"...as all history informs us, there has been in every State & Kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the governing & governed: the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. And this has alone occasioned great convulsions, actual civil wars, ending either in dethroning of the Princes, or enslaving of the people. Generally indeed the ruling power carries its point, the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes; the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure. There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh, get first all the peoples money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants for ever." ~ Benjamin Franklin
Osama bin Laden Knows More About American Government Than Americans Do
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In Osama bin Laden's most recent message to the American people, he clearly demonstrates that he knows much more about the real workings of American government and politics than the average voting American. Most people who waste their time voting sincerely believe that their vote matters and will make a difference. They don't realize that the politicians do not have to answer to them, they must instead answer to those who put them in office by giving them grotesque amounts of money and who influence what kind of press coverage they'll receive. Osama bin Laden knows better!
In his statement to the American people, bin Laden tries to educate the American people to how the U.S. government really works. He explains that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were brought about by politicians obeying the Israel lobby and powerful corporate interests.
By voting for Obama, bin Laden explained, the voters only changed the face in the White House, they did not change the official neoconservative policy. For example, Israel has refused to stop building Jewish settlements and apartments on Palestinian land and continues to occupy all of Jerusalem . Obama made it clear to the Israelis that he was not pleased with their continued violations of all the peace agreements and 'road maps' between Israel and the Palestinians that their continued expansion demonstrates. Yesterday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told American officials that Israel is continuing with their 2,500 apartments already under constructions as well as with 450 new apartments for Jews authorized just last week. If bin Laden was wrong, Obama would tell Israel that he is freezing the BILLIONS in U.S. tax dollars he and the other U.S. politicians voted to give to Israel this year until Israel leaves all Palestinian lands and returns to its pre-1967 borders.
Another very important way Obama could prove bin Laden wrong is to promote the Arab League's call to have Israel 's nuclear weapons monitored by international agencies. Just as Israel demanded that Iraq's nuclear programs be inspected and are now demanding inspections of Iran's nuclear program (keep in mind that while Iraq never had nuclear weapons and that U.S. intelligence does not believe Iran currently has nuclear weapons, Israel does actually possess nuclear weapons), the U.S. should demand the international inspection of Israel's nuclear program, of their nuclear weapons and of any other weapons of mass destruction the Jewish state may have.
One person bin Laden does prove to be correct is Michael Scheuer, who was the leader of the bin Laden team in the CIA . He wrote a thought provoking and revealing book called Imperial Hubris. In the book he writes, 'The question is whether U.S. interests require Americans to be Israel 's protectors and endure the endless blood-and-treasure costs of that role. Status quo U.S. policy toward Israel will result in unending war with Islam.'
Reinforcing Scheuer's words, bin Laden said in his address to the American people, 'To the American people, this is my message to you: a reminder of the reasons behind 9/11 and the wars and the repercussions that followed and the way to resolve it. Ask yourselves to determine your position: are your security, your blood, your children, your money, your jobs, your homes, your economy and reputation dearer to you than the security of the Israelis, their children and their economy? The bitter truth is that the neoconservatives continue to cast their heavy shadows upon you."
Those of us who realize the futility in voting need to do all we can to educate others to the reality of government. Change can never be brought to a corrupt system by playing by the rules that the corrupt system created.