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Empire as a Way of Life, Part 8

31-05-2007 15:24


The current imperial slaughter in the Middle East, justified by the "Global War on Terror", that has resulted in at least 600,000 deaths in Iraq, is nothing new — the U.S. Empire has a long and sordid history of genocidal mass murder.

The history of the US imperialism and Empire is the subject of a series of ten monthly seminars from Dr John Marciano, "Empire as a Way of Life". Attached is a recording of the eighth of these seminars and the text upon which it was based. The first 9 of these seminars have taken place and the intention is to have the whole series published on this site; the last one will take place on 19th June.

This seminar, recorded on 17th April 2007 by the L.A. Sound Posse, runs for 39 minutes and includes the discussion following. It has been made available under a Creative Commons license. If this recording is broadcast please let the L.A. Sound Posse know. This recording was originally made available on the A-Infos Radio Project site.

The following text has been reproduced here with the kind permission of Dr John Marciano and he can be contacted at He introduced this series of seminars in the following way:

A fundamental purpose of our meetings is to understand the systemic nature of the U.S. Empire and the economic and military imperialism that is its lifeblood. The historian William Appleman Williams argues that empire became "a way of life" in the U.S., a "combination of patterns of thought and action that, as it becomes habitual and institutionalized, defines the thrust and character of a culture and society." This "way of life" has convinced many U.S. "Americans" they have a right or "manifest destiny" to impose their political and economic policies upon others.

Dr John Marciano is Professor Emeritus, State University of New York at Cortland, where he taught courses on social and historical foundations of education and class, gender and race.

Previous parts of this series:

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Public Meeting: Craig Murray: After Blair -- breaking with Bush's Endless War

31-05-2007 13:08

Craig Murray: After Blair -- breaking with Bush's Endless War
Sheffield Stop the War Coalition public meeting:

Wednesday 20 June, 7pm 'After Blair-- breaking with Bush's Endless War'

With Guest speakers:

Craig Murray (former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan)
Rose Gentle (Military Families Against the War)
Andrew Murray (National Chair Stop the War Coalition)

Quaker Meeting House, James Street, Sheffield.

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Another WTC7 whitewash has been published in NYTimes

31-05-2007 12:35

A response to yesterday's WTC7 hit piece in the NY Times (see 'A Notion From 9/11 Is Kept Alive' by Jim Dwyer). Why do we bother? Because someone has to keep the concepts of truth and global justice alive as we descend into Rockefeller's 'dream' of a one-world feudal state, that's why!

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AIPAC Intervenes on Iran-Congress Folds

30-05-2007 22:40

The entire RepubliCrat Party is daring the People to stand up and actually DO something about this. Until they do, these Neo-Fascists are just going to keep making things worse.

And recent statements suggest that they may be ready to pull off another "911". Will YOU be their next victim?

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Week of actions against NATO in Sweden

30-05-2007 11:53

Noise demo
The 9th - 14th of May saw an intense week of actions against NATO Response Force in Göteborg, Sweden. NATO:s new response force NRF, was started on initiative of Donald Rumsfeld, and can be deployed within 5 days to, among other things, combat terrorists.
The response force held a huge naval exercise in the Baltic Sea at the end of May, and 37 ships stopped in Göteborg beforehand for preparations.

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The G-8 Meeting...

30-05-2007 11:27

Perhaps someone with one of those new computer programs developed by Bill Gates could calculate the resources being used for war expenses at the cost of education, healthcare and culture for humanity...

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Afghanistan: war crimes amnesty prepares further atrocities

30-05-2007 09:46

NATO/US operations across the country
US forces continued to deny basic rights to some of around 500 detainees at its Bagram base accused of links with the Taliban and Al Qaeda, Amnesty noted, and the Afghan security forces—to whom US/NATO forces routinely hand over detainees—were “accused of illegal detentions and torture and other ill-treatment.” Meanwhile local officials/commanders, some of whom ran their own prisons, were never held accountable for their actions, Amnesty said.

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‘I took a picture of Tower Bridge and was arrested for terrorism’

30-05-2007 09:35

Salam Abdulrahman

A chilling glimpse of ‘stop and search’ Britain

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Bush's New Middle East

29-05-2007 21:43

" ... under the sky
without hope
the self inside me dies ...

I will always be from nowhere
Without a face, without a history
from nowhere."

"Traveler without Luggage" by Abdul-Wahab Al-Bayyati

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Saturday Inspiration: Peace is Possible

29-05-2007 20:14

copyright Mr. Brian W. Haw
Peace is Possible - People do Care

R.S.V.P. - Saturdays - Parliament Square

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Amazing 911 truth video

29-05-2007 17:26

911 truth activism

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Deaths In Other Nations Since WW2 Due To US Interventions

29-05-2007 16:41

After the catastrophic attacks of September 11 2001 monumental sorrow and a feeling of desperate and understandable anger began to permeate the American psyche. A few people at that time attempted to promote a balanced perspective by pointing out that the United States had also been responsible for causing those same feelings in people in other nations, but they produced hardly a ripple. Although Americans understand in the abstract the wisdom of people around the world empathizing with the suffering of one another, such a reminder of wrongs committed by our nation got little hearing and was soon overshadowed by an accelerated "war on terrorism."

