|Heil Caesar William Bowles (19/07/03)|
"There is no more dangerous theory in international politics today than that we need to balance the power of America with other competitor powers, different poles around which nations gather."
Render unto Caesar (or else)
This single statement speaks reams and is worth deconstructing, something the mass media have been loathe to do, for Blah is telling us that there can only be one superpower and that its the US. Its also a thinly veiled slap in the face for the EU and anybody else who dares question the emperor and his regent, and just in case we dont get the message, later in his act of submisssion to the imperium, he states that,
"Any alliance must start with America and Europe. Believe me if Europe and America are together, the others will work with us. But if we split, all the rest will play around, play us off and nothing but mischief will be the result of it."
However, "the rest" as with "other competitor powers" are never identified but the message is clear, bow to the imperium or else. And in a complete reversal of his statements in 2002 about not going it alone, he tells us,
"But let us start preferring a coalition and acting alone if we have to"
Yet even as Blah bowed and scraped, things were falling apart back home. The fall guy Dr David Kelly, wheeled in as yet another diversion from the increasing clamour for answers, turns up dead the day after being cross-examined by the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on whether or not he was the real source of the BBCs story on sexing up the September dossier. Now whether he jumped, slipped or was pushed is neither here nor there, but what it does reveal is just how desperate the ruling elite are to bury the opposition under a whelter of disinformation and diversions from the central issue. Things are getting out of hand, so much so, that in what is probably Blahs final justification for war, he said,
"11 September was not an isolated event but a tragic prologue. Iraq; another act; and many further struggles will be set upon this stage before it is over. We are bound together as never before . When people say that risk is fanciful, I say: We know the Taliban supported al-Qa'ida; we know Iraq under Saddam gave haven to and supported terrorists; we know there are states in the Middle East now actively funding and helping people who regard it as God's will, in the act of suicide, to take as many innocent lives with them on their way to God's judgement . Can we be sure that terrorism and WMD will join together? If we are wrong, we will have destroyed a threat that, at its least is responsible for inhuman carnage and suffering. That is something I am confident history will forgive."
So now, here we have Blah, aping Bushs rationale for war; the connection between Middle East terrorism, the Taliban/al-Queda and Saddam Hussein. Finally, all pretence has been dropped and Blah is publicly committed to the imperium come hell or high water. It matters little whether or not the WMDs are found. His only concession to old European thinking is his call for a solution to the issue of a Palestinian state, but even here, buried in his message, is the code of the racist demagogue when he says,
"This terrorism will not be defeated without peace in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine. Here it is that the poison is incubated. Here it is that the extremist is able to confuse in the mind of a frighteningly large number of people, the case for a Palestinian state and the destruction of Israel; and to translate this into a battle between East and West; Muslim, Jew and Christian."
Yet it is Blah who is making the connection between "East and West; Muslim, Jew and Christian." Where Palestinians fight for their right to an independent state, in Blahs view this fight is now a battle between East and West and for the destruction of Israel. According to Blah, people are so stupid that the extremist is able to confuse the struggle for an independent state with the destruction of Israel. He goes on to tell us that,
"[W]e know there are states in the Middle East now actively funding and helping people who regard it as God's will, in the act of suicide, to take as many innocent lives with them on their way to God's judgement."
Note the choice of words; "we know there are states in the Middle East who regard it as Gods will". Which states? We are not told but we can draw our own conclusions. As with the entire speech, every reference to threats is couched in his beliefs and the fact that he knows but we are never told what, exactly, it is he believes or knows, except the omniscience of the imperium and the reference to,
"another part of the globe, there is shadow and darkness where not all the world is free, where many millions suffer under brutal dictatorship and poverty"
And again, the source of the suffering is not stated, merely inferred and one gets the clear impression that Blahs wordsmiths, laboured over the juxtaposition of every word, every phrase. Its almost too perfect in its construction eg, when he says "where not all the world is free." Sweeping, all inclusive statements that ultimately say nothing but imply everything.
"[T]here is shadow and darkness where not all the world is free"
"[A] new and deadly virus has emerged."
"The virus is terrorism"
"Here it is that the poison is incubated."
"Poison deadly virus incubation terrorism darkness." The parallels with speeches from the Third Reich are all too obvious but ultimately, in spite of carefully crafted phrases it owes more to King Lear when Blah tells us that, "I feel a most urgent sense of mission about today's world." So its all about what Blah feels rather than what he knows. The dialogue is a carefully crafted theatrical propaganda act, designed to elicit the right kind of emotional responses from its target audience. Theres something almost Shakespearean about the entire performance when King Blah says "Iraq; another act; and many further struggles will be set upon this stage before it is over."
Ultimately however, the act is no more than that and a very derivative one. No amount of theatrics can alter the fact that the performance may well be Blahs swan song rather than victory speech.
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