Monthly Archives: November 2009

American Emperor Barack Obama Issues Global Call to Arms at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony

In an act of almost unprecedented irony, the first African American President of the United States, Barack Obama, delivered what may have been the most imperialistic speech ever given by a U.S. president in Oslo on 10 December 2010 upon receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Obama’s peace prize speech, in fact, had little to do with peace, but rather took the form of a glorious justification of war, particularly the endless wars in which the United States has found itself involved over the past two hundred years or so. Obama traded heavily on the so-called “just war” doctrine to rationalize his bellicose pro-war words. “There will be times when nations will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified,” said Obama.

Given the fact that the United States is currently engaged in two illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which it initiated, and provides unconditional support to Israel in its lopsided war against the Palestinians, it’s hard to imagine by which criteria Obama was named the peace prize recipient. Not only does Obama support all three of these wars, but he just authorized an additional thirty thousand American troops to fight in Afghanistan. Furthermore, his war waging policies seem to differ little from those of his predecessor George W. Bush.

As further evidence of the degree of cynicism expressed by his Nobel acceptance speech, Obama even had the audacity to make reference to the Biblical concept of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

It was as though Obama were the Emperor of the American Empire, and he had been invited to hold forth before some of his loyal NATO subjects in Norway. Knowing full well that NATO is a Cold War relic, they welcomed his redefinition of the NATO mission to include the possibility of intervention in various self-determination movements such as ethnic and sectarian conflicts, secession movements, and local insurgencies.

Texas Nationalist Movement President Daniel Miller took exception to Obama’s attempts to equate self-determination, particularly secession, with terrorism. Miller believes that Obama’s reference to secession was clearly aimed at Texas and other American secessionist movements.

As if to underscore the imperialist nature of his message Obama said, “Whatever mistakes we have made, the plain fact is this: the United States of America has helped underwrite global security for more than six decades with the blood of our citizens and the strength of our arms.” And by inference he left little doubt that, “We shall continue to do so.”

Mr. Obama’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech made a complete mockery of the Norwegian peace prize. Any future nominee should refuse to accept the prize on the grounds that it is a meaningless political sham.

Thomas H. Naylor
December 15, 2009

We Have Lost Our Soul

Economist Paul Craig Roberts recently wrote that “the United States is an immoral country, with an immoral people and an immoral government.” Continuing he added that, “Americans no longer have a moral conscience. They have gone over to the Dark Side.”

We are currently engaged in three highly visible immoral wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Palestine, the latter through our proxy Israel. Most Americans and, indeed, most Vermonters couldn’t care less. The peace movement in Vermont is dead in the water. The Quakers have pulled out and the Peace and Justice Center is no longer in the peace business. The prevailing attitude is “I’ve got mine, Jack.” It’s as though we have lost our soul.

Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch pretend to be opposed to these wars but do little to stop the carnage. If they were truly committed to ending the violence they would:

1. Call for the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.

2. Vote against all military appropriation bills, particularly those supporting these illegal wars.

3. Vote to cut off all military aid to the state of Israel.

4. Discourage young Vermonters from joining the National Guard and putting themselves at risk of being called upon to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq.

5. Discontinue the practice of appearing at farewell ceremonies honoring those Vermonters who are about to be deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. (You can’t have it both ways.)

The U.S. government has lost its moral authority. Members of the duplicitous Vermont Congressional delegation should be held accountable for their support of our government’s illegal actions. Those who vote for these ciphers are also morally responsible for the grievous results. For how much longer will freedom loving Vermonters support the Evil Empire?

Thomas H. Naylor
October 18, 2009