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Preaching High Morality to the Powerless

The moment of truth is fast approaching for Obama.

As the Arab Spring intensifies, now spreading to Spain and Greece, the home of radically democratic political thought is starting to shift outside the West. A new culture of fearlessness is settling in abroad, especially among non-European and non-American intellectuals, as evidenced by the latest piece by Indian novelist Pankaj Mishra. He writes:

"The moment of truth is fast approaching for those powerful men who preach the high morality of non-violence to the powerless. Only an American veto seems likely to prevent the member states of the UN from declaring a new Palestinian state in September. But Palestinians may rise up against their colonial overlords well before this expected rejection. And, as the political philosopher Michael Walzer points out, Israel would then confront "something radically new. How can it resist masses of men and women, children too, just walking across the ceasefire lines?"
"The tactics of young tech-savvy Kashmiris have already confused and bewildered the Indian government, whose recent actions – censoring the Economist, forcing spying rights out of BlackBerry and Google – evoke the last-minute desperation of the Arab world's mukhabarat (secret police) states. The mass movement in Kashmir, which has emerged after two decades of a futile militant insurgency and has no compromising links to Pakistan, poses, as the Kashmiri journalist Parvaiz Bukhari writes in Until My Freedom Has Come, an unprecedented "moral challenge to New Delhi's military domination over the region".
"The stage is set, then, for a summer of protests, of unarmed masses rising up to express, in Obama's words, "a longing for freedom that has built up for years". They may well meet with live bullets rather than offers of negotiation and compromise. It will be fascinating to see if Obama makes good his claim last month that the United States "opposes violence and repression" and "welcomes change that advances self-determination". Certainly, as the corpses of the Palestinian and Kashmiri Hamza al-Khatibs pile up, there will be the usual flurry of intellectual rationalisations – the bogey of Islamic terror will again be invoked. And we will witness how the "enormous mountains of tyranny" in the world's greatest democracies do not blow away like cotton."

Read the full text of Pankaj Mishra's brilliant tactical briefing at the Guardian.

[Edit: Changed the image in this post, we originally used a video still showing a man shot in the head while hiding behind a garbage dumpster. Taken from here.]

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secede or bust

Gaddafi is a fine example of holding on to power until the last minute. Een though it is suspect what is being accomplished in Libya ( we are probably setting up another Iraq to control the oil exports ), the Gaddafi regime holds on. So it will be with all the nations that are saying "NO" to power and injustice. But this is just the beginning, and next spring the revolutions will dig deeper into the unjust power structures. Given a couple years, maybe five, there will be real change....by that time maybe the puppet culture in the US, being dangled by corporate news and products will wake up enough to say "NO" to American unjust power. But I don't hold my breath. America is deeply asleep, and monstrously controlled by bought politicians, judges, and corporations.

secede or bust

Gaddafi is a fine example of holding on to power until the last minute. Een though it is suspect what is being accomplished in Libya ( we are probably setting up another Iraq to control the oil exports ), the Gaddafi regime holds on. So it will be with all the nations that are saying "NO" to power and injustice. But this is just the beginning, and next spring the revolutions will dig deeper into the unjust power structures. Given a couple years, maybe five, there will be real change....by that time maybe the puppet culture in the US, being dangled by corporate news and products will wake up enough to say "NO" to American unjust power. But I don't hold my breath. America is deeply asleep, and monstrously controlled by bought politicians, judges, and corporations.

Anonymous

That's strange...you don't know what Troll means I guess.

Here's a link:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=troll

See, it's actually the fact that you posted "Troll" that indeed makes you the troll itself.

Anonymous

That's strange...you don't know what Troll means I guess.

Here's a link:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=troll

See, it's actually the fact that you posted "Troll" that indeed makes you the troll itself.

Shlomo

Fail.
The reason you're a Troll sparky is that you're attempting to bait us with your foolish remark about Gaddafi and Libya.

Anyone with even a reasonably effective education can rather quickly ascertain that Libya is being bombed for imperialistic reason and nothing else.
The alleged "humanitarian crisis" that nato is supposedly motivated by is naturally unbridled horseshit dredged up in the filthy minds of the Zionist scumbags who are orchestrating the invasion. Libya has to be overrun with western/zionist interests to thwart any attempt by their neighbors the Egyptians for freedom. And this is imperative because Egypt borders the Jewish colony of "Israel."
Aside from it's obvious value for oil reserves Libya also maintains one of the worlds largest aquifers and aqueducts to water the Middle East and Africa. Naturally Vivendi wold love to take control of this and charge the world for water which they are already in the process of doing.
Gaddafi's clinging to power only makes sense from an imperialistic purview as someone who it is necessary to demonize to the likes of average punters such as yourself who will then start trolling the internet with their regurgitated propaganda.

You should know better than to troll Adbusters with your mindless drivel intended to obfuscate from the real issues at hand.

Give it up Troll you've been had.
Back to the school books fella. And why not work on something that matters like de-fanging the media barons who perpetuate this Zionist/Corporate/Elitist hog-wash.

Shlomo

Fail.
The reason you're a Troll sparky is that you're attempting to bait us with your foolish remark about Gaddafi and Libya.

Anyone with even a reasonably effective education can rather quickly ascertain that Libya is being bombed for imperialistic reason and nothing else.
The alleged "humanitarian crisis" that nato is supposedly motivated by is naturally unbridled horseshit dredged up in the filthy minds of the Zionist scumbags who are orchestrating the invasion. Libya has to be overrun with western/zionist interests to thwart any attempt by their neighbors the Egyptians for freedom. And this is imperative because Egypt borders the Jewish colony of "Israel."
Aside from it's obvious value for oil reserves Libya also maintains one of the worlds largest aquifers and aqueducts to water the Middle East and Africa. Naturally Vivendi wold love to take control of this and charge the world for water which they are already in the process of doing.
Gaddafi's clinging to power only makes sense from an imperialistic purview as someone who it is necessary to demonize to the likes of average punters such as yourself who will then start trolling the internet with their regurgitated propaganda.

You should know better than to troll Adbusters with your mindless drivel intended to obfuscate from the real issues at hand.

Give it up Troll you've been had.
Back to the school books fella. And why not work on something that matters like de-fanging the media barons who perpetuate this Zionist/Corporate/Elitist hog-wash.

Anonymous

Sparky? You again? You really love to call people sparky, don't you?

So now Israel controls France and the UK too?

If the West really wanted Libya's oil and water, wouldn't it make more sense to just buddy up to Ghadafi and send in the corporations.

Anonymous

Sparky? You again? You really love to call people sparky, don't you?

So now Israel controls France and the UK too?

If the West really wanted Libya's oil and water, wouldn't it make more sense to just buddy up to Ghadafi and send in the corporations.

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