'US imperialism against democratic ME'
Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:35PM
Interview with Ralph Schoenman, a political commentator from Berkeley, CA.
Libyan protesters raise up the old Libyan flag during a demonstration against Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi, in Tobruk, Libya, on Wednesday Feb. 23, 2011.
The US Secretary of State says Washington will work within the UN to take appropriate steps in response to Libya's violent crackdown on protesters.
Hillary Clinton also said that the US is watching the developments in the country with concern and called on Tripoli to stop practicing violence against people.
In an interview with Press TV, Ralph Schoenman shares his thoughts on why the US administration is slow in speaking out against Gaddafi and other autocratic regimes in Africa and Middle East.
Press TV: How do you assess the US's response to all these uprisings and whether it is open to democracy in the Muslim world?
Schoenman: The nature of American policy is to have an imperialist power and within our country, the US, it has to be emphasized over and again that one percent of the population owns more than 95 percent of the national wealth, in fact more than 95 percent of the population combined.
The head of the American Express wrote a book called the Organization in which he documented that possibly 5000 people control the economy of the US. They control some 70 percent of the world's natural resources; we have only five percent of the population of the globe within our frontiers in the US, so five percent dominate 70 percent of the global resources of the planet with military bases in hundreds of countries. That is an imperial desire by any definition.
You want to talk about Iraq, the revolution in 1958 that removed Nuri as-Said, the stooge of Baghdad as he was called, the British puppet figure there, and took over the control of the oil, in fact confined the foreign oil companies to one tenth of one percent of the territories of Iraq under Abd al-Karim Qasim and within a very short space of time the CIA and the Mossad and British intelligence had Abd al-Karim Qasim assassinated.
I had the opportunity to meet with Abd al-Karim Qasim in Baghdad six weeks before this occurred, I met with him, his foreign minister and justice minster as they were attempting to ward off the plots of imperialism to destroy the national sovereignty and control over the natural resources, the oil of Iraq.
Interestingly enough, Saddam Hussein, the figure who was employed in the assassination of Abd al-Karim Qasim, was a lightweight figure in the Ba'ath party, was a long time instrument of the CIA station in Baghdad. Saddam Hussein then instituted something that was called the Palace of the Damned where thousands of nationalists and tribal leaders, villagers, intellectuals, and people who wanted national independence went through torture in that concentration camp that the US installed through the instrument of Saddam Hussein. He was their man in Baghdad for 27 years.
Two million Iraqis were killed in the US invasion of Iraq and you want to talk about the American concern for democracy in the region? Iraq and Afghanistan are but emblematic of the imperial cost: millions of lives, millions throughout this region, the destruction of sovereignty, the theft of the resources, the imposition of despotic regimes, torture apparatuses such as those in Egypt for four decades that the Mossad and the CIA helped [build].
Press TV: The US has yet to speak out strongly against these Arab leaders who use force against their own people. One would wonder if these were non-muslin and people not from an Islamic background, would the US react in the similar manner?
Schoenman: I would like to make it very clear that with respect to the issue of September 11, 2001, the evidence is overwhelming and massive that this is what we call a “false flag operation”, it is what we call “treason at the top” in the US. Those who were involved in blowing up the World Trade Center in 2001 as in 1993 were with the CIA and the Mossad; overwhelmingly and massive documentation pertains to that. Its purpose was to create an ideological rational for sustaining huge arms and intelligence budgets and for further adventures in imperial undertakings such as the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and beyond, without such pretext there would be no basis for support amongst the American people for hundreds of billions of dollars to be expended for blood for oil. That is the fundamental reality about this attempt to demonize people in the Arab East by virtue of this fairy tale invention of a demonic Islamic responsibility for the attacks of 9/11.
Having said that, the fundamental problem and issue before the people in the region is that the US rulers seek imperial control and imposition of semi-colonial country-selling regimes; the more autocratic and brutal, the better from the point of the US imperialism that is unrelenting history. Every time the population is given the opportunity to shape its own destiny, to seek its national independence, to seek its own control over its own resources, to seeks its own sovereignty and determination of its own future, that is incompatible with the US imperialism.
It is interesting to note that Muammar Gaddafi attempted to suggest that the uprising in Libya is fueled by al-Qaeda. Who do you think he is addressing this to?” He is addressing this to US rulers, saying I am with you that you, that you can rely on me, don't destabilize my regime by countenancing the uprising against it. The relationship of Gaddafi's regime to imperialism is well illuminated by that particular comment. The population in Libya is rebelling against an autocratic dictatorship, a country-selling regime like all the others that are subject to the rage and the uprisings of the besieged masses of the region, who are the world soldiers for the justice, so to speak.
Press TV: You mentioned about the US and its imperialist agenda in the Middle East region. When the US doesn't speak against the deaths of Muslims in the world, does that not work against the US wanting to improve its image in the region?
Schoenman: I have to emphasize once more that the goal of the people who control the economy, the politics, the governance, the power, basically the means of production in the US, their goal is to dominate the resources and cheap labor in the world and to have markets over which they have complete hegemony and dominance.
So the question of Islam, the question of religion and aspirations of the people is entirely secondary to the US rulers, only to the extent they can manipulate such things do they show any interest. As I mentioned in relation to the false flag operation of 9/11, they attempted to demonize Islam in order to create an enemy round which to mobilize the public sentiment to justify imperial wars abroad.