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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure. We must all do more to help stop this western corporate arrogance that puts the future generations lives in despair. @BruceKGagnon

Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Visit from a friend: What about the liberals on Ukraine?


A friend here in the Midcoast of Maine dropped by our new apartment on Monday to say hello. He rode his bicycle from nearby Harpswell. He's been a faithful reader of this blog and we've enjoyed walking together when we can.

He wanted to see our new digs (which he approved of) and also wanted to pass on some chosen words and frustrations about the war in Ukraine. He is deeply disappointed that many of our collective friends are much too easily swayed by the corporate-owned media.

He told me that his circle of friends turn to the New York Times as their 'authoritative media source'. In this Ukraine war the Times is nothing more than a rag used to wipe up the spoilage that reeks of arrogance and madness daily spilling out of Washington, Brussels and London.

I asked him why his friends hold so steadfast to these obvious lies and distortions about the real Ukraine story. He quickly answered, "They want to save face".

I translate that to mean they want to be universally accepted in their social circles, jobs, dinner parties and the like. They want to fit into the prevailing mold - even if that means swallowing the bitter truth that they are essentially carrying water for Mr. Big.

I know people like this.

It's sad for me to say that many of these are activists (and even leaders) in the peace movement. When I ask myself why they've joined the so-called 'progressive squad' in Washington by excusing Biden's proxy war on Russia (Dems unanimously supported the recent $40 BILLION  more for Ukraine) I conclude the following:

  • Social standing comes first and last.
  • If they are connected to a particular group (especially in a leadership position) then they often worry about the 'image' of the organization. To go against the prevailing mainstream narrative might cost their group donations, members, status, 'access' to politicians or media, and possibly even their jobs.
  • Many of these people that I am talking about are also connected to the Democratic party. Maybe they are on the 'left' inside the party, or even just in the 'middle', but they feel intense pressure to blame Russia for this Ukraine mess concocted by the imperialists in Washington. Party trumps truth and justice
  • I've seen this when Jimmy Carter started the Afghanistan project during his administration. Bill Clinton and his NATO sidekicks took apart the Communist nation of Yugoslavia - bombing Belgrade with depleted uranium - breaking it into smaller countries. Barack Obama had his 'Tuesday drone terror kill list' and I recall a poll done by the Washington Post at the time which found more than 70% of self-identified Democrat liberals supported Obama's drone attacks across the Middle East and Africa. It has been exceedingly difficult to get liberals (even ones that supposedly belonged to the peace movement) to protest any of these military operations led by their preferred political party.
  • Even though I already mentioned money - the all-mighty $$$ deserves special attention. Some peace groups, some academics, some 'progressive' media sources, and some key leaders receive generous funding from people and/or foundations connected to the Democrat party. I know of peace groups taking funding from George Soros, Ford Foundation and many other such oligarchic donors. With that money comes strings. And strings get pulled during wars like the one underway in Ukraine. 
  • One example that stills burns in my heart was the 1999 US-NATO attack on Yugoslavia. At the very moment of the attack an international peace conference began in Europe. The people attending wished to create a declaration of opposition to the war as a statement from the conference. The 'leader' of the event was a long-time peace liberal who is also connected to a foundation. (This person uses the funding mechanism as a way to control the strategy and message of some important peace efforts.) This person is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) - a bastion of Wall Street and the US establishment. So in the end, the peaceful conference attendees were told NO - there will be no resolution considered - no debate either. Thus the message went out from the conference to peace groups around the world that the US-NATO Yugoslav war was essentially acceptable.

The United States chose to wage war against Yugoslavia by means of the American-dominated NATO alliance, rather than going through the United Nations, because of expected opposition within that larger organization. The “international community” was mainly outraged by the savagery of the NATO bombing of a sovereign country. This sentiment was particularly widely expressed in Russia, China, India and elsewhere in Asia, Africa and Latin America, countries which comprise the vast majority of the human race.

