Courtesy Paul Craig Roberts
â€œThe first use of nuclear weapons must remain in the quiver of escalation as the ultimate instrument to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction.â€
I read the statement three times trying to figure out the typo. Then it hit me, the West has now out-Owellled Orwell: The West must nuke other countries in order to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction! In Westernspeak, the West nuking other countries does not qualify as the use of weapons of mass destruction.
The astounding statement comes from a paper prepared for a NATO summit in April by five top military leaders–an American, a German, a Dutchman, a Frenchman, and a Brit. It can be found here.
The paper, prepared by men regarded as distinguished leaders and not as escapees from insane asylums, argues that â€œthe Westâ€™s values and way of life are under threat, but the West is struggling to summon the will to defend them.â€ The leaders find that the UN is in the way of the Westâ€™s will, as is the European Union which is obstructing NATO and â€œNATOâ€™s credibility is at stake in Afghanistan.â€
And thatâ€™s a serious matter. If NATO loses its credibility in Afghanistan, Western civilization will collapse just like the Soviet Union. The West just doesnâ€™t realize how weak it is. To strengthen itself, it needs to drop more and larger bombs.
The German military leader blames the Merkel government for contributing to the Westâ€™s inability to defend its values by standing in the way of a revival of German militarism. How can Germany be â€œa reliable partnerâ€ for America, he asks, if the German government insists on â€œspecial rulesâ€ limiting the combat use of its forces in Afghanistan?
Ron Asmus, head of the German Marshall Fund and a former US State Department official, welcomed the paper as â€œa wake-up call.â€ Asmus means a call to wake-up to the threats from the brutal world, not to the lunacy of Western leaders.
Who, what is threatening the Westâ€™s values and way of life? Political fanaticism, religious fundamentalism, and the imminent spread of nuclear weapons, answer the five asylum escapees.
By political fanaticism, do they mean the neoconservatives who believe that the future of humanity depends on the US establishing its hegemony over the world? By religious fundamentalism, do they mean â€œrapture evangelicalsâ€ agitating for armageddon or Christian and Israeli Zionists demanding a nuclear attack on Iran? By spread of nuclear weapons, do they mean Israelâ€™s undeclared and illegal possession of several hundred nuclear weapons?
No. The paranoid military leaders see all the fanaticism, religious and otherwise, and all the threats to humanity as residing outside Western civilization (Israel is inside). The â€œincreasingly brutal world,â€ of which the leaders warn, is â€œover there.â€ Only Muslims are fanatics. All us white guys are rational and sane.
There is nothing brutal about the US/Nato bombing of Serbia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, or the Israeli bombing of Lebanon, or the Israeli ethnic cleansing of the West Bank, or the genocide Israel hopes to commit against Palestinians in Gaza.
All of this, as well as Americaâ€™s bombing of Somalia, Americaâ€™s torture dungeons, show trials of â€œdetainees,â€ and overthrow of elected governments and installation of puppet rulers, is the Westâ€™s necessary response to keep the brutal world at bay.
Brutal things happen in the â€œbrutal worldâ€ and are entirely the fault of those in the brutal world. None of this would happen if the inhabitants of the brutal world would just do as they are told. How can the civilized world with its monopoly on morality allow people in the brutal world to behave independently? I mean, really! God forbid, they might attack some innocent country.
The â€œbrutal worldâ€ consists of those immoral fanatics who object to being marginalized by the West and who reply to mass bombings from the air and to the death and destruction inflicted on them through myriad ways by strapping on a suicide bomb.
Unable to impose its will on countries it has invaded with conventional arms, the Westâ€™s military leaders are now prepared to force compliance with the moral worldâ€™s will by threatening to nuke those who resist. You see, since the West has the monopoly on morality, truth, and justice, those in the outside world are obviously evil, wicked and brutal. Therefore, as President Bush tells us, it is a simple choice between good and evil, and thereâ€™s no better candidate than evil for being nuked. The sooner we can get rid of the brutal world, the sooner we will have â€œfreedom and democracyâ€ everywhere thatâ€™s left.
Meanwhile, the United States, the great moral light unto the world, has just prevented the United Nations from censuring Israel, the worldâ€™s other great moral light, for cutting off food supplies, medical supplies, and electric power to Gaza. You see, Gaza is in the outside world and is a home of the bad guys. Moreover, the wicked Palestinians there tricked the US when the US allowed them to hold a free election. Instead of electing the US candidate, the wicked voters elected a government that would represent them. The US and Israel overturned the Palestinian election in the West Bank, but those in Gaza clung to the government that they had elected. Now they are going to suffer and die until they elect the government that the US and Israel wants. I mean, how can we expect people in the brutal world to know whatâ€™s best for them?
The fact that the UN tried to stop Israelâ€™s just punishment of the Gazans shows how right the five leadersâ€™ report is about the UN being a threat to Western values and way of life. The UN is really against us. This puts the UN in the outside world and makes it a candidate for being nuked if not an outright terrorist organization. As our president said, â€œyou are with us or against us.â€
The US and Israel need a puppet government in Palestine so that a ghettoized remnant of Palestine can be turned into a â€œtwo state solution.â€ The two states will be Israel incorporating the stolen West Bank and a Palestinian ghetto without an economy, water, or contiguous borders.
This is necessary in order to protect Israel from the brutal outside world.
Inhabitants of the brutal world are confused about the â€œself-determinationâ€ advocated by Western leaders. It doesnâ€™t mean that those outside Western civilization and Israel should decide for themselves. â€œSelfâ€ means American. The term, so familiar to us, means â€œAmerican-determination.â€ The US determines and others obey.
It is the brutal world that causes all the trouble by not obeying.
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can be reached at: PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com.