Created on Sunday, 10 June 2007 06:40
Everything They Say About Promoting Democracy Is,
And Always Has Been, A Damnable Lie
by Chris Floyd
andargate," the exploding scandal
involving a billion-dollar arms-deal kickback to presidential crony Prince Bandar -- the Saudi poobah dubbed "Bandar Bush" by the president himself for his decades-long intimacy with America's ruling family -- continues to provide telling revelations about the way the world really works.
For instance, buried deep in one of the Guardian's latest stories
on the scandal, we find this illuminating passage:
Prince Bandar has spoken himself of his unorthodox methods with cash. He is quoted in a recent biography saying that he personally flew $10m in a suitcase to Rome and gave it to a priest at the Vatican Bank, in order to covertly fund the Christian Democrats against the Communists in the 1983 Italian elections.
He is quoted saying he did this at
the request of the Pope, Lady Thatcher and then head of the CIA, Bill
Casey. They wanted him to shift the cash so no western fingerprints
would be on it.
f course, America's antipathy to unfettered
democracy is well- established in the historical record, but it is
always good to get fresh confirmation into public circulation whenever
possible -- if only because there are still many people out there who
actually believe the bloated, bribe-passing, bribe-taking,
bloodstained, money-grubbing elites when they mouth their endless
pieties about freedom and democracy. What's worse, even as we speak,
there are tens of thousands of people being killed, maimed, despoiled,
tortured, tainted, and driven mad for the sake of these lies.
the historical record doesn't lie, and it is crystal clear on this
point: the American Establishment has absolutely no use for genuine
democracy at all. They have undermined, submarined, kneecapped,
perverted and interfered with elections all over the world (and at
home), using everything from bribes and threats to murder and
, in order to procure compliant regimes who will follow
Washington's dictates -- and fill the American elite's coffers.
"Democracy" is useful to them only as a sham or carefully controlled
process to legitimize some favored faction.
If a nation is not
compliant with Washington's will -- why, then, it is no longer a
legitimate democracy. Venezuela, for example, is often referred to in
Establishment circles as a "dictatorship," despite the several open
elections won by Hugo Chavez and his coalition -- and despite the fact
that Venezuela remains immeasurably freer in every regard than, say,
Which brings us to the second point of the
Establishment's true attitude toward democracy: if a regime plays ball
with Washington, it doesn't matter in the least how tyrannical and
un-democratic it is. Bandar Bush's Saudi Arabia again stands as the
prime example of this. Bush will quite literally kiss Saudi leaders on
the lips and stroll with them hand-in-hand, and never say a word about
the regime's draconian strictures, which give the Taliban a run for
their money. Why? Because the Saudis play ball -- and because they
enrich the Bush Family and the American elite. Is there any doubt that
if Vladimir Putin cut the Bushes or other Establishment elites in for a
juicy slice of Gazprom, he too would find his "democratic" credentials
Libya is another good example;
Gadafy, long one of the West's biggest bogeyman, had only to invite
Western oil firms back into his country to rejoin the "community of
nations" and become a "trusted friend" of such pious Western leaders as
Ethiopia is yet another example: a brutal dictatorship,
notorious for torture, now an American-trained, American-funded ally,
fighting a proxy war of "regime change"
for Bush in Somalia, and taking
Bush's "renditioned" Terror War captives into its dungeons for
The list goes on and on, past,
present and future. The bottom line is always: Who will play ball? Who
will toe the line? Who will kick back the grease? Who will accept the
bases? Who will torture prisoners for us? Who will beggar their own
people to buy weapons from our war profiteers? Who will advance the
bipartisan agenda of enriching our elites?
This has been
Washington's policy for more than a hundred years, although it greatly
accelerated with the murder of the Republic and its replacement by the
National Security State after World War II. None of these policies --
none of them, not a single one -- has ever had anything at all to do
with fostering genuine democracy in other nations.
"Bandargate" is just
another example, albeit a particularly glaring one, of how these elites
do their dirty business -- with the blood and treasure of all humankind.