LEGACY OF SHAME: COLIN POWELL’S BLOOD-SOAKED SERVICE TO THE EMPIRE

October 27, 2021 – 6:04 am

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What do you want to be remembered for? By Kenn Orphan.

Colin Powell just died from Covid-19 [on October 18. He was 84]. So we should expect a tsunami of eulogies from politicians, the mainstream media and even a few liberals who seem to enjoy sanitizing the murderous lives of the ruling class.

Those of us on the left who refuse to play the games of polite society when it comes to war crimes will likely be chastised. And he will take his place among the “great generals” of the American Empire. All warmongering societies do this, so it should come as no surprise. But no amount of gushing tributes can erase the truth.

The man who helped whitewash the massacre of civilians at My Lai during the war against Vietnam, pushed hard for the Gulf War in the 1990s, and gave the green light to Ariel Sharon in his murderous assault on civilians in Jenin and land grabs in the occupied West Bank, also sold the war against Iraq at the beginning of this century with a fistful of lies.

Americans have a remarkable ability of sanitizing the crimes of their ruling class. Their lives often seem to eclipse the mountains of corpses on which they stand atop.

Iraq never attacked the US. It did not have “weapons of mass destruction.” But the Bush administration was salivating for blood and oil after the attacks on the US on September 11, 2001. And any morsel of fiction that would justify their lust for violence was welcomed.

Powell would later blame his role in peddling these lies on an “intelligence failure.” This is the go-to excuse for the American military establishment, as we see with the latest atrocity they committed in Afghanistan, the recent drone bomb incineration of a family in Kabul after the disastrous pull out of American troops. Now that he is dead, he will not face justice at the Hague for these crimes. But really, no member of the American ruling class ever does.


Sister Megan Rice.

In this same month, we lost Sister Megan Rice [on October 10] who was 91 years old. Rice was imprisoned for two years in federal prison when she was in her 80s after she broke into a government complex to protest nuclear weapons. Her activism was influenced by her parents who worked with Dorothy Day for economic justice during the Great Depression and by her uncle who had spent four months in Nagasaki, Japan, following the criminal nuclear bombing of civilians by US forces.

After living and working in West Africa for 23 years as a teacher and pastoral guide she returned to the US and became a major activist in the peace movement.[Arrested more than 40 times, she was best known for her role in the 2012 break-in at the Oak Ridge nuclear complex in Tennessee.] Sister Rice will not get the attention of a dead general in the mainstream press or by politicians of the ruling parties. Those who expose war crimes or who advocate peace are generally marginalized, imprisoned or silenced in militaristic societies.

Americans have a remarkable ability of sanitizing the crimes of their ruling class. Their lives often seem to eclipse the mountains of corpses on which they stand atop. The regions left in disarray and ruin. The lives and families and hopes that were forever disfigured or shattered. All of that disappears, is explained away, or is designated as a mere footnote when one of the elite dies.

The nationalistic panegyrics that are employed are designed to do just that. A kind of novocaine that glazes over eyes and numbs collective memory. But as the late Howard Zinn said: “There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.” And, despite the enormous effort made, that shame cannot be sponged away in death.

Note: Kenn Orphan is an artist, sociologist, radical nature lover and weary, but committed activist. He can be reached at kennorphan.com. The above article was posted at CounterPunch.

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  1. 6 Responses to “LEGACY OF SHAME: COLIN POWELL’S BLOOD-SOAKED SERVICE TO THE EMPIRE”

  2. Y’all just shut up and get your fucking vaccine, damn it! (population control, ya know).

    By otis t on Oct 28, 2021

  3. Otis Numbnuts, Powell had blood cancer you asshole.

    His immune system was as vulnerable as your mouth is to penises.

    By Derrick on Oct 30, 2021

  4. Hey Der- sorry, but do not share your obsession with penises, but I hear there are many websites out there on the ‘ol www that can help you with your celebrations.

    By otis t on Nov 1, 2021

  5. …and was it not reported that Colin Powell died of COVID! so did he die of covid or…..? I’m sure you got your buttfucking self vaccinated, right, little sheep?

    By otis t on Nov 1, 2021

  6. I’ll kick your faggoty whiteass otis, u pussy

    By Derrick on Nov 3, 2021

  7. Derrick, that was a good one, you’re so funny!

    By otis t on Nov 3, 2021

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