December 8th, the first shout of the USA and call to war vs. the last breath of John Lennon and a dream of Peace.
“Nescire autem quid antequam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum. (To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.)” Cicero
Truth is never a simple black or white, just or evil, emotional matter. To find it, you must be willing to forget the story telling and, sometimes, your oldest beliefs, implanted from school times and hammered in by the media and the mainstream version. You must be ready or curious to follow the rabbit hole that will lead you past the obvious knowledge, underneath the naive appearance of the milestone event which name resonates so familiarly.
Behind the lies, or that warped simplistic version of history, which has been served to us, you may discover and understand how and why some events really happened. If not engineered, as often they are, they can be the opportunity for a greater political agenda (the opportunity may be in itself the last move, the necessary spark, in a long and patient game of chess played over generations).
The facts are out there, especially since we have entered an era of worldwide data sharing. Thus, it is not about opinions, political convictions, religious beliefs, likes or dislikes. It is about the will to read and interpret the elements that have preceded, set up if you prefer, a tragedy such as the one of December 7, 1941, which has influenced the course of history and consequently the development of our dominant contemporary anglo-saxon civilisation. It is not about judging, deciding the rightfulness of a strategy, the moral personality of the victor against the vanquished, or theorising on the “What ifs”. I think instead we just owe it to ourselves, whether we approve or not the conclusions of our findings, to get the full and truthful picture and without premeditated interpretation, be our detective, to consider on our own the evidences of the past to better apprehend our present. The truth is merely a step back, across the amnesia imposed on us or more moderately but conveniently archived from our immediate consultation.
“You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes….But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it…” The Matrix movie
Some time ago, I described the reason(s) behind the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Today, in the context of the latest anniversary of Pearl Harbor and, a day later, of another tragedy of a different sort, admittedly, with the anniversary of the murder of John Lennon (which coincides as well with Roosevelt´s war declaration), I would like to follow up with a link to an article written on “Scoop” by Mr. David Swanson a vocal anti-war journalist, activist and author (whose work would have undoubtedly met the ex-Beatle’s approval). It seems rather well suited to join the remembrance of the chronology of actions that decided the engagement of the USA into a global war with the memory of a man who spent his last 10 years advocating for peace.
“We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.” J. Lennon
The fall of the Berlin Wall was believed to be the completion of a long political play between two powerful giants, once allies, and the success of the Western ideology. However (see part II of the story on the fall of the Berlin Wall), although the old arm-wrestling endured then and the USSR puzzle was exposed to the winds by the Glasnost, it was the error of a man that precipitated the key event and the reconciliation of Europe. However, in the case of Pearl Harbor, it is quite the opposite and the tragic bombing was the kind of provocation that was needed to achieve the objective a policy started in the early 30s. It was a traumatic and unforgivable aggression. As in Berlin in 1989 but contrary to the rejoicing, the dormant public would wake and do the rest from anger.
Swanson´s article begins with an update on the current investigations, possibly revelations, about the motivations and proceedings of the war in Iraq. But Mr Swanson goes on to recall the circumstances which brought about Pearl Harbor, the event that pulled the reluctant American public opinion into a war it didn’t wish (sounds familiar?). Most essentially, he explains in his article the decisions and motives that truly prepared the ground for Pearl Harbor, the necessary shock, the heartfelt offence, that triggered the participation of the USA into WWII.
I had mentioned in my previous blog article the Atlantic Charter. But there was more, starting with a larger politic-economic long term plan deeply rooted in the links that existed between Wall Street and its corporations with the German national-socialist regime (if you are interested in this topic, you should read, “Wall street and the rise of Hitler” by Anthony Sutton if your local censure allows). Its world wide ambitions and the outcome of the war are still decisive to our contemporary geopolitical dynamics.
I also recommend the enlightening documentary series by Oliver Stone “The Untold History of the United States” that examines, in a neutral but undoubtedly brutally revealing way, the initiatives (and their incentives) taken by the USA from the WW2 declaration of war to the latest administrations.
“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes. Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it. Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them.” George Santayana
Get to know the author, a short bio of David Swanson (extracted from his article on Scoop)