US Empire hates Scottish independence

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Toute oppression crée un état de guerre.

All oppression creates a state of war.

Simone de Beauvoir

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The US, like the UK’s Conservative government, clings to an outdated adversarial worldview based on the old-fashioned wartime alliances of the Twentieth Century and a policy of aggressive intervention into the affairs of foreign countries. A negative and paranoid perception of the world pervades the US establishment, detached from the complex realities of the Twenty-First Century, and it is reflected in their cliché-ridden reaction to the prospect of Scotland securing its future as an independent country in the referendum that will take place on 18 September.

The US position on Scotland’s internal matters has, since August , been as typically meddling and arrogant as the rest of US foreign policy:

…this relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is based on shared values of democracy, individual freedom, and the rule of law;

… British statesman Winston Churchill in 1946 labeled the relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom the Special Relationship because of the unprecedented depth of cooperation and the extensive historic ties between the two nations;

… throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries, the United States and the United Kingdom fought together in several struggles, including the First and Second World Wars, in which millions of American and British soldiers sacrificed for their countries;

I have illuminated the parts of the US House of Representatives’ Resolution 713 that confirm they are stuck in the past and appear to be oblivious to modern developments that have contributed to the Scottish people seeking independence.

First, the US should not talking about what the United Kingdom wants, but what Scotland wants, and the claim about shared values of democracy, individual freedom and the rule of law is absurd and irrelevant even if there was any truth to it other than blatant, Cold War-minded US propaganda. Right now, the US regime cannot even agree upon its own internal model of democracy, individual freedom and the rule of law, as has been proven by its flagrant abuses of power, detentions, torture and domestic spying born out of its fear of its own people. Mirrored by the UK like a puppet state, such practices are hardly part of any model that the Scottish people would like to follow.

Second, the “special relationship” has no real popular resonance, either for the US or the UK – except among establishment cronies in both countries. Not only is Winston Churchill’s claim anchored in a bygone era when the world was divided into rival alliance structures, but the US doesn’t even believe in the special relationship anymore itself. If it did, why does it feel the need to aggressively monitor its supposed closest ally, which is a huge violation of trust, or make interfering declarations like Resolution 713 itself regarding the internal affairs of its supposed closest ally? In addition to this, what about the European Union? Isn’t that special relationship more important to Scotland’s future than some outdated alliance that was needed to defeat the long-dead Nazis? If the threat is from Russia, isn’t the EU  a better place to start cultivating alliances rather than teaming up with reckless US aggressors and adventurists, who are entirely detached from European interests? Don’t the core interests of Scotland coincide more with a united Europe than with the dated US-UK “special relationship”?

In the Resolution’s declarations, the House of Representatives:

(1) believes that a united, secure, and prosperous United Kingdom is important for U.S. national security priorities in Europe and around the world;

(2) believes that diplomatic, economic, and military cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom in bilateral, trans-Atlantic, and global arenas is essential to the national security of the United States;

This is perhaps the biggest blunder of this resolution. It puts US national security interests above the interests of the Scottish people, which tells us everything that is wrong about the “special relationship”. The “special relationship” has never been about the interests of real people on this island, but about how the people of this island can be misguided into serving US interests. Think of the conflicts and crises that have taken place since the Second World War: In every instance, the US tried to equate its own over-inflated ambitions with the UK’s, while giving back nothing to the UK. In no instance did the US take any significant steps in the interests of the UK as its power shrank, and in every case the US tried to enlist the UK’s support to protect the US from harm or help the US attain more power. The US uses the people of this island as a human shield for its own greedy global ambitions, and its panic over the drive of Scots towards securing their independence from imperial domination by London is the result of the an even more selfish desire to subordinate the interests of more human beings to the interests of the US empire and its cronies in Westminster.

All that the US has done by issuing this dull and uninspiring resolution is feed the Scottish people with more hope that they will be able to govern themselves better, including gaining a more independent and representative foreign policy. The US Empire will be weakened by Scottish independence, and that is yet one more reason to vote Yes on the 18th.

Catalyst Yes book deal

In support of this referendum, so world-shaking it has hit the halls of arrogance in Washington, I’m creating a new book deal. UK customers will be able to get Catalyst: A Techno-Liberation Thesis (2013), at a discounted price from September 15 to September 18 – starting at an 84% discount on September 15 and ending at the original price on September 18 when the referendum takes place.

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Defining stories: my own star wars

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Qui définit le moment où j’écris?

How to define the moment that I write?

Michel Foucault

Next month it’s October. It may seem early, but it reminds me to draft a science fiction horror story for entering into the sort of literary competitions often seen on the web at Halloween. I was thinking of a new installment in my Search Beyond Series, which has already reached a total of four volumes, each containing as many as five individual short stories.

