World’s Number One War Criminal Declares He’s Ready to Lead!
by Larry Everest | September 29, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
On September 24, U.S. President Barack Obama stood before the world and declared he was ready to lead. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Obama condemned the "cancer of violent extremism" in the Middle East, denounced "Russian aggression," and demanded other countries curb their pollution. "At this crossroads, I can promise you that the United States of America will not be distracted or deterred from what must be done."
Aggression? Violent extremism? Environmental devastation? The U.S. is already the leader of all this and more! Obama might as well have been covered with the blood of mangled civilians and stinking of exploded missiles and bombs dropped on Syria just the day before he spoke.
The U.S. has been the dominant power in the world for the last 70 years—the most threatening era and trajectory for humanity in recorded history.
The U.S. of A. birthed—and used!—nuclear weapons. It spread the sweatshop tentacles of capitalism-imperialism all over the earth, enslaving billions, fueling new rivalries, savaging the planet. It has contributed more than any other country to the global climate crisis. It has strangled the Middle East through religious tyrannies, Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and over 30 years of continuous economic, political, and military assaults on Iraq.
There's no force too reactionary, backward, or depraved for the U.S. to ally with when it suits its interests. In the 1980s, it armed and funded Osama bin Laden and other reactionary jihadists in Afghanistan. Since the 1940s, the U.S. has backed Saudi Arabia's fundamentalist monarchs, who routinely carry out public executions including beheadings. Now the U.S. is considering dealing with the blood-drenched mullahs ruling Iran. It declares whatever collection of gangsters it has pulled together as representing the "Free World."
Inside its borders, America has unleashed a slow genocide—a New Jim Crow—against Black and other oppressed peoples. It has presided over savage attacks on women and their basic rights. And while an epidemic of police murder rages, Obama had the nerve to mention Ferguson, Missouri, and then tell the world America was a model because it "has steadily worked to address our problems and make our union more perfect."
Right now the U.S. global empire—what Obama calls "the international system"—is facing a host of unprecedented challenges from various forces. And it's having a hard time dealing with them. That's why Obama condemned Russian aggression in Ukraine, China for not abiding by the U.S.-dictated "rules of the road" in the Asia-Pacific, and declared unending war on ISIS and religious fanaticism.
American imperialism has brought nothing but suffering and death to the world. Now Obama's latest call to do "what must be done" is about keeping the world as it is—with all its horrors and heading toward environmental catastrophe. He and the system he represents aren't fit to lead anything. Time's up! Time to work for revolution.
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