
mind, more paralysed than 1930 Germans in their dread of being named as unpatriotic. This is a fear that can only be explained
by the equation of the state military command and its apparatus with America. Beneath the surface phenomena of party politics
rules the instituted group-mind in terms of which perception itself is constructed.
Thus the equation of America to its armed state apparatus is never publicly
challenged in the official culture of the West because the equation is assumed a priori across the official leaderships of
American allies. No-one who houses the false equation can tell them apart. They cannot see the demonstrable falsehoods of
the war state, the overthrow of the Republic's democratic traditions, and least of all the safety of millions of innocent
civilians in other countries: because they assume America and its national security apparatus are one and the same. Since
they love America, and America is it, they cannot distinguish their beloved country from the criminal gang institutions of
the National Security Council, the Pentagon and the CIA. As these rogue secret societies rule across the world by the force
of armed terror, mass disinformation, secret narco-links and political bribery and coercion at every level, lovers of America
are obliged to defend this criminal global domination as America. This absurd equation obliges them to be, in short, blind
dupes. It then further misleads them into supposing that anyone who opposes a gangster state rule of the world is anti-American.
One absurdity builds onto another. The disorder ends as a paranoid mass cult characterised as patriotism, just as in the 1930's
with the worlds most powerful industrial state. It is in this false equation at the baseline of the group-mind that we find
the kernel of the worlds problem - Americas self- definition as absolutist armed force unbound by fact or international law.
Presupposition 2 is that America is the ultimate source and moving line
of the worlds freedom and goodness, God's material embodiment on earth.
This assumption too is presupposed as true by definition, the prime
article of faith of a fanatic religion. Full-spectrum dominance and pre-emptive attack of threats before they appear are not
merely clinically paranoid delusions of power and persecution. They follow from the underlying and increasingly absolute assumption
that America is God, the source of all Freedom and Goodness on the planet. The expressions of this deranged presupposition
are evident in every speech of the former alcohol and cocaine addict occupying the White House, and there is no evident opposition
from the parishioners of U.S. official culture.
Any indirect questioning or challenge of this first moral premise of
the group-mind is attacked as a betrayal of the country and what it holds dear. American freedom comes to mean, then, only
what establishes and maximizes the absolute right of the U.S. to command the world - specifically, to command as inevitable
that all societies adopt an American-style market, American values and culture, and American military dominance in all areas
of the globe as its vital interests. How do we test the rule of this fanatic basis of thought? It is expressed in Bush Doctrine
policy documents throughout. But we can more easily discover its ruling principle at work by asking whether there is any limit
placed anywhere on what the U.S. and vassal corporate states have the right to demand of other peoples and societies - including
unconditional support of full-scale war against destitute societies over ten thousand miles from American borders.
Anything may go in the way of attack-dog journalism, but one hint of
question of this ruling assumption that America is the moving line of the world's freedom is heresy. The assumption is thus
internalised prior to censorship. Self-censorship is this regime's centre of gravity, and holds the group-mind in its prison.
Those who oppose it hate freedom. Loyalty to this ultimate premise of social and political thought is what regulates the mind
at a preconscious level prior to statement. It is the identity structure of the mob-mind across the world.
Principle 3 follows as a logical consequent from Principle 2. America
is always and necessarily right in all conflicts with other nations or peoples or social forces.
This is not a truth which facts can disprove, because it is true by
definition in the ruling group-mind. Disproving facts are irrelevant or of no consequence, even if by some chance they make
it through the gates of the corporate media. This third regulating assumption explains why even the hardest facts soon disappear
from sight if they throw doubt on Americas infallible moral superiority in cases of international conflict - for example the
conviction of the U.S. by the International Court for its war criminal actions against Nicaragua, along with the $13.2 billion
damages which were never paid.
Beneath the selection and exclusion of facts and perspectives which
regulate editorial offices and policies, this third principle of the ruling group-mind too regulates perception and conversation
beneath direct control. Before an exposing word is spoken, it is ruled out from within. It is an inter-subjective operation,
like the thought-field of playing a game. Any fact or argument which calls into question Americas moral superiority to any
adversary is known to be hostile to freedom and the good in advance of consideration.
Principles 4 and 5 follow suit as ultimate moral imperatives for all
Americans and their allies.
Any people or nation or social force which does not side with or opposes
the U.S. government is evil (Principle 4), and so must, as an Enemy of world freedom and justice, be attacked by all means
available—including pre-emptive armed force before the Enemy presents a threat (Principle 5).
