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Is America now THE GREAT SATAN?

Excellent thought provoking article by Paul Craig Roberts that will get a rise out any troll worthy of his trade...let's see?
The Great Satan

by Paul Craig Roberts
The current issue of National Review advocates that the US adopt Saddam Hussein's policies toward Iraqis. Nothing less will subdue them, says the conservative publication. To beat them, National Review says, we must become like them.

No sooner said than done. The US has appointed Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard General, Jasim Muhammed Saleh to deal with the Fallajuh insurgency. And, judging from news reports and photographs of tortured Iraqis, the US has put Saddam Hussein himself back in charge of the notorious prison, Abu Ghraib.

US prestige will never recover from the photos of Americans abusing Iraqi detainees. With no Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, with no terrorist link between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, President Bush's last remaining excuse for his invasion of Iraq was his boast that the torture prisons have been closed.

In his war propaganda, President Bush portrays America as a morally superior country whose innate virtue is the reason we are in Iraq. America alone is willing to tax its citizens and send its sons to die in order to bring freedom and democracy to other lands. Bush describes our mission as one in which our troops are dying and we are spending hundreds of billions of dollars not to acquire a colony or to control the oil, but to liberate Iraqi women and to make Iraqis safe from torture.

With the US now guilty of war crimes as defined by Article 3 of the Geneva Convention, our sanctimonious president will never again be able to wear American virtue on his sleeve without the entire world laughing in his face.

The US military is making a big show of dealing with the Saddam Hussein imitators in its ranks, but the sickening fact is that both the US government and the American media sat on the story for one month, keeping it a secret until the photos began circulating independently.

The neocons, whose war this is, were quick to say that the US should be judged by what it proclaims, not by what it does. What's a little torture after all, compared to building freedom and democracy?

It was ten minutes into the news hour on the day the story broke before the Ministry of Propaganda, a.k.a. Fox News, could bring itself to mention, fleetingly, the torture story. Americans who rely on Fox News for their understanding of the war must be scratching their heads.

By showing the true nature of the US occupation, the photos may have broken the rush to wider war and the return to military conscription. Polls released at the end of April show that a majority of Americans had soured on the war prior to the torture story. The photographic evidence that US troops are committing atrocities will further reduce support for the war.

The impact on the Muslim world will be different. For decades extremists have called the US "the Great Satan." The US invasion and violent occupation of Iraq have given credibility to this characterization of America. Our Middle Eastern puppets are sending us frantic signals that unprecedented hatred of America is endangering the stability of their countries. One thing is certain: the photographs showing a female US soldier laughing at the sexual humiliation of Muslim men will not make Americans safer.
Ummm... 02.May.2004 15:47

Tony Blair's dog

tell me again, what was the reason for starting the war against Iraq?

Excuse me; did I miss something? 03.May.2004 07:34


When exactly did it stop being the Great Satan since it began assasinating its leaders and youth and lying about it to a public that wanted to be lied to? America became the Great Satan a long time ago. The Muslims have not been calling us that because they are mean or because they hate our freedom but because IT IS TRUE.

We've always been the great Satan. 03.May.2004 17:54

Wyatt devilmarine@hotmail.com

Shit, I didn't need anyone to tell me that. I just have to listen to all the "Blame America First" crowd. I realize that America is responsible for EVERY INJUSTICE EVER INFLICTED UPON EVERY RACE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD.
Hell, if it wasn't for America, the Jews and Muslims would be all hugs and smiles with each other, playing grabass.
If it wasn't for America, the world would be one giant, happy, dope smoking utopia where everything is peaches and cream.

Yeah, I know America is the great satan. I don't need some muslim to tell me that.

Wyatt... jkl.... Tany Blair's Dog 04.May.2004 01:28


Wyatt... your sarcasm is great. Don't you love this lefty crowd? They would blame slavery on the Bush family if they could... but I think they already attributed that to Ronald Reagan.

jkl... You hate this country. Why not do something meaningful with your life? Buy a gun and attack the Pentagon; in your view they would be a legitimate target. Perhaps you will consider relocating to Yemen or Somalia where your political views will be widely embraced. You are a very very small cog within a fringe element that even the Democrat party would disown.

Dog... Saddam Hussein is a criminal, the UN is a worthless piece of shit... there is very bad behavior from Syria to Pakistan... Iraq is the key to establishing Democracy in the Middle East.

inserting democracy up the ass in Iraq 05.May.2004 18:25


Seems like the ragheads are not so keen on having strong white GI insert democracy up the rear of Iraqi girls.

yellow bellied rednecks could'nt defeat a bunch of militia in Fallujah (Moscow 41). Wait till stalngrad pops up in december.