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Empire in the Mirror

The brutality of the Pax Americana, with the stench of death, indigence and suffering apparent everywhere it lays its omnipresent grip, is the result of policies created and enforced towards maintaining wealth, power and standards of living, of expanding interests and of retaining control over the vast sphere of influence. It is the result of Empire building and of curtailing rivals and rebellions to its hegemony
This is just part of a much larger essay, quite good I might add. Highly recommended reading. This essay has so much information. A lot to think about.

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 http://valenzuelasveritas.blogspot.com/2006/09/empire-in-mirror.html

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It is inside the parameters of the lands called the United States that the
downfall of humanity's latest foray into Empire can readily be seen.
Growing in size and proportion every passing year, her decline, while not
imminent or yet seen, can nonetheless be felt, upon closer inspection, much
like the movement of the winds or the arrival of the tides. Her destiny has
always been foretold, much like every past attempt at human Empire, for
nothing is as predictable as the human condition and our species' inability
to defeat the hands of evolution. In the delusion of our minds Empire seems
like the chosen kingdom of the gods, yet in reality is but the consequence
of our mammalian pathology, a quest achieved by gang warfare, violence,
death, lust for territory, greed, arrogance, corruption of morality, hunger
for resources, power, control and the always hovering ego.


The Pax Americana is as Empires have always been, growing internally at
first thanks to comparative advantages in technology, population, philosophy
or resources, flourishing regionally thanks to increased power and wealth,
until that time that her belly overflows her waistline and the greed of man
becomes the pursuit of imperial hegemony. To appease the growing hunger of
her leaders for power and of her people for increased living standards
expansion of her borders becomes state policy. Thus, Manifest Destiny is
birthed and the hand of god is proclaimed to be the guiding force empowering
the quest for expansion onward, thereby granting forgiveness, and an excuse,
to the litany of crimes against humanity that is logically to follow.


Born through Manifest Destiny, growing and expanding, like any Empire
before, through war, violence, genocide and ethnic cleansing of peoples
whose lands she coveted, her appetite for land leading to rape, pillage and
stolen territories, to the decimation and suffering of millions of
indigenous peoples, enriching and gorging herself through the natural
resources prevalent in the lands she stole in pursuit of Empire, her power
and wealth growing exponentially through the mass exploitation and toil, not
to mention the unpaid blood, sweat and tears of African enslavement, America
set her sails on the course to hegemony, using the blueprints of Empires
past to transform herself into a modern incarnation of Rome.


Ethnocentrically centered on her Anglo-Saxon pedigree, America would, in
pursuit of possession of lands from Atlantic to Pacific, imitate her English
predecessor, embarking on a Crusade of brutal warfare against America's
native and darker skinned peoples, decimating millions of human beings
through destruction of cultures, decimation of societies, rape of women,
pillage of land, genocide, ethnic cleansing and the devastation of a
continent at one time fluid with heterogeneous cultures and peoples. It
would be during her wars against the native peoples of America that the
Empire's xenophobia, racism, antipathy and hatred of those whose skin is the
color of the land would be cultivated and conditioned into her population,
to remain in perpetuity, transcending time and space, generation after
generation.


It would be her sense of superiority over these "different" peoples that
would nurture in America's evolving character the belief that their death,
cleansing and destruction - whether in the Great Plains or Southeast Asia or
Latin America or Mesopotamia or among her very own urban jungles - would be
of no consequence or importance, their death a product of expanding the
Empire, their suffering seen as no more significant than that of an animal.
In the quick span of time and conquest, between and during the intervals of
constant warfare, those massacred and cleansed were seen as subhuman,
savages and barbarians whose death and tragedy at the hands of Empire's army
were logical consequences to resisting Manifest Destiny and god's chosen
state.


Of course the torture, dehumanization, rape, pillage, brutal occupation,
murder, humiliation, disappearances, decimation of human rights, false
imprisonment, tyranny and utter contempt for human life prevalent in
America's disasters in Iraq or Afghanistan are not exclusive to the last few
years. Rather, it has been methodical and systematic, an unending product
of expanding Empire and of maintaining control over her vast fiefdoms
throughout the globe, lasting over decades of time, past, present and
future, afflicting millions from almost every land, of every religion, of
every ethnic origin. It is the nature of Empires, and thus of humankind,
from those in Mesopotamia, Asia and Africa and Mesoamerica, from Sumer to
Babylon, from Egypt to Greece to Rome, from the Mayas to the Inca to the
Aztec, from the Ottomans to the Persians, from the English to the Spanish.


The brutality of the Pax Americana, with the stench of death, indigence and
suffering apparent everywhere it lays its omnipresent grip, is the result of
policies created and enforced towards maintaining wealth and power, of
expanding interests and of retaining control over the vast sphere of
influence. It is the result of Empire building and of curtailing rivals and
rebellions to its hegemony, of retaining for both the masses and the
Establishment the greatest standard of living the world has ever seen. For
the Empire, it is standard operating procedure, becoming the modus operandi
of presidents, of time periods, of education and of generations born and
dead, a policy to be continued until decline and fall or until its
philosophy is altered from within.


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... 06.Sep.2006 17:28

this thing here

maybe the point at which america openly liked to think of itself as an omnipotent empire was the point at which it began to crumble apart...

maybe the point at which a society must live by the gun is the point at which it began to die by the gun...

i can't help but think of the increasing desperation of american power going hand in hand with it's increasing use of violence and authoritarianism.

what's sad to me is how american power wants to "lead" the world through the use of force and violence, when it could lead the world by the use of innovation, education, respect, and vision. you know, like, TRULY lead, so that others WANT to follow. rather than directing campaigns of violence from secret panic rooms full of leaders with bankrupt, dead ideas...