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September 23, 2010

The Collapse Of Western Morality

By Paul Craig Roberts 

Yes, I know, as many readers will be quick to inform me, the West never had any morality. Nevertheless things have gotten worse.

In hopes that I will be permitted to make a point, permit me to acknowledge that the US dropped nuclear bombs on two Japanese cities, fire-bombed Tokyo; that Great Britain and the US fire-bombed Dresden and a number of other German cities, expending more destructive force, according to some historians, against the civilian German population than against the German armies; that President Grant and his Civil War war criminals, Generals Sherman and Sheridan, committed genocide against the Plains Indians; that the US today enables Israel’s genocidal policies against the Palestinians, policies that one Israeli official has compared to 19th century US genocidal policies against the American Indians; that the US in the new 21st century invaded Iraq and Afghanistan on contrived pretenses, murdering countless numbers of civilians; and that British prime minister Tony Blair lent the British army to his American masters, as did other NATO countries, all of whom find themselves committing war crimes under the Nuremberg standard in lands in which they have no national interests, but for which they receive an American pay check.

I don’t mean these few examples to be exhaustive. I know the list goes on and on. Still, despite the long list of horrors, moral degradation is reaching new lows. The US now routinely tortures prisoners, despite its strict illegality under US and international law, and a recent poll shows that the percentage of Americans who approve of torture is rising. Indeed, it is quite high, though still just below a majority.

And we have what appears to be a new thrill: American soldiers using the cover of war to murder civilians. Recently American troops were arrested for murdering Afghan civilians for fun and collecting trophies such as fingers and skulls.

This revelation came on the heels of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s alleged leak of a US Army video of US soldiers in helicopters and their controllers thousands of miles away having fun with joy sticks murdering members of the press and Afghan civilians. Manning is cursed with a moral conscience that has been discarded by his government and his military, and Manning has been arrested for obeying the law and reporting a war crime to the American people.

US Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican, of course, from Michigan, who is on the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, has called for Manning’s execution. According to US Rep. Rogers it is an act of treason to report an American war crime.

In other words, to obey the law constitutes “treason to America.”

US Rep. Rogers said that America’s wars are being undermined by “a culture of disclosure” and that this “serious and growing problem” could only be stopped by the execution of Manning.

If Rep. Rogers is representative of Michigan, then Michigan is a state that we don’t need. 

The US government, a font of imperial hubris, does not believe that any act it commits, no matter how vile, can possibly be a war crime. One million dead Iraqis, a ruined country, and four million displaced Iraqis are all justified, because the “threatened” US Superpower had to protect itself from nonexistent weapons of mass destruction that the US government knew for a fact were not in Iraq and could not have been a threat to the US if they were in Iraq.

When other countries attempt to enforce the international laws that the Americans established in order to execute Germans defeated in World War II, the US government goes to work and blocks the attempt. A year ago on October 8, the Spanish Senate, obeying its American master, limited Spain’s laws of universal jurisdiction in order to sink a legitimate war crimes case brought against George W. Bush, Barack H. Obama, Tony Blair,and Gordon Brown.

The West includes Israel, and there the horror stories are 60 years long. Moreover, if you mention any of them you are declared to be an anti-semite. I only mention them in order to prove that I am not anti-American, anti-British, and anti-NATO, but am simply against war crimes.

It was the distinguished Zionist Jewish Judge, Goldstone, who produced the UN report indicating that Israel committed war crimes when it attacked the civilian population and civilian infrastructure of Gaza. For his efforts, Israel declared the Zionist Goldstone to be “a self-hating Jew,” and the US Congress, on instruction from the Israel Lobby, voted to disregard the Goldstone Report to the UN.

As the Israeli official said, we are only doing to the Palestinians what the Americans did to the American Indians.

The Israeli army uses female soldiers to sit before video screens and to fire by remote control machine guns from towers to murder Palestinians who come to tend their fields within 1500 meters of the inclosed perimeter of Ghetto Gaza. There is no indication that these Israeli women are bothered by gunning down young children and old people who come to tend to their fields.

If the crimes were limited to war and the theft of lands, perhaps we could say it is a case of jingoism sidetracking traditional morality, otherwise still in effect.

Alas, the collapse of morality is too widespread. Some sports teams now have a win-at-all-cost attitude that involves plans to injure the star players of the opposing teams. To avoid all these controversies, let’s go to Formula One racing where 200 mph speeds are routine.

