Carl Herman, Contributing Writer
I wrote an analogy in 2009 of what the world would look like to Americans if the relationship of the US to Iran were switched to the US having Iran’s position and China having the US position. I’m re-printing the article below to help Americans understand the Orwellian nature of US current wars and threats for expanded war to mass-murder Iranians. This also occurs as the US actively kills Libyans and Pakistanis (and here).
What we know for sure by the objective facts that anyone can verify: US political and corporate media “leadership” lies about alleged “reasons” for war with Iran (my most recent article on this topic here, with multiple links): specifically:
- Iran’s president never physically threatened Israel.
- All of Iran’s nuclear material is fully accounted for peaceful and legal use for energy and medicine.
The US completely lied for its unlawful attack and invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. We now know from our own government’s disclosure of the evidence that all “reasons” for war were known lies.
Current status for US war with Iran is that the same lying US government now claims from its laughable conflicting stories about the alleged extrajudicial assassination of Osama bin Laden that Iran holds some responsibility (and here) for the US’ also laughable and conflicting explanation of what happened on 9/11 (here for explanation and multiple documentation).
Here is my article of two years ago:
President Obama is using the same aggressive rhetoric we saw prior to invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, with media repeating the quickly-verifiable lie that Iran’s President threatened to “wipe Israel off the map.”
Previously, Senator Lieberman, Secretary of State Clinton, and former UN Ambassador John Bolton resumed rhetoric of a United States attack upon Iran. There are two general justifications they speak of to justify war: Iran’s“nuclear program” and their threat to Israel.
Would it help to understand the facts to imagine if the US was in Iran’s position? Let’s find out with the following scenario of the current US role being played by China, and Iran being played by the US. It’s all based on the conservative history (non-contested as far as I know) of what the US has done to Iran and documented here.
Written from an American perspective, here’s the story of what the world would look like to Americans if China treated the US like the US treats Iran:
In 1953, the CIA (China Intelligence Agency) overthrew the Eisenhower administration, installing a vicious dictator, Dick Tator, who lorded over us until we deposed him in 1979. Ike had been elected in our democracy, and had the brass to demand renegotiation of oil contracts to increase the American share of the profit above 15%. The Chinese had helped develop our Texas oil fields from their occupation during the last world war. Ike’s threat of nationalizing our oil fields drove China over the edge. Their CIA staged Operation Ajax, put Ike in prison until 1956, and then kept him under house arrest until his death.
The Chinese-installed puppet, “President” Tator, was welcome in Beijing, with the Chinese people not perceiving the irony and hypocrisy of their Cold War fighting for “freedom and democracy” while supporting a dictator who destroyed democracy in our country. CIA helped train Dick Tator’s own secret service, who imprisoned and executed hundreds of thousands of Americans who defied Tator in any way. When Tator developed cancer and fled the US in 1979, he received medical treatment in China. The new US government demanded extradition to the US for mass murder against his own citizens. China refused.
In protest, Americans stormed the Chinese embassy in Washington DC, taking 53 hostages. China demanded their immediate release; but with refusal to extradite Tator to stand trial, the US refused.
The US de facto leader, minister Billy Bible (who Tator exiled in 1964) said China had no right to complain, as they held our entire nation hostage since 1953. Americans rallied behind Bible, and the motto he developed while in exile: “We’ll be back. This regime will be terminated.”
China imposed economic sanctions on the US and then supported their puppet-dictator in Mexico, Senor Saddam, to invade the US in 1980. Behind-the-scenes negotiations led to the hostages’ release in January, 1981 (another devious story in itself), but China escalated their support of Mexico in their invasion. They didn’t lift a finger for international law to stop Mexico’s War of Aggression against us. Over a million Americans were killed in the war until 1988.
Along with Chinese attacks destroying US oil platforms and installations in the Gulf of Mexico in 1988, China also shot down and American commercial airliner 655, flying in American airspace, killing all 293 on board. China’s vice-president said he would never apologize for China, no matter what the facts were. The invasion and war ended at the end of 1988.
In 1990, China invaded Mexico but kept their dictator in power. China imposed harsh sanctions on Mexico, resulting in about a million civilian deaths, mostly children. Their secretary of state said the deaths of children were “regrettable but worth the cost.” They invaded again in 2003 for “regime change” after Mexico began accepting other currencies than China’s for oil export. This followed China’s 2002 invasion of Canada and occupation.
Americans realized we were surrounded by China and feared the worst, as history had demonstrated. We were right.
