Donnerstag, März 10, 2005

Today´s dose of anti-americanism

Provided by the Asia Times.
They have many good articles about Asia. But when it comes to the USA they seem to go nuts, allowing crazy leftists to use their paper as an anti-U.S. propaganda outlet. (I recently mentioned their disgusting editorial cartoons). So, today I came across the following article, from which I will quote some "highlights":

F. William Engdahl: "The Oil factor in Bush´s ´war on tyranny´"

"The use of tyranny as justification for US military intervention marks a dramatic new step in Washington's quest for global domination. "Washington", of course, today is shorthand for the policy domination by a private group of military and energy conglomerates, from Halliburton to McDonnell Douglas, from Bechtel to ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco, not unlike that foreseen in president Dwight Eisenhower's 1961 speech warning of excessive control of government by a military-industrial complex. "

After this fantastic start Engdahl goes on specualting about possible future targets of us military intervention and comes up with a list of several countries. Among them: Iran, Syria, Sudan, Algeria, Yemen, Malaysia, Somalia, Cuba, Myanmar, Belarus, Zimbabwe. Of course, those countries being potential targets has nothing to do with the fact that they are dictatorships.

"What is striking is just how directly this list of US "emerging target" countries, "outposts of tyranny", maps on to the strategic goal of total global energy control, which is clearly the central strategic focus of the Bush-Cheney administration."

Well, if you are in the mood for some anti-american conspiracy theories, read the whole article. It´s full of such gems. The problem with such theories is the fact that they contain a bit of truth and are therefore very appealing to many people. Of course, U.S. foreign policy is also guided by the aim of achieving energy security. But that is only one of several factors influencing U.S. foreign policy. The same with the often cited military-industrial complex. It may have some influence, but it is certainly not some kind of secret shadow government setting the agenda for the White House, as people like Engdahl like to claim.
Sadly, I would estimate that his view is common among a majority of germans today.

2 Comments:

At 12:07 vorm., Blogger Craig said...

It is good to see people in other nations don't just drink the "kool-aid" as we say here about liberals. Oil prices this week hit over $55 a barell. If this war was about oil and our desire to have it, then why has the price done nothing but rise since the beginning of the war in 2003, and in fact the 9/11 bombings?

The world needs justification for their outlandish theories, and they allow the liberal media here in America become their "beacon of truth". Keep up the good fight in Germany.

 
At 5:32 nachm., Anonymous Jason Frank said...

From a purely factual critique McDonnell Douglas doesn't even exist anymore having merged with Boeing. When you see one cockroach it means there are a million more hiding.

 

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