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 LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Wilkerson: Trump Attack on Syria Driven by Domestic Politics

This 17:43m video interview is with the former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson which was conducted by Paul Jay of The Real News Network. (I found the audio quality a bit problematic, but nevertheless very interesting.)

Wilkerson has prime connections at high levels of the US military establishment. In this interview he provides his insider views on the recent US strike against a Syrian airbase.
Former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, tells Paul Jay that the Syrian Government may not be responsible for the chemical attack and that Trump's response was a violation of international law.

Fascism occurs when a desperate capitalist ruling class decides to suspend an even nominal commitment to the rule of (their) law in favor of ruling by decree. Signs of this trend has been appearing under the Obama administration, and now even more-so under Trump's administration. This trend seems to be driven by a frustrated and desperate Ziocon faction (aka "neocons") who see their imperial plans for Syria thwarted by Russian assistance to the Syrian government.  

And here is another article which cites some of the reactions to this latest illegal US military aggression against Syria entitled "After US Cruise Missile Raid in Syria, Russia Suspends Russia – US Security Hotline" from nsnbc international.

Another article that I recommend is a post which includes a 5:13 video is entitled "Russia: Warship Steaming Towards U.S Destroyers In Response To Syrian Strike?" from We Are Change.

As an antidote to this latest war crime, you may very well need to view the following 3:43m video to keep you functioning for the rest of the day. I prescribe the following very timely, but early 1990's performance by the late George Carlin.