Zahir Ebrahim | Project Humanbeingsfirst.org
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Yes I am very disturbed by the pay-differentials noted by the US GAO. The exercise of the white man's burden upon the 'untermenschen' through the coveted Foreign Service of the superpower should be more equitable in paychecks, I quite agree.
Is it possible that those lower-ranking cadre serving in the superpower's Foreign Service aren't fully informed of their real diplomatic mission? Permit me to enlighten you by 1) encouraging you to read your predecessor empire's writings; and 2) inviting you to ponder the role your mission plays from the eyes of those whom you govern by proxy. Below is my two cent contribution to the education of US Foreign Service Personal – an education one cannot purchase for a million dollars at Georgetown School of Foreign Service even if Prof. Carroll Quigley was still living and delivering his famous lectures on history today. And yet, it is also trivial to acquire this education when one is not unduly saddled with the 'white man's burden' in the new empire.
Lesson-1 – The Big Picture: A super-power's foreign service is primarily an instrument of exuding its hegemony; the pay differential primarily reflects that quantitative differential in the white man's burden in different geographical locations (otherwise as you have duly noted, it makes no sense); many of the diplomats' inability to speak the local vernacular is as pertinent to their performing their daily duties as Lord Babbington Macaulay's was when he awarded India the generous gift of the English language without himself knowing the local vernaculars of Arabic, Persian and Sanscrit by claiming:
“I have no knowledge of either Sanscrit or Arabic. But I have done what I could to form a correct estimate of their value. ... I have never found one among them who could deny that a single shelf of a good European library was worth the whole native literature of India and Arabia. The intrinsic superiority of the Western literature is indeed fully admitted by those members of the committee who support the oriental plan of education.”,
and his legatees today worldwide have their CIA managed intelligence officers and the hierarchy of field controllers speak all the local languages in every dialect, and do all the requisite mixing, influencing, orchestrating, infiltrating, coup d'état-ing, and blackops-ing as needed to leave the diplomats very clean hands, and conscience, so that they may continue on with their white man's burden without undue guilt.
Lesson-2 – The Job Description: The Diplomatic mission's primary job function is to engage with the mostly English-enabled rulers and their coterie of lackeys among the local influence peddlers, who have been selected to govern on behalf of the hegemons as per Lord Macaulay's architecture:
“We must at present do our best to form a class who may be interpreters between us and the millions whom we govern, -- a class of persons Indian in blood and colour, but English in tastes, in opinions, in morals and in intellect.”
This is done, inter alia, by inviting their carefully cultivated indigenous house negroes to lavish Embassy parties, overarchingly projecting the corrupting-power and corrupting-luxury which is both enviable and feared by the locals, to enable the ongoing cajoling/influencing of the local quislings and opinion-makers to do the masters' bidding while maintaining the aura of both supremacy and invincibility.
Anyone in the Foreign Service pay who is un-familiar with the aforementioned palpable mission that is entirely written in empiricism, is either a low ranking staffer/janitor and hasn't a clue what he or she is doing under the patriotic banner of serving their country in the foreign land of hardships, or, is a senior ranking liar spinning “beneficial cognitive diversity”.
The latter spinning has evidently succeeded – judging from the number of comments this psyops article has attracted on a website where most articles would be lucky to get even one comment. Why is this succeeding, and why is this a psyop? Well, the psyop is succeeding because it is an “Opra Winfrey” special edition – irrelevant nonsense which typically attracts the American audience. This article is now among the most read on Atlanticfreepress with 21 comments (before mine). And it has zero content pertinent to the mission of this website – that being, to my understanding, providing an alternate worldview and its analyses which remain un-expressed in mainstream presses. And why is this a psyop of introducing “beneficial cognitive diversity”? Just look at the last paragraph. It is the raison d'être for the entire article unless its author is an imbecile (a premise I refuse to accept for anyone attached to empire). It perpetuates the core lie of empire wrapped in a new verbose guise, diplomatic hardship:
“In contrast to American diplomats, al-Qaeda personnel seem to speak the local languages and dialects and seem to mix easily with local populations in all those countries diplomats shun. So while American diplomats sit in their embassy forts hosting tea parties for themselves and lamenting their hardship for not being posted to Europe; their adversaries are on the march.”