Here are my notes for possibly the creepiest story I could think of, to take place on the fictional star ship Traction featured in all the Search Beyond stories:

The Captain [George Sannox] is trapped in [an apparent] “zombie” outbreak on the ship, caused by a mysterious bat-like intruder. [Called the Navidian Plague, it causes blindness and tumorous growths around the eyes. The back-story would be that Sannox experienced an outbreak of the Plague at some point in his childhood, and was traumatized by it.]

In case this sounds riddled with clichés like all too many horror stories, I had an excellent twist in mind, but won’t reveal it here, in case readers prefer to discover it for themselves. Stay tuned to find out what happens.

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When Google Met WikiLeaks

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L’homme est libre au moment qu’il veut l’être.

Man is free at the instant he wants to be.


This is a belated post, but an important one for updates.

I have recently drafted a review of Charles E. Cobb Jr’s book This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed. This will be completed published at Dissident Voice soon.

I have received a review copy of When Google Met Wikileaks, by Julian Assange, from the publisher – OR Books. This is fortunate, because it is not yet available in print from Amazon and I only tend to buy books in print. I am especially keen to review this for h+ Magazine, the top source for news and opinion on the transhumanist movement – a movement of technology enthusiasts whose position on issues at the heart of freedom and technology ought to be as well-informed as possible. Although of course I’ll come in on the side of Assange and WikiLeaks due to my anti-statist tendencies – that’s just the sort of political being I am at this point – the book essentially covers the clash of philosophies and views between WikiLeaks and Google.

With WikiLeaks representing the technological empowerment of individual citizens and Google representing the alignment of technology with immense corporate and statist power, I believe this book could foretell a great battle of ideologies that is going to shape the remainder of the Twenty-First Century.

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PM Cameron warns about aggression, commits aggression

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Les Membres de l’Organisation s’abstiennent, dans leurs relations internationales, de recourir à la menace ou à l’emploi de la force, soit contre l’intégrité territoriale ou l’indépendance politique de tout Etat, soit de toute autre manière incompatible avec les buts des Nations Unies.

All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.

Charter of the United Nations

As the NATO Summit in Wales tried to generate as much hysteria as possible over alleged Russian aggression in Ukraine, the attending Prime Minister David Cameron was caught committing aggression in an interview. While showing apparent rage over the rise of the Islamic State (IS), formerly ISIS, terrorists, Cameron issued a threat of force against the territorial integrity and political independence of a state, Syria. Aggression, legally, is most commonly understood as just the above, as outlined in the Charter of the United Nations.

Cameron threatened that he would bomb IS targets in Syria without permission from the Syrian government, which is a blatant call not just to violate the UN charter and commit aggression, but to violate the UK Parliament’s own ruling not to get involved in the War in Syria. The threat from Cameron comes amid his apparent concerns over alleged Russian military involvement in Ukraine – involvement that has been denied by the Russian government.

It is interesting to note that the Russian constitution refuses to give the President the ability to use military force without the approval of the Russian parliament. Right now, Russian President Putin has no such approval – just like Cameron has no approval to launch a military campaign in Syria. After Crimea joined the Russian Federation, the Russian President revoked permission for the Russian military to intervene in Ukraine, making any further involvement illegal and unconstitutional if were to actually be happening. Let me repeat: this means that according to Russian law, the Russian military involvement in Crimea was legal, but any Russian involvement in eastern Ukraine right now would be illegal and unconstitutional. Similarly, the UK government ruled against involvement in Syria in 2013.

Based on the PM’s reckless statements, Cameron’s UK appears to be a far more dangerous and destabilizing aggressor than Putin’s Russia in two ways. First, Cameron is publicly issuing his calls to aggression and trying to justify them. Second, Cameron is directly and blatantly breaking the laws of his own country and violating the rulings of the UK Parliament itself.

Russia is probably involved in eastern Ukraine, but its involvement must be informal simply because it has no legal basis. The idea of Russian tank divisions rolling into Ukraine is a fantasy – they have no authorization. So, Russian involvement with the unrest in the eastern region of Lugansk most probably only amounts to media support, social support, and humanitarian support. That is about the same level of involvement that the US has in most internal crises happening around the world, so the US and UK are blatant hypocrites for describing that as aggression.

I can come up with no other conclusion than that the whining by NATO states like the US and UK has nothing to do with any Russian aggression, but everything to do with their own ongoing publicly announced aggression in Syria, which Russia has constantly opposed diplomatically and is committed to prevent. Despite what the BBC and CNN say, NATO is still an ageing, obsolete organization and no guarantor of security for anyone, whether the threat is Russia or the IS.

Putin is no angel, but David Cameron, you sir are a scumbag.

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