|25 Classic Quotes on Western Hegemony|
|1-||"It's really not a number I'm terribly
-General Colin Powell [When asked about the number of Iraqi people who were slaughtered by Americans in the 1991 "Desert Storm" terror campaign (200,000 people!)]
|2-||"I will never apologize for the United
States of America - I don't care what the facts are."
-President George Bush 1988 [Bush was demonstrating his patriotism by excusing an act of cold- blooded mass-murder by the U.S. Navy. On July 3, 1988 the U.S. Navy warship Vincennes shot down an Iranian commercial airliner. All 290 civilian people in the aircraft were killed. The plane was on a routine flight in a commercial corridor in Iranian airspace. The targeting of it by the U.S. Navy was blatantly illegal. That it was grossly immoral is also obvious. Except to a patriot.]
|3-||"To maintain this position of disparity
(U.S. economic-military supremacy)... we will have to dispense with all
sentimentality and day-dreaming.... We should cease to talk about vague
and... unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living
standard and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going
to have to deal in straight power concepts.... The less we are then hampered
by idealistic slogans, the better."
-George Kennan [Director of Policy Planning U.S. State Department 1948]
|4-||"If they turn on the radars we're
going to blow up their goddamn SAMs (surface-to-air missiles). They know
we own their country. We own their airspace... We dictate the way they
live and talk. And that's what's great about America right now. It's a
good thing, especially when there's a lot of oil out there we need."
-U.S. Brig. General William Looney (Interview Washington Post, August 30, 1999) [Referring, in reality, to the brutal mass-murder of hundreds of civilian Iraqi men, women and children during 10,000 sorties by American/British war criminals in the first eight months of 1999]
|5-||"The greatest crime since World War
II has been U.S. foreign policy."
-Ramsey Clark [Former U.S. Attorney General under President Lyndon Johnson]
|6-||"I believe that if we had and would
keep our dirty, bloody, dollar soaked fingers out of the business of these
[Third World] nations so full of depressed, exploited people, they will
arrive at a solution of their own. And if unfortunately their revolution
must be of the violent type because the "haves" refuse to share
with the "have-nots" by any peaceful method, at least what they
get will be their own, and not the American style, which they don't want
and above all don't want crammed down their throats by Americans."
-General David Sharp [Former United States Marine Commandant 1966]
|7-||"We have no honorable intentions
in Vietnam. Our minimal expectation is to occupy it as an American colony
and maintain social stability for our investments. This tells why American
helicopters are being used against guerrillas in Colombia and Peru. Increasingly
the role our nation has taken is the role of those who refuse to give
up the privileges and pleasures that come from the immense profits of
-Martin Luther King, Jr. ["A Time to Break the Silence" speech given at Riverside Church New York City April 4, 1967]
|8-||"Death squads have been created and
used by the CIA around the world - particularly the Third World - since
the late 1940s, a fact ignored by the elite-owned media."
-Ralph McGehee [Former CIA analyst & Author] CIABASE; The Crisis of Democracy Deadly Deceits: My 25 years in the CIA
|9-||"The U.S.A. has supplied arms, security
equipment and training to governments and armed groups that have committed
torture, political killings and other human rights abuses in countries
around the world."
-Amnesty International ["United States of America - Rights for All" October 1998]
|10-||"We have come to be one of the worst
ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments
in the world - no longer a Government of free opinion, no longer a Government
by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion
and duress of small groups of dominant men."
-Woodrow Wilson [U.S. President during World War I]
|11-||"We must become the owners, or at
any rate the controllers at the source, of at least a proportion of the
oil which we require."
- British Royal Commission, agreeing with Winston Churchill's policy towards Iraq, 1913
|12-|| "What we want to have in existence,
what we ought to have been creating in this time is some administration
with Arab institutions which we can safely leave while pulling the strings
ourselves; something that won't cost very much, which the Labour government
can swallow consistent with its' principles, but under which our economic
and political interests will be secure. [.....] If the French remain in
Syria we shall have to avoid giving them the excuse of setting up a protectorate.
If they go, or if we appear to be reactionary in Mesopotamia, there is
always the risk that [King] Faisal will encourage the Americans to take
over both, and it should be borne in mind that the Standard Oil company
is very anxious to take over Iraq."
- Sir Arthur Hirtzel, Head of the British government's 'India Office Political Department.' 1919
|13-||"If war aims are stated which seem
to be solely concerned with Anglo-American imperialism, they will offer
little to people in the rest of the world. The interests of other peoples
should be stressed. This would have a better propaganda effect."
