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

Monday, May 30, 2011

Al-Jazeera footage captures 'western troops on the ground' in Libya

Click here to access article by Julian Borger and Martin Chulov from the Guardian.

The authors offer evidence that NATO is breaking the "UN resolution over any 'occupation force'". Of course, they have already broken the UN mandate to provide only humanitarian protection to the rebels. It seems to me that there is a definite trend on the part of the Empire's political operatives to show less concern over legal pretexts to cover their war crimes. If this is true, it may suggest that they are becoming more confident in their ability to use force with impunity in order to establish the New World Order--the goal of the financial and corporate Empire builders.

One can see the influence of these purveyors of organized violence against local populations in many areas of the planet, especially those parts that are strategically important to the Empire. There is one common thread that appears to run through all of these forces of violence--a mercenary quality. 

There appears to be three main types of forces used by the Empire. First, the official armies of NATO member countries, used either in an overt or covert manner. Second, the sponsoring of client state's armies by NATO countries, especially by the US as seen in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iraq, Honduras, Afghanistan, South Korea, Philippines, etc. Third, the use of private military contractors like those of Blackwater Corporation: see two videos (9:01m and 6:56m) from Democracy Now.

The largest contingent in NATO is, of course, military forces of the US. This all volunteer army is essentially mercenary due to the lack of alternatives in the US economy for the majority of young people. I suspect that the lack of concern shown by the US ruling class for employment and educational prospects of young people is precisely because they want them to enter the armed forces. Before the recent economic collapse, armed forces recruiters were having a difficult time filling their quotas. Now, that is no longer a problem.