Prior to 1988, 22 years ago, track deaths were due to driver error, car failure, and poorly designed tracks compromised with safety hazards. World Champion Jackie Stewart did much to improve the safety of tracks, both for drivers and spectators.

But in 1988 everything changed. Top driver Ayrton Senna nudged another top driver Alain Prost toward a pit wall at 190 mph. According to AutoWeek (August 30, 2010), nothing like this had been seen before. “Officials did not punish Senna’s move that day in Portugal, and so a significant shift in racing began.” What the great racing driver Stirling Moss called “dirty driving” became the norm.

Nigel Roebuck in AutoWeek reports that in 1996 World Champion Damon Hill said that Senna’s win-at-all-cost tactic “was responsible for fundamental change in the ethics of the sport.” Drivers began using “terrorist tactics on the track.” Damon Hill said that “the views that I’d gleaned from being around my dad [twice world champion Graham Hill] and people like him, I soon had to abandon,” because you realized that no penalty was forthcoming against the guy who tried to kill you in order that he could win.

When asked about the ethics of modern Formula One racing, American World Champion Phil Hill said: “Doing that sort of stuff in my day was just unthinkable. For one thing, we believed certain tactics were unacceptable.”

In today’s Western moral climate, driving another talented driver into the wall at 200 mph is just part of winning.

Michael Schumacher, born in January 1969, is a seven times World Champion, an unequaled record. On August 1 at the Hungarian Grand Prix, AutoWeek Reports that Schumacher tried to drive his former Ferrari teammate, Rubens Barrichello, into the wall at 200 mph speeds.

Confronted with his attempted act of murder, Schumacher said: “This is Formula One. Everyone knows I don’t give presents.”

Neither does the US government, nor state and local governments, nor the UK government, nor the EU.

The deformation of the police, which many Americans, in their untutored existence as naive believers in “law and order,” still think are “on their side,” has taken on new dimensions with the police militarized to fight “terrorists” and “domestic extremists.”

The police have been off the leash since the civilian police boards were nixed by the conservatives. Kids as young as 6 years old have been handcuffed and carted off to jail for school infractions that may or may not have occurred. So have moms with a car full of children (see, for example, this video.).

Anyone who Googles videos of US police gratuitous brutality will call up tens of thousands of examples, and this is after laws that make filming police brutality a felony. A year or two ago such a search would call up hundreds of thousands of videos.

In one of the most recent of the numerous daily acts of gratuitous police abuse of citizens, an 84-year-old man had his neck broken because he objected to a night time towing of his car. The goon cop body-slammed the 84-year old and broke his neck. The Orlando, Florida, police department says that the old man was a “threat” to the well-armed, much younger police goon, because the old man clenched his fist.

Americans will be the first people sent straight to Hell while thinking that they are the salt of the earth.

The Americans have even devised a title for themselves to rival that of the Israelis’ self-designation as “God’s Chosen People.” The Americans call themselves “the indispensable people.”

Paul Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term.  He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider’s Account of Policymaking in Washington;  Alienation and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter Brimelow’s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.

14 thoughts on “AMERICAN MORALITY”

  1. In so many words PCR basically says America has no more morality than anybody else.

    I rather say it this way:

    Morality is a concept of relative. What’s moral to you can be immoral to me. Because stripped of all the nice words morality is no more than justification for self-interests or group-interests. Many religions attempted to broaden its appeal by getting into the morality business. Each claims its morality as absolute. All fail in the real world.

    Therefore any talk of morality, including PCR piece, is a waste of time. Because while everybody and every country can claim morality, only the winners get to preach it. The losers, of course, can accuse the winners as immoral.

  2. No argument here. I disagree with some of his economics, but on the subjects of foreign policy and government abuse, he is spot on.

    America has changed for the worse within my lifetime. There is something very wrong with this country. It’s going to get quite ugly very soon, and there are many that don’t have the moral compass to navigate their way through the difficulties ahead with stoicism, humor, or empathy for others.

    Buckle up, boys. It’s going to get very interesting.

  3. There is no speed that invalidates the Constitution. It applies equally well to when I am walking down the street at 3 mph as to someone driving at 200 mph. The second amendment can still be a cure for what is simply another instance of a person needing self-defense.