Principles 4 and 5 have sharpened into patriotic absolutes with the
Bush Jr. regime. Not even fabricated evidence - like the Gulf of Tonkin attack off Vietnam or the electricity cut-off of infant
incubators in Iraq in 1991 - are thought any longer essential necessary to justify a military attack on another peoples territory
and society. As George Bush Jr. said to a West Point audience this year: If we wait for threats to materialise, we will have
waited too long. There is, therefore, no need for the threat to be real. Threats only need to be declared. That is why the
attack on Iraq by U.S. and British armed forces did not require anyone else to confirm that there was, in fact, a threat from
Iraq's weapons of mass destruction being used by terrorists against America. The evil is known, as with witchcraft, by the
accusation itself. Once accused, the Enemy becomes such by definition - because materialisation by fact is too late. Those
who question the designation side with the Enemy. You are with us, or for the terrorists. Bush's rage against French opposition
to the war of aggression against Iraq thus follows necessarily. The logic of the ruling group- mind prescribes reality prior
to its construction.
A self-evident baseline of entitlement is thus instituted for the rest
of the world which is not spoken. America can go to war against accused enemies as it chooses on the basis of the self-propelling
operations of its ruling group-mind alone. All one has to do is trigger the known stimuli which activate its value-set and
its attendant emotions of rage. Since 9- 11, majority opinion support for Americas New War in any form follows from this lockstep
of the group-mind. It is predictable so long as it remains unexposed to view.
There is no outer perimeter to the certitude of this program to those
who bear it. Whoever is targeted next can be pursued with the righteous fury of a Salem witch-hunt with the mob-mind structured
to bay for blood. Any criticism is suspect, and accused too to keep the threat of evil at bay. Few dare to stand against the
closed program. It is the basis of acceptable self-definition. George Bush Jr. himself exemplifies the group-mind as its creature
and primary expression. That is the secret of his popularity. He expresses the ruling syntax of the unstated American religion.
It is triumphally true and right a priori. It is what we are. God has given America our freedom, and so it can do no wrong.
The fearful are silent lest they appear to be taking sides against their country. The group-mind in this way is internalised
as the first requirement of normality. Its hold is everywhere it is not seen through. That is why most of the Globe or Post's
columnists house it too as their own.
Principle 6 of the American group-mind completes the closed circle.
The President of the United States (or those under his command) cannot commit a crime abroad whatever crime they in fact commit.
Thus the U.S. refuses to be bound by the rule of law outside of its
borders. It blocks at every turn the application of international law to its chief executive and line of command. It refuses
to recognise the International Criminal Court, even as the U.S. demands that the Court try and convict those the U.S. directs
it to. The President of the United States is placed above the law, and takes the law into his own hands as a right to rule
that is assumed as sacred. The presidential incumbent may be attacked for domestic misbehaviours. But once he leads America
abroad, he stands for freedom and justice in the world by definition - even if he achieved office by violation of election
law. His war command cannot commit war crimes or crimes against humanity on the international plane, even if the evidence
overwhelmingly entails his criminal guilt. It thus follows from the group-minds hold that when George W. Bush led the war
criminal attack on Iraq in defiance of international law and Security Council vote, not media or official voice in the U.S.
recognised the fact. Simultaneously, U.S. Senators unanimously blessed the armed forces sent to enforce the criminal fait
accompli. One can predict these outcomes from the group-minds program. It is structured not to see what is going on.
As the lawless forces rolled over U.N. fences on the border and began
the terror bombing of the capital city, the New York Times decreed that everyone hopes for success. As the illegal attack
morphed from Operation Shock and Awe to Exemplary Destruction to Operation Freedom Iraq, all of official society gazed in
thrall, mute at the trampling of international law, millions of citizens protesting in the streets, and the saturation bombing
of a poor peoples city with only men waving rifles to defend them. No weapons of mass destruction fought back. The ceremony
of denial went on.
If the military, corporate and financial axis the President stands for
across the world interfere in elections, train death squads to kill democrats, melt down entire economies by coercive prescriptions,
and bomb civilian infrastructures to ruin, the connected causal structure is blocked out by the ruling group-mind as non-existent.
The title to bribery and threats of UN Security Council members to coerce their vote for war is also presupposed as a given
right, not to be questioned even by the UN itself. In this way, an instituted mind-lock of the world's sole Superpower regulates
beneath consciousness much as medieval belief in the divine right of Kings once ruled. Only now the group-mind is set to rule
as God across the globe.