  • So one should ask, are oligarchy agents inside the various movements across America? I think the answer is yes - of course. I've personally witnessed this in the peace and environmental movements. We know from history that the Vietnam anti-war movement was infiltrated by government agents and provocateurs. The black liberation movement was swamped with spies and turncoats. 

Black Panthers Fred Hampton, 21, and Mark Clark, 22, were shot to death by Chicago police. At around 5 a.m. on December 4, 1969, 14 police officers raided Hampton's apartment, which was a known Illinois Black Panther Party stronghold in Chicago's West Side, according to the Chicago Tribune. The gunfire lasted seven minutes, and Hampton and Clark were shot dead while sleeping. Never forget that the FBI & Chicago Police Dept conspired to murder Fred Hampton in his apartment because they were afraid he was creating a multiracial political coalition to challenge those in power.  He was just 21 years old. (The FBI had agents inside the BPP.)

  • While coordinating the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice I was invited to speak each 'season' to a group in South Florida called the Delray Citizens for Social Responsibility. I'd guess I spoke there at least 15 times. My last talk was in 2008 (we had since moved to Maine). Obama had just been elected and they were all so excited about the possibilities after 8-long-bad years of George W. Bush. They wanted me to put a cherry on top of their celebration but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I had to warn them about Obama - he's not a real peace guy I said. He works for Wall Street and the MIC just like Bush. Obama was chosen because he would sooth the souls a bit across America with his 'style and grace' - but he would still follow orders from Mr. Big. 

    I never got invited back. It wasn't personal (I knew they liked and respected me). It was political. They couldn't dare to be publicly associated with an activist who was critiquing the quite popular Obama - a Democrat. They had their social swirl to live in that was full of Obama-lovers. Why argue? Enjoy the party.



Blogger Lisa Savage said...

Silver lining to this cloud is that every time I post truth about U.S. proxy war with Russia (and gunning for China) I hear from a handful of people saying, thank you for having the courage to speak up. They say, I'm surrounded by people whose analyis amounts to hating Putin and they want to shout me down. I guess what I'm saying is that I value the filter that's showing me who can think for himself/herself/themselves. Inspires me to drive 90 minutes each way to stand with some of you all.

6/8/22, 6:20 AM  
Anonymous Alice Slatet said...

Bruce I was at that “peace” meeting in the Hagoevandbi remembered we walked out and demonstrated outside the meeting against Clinton’s lawless action in bombing Kosovo! And do it goes! There are so many close people I can’t speak to about the awful posture vies of the MICIMATT! Thanks for sharing your perceptive thoughts!

6/8/22, 9:41 AM  
Blogger Ariel Ky said...

Bruce, I'm with you. As far as I'm concerned, anyone who supports the proxy war in Ukraine and sending weapons there, has lost all their credentials as progressives. Progressives support peace, not war. Fini. End of story.

Peace activists who have done their homework and know the score, and are not bought out are a rare breed these days. We need to stick together and support each other's efforts so that we are a force to reckon with.

The future of humanity rests on our shoulders. We lead the way, and eventually others will follow. It's inevitable. We're in the process of a major paradigm shift. The changes could have been made more easily if more people had come on board to make them happen in a good way for everyone.

But that hasn't happened, so we face hard times ahead, very hard times. However, peace activists have clear minds and good hearts. We can move ahead with integrity and truth at our side.

I want to think that love, goodness and justice will prevail. However, we all struggle with our dark side. We all get tripped up by ego, in one way or another. We all get frustrated and even slide into despair at times. We all get angry. None of us are saints.

Nevertheless, we are committed because we have a clear vision of what must be done to turn our country around, and that we cannot continue on the warmongering path that we are on. We must lead the way to follow the light towards a higher path.

I'm not sure that I believe in destiny. I think every step we take, every decision we make, every thought we hold, determines what happens next. Each and every one of us is important and consequential in weaving the tapestry of our individual threads into a cohesive whole. We determine our fate, both individually and collectively.

6/8/22, 10:40 PM  

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