Poor Foreign Service! They think the entire world is full of idiots ready to dance the 'house negro' to the beat of their white tambourine. The colonized and indoctrinated minds may well be, but certainly not here at Atlanticfreepress. Some can actually think quite independently here. And some are even well-read in imperial statecraft (never mind the indoctrination). Perhaps even as well read as the senior diplomats themselves who know exactly what they are doing overseas. See this for the US Ambassador to Pakistan, Ms. Anne Patterson's service to empire:
Here are some insider-pictures of the US Diplomatic mission wining-dining the Negro Pakistani press:
Here is a view from the Pakistani Intelligence apparatus, the ISI, of US role in Pakistan, specifically that which led to the judicial assassination of its elected Prime Minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Excerpt is from “Profiles of Intelligence”, 1996, Brig. Tirmazi, Chapter 3. It is lengthy and rather than reproduce it here, it can be read here if curious:
And I am sure everyone can identify their own favorite 'untermensch' nation/people and find the unvarnished exercise of primacy, hegemony, which, as Zbigniew Brzezinski un-apologetically noted in the very opening sentence of his book The Grand Chessboard – American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives – is the age-old practice of the truism:
“Hegemony is as old as mankind.”
Brzezinski then went on in the rest of his 1996 book to set the American foreign policy agenda for the coming 21st century, concluding:
“In brief, the U.S. Policy goals must be un-apologetically twofold: to perpetuate America's own dominant position for at least a generation and preferably longer,...”
And Zbigniew Brzezinski wasn't being original, or even pompous, at all. He was merely re-echoing Diplomat extraordinaire, George F. Kennan, the man whose ideas kept the world at the brink of annihilation like “two scorpions in a bottle” (Robert Oppenheimer) where it was deemed only “sublime irony” that “safety be the sturdy child of terror and survival the twin brother of annihilation” (Winston Churchill), while fighting proxy warfare in impoverished indigent nations in the name of détente with what became known as the “Truman Doctrine”.
Certainly no one in the US Foreign Service except its most humble janitors – perhaps being the only ones earning their honest keep without staining their hands in blood – will be unfamiliar with the most famous contribution to America's Foreign Affairs: “Review of Current Trends, U.S. Foreign Policy, Policy Planning Staff, PPS No. 23.”
“We have about 50% of the world's wealth, but only 6.3% of its population .... In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. 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 cease to talk about vague and - for the Far East - unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of 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.”
I'll just stop now – I can quite extemporaneously teach at the School of Foreign Service if the calibre of its diplomats is genuinely betrayed in this article. However, quite the contrary, the article is a rather feeble psyop, of attempted “cognitive infiltration” as examined in this comment. And I hope its author can take my plebeian comments back to the bosses and have them prepare better discourses for effective “cognitive infiltration” because the target audience here at Atlanticfreepress is a tad too smart for this “al-Qaeda personnel seem to speak the local languages and dialects” crap. They of course do, but for the field officers of the Western intelligence apparatus which tactically cultivates/controls that Hegelian Dialectic of “Islamofascism”. Its strategic manufacture however, for the continual exercise of “a high degree of doctrinal motivation, intellectual commitment, and patriotic gratification”, (Brzezinski) is in Washington, along the famous pathways of such august private foundations as the Council on Foreign Relations, American Enterprise Institute, The Rand Corporation, et. al. Please do take the time to watch both Zbigniew Brzezinski, the man behind President Obama and the former National Security Advisor under President Carter, and the current US Secretary of State, Ms. Hillary Clinton, admit of the immense influence that these private un-accountable foundations wield upon the superpower's foreign policy formulations (if you don't mind just scrolling down halfway directly to the two pertinent videos):
March 07, 2010
Beneficial Cognitive Diversity: A Response to Matthew Nasuti's 'American diplomats shun hardship posts in third world countries' By Zahir Ebrahim March 07, 2010