America

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Fri, 04/21/2017 - 22:11

 

 

<America> I heard from friends that the United States might have attacked North Korea during the parade on Kim il-Sung's birthday celebration. So I watched the entire parade on North Korean television. Nothing major happened. Somehow I felt that watching the parade was a vigil against war. Perhaps it was.....

I sat down and wrote my AlterNet column on my sense of the way the 'rogue state' is being seen. You can read the essay here, http://www.alternet.org/…/america-worlds-biggest-terrorist-…

It begins,

A few years ago, I asked a retired Iraqi Air Force officer what it felt like to be bombed periodically by the United States in the 1990s. Whenever US President Bill Clinton felt irritated, I joked, he seemed to bomb Iraq. The officer, a distinguished man with a long career serving a military whose political leadership he despised, smiled. He said with great lightness – ‘When our leadership said something threatening those words itself were taken to be terrorism; when the United States bombs, the world does not even blush.’

And then goes further.....