    What is clearly the remedy to this situation is for all Formula One Racers to be armed with whatever calibre of weapons they believe they require to defend themselves mounted on their cars. This would dissuade others from threatening them. It would also make very good television, much like the gladitorial games of the Roman Empire, except that they weren’t televized.

    Since this mass televised orgy of death would occur in cars, with guns, and using an inordinate amount of petroleum in a wasteful fashion, we could also count on excellent weekly posts from James Howard Kunstler. Does it occur to you, as it does to me, that there is a correlation between persons who insist on always listing all three of their given names to cogent, concise, well-written essays critical of American Culture?

    Which leads me to my most damning question – WHY DON”T WE KNOW WHAT JAMES QUINN’S MIDDLE NAME IS?

  4. Paul Craig Roberts is a whacked-out 9/11 Truther. He’s paranoid. Go to this site to read his rants on “what really happened” on 9/11. He or possibly ghost writer Flash wrote this totally unhinged article on August 16, 2006. I think he has dementia.

    He’s a big-time Jew hater. What else do you expect from an Oxford-educated, privileged 70-year-old white boy born and raised in the Baptist, Jew-hating culture of Atlanta, Georgia at the outset of World War Two?

    And he fucking distorts history. Typical “The South Shall Rise Again” bullshit when he says that Ulysses Grant, Phil Sheridan, and William Sherman committed genocide against the American Indians. True, Sheridan and Sherman hated the Indians, but Grant STOPPED them with his Peace Policy that lasted from 1870-1876. Unfortunately, an event called Little Big Horn changed the policy. And 1876 was an election year. Grant was rendered helpless.

    This article may be the biggest dump Admin has ever taken on his own site. It is the sign of a week-long case of constipation. I am sure his colon feels so much better.

    1. SSS

      I need to keep the 9/11 Truther demographic happy too. You may have noticed I didn’t comment on the article. I thought it was nutty. I don’t just post articles that I agree with. I figured it would piss off a number of regulars. Looks like I was right. I was a little irritable after spending my entire weekend working on my tax return. At least I used Turbo Tax so if it is wrong, I’ll just use my Tim Geithner excuse and blame it on the software.

  5. Jim, the Paul Craig Roberts article that you posted itself encapsulates a collapse of morality – specifically from the author and the followers of this worldview. The Weltanschauung without a right or wrong, one that puts moral equivalency between Islamic terror and the West’s attempt to stop it. His logic is warped, but not new – you can read it every day in virtually every page of any liberal paper. Insert Israel and the Orwellian logic goes on steroids. “Progressive” minds so singularly focused on the West’s “racism”, “injustice”, or “inequality”, that all other factors are cast aside. A warped moral compass that holds the West to a cruel double-standard, such as the condemnation of a predator strike on a truck with individuals en route to committee mass murder. These deluded individuals call it a “cycle of violence” and utterly fails in listening to the words of our enemies.

  6. Jim, when you post and article, doesn’t that imply at least tacit approval? What is the story with your site’s performance? You need an upgrade like Obama will need a job.

    1. Daniel

      I post articles to generate discussion. If I agree with the article I say so. In this case I said nothing. It got you to come out of the weeds.

      Personally I think it is a wild rant and he seems unbalanced. I have read other articles by him that I do agree with.

      You get what you pay for with my site. You could always go back to Jason’s site.

  7. What a load of shit. Roberts must be feeling guilty about killing someone so he acts like any other hypocrite motherfucker – all you bastards are evil!

  8. As always PRC tailors his excellent essays by methodically pointing out the chosen path that has brought our debased and easily lead culture to it’s knees in total submission culminating int the voluntary glorification of the all seeing and all knowing police state.

    BTW, for the booger eating, bedwetting, sociopathic spooks on this board who believe systematic murder is OK as long as it’s conducted in the spirit of jingoism , you should now proudly and overtly acknowledge the burning of Dresden as another proud day in the bloody history of state sanctioned wholesale murder of innocent women and children.

    I’m sure the very thought of the deliberate firestorm set by allied bombers dropping incendiary bombs which engulfed the city in tornadoes of fire ,trapping and eventually either asphyxiating or burning tens of thousand of noncombatant woen and children to death will make your shriveled little chicken gizzard of a statist heart thump with joy.

