Revolutionary Mindset

By By Eric D.Graham, BASN Columnist
Updated: March 19, 2011



North Carolina, (BASN) According to Gandhi, “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win. This phrase is prophetic as we see revolution spread throughout Africa and the “so-called Arab world.”

And we know that, Revolution is contagious.

And it “spreads like a virus”; according to former presidential candidate Senator John McCain until it consumes the whole entire world.

Why? Because Revolution burns inside the souls of the oppressed until it explodes. It is constantly discussed by the despised and the rejected and debated in dark allies by the out casted and the unemployed. It is even pondered and prayed for by the poor, plotted and planned by political activists, philosophized by professors in classrooms, and prophesied by preachers in religious circles until the right moment in time when the people collectively decide to change their reality and their lives.

During this campaign for change, the revolutionary slogan is a simple one regardless of religion, color, or creed.

It is the “The People United Will Never Be Defeated.”

This slogan sparked the revolution in Tunisia, who casted out its president, Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali, who fled to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The overthrowing of the unpopular Tunisian government, in effect, set off a chain of protests in the streets of Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Algeria, Iran, Bahrain, Sudan, and Gabon and even in Madison, Wisconsin.

This spirit of revolution has even spilled over into the world of sports beginning with Lebron James controversial decision to leave Cleveland to join forces with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. James’ decision to “take his talents to South Beach,”in fact, will forever change the way other athletes view free agency in the NBA for several years to come.

Now, with a potential NFL lockout looming in the atmosphere, you are seeing the NFL Players Association unifying against the league owners and Commissioner Roger Goddell, which potentially could lead to the top prospects in the upcoming draft to boycott the up-and-coming NFL Draft Day event broadcasted on the NFL Network in Manhattan at Radio City Music Hall.

As you can see, the spirit of revolution is spreading “like a wildfire” through the world.

But for those involved in acts of political revolutions overseas, however must not let their revolutions be high jacked by the United States government or Israel.

Why? Because democracy, itself, is a frightening concept especially for America, whose so-called founding fathers while writing its Constitution, were oppressing and enslaving Blacks and later denying them along with women, the right to vote.

Matter of fact, George Washington along with Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Martin van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James Polk, Zachary Taylor, James Buchanan, Andrew Jackson, and Ulysses S.Grant all owned slaves at one point in their lives while claiming “freedom, liberty and justice for all.”

As a result, America’s political system is and has been hypocritical and corrupt from conception, which leads one to question America’s arrogant involvement with establishing democracy in other parts of the world.

Let’s not forget that… Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Therefore, as quick as one evil dictator disappears, the United States of America, with the help of the CIA, will create another political puppet to replace them.

Former CIA official and author John Stockwell, supports this theory when he said…”it is the function of the CIA to keep the world unstable…(and) the CIA has been running thousands of operations over the years…there have been about 3,000 major covert operations and over 10,000 minor operations…all designed to disrupt, destabilize, or modify the activities of other countries…But they are all illegal and they all disrupt the normal functioning, often the democratic functioning, of other societies..

But why would the United States want to cause disruption in other countries and influence the political process?

According to author Richard Barnet, “the United States supports right-wing dictatorships in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East ….because these are the rulers who have tied their personal political destiny to the fortunes of the American corporations in their countries…. Therefore, the United States has a strong economic interest in keeping such men from coming to power or arranging for their removal if they do.” (Whether it’s Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, the Shah in Iran, or the Saudi Family in Saudi Arabia.)

Barnet goes on to say that “America, like Great Britain before her, is now the great defender of the Status Quo. She has committed herself against revolution and radical change in the underdeveloped world because independent government would destroy the world economic and political system, which assures the United States its disproportionate share of economic and political power…..America’s preeminent wealth depends upon keeping things in the underdeveloped world much as they are, allowing change and modernization to proceed only in a controlled, orderly and nonthreatening way.”

If Barnett statement is true, America will only support those so-called revolutions which they feel will benefit them financially and condemn those that threaten them politically.

“America is today the leader of a world-wide anti-revolutionary movement in the defense of vested interests.” said British historian Arnold Toynbee.

“She now stands for what Rome stood for. Rome consistently supported the rich against the poor in all foreign communities that fell under her sway; and, since the poor, so far, have always and everywhere been far more numerous than the rich, Rome’s policy made for inequality, for injustice, and for the least happiness of the greatest.”

As a result, the people of Yemen, Libya, and Egypt, must protect themselves from media propaganda.

Because as author William Blum of Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions since World War II brilliantly stated, “Propaganda is to democracy what violence is to dictatorship.

Therefore, the corporate-controlled media will view their uprisings in the “so-called Middle East” and Africa through the lens of American self-interest and through the prism of Israel and will see the protesters rallying in the streets as terrorists, jihadists, extremists and radicals.

Yes, perception is reality.

It’s just like the Doublespeak spoken of in George Orwell’s book 1984, which famously reads War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery and Ignorance is Strength.

And to the unlearned masses filled with blind flurry and American patriotism, who sit in front of their idiot boxes or televisions, watching misleading edited video footage, and 15 minute sound bites, along with paranoid political pundits on Fox News, could be manipulated into hating the people instead of the government in which they are trying to overthrow.

This could be easily accomplished by demonizing the demonstrators, exaggerating the political protest as a potential threat to national security, faking a diplomatic effort through speeches, humanitarian aid, handshakes, and by establishing a pretext for war.

For instance, in Libya, currently, the United States has reopened the old case against Mohmmar Gadfahi and Pan Am Flight 103, in which 270 people were killed when an airplane exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton even said that the current Obama administration is considering prosecuting Gaddafi for the Pan Am bombing.

But isn’t it ironic, however, during the uprisings in the “so-called Arab World” and in Africa that former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is promoting his new book Known and Unknown: A Memoir” and former President George W.Bush is pedalling his new book entitled Decision Points while being accused of violating U.S. and international law when he authorized torture, including the water boarding of detainees during his administration.