We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Friday, December 18, 2009

Chilcot Inquiry – The establishment goes to work (Introduction)

This is about the Iraq Inquiry in Britain headed by Sir John Chilcot to examine the facts of Britain’s collusion with the US in promoting the war.  This insightful critique is presented by a British website dedicated to countering the propaganda of corporate media.  Their current articles (they call them “alerts”) do not carry permalinks, so if you access this link at a later date, you may need to find it in the archives by the date of the article.  This one is 12-16 & 17, 2009.   I recommend reading this rather lengthy report down to at least John Pilger’s comment.