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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Truth Is Offensive

Truth Is Offensive

By Paul Craig Roberts
Information Clearing House
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

In America truth is offensive. If you tell the truth, you are offensive.

I am offensive. Michael Hudson is offensive. Gerald Celente is
offensive. Herman Daly is offensive. Nomi Prins is offensive.

Pam Martens is offensive. Chris Hedges is offensive. Chris Floyd
is offensive. John Pilger is offensive. Noam Chomsky is offensive.

Harvey Silverglate is offensive. Naomi Wolf is offensive. Stephen
Lendman is offensive. David Ray Griffin is offensive. Ellen Brown
is offensive.

Fortunately, many others are offensive. But how long before being
offensive becomes being “an enemy of the state”?

Throughout history truth tellers have suffered and court historians
have prospered. It is the same today.

Gerald Celente illustrates this brilliantly in the next issue of the
Trends Journal.

Over the past 35 years I have learned this lesson as a columnist. If
you tell readers what is really going on, they want to know why you
can’t be positive.

Why are you telling us that there are bad happenings that can’t be
remedied? Don’t you know that God gave Americans the power to
fix all wrongs?

What are you? Some kind of idiot, an anti-American, a pinko-liberal-
commie? If you hate America so much, why don’t you move to Cuba,
Iran or China (or to wherever the current bogyman is located)?

The ancient Greeks understood this well. In Greek mythology,
Cassandra was the prophetess who no one believed despite her
100 percent record of being right.

Telling the truth to Americans or to Europeans is just as expensive
as telling the truth to the Greeks in ancient mythology.

In America and everywhere in the Western world or the entire world,
telling the truth is unpopular. Indeed, in the USA telling the truth has
been criminalized.

Look for example at Bradley Manning, held for two years in prison
without bail and without a trial in violation of the US Constitution,
tortured for one year of his illegal confinement in violation of US
and international law, and now put on trial by corrupt prosecutors
for aiding “enemies of the US” by revealing the truth, as required
of him by the US military code. US soldiers are required to report
war crimes.

When Bradley Manning’s superiors showed themselves to be
indifferent to war crimes, Manning reported the crimes via
WikiLeaks.

What else does a soldier with a sense of duty and a moral
conscience do when the chain of command is corrupt?

Julian Assange is another example. WikiLeaks has taken up
the reporting function that the Western media has abandoned.

Remember, the New York Times did publish the Pentagon Papers
in 1971, which undermined the lies Washington had told both to
the public and to Congress to justify the costly Vietnam War.

But today no newspaper or TV channel any longer accepts
the responsibility to truthfully inform the public.

Julian Assange stepped into the vacuum and was immediately
demonized, not merely by Washington but also by left-wing
and right-wing media, including Internet.

It was a combination of jealousy, ignorance, and doing
Washington’s bidding.

Without WikiLeaks and Assange the world would know
essentially nothing.

Spin from Washington, the presstitute media, and the
puppet state medias would prevail.

So the word went out to destroy Julian Assange.

It is amazing how many people and Internet sites obeyed
Washington’s command.

Assange has been so demonized that even though he has
been granted political asylum by Ecuador, the British
government, obeying its Washington master, refuses to
allow him safe passage out of the London Ecuador Embassy.

Is Assange destined to live out his life inside the Ecuador
Embassy in London?

Will Assange be a replay of Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty who
on November 4, 1956, sought asylum in the US embassy in
Budapest as Soviet tanks poured into Hungary to put down
the anti-communist revolution?

Cardinal Mindszenty lived for 15 years in the US embassy.

Today it is “freedom and democracy” Amerika that is copying
Soviet practices during the cold war.

In contrast with “freedom and democracy” US and UK,
the “authoritarian” “communist” “oppressive” Chinese
government when confronted with Chinese dissident Chen
Guangcheng’s defection to the US embassy in Beijing, let
him go.

It is an upside down world when America and the British refuse
to obey international law, but the Chinese communists uphold
international law.

Insouciant americans are undisturbed that alleged terrorists
are tortured, held indefinitely in prison without due process,
and executed on the whim of some executive branch official
without due process of law.

Most americans go along with unaccountable murder, torture,
and detention without evidence, which proclaims their gullibility
to the entire world.

There has never in history been a population as unaware as
Americans.

The world is amazed that an insouciant people became, if only
for a short time, a superpower.

The world needs intelligence and leadership in order to avoid
catastrophe, but america can provide neither intelligence nor
leadership.

America is a lost land where nuclear weapons are in the hands
of those who are concerned only with their own power.

Washington is the enemy of the entire world and encompasses
the largest concentration of evil on the planet.

Where is the good to rise up against the evil?

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