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The concern is independent nationalism which is unacceptable in itself because it extricates some part of the world that the US wants to dominate. And it has an extra danger if it is likely to be successful in terms that are likely to be meaningful to others who are suffering from the same conditions. - Noam Chomsky

Eoghan O'Suilleabhain • 10 March 2005

The biggest beer brewery in the US, Anheuser-Busch, has an ad on TV in the States, but it isn't selling beer. Instead, it's selling George Bush's war.

The commercial starts off innocuous enough showing male and female American soldiers in their desert kaki uniforms walking through an airport terminal when as their passage is noticed onlookers start a steady build up of hand clapping applause. The soldiers smile back in appreciation. No words are spoken. End of commercial.

There is no mention of Bush or Blair's lies about weapons of mass destruction or their false allegations of an Osama-Sadam connection. No porn pictures from Abu Ghraib Prison. No news footage of "collateral damage". No mention of White House memos authorizing torture, and no "Burn mother fucker burn" music in the back round. And of course no word ever about what this Anglo-American invasion and occupation of Iraq is really all about…oil.

Just a corporately sponsored stage crafted display of accolades that we're all supposed to mindlessly mimic. It's as if soldiers and wars were unrelated. And pay no attention to that beer man behind the curtain drooling over what was until now anyway an alcohol free Muslim marketplace. No ulterior motives here people so just move it along.

And forget about the prescience of Huey Long when he said: "If fascism comes to the United States, it will come wrapped in an American flag." Just don't you be the first person to stop clapping.

If these private sector moving pictures aren't enough to keep us all in line, then there is always the tried and tested method of the usual liars for hire: i.e. barking Journalists and Academics on the surreptitious take from big business or government (on behalf of big business).

But none of this should be a surprise really since as Michael Parenti pointed out: the corporate class controls both government and the media. This puts us in a place way beyond Orwell's totalitarian nightmares.

No big brother per se, just a paid for confederacy of little brothers and sisters always too anxious to please spinning conventional wisdom for the population at home to support piracy abroad. Fact of the matter is Armstrong Williams and the rest of the usual media suspects are more likely the rule not the exception both here and else where. It is the outing of their kind that's the exception.

Although like any man or woman up front you can usually spot them by their continuous service to power and genuflections to the political status quo almost always in the form of hostile attack on their masters' challengers no matter the quality of the latter's evidence. In fact, the better the evidence of their masters' crimes, the louder and more indignant these media messengers become. House negroes all and all neo-cons (or insufficiently anti-neo-con).

Even so called Progressives are suspect especially when they damn small country national liberation movements and insist with hackneyed arrogance on just "moving on." All are just a tad too quick to spot the speck in a revolutionary's eye all the while ignoring the beam in their imperial master's eye. Call it a manifestation of subjugation.

Kind of like the Irish assisting the British in their Northern Ireland pacification project. All in the name of peace and freedom of course, but it's the same old same old really. Ireland is still by a series of forced choices a small divided country with a long history of interference in its internal affairs from outside sources primarily England and Rome and now to a growing extent from the US and the EU.

Had these outside sources been Syria or Turkey, the end result (national liberation and unification) would look more promising, but these days international double standards and off-shore banking greases the neo-colonial wheels in Ireland more ways then Liam Lawlor.

As a result Ireland is no more an independent sovereign nation than Iraq at present. In fact, there are remarkable similarities in how the UK and the US are going to try and continue to control Iraq like the UK continues to control Ireland. And its second verse same as the first: all in the name of peace and freedom of course.

That is they'll establish a puppet regime (or two) of the co-opted and the corrupted allowing for periodic elections which will assure their puppets' victories thus cloaking them with an air of legitimacy and a look of independence that the US and the UK will defend much like Lloyd George did giving artillery pieces to Michael Collins to bombard the Irish insurgents with at the Four Courts in Dublin (among other places).

But the good news according to Noam Chomsky is that unlike the Irish:

Iraqis have been very steadfast in refusing to accept external domination. It is not unfamiliar to them. Britain granted them nominal independence and what was called an independent government with a nice looking constitution and so on, but Britain ruled behind the scenes. It was no big secret. And certainly Iraqis who are familiar with that don't want to relive that experience. Whether the US can impose it or not, I don't know. On the other hand it is very hard to imagine that the US would allow an independent, sovereign Iraq.

Any more than England would allow an independent, sovereign Ireland.

Whether in Ireland or Iraq cooption and counter-revolution are imperialism's biggest arrows. That's why they call it divide and rule. The same old colonial imperialists just get some of the neo-colonial locals to do the dirty work for them.

In the 1960's the US Government called it Vietnamization which of course shouldn't be confused with any thing like genuine national independence. Reference the Diem Brothers and well Fine Gael.

The British and Americans will stay in Iraq as long as there is oil there. And as Howard Zinn observed: Bush and Blair are no more interested in spreading democracy in the oil fields of the Middle East than Columbus or Cortez were interested in spreading Christianity in the gold fields of the Americas.

And the British will stay in Ireland as long as they perceive value there strategic or otherwise. Moreover, some of their biggest defenders will be Irish people, some of whom would rather not be Irish and not speak Irish.

As such their corporately sponsored conventional analysis will always focus on the symptoms of the neo-colony's diseased body politic (IRA or Iraqi insurgents) and not the cause (American and British imperialism). In short, they won't stop clapping.

How such sycophantic minions get elevated in neo-colonial society and politics is more a function of client state engineering for investment purposes rather than genuine home grown national democracy.

If you don't think so then just look into the Iraqi mirror and learn.





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Way Beyond Orwell
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The Butcher of Derry
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Brian Mór

The Rally for Justice
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Green Leadership in North Call for a 'Big Conversation'
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John Barry, Green Party

Eoin McNamee's two Troubles novels
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Irish Christians and Africa
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