Our memory, and our morals, are bankrupt

Brain Dropping #124

        With the beginning of a new year we must make sure that we remember our history so that, as the philosopher George Santayana warned, “we are not doomed to repeat it!” 
           President Obama has ignored that warning: “I believe we need to look forward as opposed to looking backward!”  With that statement our President attempted to wash away memory of recent events, and to not only wipe the slate clean, but to pulverize it and consign it to the “dustbin of history.”  But too bad for the President, in the age of the “cyber cloud” and “infinite digital storage,” nothing can be permanently washed away in the river of time.  Obama was referring to his impeachable disregard for justice by choosing not to file criminal indictments against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John Yoo, George Tenet, Douglas Feith, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz and the rest of the war criminals whose lies caused the murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis. What rankles even more is the fact that many of these murderers are now teaching at Georgetown, Stanford, CCNY and Berkeley.  It shows how completely fucked-up our universities are and how long forgotten are the principles put forth by the Nuremberg Trials of the leading Nazis.  Apparently, principles of international law do not apply to “exceptional America!”
           To exacerbate their malfeasance, Obama and Holder have extended a “get-out-of-jail” card to likes of Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs and Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase – two confessed Wall Street bandits.  Instead Obama and Holder orchestrated a phony hullabaloo over fines exacted from these two criminal enterprises, which constituted a few week’s profits and written off as the cost of doing business.  Do they really believe that we, the citizenry, will forget?  Are we that mnemonically handicapped?  Sadly, perhaps they are right!
            Many folks, not of my generation, do not “Remember Pearl Harbor.”  Even younger Americans do not know who we fought in the Second World War.  The memory of the facts surrounding our most recent catastrophe, 9/11, are beginning to fade, encouraging demagogues to rewrite history for their own purposes.  Despite irrevocable evidence to the contrary, a majority of Americans still believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and ties with Al Qaeda.  The role of the Saudi Arabian government in supporting the hijackers is rarely mentioned anymore in the media.  The damning fact that on 9/12 the only civilian planes allowed in the air carried Saudi diplomats and members of the Bin Laden family out of the country is all but forgotten.  Senator Bob Graham of The Joint congressional Investigation Committee in many interviews has asserted that the Saudis have a lot to answer for.  28 pages of the committee’s report have been redacted so the full story is yet to be made public.
             Today, fourteen years after 9/11, the Saudis are still up to their dirty tricks.  Their radical brand of Sunni Wahhabism comes into play in their rejection of any diplomatic solution for America’s relationship with Shiite, Iran, and in funding Sunni radicals like ISIS and their destabilization strategies in Syria, Lebanon Iraq and Egypt.  Yet, the U.S. turns a blind eye to these machinations for we need their oil, and our defense industries sell tens of billions of war making equipment to the Saudis.

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