By Jerry Alatalo
rofessor of Media Studies at New York University Mark Crispin Miller helped bring together peace activists Scott Ritter and Ray McGovern to talk about the differences between Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton days before today’s New York state Democratic primary. It’s unfortunate that the presentation wasn’t organized earlier. Ritter and McGovern tell viewers of The Real News Network and other media the facts about each in such a way that an earlier effort could have made a Sanders victory in New York more certain.
In the months, weeks and days preceding the George W. Bush administration’s commencement of “shock and awe” – the 2003 war on Iraq – Scott Ritter, a weapons inspector for the United Nations in Iraq, worked seemingly alone in efforts to prevent the 2003 Iraq War. Despite the largest protests in world history before the outbreak of war and violence, millions around the Earth on the streets demanding no military attack on Iraq, the U.S. administration of Bush/Cheney with complicity from British leader Tony Blair and others carried out what has come to be perceived/described as America’s worst foreign policy decision in its history.
During the 1st Gulf War against Iraq in the early 1990’s President George H. W. Bush Sr. signaled through Middle East administration spokesperson April Glass to Saddam Hussein, giving the green light to Hussein, that invasion of Kuwait would not compromise America’s national security interests. Giving the green light to Hussein was part of an elaborate plan to convince the Saudi royal family, upon warnings of Hussein’s “plan” to attack Saudi Arabia after Kuwait – delivered by then Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, to agree to large, permanent U.S. military bases on Saudi soil.
Part of the propaganda was the appearance by the daughter of Kuwait’s U.S. ambassador before a hearing in Congress, where she faked her identity as an eyewitness to Iraqi Army atrocities in Kuwait involving “babies in incubators”, shedding false tears while describing the babies abandoned on the cold floor – left to die. The false story was broadcast across the United States, Bush Sr. expressed outrage in speeches about “..tearing babies from their incubators!”, and the lie became repeated over, and over, and over.
Scott Ritter was fired on the spot from the military after telling the truth about so-called scud missiles of Saddam Hussein, falsely reported on U.S. media every day as being “successfully” destroyed – that there were no scud missiles in Iraq, and that satellite images were of oil tankers.
Try though he did to tell the truth and prevent unnecessary war and violence during the 1st Iraq War under Bush Sr. and the 2nd, more catastrophic Iraq War under Bush II, Scott Ritter suffered brutal persecution and attacks against his character. Ritter attempted to meet with his U.S. Senator in New York immediately preceding the crucial 2003 vote authorizing war against Iraq – Hillary Clinton, but he was ignored and Clinton voted for war. It is uncertain whether Ritter’s efforts to stop Iraq War II had any influence on Bernie Sanders’ voting against the war resolution in Congress.
Both Ritter and McGovern point out the lies told about Libya and Syria which followed the pattern set in Iraq: 1) first painting Gaddafi and Assad as “brutal dictators”, involved in “state-sponsored terrorism”, 2) falsely accuse them of killing their own people, 3) assertions of possession of weapons of mass destruction, then 4) calling for Libya and Syria sanctions and 5) applying no-fly zones on those countries. The pattern is all about interventionism and regime-change, to which Scott Ritter asserts America has become addicted. Both assert that Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State was the architect of deception leading to major warfare and violence in Libya and Syria, and that if Hillary Clinton were to become president, for the American people and the people of the Middle East it would be more of the same.
These are days of profound civilization-wide historic change.
Scott Ritter and Ray McGovern are two heroic, truth-telling human beings who join with an increasingly larger segment of the world’s population in calling for an end to criminal wars and deceptions carried out by malevolent-minded people bent on maintaining and increasing control, power and wealth at the price of millions of innocent other people sharing this Earth. War, killing, destruction and massive harming of fellow members of the human family are no longer acceptable as means of conducting worldly “business”.
(Thank you to Joe Friendly at YouTube)