Beware of the 'wise men' of opposition - A response to Gorbachev's unhidden wisdom

Beware of the 'wise men' of opposition

A response to Gorbachev's unhidden wisdom

Zahir Ebrahim

May 14, 2008.

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A Project Humanbeingsfirst response to Gorbachev's unhidden wisdom: Beware of the 'wise men' of opposition

Comment submitted for article written by Walter C. Uhler “Is the United States of America Addicted to War?”

May 14, 2008.

There isn't much on the surface that one can disagree with in Walter C. Uhler's exposition, and certainly not with the statement: “Mikhail Gorbachev is not a frivolous man.” Though one might mildly quibble over the characterization of the word “peaceful”, as in “the man who did more than any other individual to bring the Cold War to a peaceful conclusion” even if one overlooks the destruction of Afghanistan and being the recipient of the gift of “giving to the USSR its Vietnam War” at the expense of shattering the tabula rasa of an innocent peoples and their entire civilization, one would certainly not argue with the main thesis being propounded. That yes indeed, this man was responsible for seeding the pivotal prime-mover transformationFrom Balance of Terror to Unilateral Terror” [1] which today fuels the unilateralist quest for “full spectrum dominance”.

One would certainly also not argue with the spectrum of opinions quoted from the scholars of empire themselves, expounding upon the unfettered penchant for “imperial mobilization” of the neo-colonial legatee of the former colonial empire upon whom, once upon a time, the sun never set!

The characterization that does puzzle one though, is that of the “such wise men” as in “little wonder that wise men, such as Mikhail Gorbachev, see something more permanent and nefarious at work. Is Iran next?”

What is this profound wisdom of “such wise men” that they deserve to be quoted to assert what is obvious to all and sundry: “Is Iran next?” It is hardly even a question today, even the mainstream presses are full of ominous prognostications daily. And nor has it been since at least 2002 – if not earlier during the 1990s when PNAC was being crafted – when the NPR was first publicly revealed, wherein Iran was identified for 'preemptive' nuclear strikes by the 'hectoring hegemons'!

Is such a designation of “wise men” to Gorbachev primarily for rehashing the palpable truisms of war? Many have tread that beaten path far more astutely:

War is a Racket” – Maj. Gen Smedley Butler, circa 1930s.

War is a Force that gives Us Meaning” – Chris Hedges, circa 2002.

Or is such a designation of “wise men” for the feigned surprise of 'Nature Boy' winning the Noora-Kushti*, as was expressed by the famed Iraq Study Group when it ex post facto noted:

We conclude that the intelligence community was dead wrong in almost all of its prewar judgments about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. This was a major intelligence failure”

just as Mr. Walter C. Uhler too notes in praise of his favorite hero “the greatest statesman of the twentieth century”:

In speeches delivered to the State of the World Forum in September 2000, Mikhail Gorbachev blamed the United States for squandering unique post-cold war opportunities to bring "new thinking" (novoe myshlenie) to the problems of globalization, arms reduction and nuclear disarmament. He's entitled. For, paradoxically, it was Gorbachev--the product of an ostensibly moribund, so-called totalitarian regime--whose idealism and dynamism went farthest in demilitarizing the cold war, assuring its peaceful resolution and ushering in those very opportunities.”

Or is it indeed perhaps for the wisdom that is only visible on that one real 'birthday' when 'Alice' is wide awake and far removed from the 24x7 364-day immersive influence of the 'Mad Hatter' at the 'unbirthday party' – the real wisdom of one “whose idealism and dynamism went farthest in demilitarizing the cold war”, of having eagerly partaken at the Globalists' table [2] and having been amply rewarded for it with the Nobel Peace Prize?

The wisdom that is now, in piece-meal and in calculated stages of incremental faits accomplis, ushering in the New World Order of “namely one centre of authority, one centre of force, one centre of decision-making. It is world in which there is one master, one sovereign”?

This was surely entirely un-obvious to “the greatest statesman of the twentieth century” un-attuned to absolute power and its incantations – not having read George Kennan's PPS-23 from 1948 (Declassified June 17, 1974):

'Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction.

We should dispense with the aspiration to "be liked" or to be regarded as the repository of a high-minded international altruism. We should stop putting ourselves in the position of being our brothers' keeper and refrain from offering moral and ideological advice. We should cease to talk about vague and--for the Far East--unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.'

While the other far less glamourous Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, merely used those ominously descriptive words cited above to temporarily describe the leaves of the manifest tree of incremental conquest, that description is far more accurate prescriptively, of the un-hidden DNA that is seeding the totality of the neo-liberal global reality of the New World Order! One that Gorbachev himself described in these words:

If we leave the world to its own devices.... it will mean new sufferings, the death of many people from hunger, epidemics and wars.... The humane and moral mind cannot accept this prospect. The alternative is a managed process... on a global level.”

Why do such Hegelian dialectics and the 'technique of infamy'** spun by the brilliant scholars of empire, all of which so very cleverly attempt to juxtapose conquests with its fake opposition, still fail to impress the ordinary plebeian mind?

Perhaps that's why, we still remain, pretty much the 'plebeians', forever on the receiving end of this “managed process... on a global level.”

Zahir Ebrahim

the plebeian



*Noora-Kushti – an Urdu language expression that denotes a 'fixed-match', like WWF, wherein both sides work to benefit the same promoters and sponsors.

**technique of infamy – Ezra Pound's exposition of a brilliant Machiavellian construction. See

[2] “The State of the World according to Gorbachev” 1996,

Caveat Lector - who knows what is true and what is false anymore! Taking things at face value is considered rational and wise today, and foolishness and conspiratorial otherwise.

The author, an ordinary researcher and writer on contemporary geopolitics, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. His maiden 2003 book was rejected by six publishers and can be read on the web at He may be reached at

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