Ground zero abolishes the mind that can think beyond it. Since opposition
to the U.S. gangster state is opposition to the Free World, its entitlement to any act of aggression is necessarily liberating
prior to fact. Merely project the threat to international peace and security onto the designated Evil Other that stands in
the way of liberty, and no limit can be placed on the enormity of the attack and theft that is thus justified. This cruel
game goes on as long as the public does not see through it. It may target Canada's water for the gift of Americas freedom
if we do not.
Choosing Out of the Group-Mind
At the first level, release from the ruling group-mind is by the shared
recognition of its assumptions which only hold the mind so far as they are not seen. The ruling group-mind goes deeper than
the economics of the situation, because the economy itself is regulated by it.
Conversely, the economy's ruling money sequences require our collaboration
with them to convert any priced commodity into the profit of sale. This may seem an academic point until we recognise that
the U.S. corporate economy cannot reproduce itself if people choose in ever larger numbers to not pay one cent for any U.S.
product or service until its war state reforms.
That may seem too small a movement in our circumstances, until one realizes
the transformation of daily life such an undertaking entails. Every choice and moment of daily life is restructured by its
regulating purpose. Outgrowing the ruling group-mind to which we have become enslaved begins with refusing to expose oneself
any further to its conditioning. No more American television or media except to expose their lies. No more American junk food
or drink inside any free home, and no more fast fat- food and beverages outside it. No more American autos. No more American
appliances. No more American or vassal-British gas. No more violence entertainment, and no more American drugs. No American
financial services or stocks at any level. No more U.S. dollars or travel until the regime change comes.
These choice paths of life add up. You cannot go down them all without
transfiguring mind as well as body, and all the economic relations you enter into. All are revivefied by the transformation.
Local life economies are reinvested in. Addictions are dropped. Poisons are blocked. Dumb-down is reversed at every level.
It is unlikely that you can do it all without the joining with others in the task of designing a life economy stich one step
at a time.
Nothing could have enabled such a choice across borders except what
has now happened - a war state aggression with no pretext, a gangster state defiance of world public opinion which seeks genocide
of its victim, an undeniable and monstrous crime of mass destruction in a world where all can see the murderous tyranny in
Boycott is not new, but what is new is the transformative focus - the
repudiation at every step of the U.S. war state and all of its foundations. It has taken the pedagogy of this administrations
systemic crimes to bring the world to a hard recognition. There is no health in this ruling system. 90% of the world has rejected
its war. 90% of the world can more reject the foundations of it in their everyday lives.
Citizens everywhere are at the all-important end of U.S. money sequences
which must always convert corporate product into cash before they can profit and go on expanding. If a lot of people from
across the world stop their money votes for all U.S. products and services (including the U.S. dollar itself), this is a market
revolt which strikes to all the money arteries of the American corporate empire. It cannot be withstood even at the level
of 5%. Yet it is a revolt which cannot be put down. It multiplies in volumes and velocities as the group-mind breaks, word
spreads and people act across their lives. As the effects everywhere yield a better life for everyone who chooses out of the
death economy, the new world is built stitch by stitch through the life economy of everyday choice. This is the one strike
against the American war state that it cannot sustain.
The strike starts with U.S. oil and gas products across the world. Every
Exxon Mobil, Texaco Chevron, and BP Amoco brand pump is boycotted as the war state's prime sponsors. Every American media
and its Canadian imitators are switched out of. Every fat-and-cancer food and drugged beverage is refused. This structure
of choice does not just stop the fuel of the war machine and its conditions. It releases the lives of all those who choose
it and their communities into new life and well-being.But the life mind need not stop with consumer behaviour. It confronts
the death machine and its propagandists at every step. The lawful word and act of speech can reverse the meaning of any milieu
with its demand for truth. Every open node of the circulation of ideas inside the classroom, the workplace, the windows of
the home, the bumper of the car and bike, the church, the street and the store are its sites. The functionaries and vehicles
of the death-economy and its war state are always ignorant of life facts. Behind the flood of slogans and invective, their
minds are clichés which cannot think through. Only the armour of the group-mind sustains them. What has been most lacking
in public discourse is the courage of life intelligence in the face of the onslaught of unchallenged slogans. Once the group-mind
is exposed, it cannot stand. It reels in confusion when others do not acquiesce in its rituals of presumption. For its bearers
are ultimately afraid. I have counted the word fear four times in a single paragraph of a Blair or Powell speech. It is the
currency of all the justification for aggression. It can only reproduce in the silence of consent. But now the peoples of
the world, as never before, do not acquiesce. This squalidly vicious empire is unravelling beneath the cannon and propaganda
in the very ties of legitimacy upon which all society depends.