Beginning in 2003, China escalated rhetoric that the US, a non-nuclear power, was developing nuclear weapons in secret locations and that we were a government run by religious zealots (perhaps true, yes).
The US began selling Texas oil exports for currency other than China’s in fear of devaluation of the Yuan from their government’s extensive borrowing and increased debt. In 2005 the US president delivered a speech in defense of Palestinian rights. He used the exact same phrase as our revolutionary hero, Billy Bible: “Palestine will be back. The Israeli regime will be terminated.”
China snapped. Their political leaders and press claimed that the US is threatening to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Israel demanded the US be tried for crimes against humanity, said we were threatening another Holocaust (despite our large Jewish population), and requested our expulsion from the UN. China and Israel began to participate in war games. They openly discuss war with the US, including the use of nuclear weapons. This is all in blatant violation of the UN Charter to keep peaceful relations.
A second line of China-Israeli propaganda is over US pursuit of nuclear energy. China was in contract with the US and fully supported US nuclear energy when their puppet-Presiden, Tator, was in charge, but after the 1979 revolution they reneged on all contracts, never refunding billions we paid for equipment. Both China and Israel state a military strike against the US is “on the table.”
The US tries to distinguish our legal nuclear energy development that allows full inspections from IAEA from illegal nuclear weapons. It doesn’t matter that IAEA confirms all US nuclear material is fully accounted for in legal energy and medicine use.
It does not matter that all the facts support that the US is fully within our legal rights for nuclear energy and to save lives with medical isotopes.
China and their controlled media relentlessly use the ambiguous phrasing of the US “nuclear program,” and broadcast fear of what might happen if we develop a nuclear weapon. China ignores and won’t discuss the terms of the Non-Proliferation Treaty where the US is allowed to develop nuclear energy, choosing to conflate nuclear energy and nuclear weapons in the minds of their citizens. Chinese news programs show the world a new 30,000 pound bomb to penetrate US underground targets.
While “officially” China says Christianity is a respectable religion, their media stoke fears that Christian extremists are in charge of the US. Many Chinese view Christians with fear, thinking we want to convert the world because we think any other religion leads to hell. They point to the Crusades, hundreds of year of religious wars, and the Spanish Inquisition as evidence that Christianity is a religion that has been and can again be extremely violent. They say Americans are brutal and dishonest as a culture; citing genocide against American Natives and constant treaty violation to steal their land, Americans lying their way into a war to steal half of Mexico, and then being so unstable we had a civil war.
They say that the US has always been a place of violence.
They publish government papers citing US human rights abuses; never mentioning their own (jumping back to reality, consider this).
Many of their media pundits explain that Chinese troops cannot leave Mexico and Canada because Christian extremists will take over and it’ll be a safe-haven for Christian terrorists committed to get to China and kill their civilians in terrorist attacks.
One of China’s top reporters with a history of documenting Chinese war crimes and broke the torture scandal against Mexican detainees reports China is actively engaged with their CIA to overthrow our government again.
China also insists their “Surge” in Mexico has decreased Mexican terrorism, but they accuse Americans and the US government of covertly aiding Mexican and Palestinian “terrorists.” They spin their invasion that Mexico and the world is better off, and China will increase troop presence in Canada during 2009 to defeat the “Maple Leaf” terrorist cells, who are a threat to Chinese national security. They increasingly use drone attacks against Canada and across the sea-border into northern Scotland, an apparently ungovernable part of the UK, a nuclear power.
The Chinese public is increasing aware of the facts, using the Internet and alternative media for communication. The Chinese government threatens to close the Internet for “national security” needs, should they arise.
As of November, 2009, the US has not yet been attacked by China and/or Israel, but the drums of war continue to beat against us, accompanied by China’s slick “mainstream media.” We hope and pray that the Chinese public and the world will understand that Americans don’t want war with anyone. We want cooperation, dignity, justice under law, and freedom.
Because all of China’s political leaders repeat the lie that Billy Bible’s phrase means a threat to Israel, that we want to somehow commit suicide by attacking a nation without cause that has over 400 nuclear weapons and the world’s most sophisticated hardware to deliver them, and this lie is SO EASILY refuted, we know that China’s president and henchmen do not want peace under the law with us. This is so evil, and should be apparent after the reasons China gave to invade Mexico and Canada were exposed by their own government documentation as known lies as they were being told.
And China wonders why so many of us turn to religion for solace.
After a million civilian deaths from China’s invasion of Mexico we know our fate will be similar if they attack us.
May God help us all.
He can be reached at Carl_Herman@post.harvard.edu