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Monday, January 05, 2015

The Empire has no Clothes: A Story of Hypocrisy Revealed

One of my goals, as a leftist and a revolutionary, is to expose this kind of hypocrisy as often as possible. A lot of people in many parts of the world can see through such ridiculous arguments as ”we fought you know, because they hate our freedoms.”
It is unfortunate that so many Americans really don’t see the naked emperor.
All the questions raised in this article, as to the nature of “US Democracy” and “US Freedoms,” should be raised. Those who never challenge the claims of this country may really believe they are living in the "freest country in the world."
And I do hear people say that here in the Bible Belt. Such freedoms are easy to believe in if a person has never been outside this country and it amazes me that many people I’ve met here have not been ANYWHERE outside this country and many more people have told me they never will. It is sad that so many people want to limit their experiences that way, but they are afraid of the countries outside of their comfort zone.
Also many people have never actually tried to challenge the system and so they don’t realize what can happen when they do. The treatment of the Occupy Movement was a good lesson for those who believe they live with “all this freedom.”
We see examples of angry white people who react out of disbelief that people would call for accountability of police who believe they can shoot anyone. We actually challenged the authority of this country and that seems to scare a lot of white folks. I saw people in those videos confronting marchers (who were against the police shootings) and I heard them say “If we let this go on there will be chaos.”
Many white folks really fear chaos. And real freedom can lead to forms of chaos.
I am reposting this to show that others as myself are concerned of the hypocrisy of so called "US freedoms."

-សតិវ អតុ

From Kasama Project:

by Doug Enaa
There is an old children's story about a vain Emperor who hires two weavers to make him a grand outfit. The weavers swindle the emperor, claiming that they have made him an outfit of invisible fabric. When the weavers finish, the emperor parades before the court and his people wearing the new outfit. However, the emperor's subjects are too scared to say anything and keep up the pretense that he is wearing a magnificent suit. However, a child in the crowd shatters the illusion by shouting: “The Emperor has no Clothes!” The lesson of this story for communists and revolutionaries living in imperialist states such as the USA is to expose the hypocrisy of the empire – it is not wearing any clothes at all but stands before us in all its hypocritical ugliness. And no better recent example of American hypocrisy is to be found than the recent remarks by President Obama announcing major changes in US-Cuban relations and the controversy over the film, “The Interview.”
After more than 50 years, the United States and Cuba are finally reestablishing diplomatic relations. In a press conference announcing these changes that spoke to the failure of the Cuban embargo, President Obama said the following remarks: “Proudly, the United States has supported democracy and human rights in Cuba through these five decades....The United States believes that no Cubans should face harassment or arrest or beatings simply because they’re exercising a universal right to have their voices heard...” This statement of Obama should be seen for what it is - nothing more than the latest example of American hypocrisy and imperial arrogance on display. Yet as we know, due to the recent release of the CIA report, the United States has willfully engaged in unjustified arrests, beatings and torture found at the occupied base of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
The torture report highlights that the CIA, as part of the “war on terror” (fought you know, because they hate our freedoms) willingly and brazenly engaged in torture: keeping prisoners awake for more than 180 hours in stress positions or shackled, rectal hydration, water-boarding, and threatening to murder family members of families to name a few methods on display. And contrary to the claims of Senator Dianne Feinstein, and other Senators both Democratic and Republican, who condemn the CIA techniques as“a stain on our values and on our history” - not only did they eagerly vote for it, but torture is far from contrary to the values of the United States and the CIA.
Obama goes on about “arrests and beatings” in Cuba, but remains silent on the beatings and mass arrests which occur in the United States. It was the FBI, under Obama, which coordinated a mass crackdown to destroy the Occupy Movement back in 2011. The police in the United States are getting away with murder from Ferguson to New York – the names of Eric Garner and Dontre Hamilton come to mind. And the USA accuses Cuba of arresting people without cause as it maintains a prison population of more than two million, the largest in the world.
Obama in his speech goes on about the failure of the embargo, declaring: “I do not believe we can keep doing the same thing for over five decades and expect a different result.” Well, Obama sang a different tune a few weeks ago when he announced sanctions being placed on Venezuela. “We have not and will not remain silent in the face of Venezuelan government actions that violate human rights and fundamental freedoms and deviate from well-established democratic norms.” The US is concerned, after all, with the rights of Venezuelans who have been suppressed and murdered by Socialist President Maduro since February. Never mind that the people of Venezuela have not joined these protests, organized by fascists and other supporters of the old oligarchy. And it turns out that most of the violence has also been instigated by these protesters, such as hanging wire on barricades to use against supporters of the government. Whatever problems Venezuela does have, they are not the ones which concern the United States. They can't stand that the government of Venezuela has made serious and committed steps for more than a decade to provide for the basic social needs of the people and challenged the power of oligarchs and capital.
Following the decision of Sony Pictures to cancel the release of the movie, “The Interview,” a stoner comedy about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-Un, the leader of North Korea, Obama stated: "I think they made a mistake...We cannot have a society in which some dictators someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States because if somebody is able to intimidate us out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing once they see a documentary that they don't like or news reports that they don't like...That's not who we are. That's not what America is about." Somehow a satirical film about assassinating a living head of state is just “fantasy” and “free expression.” This coming from the United States, a country with an unparalleled record of assassinating heads of state. Yet US politicians, such as Hillary Clinton were not quite so concerned back in 2006 when the British film “Death of a President” was released, depicting the assassination of former President George W. Bush. Clinton said them, "I think it's despicable. I think it's absolutely outrageous. That anyone would even attempt to profit on such a horrible scenario makes me sick.”
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