"Master Race" Theory Also Heard in White House
Gammill For Congress
By Sherwood Ross
"I believe in the universality of freedom," George Bush told an
audience at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, "and I
believe that this country, this grand country of ours, has an
obligation to help people realize the blessings of freedom."
This belief, you might even call it a "faith," reflects the "calling"
some American presidents have long had to improve, if not remake, the
rest of the world in their own image as if they were gods. George W.
Bush is only the latest occupant of the White House to display this
The late Ronald Reagan also said Americans---whom he really believed
were superior to other folks----had an "obligation" to rescue
foreigners and took it upon himself to fund the Contras to overthrow
Nicaragua's elected leftist regime. He didn’t bother going through
Congress. It was quite a radical departure for a self-styled
“conservative.” Richard Nixon also held this conceit, and had the CIA
overthrow the elected leftist government in Chile. Even the amiable
Dwight Eisenhower personally signed an order okaying a CIA overthrow of
Iran's elected government in 1953 because they nationalized their own
oil resources. In none of these cases were the American people ever
told by their government of those doings, much less asked.
Another expression of this master race philosophy in action occurred
when President Bush trashed key international treaties (the
Anti-Ballistic Missile and Germ Warfare covenants, for examples) so it
is apparent he has set himself above international law. He's too
hoity-toity to sign any treaty to slow global warming. Bush’s belief
that Americans are superior is not much more than a warmed-over version
of Hitler's Master Race theory. Bush may appear to be very sober,
compared to the spellbinding Hitler Americans rightly identified as
nuts, but the end product of his view Americans are chosen to dash
around the world making wars is the same. Bush's illegal invasion of
Iraq has already killed approximately 1-million people and now he has
even threatened Iran with atomic attack, a repudiation of President
Reagan's pledge that America would never start a nuclear war.
Millions of Americans, like Bush, hate the idea of any international
authority that might limit American power. This may explain why every
time the phrase "United Nations" is uttered at a Republican Party
convention, the audience erupts with jeers and catcalls. They don’t
want Americans to rank as equal citizens of the world. Indeed, America
supremacists of the Project For A New American Century (PNAC) in 2000
"called for nothing less than the creation of a worldwide imperial
American empire, with forces based all around the globe," according to
"The Book on Bush" (Viking) by Eric Alterman and Mark Green. Ten PNAC
members urged a unilateral U.S. invasion of Iraq, stating, "American
policy cannot continue to be crippled by a misguided insistence on
unanimity in the Security Council." Back in the Thirties German and
Japanese militarists flouted the League of Nations, too. See where it
Being superior to everyone else has its privileges. Bush is running
what John Dean called the most secret government in history yet
believes he has the right to eavesdrop on everybody else’s private
conversations. As William Blum points out in "Rogue State" (Common
Courage Press), in 2003 the U.S. even "listened in on UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the UN weapons inspectors in Iraq, and
all the members of the UN Security Council during a period when they
were deliberating what action to take in Iraq." Now Congress wants the
American people to trust the government not to eavesdrop on them. Sure!
And just so the Pentagon can keep tabs on what you write on your
computer, the U.S. National Security Agency(NSA) helped to install a
secret program in Microsoft software that, without user knowledge, can
read your private jottings and E-mails, according to a 1999 French
Defense Ministry report, Blum said. This brought no objections from
Microsoft's biggest client: the Pentagon.
The CIA's policy of "extraordinary rendition," first authorized by
President Clinton, not George Bush, enables the American Master Race to
fly anywhere in the world and arrest any person with no court order and
remove the individual to another country for imprisonment,
interrogation, torture, and/or summary execution. And President Bush
has allowed the CIA to hold some of those men as “ghosts” without
informing the Red Cross. Yet what country is it that flies thousands of
POW/MIA flags in protest of holding ghost prisoners?
That other nationalities are mere ants in Neocon America's world was
the implicit message of the Army's "School of the Americas" (SOA).
According to a New York Times editorial, the Pentagon recommended to
Latin army officers "interrogation techniques like torture, execution,
blackmail and arresting the relatives of those being questioned."
"For decades SOA grads have been involved in the chain of command of
virtually every major human rights atrocity in Latin America," Blum
writes, including a coup attempt in 2002 against Hugo Chavez in
Venezuela. This may account for why Chavez told the United Nations Bush
was the "devil" --- and got ridiculed by U.S. media for not being
polite. I’m no fan of Chavez but what do you call a man who tries to
overthrow governments by force and violence? What do you call
governments that think torturing human beings is okay? Isn’t that
what’s supposed to be done in Hell?
U.S. presidents also believe they have a unilateral right to poison
inferior peoples’ countries with radioactive wastes. Hence, President
Bush Sr. could shoot off more than 630,000 pounds of radioactive
ammunition during the first Gulf War in Kuwait, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia,
according to "Home Front" (Clarity Press) author Rick Anderson. Such
depleted uranium shells were also fired "extensively" in Iraq in 2003.
No matter some Iraqi women since have given birth to deformed infants,
as have the wives of some GIs who fought in Iraq.
Most distressing of all is the heartlessness of the White House. Bush
not only inflicts massive casualties on foreign civilians but denies
medical care to tens of thousands of his own veterans seeking medical
relief from "Gulf War Syndrome." These luckless GIs dispatched to cram
"the blessings of freedom" down foreign throats are discovering for
themselves the New American Century Gang have little regard for human
life, and this includes the lives of those who enlisted to fight their
wars. Meanwhile, let oil-rich Iran and Venezuela watch out---lest Bush
give them the good old master erase.
(Sherwood Ross is an American who writes on political and military
topics. His articles have appeared in many national magazines. He
worked as a reporter for the Chicago Daily News, served as an executive
in the civil rights movement, and contributed regular columns for major
wire services. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org)