Ian Buruma en ‘het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington’ 40

Ian Buruma en ‘het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington’ 40

21-01-18 08:54:00,

Zaterdag 6 januari 2018 zette de Australische journaliste Caitlin Johnstone uiteen:

We were promised another Hitler. Instead, we got another Obama, who was himself another Bush. The march into corporatist Orwellian police state at home and globalist oligarchic hegemony abroad continues unhindered for the United States of America.

And of course that march would have continued had Hillary won as well, it just would have looked a bit different. Fewer environmental deregulations, likely catastrophic escalations against the Syrian government and possibly Russia, the exact same approaches to Iran, just as much hawkishness toward North Korea but minus the tweets about button sizes, no attempts at dismantling Obama’s corporatist healthcare plan. Not much more than that.

Nobody wants to hear this. The Democrats still want to believe that the sitting president is simultaneously a Nazi, a Kremlin secret agent, an idiot, and a lunatic, and Trump supporters want to believe that he’s a populist savior fighting to liberate the nation from the claws of the deep state. Because of their partisan blinders they will both find reasons to believe they’ve got either a savior or a traitor in the White House despite the fact that their country’s actual policy and behavior remains more or less the same.

I still sometimes get Democrats telling me that Trump is about to flip into Hitler 2 any minute now and start throwing non-whites into extermination camps. Whenever I point out that they were wrong about their ‘your choices are Hillary or Hitler’ alarmism I get a bunch of them telling me ‘give him time.’ Well he’s had time. They were wrong. They didn’t get a Nazi, they got another shitty neocon. And since the Democrats have been paced into alignment with the neocons there’s no one left to oppose their agendas, which is why we’re seeing so little pushback on Trump’s Iran saber rattling.

Johnstone, moeder van twee kinderen, is een voorbeeld van onafhankelijke journalistiek die, dankzij de komst van internet, het monopolie van de mainstream-media op de berichtgeving heeft doorbroken, en daarmee het monopolie op de waarheidsvinding. Hoewel de commerciële massamedia alles op alles zetten om het verlies aan geloofwaardigheid en derhalve macht en invloed tot een minimum te beperken,  » Lees verder

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