It’s no secret that D.C. so called drive to support foreign democracies is actually a

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    It’s no secret that D.C. so called drive to support foreign democracies is actually a smoke screen to change regimes in other countries up to USA liking. Sure thing, you can just observe how Yankees do this in other places but where’s the guarantee they won’t penetrate your own land to support your domestic ‘democratic opposition’... well ... thru violence and blood... just the way we could see that recently in some Muslim countries.
    I’spose we’d rather seek some way out to stay safe from similar disasters. I’m absolutely sure we should focus at financial flows from abroad (USA in the first run) to support ‘democrats’. Syria is a vivid example imho. Since George Bush rule D.C. command has been highly supportive of the local opposition forces lusting for ‘constructive changes’. In fact Americans have been sponsoring Barada TV in Syria. Still there has been no change of power in Syria. The clue is that clever Syrians have been keeping a sharp eye on that sponsor aid from the overseas! According to Wikileaks citing some American officials, ‘democratic activists in Syria lack courage to get American financial help". Sure thing, they are just scary to be accused of corruption and find themselves behind bars. That’s actually the real recipe to preserve independence. Whist’s your vision folks?
     
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    Arab League gonna give Syria the boot?...
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    Arab League Discusses Suspension of Syria
    OCTOBER 16, 2011 — The Arab League has called an emergency meeting Sunday to discuss whether to suspend Syria, officials said, ramping up the pressure on Damascus to end its bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters.
     
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    Assad better watch out or he may be the next to go the way of Khaddafi...
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    With Qaddafi's death, world attention turns to Syria
    October 21, 2011 - Qaddafi's death emboldened protesters across Syria Friday. While international appetite for intervention is low, the Syrian conflict could intensify as regional actors back particular factions within the country.
     
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    If you THINK that replacing the dictators within Lybia or Eypt was in the US long term favor. You're smoking the crack again. How the fucking hell is killing or removing friendly dictators for the muslim brother hood good for us?
     
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    Compare the British Empire to the American superpower model.

    The old way of Empire was achieved through direct, and sometimes brutal, territorial rule. The new way of Empire is done by achieving favorable market relations. The forms of coercion are much different, and the benefactors no longer fall along nation-state lines. Rather you have a complicated spectrum that has the global investment class on one end and a global working class on the other end.

    In the new way of Empire, the superpower finds or installs a corruptible elite inside resource rich 3rd world countries. Then, the corruptible elite "agrees" to massive Structural "Improvement" Loans - awarded by the IMF in the form of no-bids to the corporations who are in control of the given superpower. Upon default, the Superpower secures ultra-favorable conditions for the extraction of cheap resources and labor. This is technically called "opening markets to foreign investment". As a part of the deal, the corruptible elite is retained so long as they maintain the political and social conditions necessary for the extraction of cheap labor and resources. To protect the assets of the superpower, the ruling elite is sometimes called upon to crush nationalizing movements (comprised of a population seeking say higher wages, better working conditions, etc). The ruling elite must also prevent any do-gooder environmental movement from protecting the drinking water. The biggest threat to any global supply chain is when an expensive, freedom seeking middle class takes over and refuses to work for pennies a day. Political Freedom is anathema to capital's need for ultra-cheap labor; this is why any superpower worth its salt has to put military bases across the globe, so that all vital regions can be "stabilized" when necessary. Regardless, the point of Soft Empire (based on market arrangements not territorial occupation) is to make sure the lion's share of a client-state's wealth goes to the outside investors.

    In order to understand how this works, you need to see things like the Cold War as more than just a conflict with the Soviets, but a context for the expansion of US Globalism, i.e., creating a postwar market system which is policed, maintained, and operated largely on behalf of the US investment class. Likewise the War on Terrorism, which provided a context to protect our regional assets in the middle east.

    A second component of this system is ideological. When intervening in the 3rd world, you must always claim to be fighting evil, spreading freedom, and civilizing the world. Typically, this narrative is created for the women, children and republicans back on the homeland, who simply cannot handle what real men must do the outlying colonies. This is why we see such benign narratives in university econ departments about western capital tapping the unused potential of 3rd world resources/labor. Nobody can accept that the world is bloodier than this. Tragically, the republican base tends to accept this government created narrative. They simply do not question their leaders when it comes to foreign policy. They eat up simplistic cliches about freedom without ever questioning the source.
     
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