sábado, 16 de junho de 2018

PAUL STREET: «O DESAFIO DE CHOMSKY AOS AMERICANOS»


O artigo vale por si, vale a pena lê-lo na íntegra. Dele retirei alguns parágrafos, que transcrevi abaixo... Gosto do estilo factual de Paul Street e de Noam Chomsky, os dados nus incontestáveis, que são porém sistematicamente ocultados às pessoas. 
Se o governo dos EUA, as grandes corporações de media e todos os servos da ordem imperial fazem tanto para ocultar e dar uma versão completamente falsa e heróica das acções militares  (e outras) das guerras da Coreia, do Vietname, do Iraque, até hoje, é porque sabem que a sua imagem e autoridade repousam largamente numa narrativa totalmente fictícia, para consumo das massas.  Sem tal imagem fabricada, a natureza desse poder fica completamente desnudada e portanto, enfraquecida.           

                      

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U.S. Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay boasted that “we burned down every town in North Korea” and proudly guessed that Uncle Sam’s gruesome air campaign, replete with napalm and chemical weapons, murdered 20 percent of North Korea’s population.

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 Just one U.S. torture program alone—the CIA’s Operation Phoenix—killed more than two-thirds as many Vietnamese as the total U.S. body count. Unbeknownst to most Americans, the widely publicized My Lai atrocity was just one of countless mass racist killings of Vietnamese villagers carried out by U.S. troops during the crucifixion. Vietnam struggles with an epidemic of birth defects created by U.S. chemical warfare to this day.

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Journalist Joyce Chediac testified that:

U.S. planes trapped the long convoys by disabling vehicles in the front, and at the rear, and then pounded the resulting traffic jams for hours. … On the sixty miles of coastal highway, Iraqi military units sit in gruesome repose, scorched skeletons of vehicles and men alike, black and awful under the sun … for 60 miles every vehicle was strafed or bombed, every windshield is shattered, every tank is burned, every truck is riddled with shell fragments. No survivors are known or likely. … U.S. forces continued to drop bombs on the convoys until all humans were killed. 
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Why, oh why, do they hate us?” So runs the plaintive American cry, as if Washington hasn’t directly and indirectly (through blood-soaked proxies like the Indonesia dictator Suharto and the death-squad regimes of Central America during the 1970s and 1980s) killed untold millions and overthrown dozens of governments the world over since 1945. As if the U.S. doesn’t account for nearly 40 percent of the world’s military spending to maintain at least 800 military bases spread across more than 80 “sovereign” nations.