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Friday, June 29, 2012

More than grain of truth—a self-destructive blinding arrogance

Rodney Shakespeare’s “Time for regime change in USA”
Excerpt, editing, one-line end comment by Carolyn Bennett

In the context of the coming Geneva summit on Syria and U.S. belligerence toward Iran, Press TV’s print pages reported today the thoughts of academic and co-author of Seven Steps to Justice. This is some of what Rodney Shakespeare had to say.

It is “time for all sensible people and all sensible countries (there are quite a lot of them) to consciously question any assertion by the USA that this or that regime is at fault and needs to be overthrown.

“… [A]ll sensible people and countries should start to say that the world is fed up with war-mongering…. Then a way will be opened for impressing on Americans what the situation really requires— regime change in the USA.

The world is turning. Change is afoot. Scores of nations recognize that change is afoot. Russia is an example. In a current crisis, Russia’s leadership supports but the United States opposes Iran’s presence at the table in Geneva to discuss Syria.

Why Iran is crucial to this discussion

“Iran has political, religious and cultural links with the Alawite (Shia sect) government of Syria; and is the one country (not the USA, not Russia, not China, not Turkey, Saudi Arabia or Qatar) that can have frank talks with Syria,” Rodney Shakespeare observes.
Iran is the one country that Syria can trust as understanding its situation.

Iran is the only country that can give hope of avoiding a civil war bloodbath; or, at the very least, a probable decade-long regional war.

Arrogance blinds what others see clearly

The USA’s moral authority went out of the window long ago, so countries are quietly plotting a new course for themselves— breaking free from Western hegemony.

Russia is one of the countries that is not only sensing the change but is actively doing something about it. Countries around the world “are quietly banding together. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization brings together Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and others with India, Pakistan and Iran as observer members. China and Japan have decided to trade in their own currencies and not the dollar… In South America, a number of countries have begun to band together to run their own international bank (the Banco del Sud)…. They can do this because they are directly experiencing a decline in the economic and political power of the USA.”

None so blind as those who will not see
A very old idea

The USA fails to see what is going on, Shakespeare writes. The United States “was completely caught off balance by the Arab Spring. Perhaps it is not surprising that it does not understand that it is hated more than it knows—
[t]hat its traditional mixture of bullying, bribery, and attack are not quite as impressive as it thinks;

[t]hat, in short, others are fed up with a short-sighted arrogance; and even more, with a short-sighted stupidity that is always prepared to go to war—even if that means virtually bankrupting the USA (the current state of domestic affairs) because of its military spending.

I think that's more than a grain of truth, more than a morsel to chew on.

Sources and notes

“Time for regime change in the USA” (Rodney Shakespeare), June 29, 2012, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/06/29/248601/time-for-regime-change--the-usa/

The article’s author, Rodney Shakespeare, is a London-based writer and lecturer; a Trisakti University (Jakarta, Indonesia) visiting professor of Binary Economics, teaching in the international postgraduate Islamic Economics and Finance program. Credentialed at Cambridge (MA), he is also “a qualified UK Barrister and well-known presenter and lecturer, particularly at Islamic conferences dealing with money, the real economy, binary economics, and social and economic justice.” He is co-author of Seven Steps to Justice and is affiliated with the Christian Council for Monetary Justice and the Global Justice Movement. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Rodney_Shakespeare

The global justice movement is described as “a network or constellation of globalized social movements opposing ‘corporate globalization’ and promoting equal distribution of economic resources,” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_justice_movement


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