- Private memo from The Council of Foreign Relations to the US State Department, 1941
|14-||"Our strategic and security interests
throughout the world will be best safeguarded by the establishment in
suitable spots of 'Police Stations', fully equipped to deal with emergencies
within a large radius. Kuwait is one such spot from which Iraq, South
Persia, Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf could be controlled. It will
be worthwhile to go to considerable trouble and expense to establish and
man a 'Police Station' there."
- British Foreign Office, policy memo, 1947
|15-|| 'We have about 60% of the world's wealth
but only 6.3% of its' population. In this situation we cannot fail to
be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period
is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain
this position of disparity. We need not deceive ourselves that we can
afford today the luxury of altruism and world benefaction. We should cease
to talk about such vague and unreal objectives as human rights, the raising
of living standards and democratisation. The day is not far off when we
are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are
then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better."
- George Kennan, former Head of the US State Department Policy Planning Staff, Document PPS23, 24th February 1948
|16-||"I came to America because of the
great, great freedom which I heard existed in this country. I made a mistake
in selecting America as a land of freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in
the balance of my lifetime."
-Albert Einstein, 1947
|17-||"The target suffered a terminal illness
before a firing squad in Baghdad."
- CIA officer testifying to US Senate hearing, after bloody CIA aided Ba'th Party coup overthrew Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Kassem, 1963
|18-||"Strikes at population targets (per
se) are likely not only to create a counterproductive wave of revulsion
abroad and at home, but greatly to increase the risk of enlarging the
war with China and the Soviet Union. Destruction of locks and dams, however
- if handled right - might offer promise. It should be studied. Such destruction
does not kill or drown people. By shallow-flooding the rice, it leads
after time to widespread starvation (more than a million) unless food
is provided - which we could offer to do 'at the conference table'."
- John McNaughton, US State Department Vietnam policy, as quoted in 'The Mentality of the Backroom Boys.' Article by Noam Chomsky, 1973
|19-||"The US must carry out some act somewhere
in the world which shows its' determination to continue to be a world
- Henry Kissinger, post-Vietnam blues, as quoted in The Washington Post, April 1975
|20-||"It would not have been possible
for a political party to be more committed to a national home for the
Jews in Palestine than was Labour."
- Harold Wilson, former British Labour Party Prime Minister, 1981
|21-||"One hundred nations in the UN have
not agreed with us on just about everything that's come before them, where
we're involved, and it didn't upset my breakfast at all."
- Ronald Reagan, former US President, basking in the triumph that was the US invasion of Grenada, 1983
|22-|| Q. "Mr. President, have you approved
of covert activity to destablise the present government of Nicaragua?"
A. "Well, no, we're supporting them, the - oh, wait a minute, wait a minute, I'm sorry, I was thinking of El Salvador, because of the previous, when you said Nicaragua. Here again, this is something upon which the national security interests, I just - I will not comment."
- Ronald Reagan, former US President, Washington press conference, February 13th, 1983, as quoted by John Pilger in 'Heroes'
|23-||"After seeing 'RAMBO' last night,
I know what to do the next time this happens."
- Ronald Reagan, former US President, as reported by Daily Express, July 2nd, 1985
|24-||"Aerosol DU (Depleted Uranium) exposures
to soldiers on the battlefield could be significant with potential radiological
and toxicological effects. [...] Under combat conditions, the most exposed
individuals are probably ground troops that re-enter a battlefield following
the exchange of armour-piercing munitions. [...] We are simply highlighting
the potential for levels of DU exposure to military personnel during combat
that would be unacceptable during peacetime operations. [...DU is..]...
a low level alpha radiation emitter which is linked to cancer when exposures
are internal, [and] chemical toxicity causing kidney damage. [...] Short
term effects of high doses can result in death, while long term effects
of low doses have been linked to cancer. [...] Our conclusion regarding
the health and environmental acceptability of DU penetrators assume both
controlled use and the presence of excellent health physics management
practices. Combat conditions will lead to the unco!
ntrolled release of DU. [...] The conditions of the battlefield, and the long term health risks to natives and combat veterans may become issues in the acceptability of the continued use of DU kinetic penetrators for military applications."
- Excerpts from the July 1990 Science and Applications International Corporation report: ' Kinetic Energy Penetrator Environment and Health Considerations', as included in Appenix D - US Army Armaments, Munitions and Chemical Command report: 'Kinetic Energy Penetrator Long Term Strategy Study, July 1990'
These documents state clearly and equivocally that the US army was well aware of the radioactive and toxic dangers of Depleted Uranium ammunition long before the first shots of the war were fired.
|25-||"We do not have any defence treaties
with Kuwait, and there are no special defence or security commitments
- Margaret Tutweiller, US State Department spokeswoman, 24th July 1990, nine days before Iraq's invasion of Kuwait
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