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I want to be positive, but I also need to be realistic. When my father tried to explain to me what allowed the government of his country to murder twelve million people, half of them Jewish, he always stressed that the first victim of the holocaust was Truth. This was accomplished by silencing intellectuals, artists, and journalists.
He loved Seymour Hersh for telling the truth in 1968, 30 years after he himself escaped the Nazis.
His own father, an artist and intellectual, was less fortunate and died at Auschwitz.
The Nazis killed far more than just Jews, or Gays, or blacks, (that’s right, sorry Whoopie...) They killed the Truth itself. As I read the attacks on Hersh, Taibbi and others, I remember my early lessons from a man who died forty years ago tomorrow. The Ides of March. All I can say is thank you for the truth.
Corporate “journalism” these days is craven, transparent advertising, promotion, and advocacy for the powerful. Obvious naked propaganda - information-laundering through previously respected media organs of a once free society. Monitoring these sources to learn about what’s happening in the world would be like reading a company newsletter to “investigate” the company. Were he alive today, Joseph Goebbels would have his own show on MSNBC/CNN/NPR and be a keynote speaker at both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in 2024. Journalists like Chris and Sy are a sadly rare breed these days. Keep shining your light guys.
The official US story, that it was some shadowy "pro-Ukrainian group" that waltzed into The Sixth Fleet's Private Lake (aka "The Baltic Sea"), did their dirty work and sailed out, unnoticed by anyone, is an unfunny joke.
And the timing of this fairy tale is so convenient.
“Like you, I am, and I think the administration is, very gratified to know that Nord Stream 2 is now, as you like to say, a hunk of metal at the bottom of the sea,” Nuland said. Not a scintilla of conscience. Or awareness of its consequences for the europeans, especially the poor, having to pay jacked up prices for fuel from - of all places - the USA. Or awareness of the incremental expansion and deepening of anger, resentment, bitterness and probably hatred of the world's people toward the USA. Destroying wherever it goes. Iraq. Kurds. Afghanistan. Syria. Using then destroying or damaging others. Ukraine.Europe. Zero comprehension of and compassion of those it uses and/or destroys/ damages. And steals money from. "Biden Keeping Half of Afghanistan’s $7B in Assets for 9/11 Victims". How is that just? How far is the USA going to fall into amorality in its service to arrest historical evolution? To keep other countries in line.All the torture, secret rendition sites, civilians murdered by drones, blowing up Nordstream 2, plotting Russia's and China's destruction, not to mention the terrible societal sickness domestically. Children doing janitorial work in slaughterhouses. Level of addiction in the population. Corporate dollar over community safety and earth's well being. No wonder greed is one of the 7 deadly sins.
US Neoliberal orthodoxy is where truth goes to die and has for decades. Their serial stories of denial speak to how ridiculous they feel their opposition at home has become. What we’re missing is a large scale movement of reform and this won’t happen in earnest until the left and right fake polemic is put down and people of the same class gather in number to take back some form of control. This is spiralling out of control quite quickly.
For a reporter with so many important story breaks behind him........it must be gratifying to be told yet again that he is making it up. It's almost like a seal of authenticity by now, and besides.......
Who else would go to the trouble and the expense to blow up Russia's pipeline? Gremlins?
Keep up the good fight Christopher Hedges.
Churchill said it best about "Truth" concerning Empire, Geo Politics and War. "Ah Truth, is so important it must be locked tightly away and surrounded by Lies". As Chomsky said "Goebbels would blush" at the lies spewed to the American public. Most lies have to have a "kernel" of truth to exploit and twist to misinform and give a distorted "fix" that fits their ends with nefarious means and justification. I would like to personally thank Seymour Hersch, Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges and the late Robert Fisk for attacking the lies guarding the truth and prying the locked doors open. And to all the other truth tellers who are censored, black listed and skewered by the Main Stream media and self serving War Hawk politician's.
"Power corrupts" - our country exemplifies that old adage. The U.S. continues to expand or "modernize" its cache of nuclear weapons even while possessing enough to destroy our planet several times over. Only psychopaths would condone such a situation. History has shown that change comes only from the bottom - We the People - aided and abetted by stalwarts like Chris Hedges and Seymour Hersh!
When US officials issue categorical denials, it generally indicates some parts, if not all parts, of a report are accurate. The US is fighting a proxy war in Ukraine against Russia, but also with an eye to curbing Chinese influence. Geopolitics is dirty business, so this report of sabotage isn't shocking, even though it completely violates international law, not that the law matters much to an empire. Look at how well the Rule of Law is working in our own country...
swimming against the current can be exhausting. I hope you both take care of yourselves. Selfishly I need both of your courageous journalism to get me through these dark days.
Thank you !!
NATO show is over -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6De_nPqZxXI
Your flattery is misplaced Kiddo! Your willful ignorance is hilarious! "My Country Right or wrong" is what Chomsky compares to "My Mother drunk or Sober" fits you to a "T"! Returning WW2 veterans who saw action hated uber patriots. Remember the scene in the Deer Hunter and the hollowed out vet at the bar who told the truth about Vietnam and the reaction of the blind patriot steel worker grunts, disillusionment causes PTSD that infected them too by the end! Have you got an inkling of disillusionment of war and geo politics? Read Catch 22 or The Naked and the Dead or Fritz Sterns Storm of Steel. How did you get the WW2 handle are you a vet or just a couch general!
Jeremy Scahill on Democracynow.org today's news:
"But what I think is the central, most important assertion is that Sy Hersh has a source, that he believes is legitimate and real and has information that is true, who is asserting that the United States carried out this operation or sponsored this operation. And I think that the dismissal of Sy Hersh by so many people is reckless. It also shows a total disregard for the history of American covert operations. And it ultimately seeks to silence people who are questioning what I think is quite clearly the top suspect in this international act of terrorism, and that is the party that would have the greatest motivation to conduct this attack. And that would be United States."
I was hoping to go deeper on the “act of war”accusation. Today, on iPhone newsfeed I was reading about a Russian jet fighter carelessly taking out a US drone. Are we on a clandestine war with Russia?
Im sure Hersh is right about the nord stream, and the general point he’s making, but it’s frustrating he refers to an official in his piece as being a cold warrior since Vietnam, and that official was born in 1959. It’s just a detail, but why give critics anything like that?