But we must continue our efforts to develop understanding and compassion in the world. Hopefully, this article will assist in doing that by addressing the question “How many September 11ths has the United States caused in other nations since WWII?” This theme is developed in this report which contains an estimated numbers of such deaths in 37 nations as well as brief explanations of why the U.S. is considered culpable.

The causes of wars are complex. In some instances nations other than the U.S. may have been responsible for more deaths, but if the involvement of our nation appeared to have been a necessary cause of a war or conflict it was considered responsible for the deaths in it. In other words they probably would not have taken place if the U.S. had not used the heavy hand of its power. The military and economic power of the United States was crucial.

This study reveals that U.S. military forces were directly responsible for about 10 to 15 million deaths during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the two Iraq Wars. The Korean War also includes Chinese deaths while the Vietnam War also includes fatalities in Cambodia and Laos.

The American public probably is not aware of these numbers and knows even less about the proxy wars for which the United States is also responsible. In the latter wars there were between nine and 14 million deaths in Afghanistan, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, East Timor, Guatemala, Indonesia, Pakistan and Sudan.

But the victims are not just from big nations or one part of the world. The remaining deaths were in smaller ones which constitute over half the total number of nations. Virtually all parts of the world have been the target of U.S. intervention.

The overall conclusion reached is that the United States most likely has been responsible since WWII for the deaths of between 20 and 30 million people in wars and conflicts scattered over the world.

To the families and friends of these victims it makes little difference whether the causes were U.S. military action, proxy military forces, the provision of U.S. military supplies or advisors, or other ways, such as economic pressures applied by our nation. They had to make decisions about other things such as finding lost loved ones, whether to become refugees, and how to survive.

And the pain and anger is spread even further. Some authorities estimate that there are as many as 10 wounded for each person who dies in wars. Their visible, continued suffering is a continuing reminder to their fellow countrymen.

It is essential that Americans learn more about this topic so that they can begin to understand the pain that others feel. Someone once observed that the Germans during WWII “chose not to know.” We cannot allow history to say this about our country. The question posed above was “How many September 11ths has the United States caused in other nations since WWII?” The answer is: possibly 10,000.

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Christian monasteries desecrated by U.S.

29-05-2007 15:57

Iraqi church leaders say the country’s Christians are suffering immensely and have blamed the U.S. for what they describe as their "tragic conditions".

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Noam Chomsky: 'A Poisoned Chalice': The Media and the Use of Force

29-05-2007 15:46

Audio Noam Chomsky speaks at the Chrysler Theatre in Windsor, Ontario, May 17, 2007

Attached is a one hour audio of Noam Chomsky speaking on 'a poisoned chalice': the media and the use of force, which was recorded at the 20 Years of Propaganda? conference held in Windsor, Canada, earlier this month. Noam Chomsky compares US aggression to Nuremberg standards of Nazi war crimes and discusses the occupation of Iraq, genocide and the role of the media in the fabrication of a pretext for war with Iran — it's pertiant to the discussion following the feature article on imperial disinformation.

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Ideas cannot be killed.

29-05-2007 13:14

More than 600,000 people have lost their lives in Iraq and more than 2 million have been forced to emigrate since the American invasion began...

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Bush expects everything to be solved with a bang.

28-05-2007 15:32

Bush is an apocalyptic person. I observe his eyes, his face and his obsessive preoccupation with pretending that everything he sees on the "invisible screens" are spontaneous thoughts...

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The End of Liberty

28-05-2007 10:17

I am in general opposed to violence, except as a last resort. And I know that the police are not all fascists. Many policemen don't like the drive against civil liberties any more than I do. But, even granted that they are only doing their job, I can promise you this. The first policeman who stops me as I am peacefully going about my lawful business, and demands to know who I am and where I am going, will get punched on the nose.

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USUK Preparations for the Apocalypse?

27-05-2007 19:05

In an inexorable build-up of propaganda and military encirclement prior to a first strike attack on Iran, the Bush junta, along with its London quislings, have switched their anti-Iranian propaganda from nuclear issues to accuse the Iranian government of "meddling" in Iraq and supplying Iraqi guerillas weapons with which to fight the US and British occupying troops.

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Urgent Apeal from Lebanon for Nahr el Bared

27-05-2007 13:34


So finally some news about the Naher El-Bared attacks, the situation is extremly urgent for the people in the refugee camp and for those who are becoming refugees once again.. a long list of urgent needs was provided by the Naher El Bared Relief Campaign (See bottom of page). Please help raise donations or send supplies.