Letter to Editor, Dictatorshipwatch – The sounds of silence can be deadlier than the roar-and-thunder of F-16s!
December 20, 2008. 1:00 PM PST. (An earlier version published Dec. 21st, 2008 @4:33AM )
The article “An Appeal to Silent Academics on the illegal Afghan war” is of much philosophical as well as practical interest, especially its opening gambit:
“It is always the academic circles, which pave the way and provide final legitimacy to acts of aggression on the part of politicians and military leaders or pave the road for peace. In the present day world, most of the academic experts in international relations and political science are either silent or have put Afghanistan on the back-burner in the sense that they have accepted its occupation perfectly legitimate.”
Project Humanbeingsfirst would like to respond to the more un-apparent aspect of this matter.
If one recasts the "military-industrial" complex to its truer but still minimalist manifestation: "military-industrial-academe-media" complex, all matters become crystal clear as to the role of academics, among others, in the greater scheme of things.
Based on this understanding is why I have reached the disturbing and rather uncomfortable conclusion that all have eaten to their fill, hollow pretenses at dissent notwithstanding. See “Responsibility of Intellectuals – Redux”
When one reads the following two 'must-read' books cover to cover (as opposed to merely reading about them, or reading random snippets on the internet), matters become even more crystal clear:
Tragedy and Hope by Carroll Quigley, and
The Naked Capitalist by W. Cleon Skousen.
Whoever has the ability to cough up the $40 plus $30 respectively to purchase these two essential books, will find a treasure trove of comprehension denied the plebeian world due to what has been deliberately made to “look like a great ‘booming, buzzing confusion’ to use William James’ famous description of reality, but an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.” (CFR 1974)
See the Monetary Reform Bibliography on how to acquire these rare books in these times:
The academics have all too shrewdly played their role and continue to do so, both of the mainstream and of the much lauded dissentstream, and whether they may reside and work in the alleyways accessed through the 'Infinite Corridor' at MIT (a passageway through which I journeyed almost daily for what seemed like an eternity at the time), or through the hallways of the thousand and then some foundations and thinktanks along the Potomac, the Hudson, all the way to the Hoover Tower at Stanford. I.e., from sea to shinning sea.
The clue that I will drop here and leave the curious to purchase those books before they disappear entirely from the planet:
'The real value of Tragedy and Hope ... [is the] bold and boastful admission by Dr. Quigley that there actually exists a relatively small but powerful group which has succeeded in acquiring a choke-hold on the affairs of practically the entire human race. Of course we should be quick to recognize that no small group could wield such gigantic power unless millions of people in all walks of life were “in on the take” and were willing to knuckle down to the iron-clad regimentation of the ruthless bosses behind the scenes. As we shall see, the network has succeeded in building its power structure by using tremendous quantities of money (together with the vast influence it buys) to manipulate, intimidate, or corrupt millions of men and women and their institutions on a world-wide basis.' (W. Cleon Skousen, The Naked Capitalist, pg. 6)
If what Prof. Carroll Quigley expands upon in 'Tragedy and Hope' is actually true, and it's not merely his fertile imagination at play, then the silence of the academics on key matters, the core-axioms, is explainable.
That silence transcends the silence on Afganistan which this article is mainly focussed on, whereupon, in point of fact, many of the same peoples I indict have actually been quite outspoken about it.
I have felt it is rather trivial to be a critic of the overt crimes of empire, the so called 'rogue state' phenomenon. Many a book has been written, and many an author become millionaire, rehearsing what is already visible to all and sundry, what is already documented publicly aplenty. Many a historian and academic have actually been quite vocal about it – from Arundhati Roy to Noam Chomsky to John Pilger to Tariq Ali to William Blum.
And yet, the same people are silent on the core-axioms which actually enable the “imperial mobilization” in the first place. That in turn causes the abhorrent crimes against humanity to occur as an effect. It is easy to focus on the effect, not the cause. Or to obfuscate the cause to generalities, such as 'capitalism', 'corporate greed', etc. For to focus on the true agenda and its exponents, such as the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds, the Federal Reserve System and the practice of private central banking controlling the Western nations' destinies towards centralized 'communism' style governance, would most assuredly unveil the hidden hands.
Unless I am mistaken – and I would be delighted to eat crow – none of these dissent-chiefs have noted that 911 was an inside job, or that world-government is the overarching agenda through systematically manufactured crises, or even alluded to the fact that in the minute books of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, there occurs a statement, circa 1909-1910, to the effect that there is no more efficient method than war to change the habits of an entire peoples (according to Congressional Investigator for the 1954 Reece Committee, Mr. Normon Dodd – see MRB).
It is apparently permissible, in the greater scheme of things, to boldly challenge what is already visible, so long as one leaves alone the prime axioms unchallenged – the 'manufactured dissent'. It is as necessary a part of “imperial mobilization” itself as “doctrinal motivation and intellectual commitment” which form the core basis of 'manufacturing consent'. I have tried to explain these concepts, which is entirely of the Hegelian inspired 'dialectics of deception' nature, in the report “Weapons of Mass Deception - The Master Social Science”.
For those who stay silent – whether academic, or ordinary plebeian, scholar or student, man or woman, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, atheist, or any biped who claims to belong to the human race – one has the eloquence of Elie Wiesel to be eternally guided by, for that is the un-silenceable scream of all victims, everywhere:
“I still curse the killers, their accomplices, the indifferent spectators who knew and kept silent, and Creation itself, Creation and those who perverted and distorted it. I feel like screaming, howling like a madman so that that world, the world of the murderers, might know it will never be forgiven.”
Letter to Editor DW: The sounds of silence can be deadlier than the roar-and-thunder of F-16s!