    The bombardiers who took this mission where told by their commanders that Dresden was a weapons and ammo manufacturing city heavily guarded by Nazi troops ,which they knew to be a damn lie.
    In truth it was refugee city populated by the wives and children of German soldiers serving on the front.
    I knew a old bombardier that participated in the Dresden raid who grieved terrible for the deaths of the innocent people of Dresden up until his last breath of life..

    Every city in Germany was systematically targeted for fiery destruction , with no quarter given and no remorse shown for the the unnecessary loss of innocent life caused.

    WWII like WWI unnecessary war that the US should never have participated in.This country was never threatened by Germany on either occasion.

    An Unnecessary War?

    by Patrick J. Buchanan – October 11, 1999
    The Washington Post

    Fuck a flag.
    You either support the mass murder of innocents or you or you don’t. You either support the jack-booted tyranny of the police state or your don’t.
    There is no gray area .The choice is black and white regardless the bullshit of relativism as spewed by atheist shit wits.
    Instead of supporting some dubious icon of freedom , why not for a change support the real fucking thing.

  9. Yep .Tis true, they hate us fer’ our freedom.

    September 25, 2010
    Police State Predators
    Posted by Lew Rockwell on September 25, 2010 03:14 PM

    Yesterday, a line of black SUVs disgorged a federal swat cabal carrying automatic weapons. They stormed a dangerous criminal site on the coast of Georgia: a small catering service whose owners are suspected of trying to keep their own money. The pillagers swooped in during the business day, to make the biggest possible public impact, stopping traffic, handcuffing the owners, and interrogating the customers. Yes, it’s law enforcement.

    Meanwhile, over at the local socialist-football stadium, any spectator carrying a bag or pocketbook has it thoroughly searched by guards looking for demon rum. Even creepier, plain-clothes functionaries roam the cement colossus seeking out customers sneaking a drink. No matter that they paid hundreds or even thousands of dollars for their seats: they are humiliated and tossed out. I wonder: can naked-scanners be far behind?

    Raw Milk Crackdown

    by Mike Riggs

    “They came in the dark, shining bright flashlights while my family was asleep, keeping me from milking my cows, from my family, from breakfast with my family and from our morning devotions, and alarming my children enough so that the first question they asked my wife was, ‘Is Daddy going to jail?’”

    That’s how Amish farmer Dan Allgyer described an early morning visit last week from two FDA agents, two U.S. Marshals, and a Pennsylvania state trooper. Apparently, investigating a single farmer for possibly trafficking raw milk across state lines requires a show of force.

    “I became aware of the cars as soon as I walked out on the sidewalk as part of my morning routine around 4:30 a.m. and immediately said to myself something is going on,” Allgyer wrote in a statement for the National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association. “I was watching and noticed three cars were cruising down right behind each other, and immediately thought, hey, that looks like trouble. I watched and pretty soon one car came back and parked on my neighbor’s farm, on private property.”

    FDA Raids Organic Store with Guns Drawn

    August 22, 2o1o The FDA has been very busy protecting the American public health by raiding an organic store in Venice, California with guns drawn and police artillery. The assault was all over organic milk sold at the store and the Los Angeles Times broke the story to the media but not one TV network reported the incident. The silence is deafening.

    The police with guns drawn and pointing at the owner raided the Rawsome Foods co-op food store searching for real food and the big agra giants must be very threatened by organic farmers.

    Earlier this year the FDA raided an Amish Farm in Pennsylvania

  10. This is quite amusing, Jim.

    What with Daniel appearing with his “progressive:” minds … liberal … worldview … probably has not a clue whose administration he worked in.

    Meanwhile, the resident spook has his interpretation of history, but another view would be that Sheridan was unleashed on them damn redskins by Lincoln, to reward Sheridan for his ‘success’ in the Shenandoah Valley.

    Funny, though … you lot know all about the Fourth Turning, and nothing about Generations.

    The “Hate America” meme never ceases to amuse. How do you hate something that no longer exists? Real history, though, has warts. From Polk’s lie through the Spanish American war, the Philippine ‘insurgency’ (damn those insurgents, they believed we were freeing them from the Spanish yoke — and didn’t like the new yoke any better) and Wilson’s unnecessary American entry into WW! to boost up his legacy … and more … sooner or later, you have conclude how far we’ve come from what the Founding Fathers intended. And I guess, depending on your mindset, you’d condemn them as well.


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