By Big Al
Thought provoking words from Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams
A missed opportunity?
War Propaganda Overload? It Must Be Time for The Olympics!
Dear Friends of the Ron Paul Institute:
Ron Paul has for decades endorsed international sporting competitions between adversaries instead of pointless diplomatic talks — or worse, bombs! Though many of us cheered his answer in the Presidential Debate to a theoretical unexpected call from then-Cuban leader Castro (“I’d ask what he wants”), he has several times since then said he wishes he had responded differently. He says he would have loved to have responded to the “gotcha” question of “Fidel Castro calls you unexpectedly, what do you say to him?” with “I’d ask him if we can put together a friendly baseball game between the US and Cuba!”
Sporting events are a friendly competition that should bring people together, highlighting individual human achievement and the success that comes from years of dedication and hard work. We root for our team, while admiring the skills of the opposing team.
The Olympic games should be the premier event to highlight athletic achievements outside the realm of politics and global power games. In the Olympic games one may root for one’s country while marveling at the achievements of those from far off corners of the earth. I remember my first Olympic games as a spectator: it was the Montreal games of 1976 and as a very young boy I could not get away from the television. Marvelous!
Sadly, as the Marxists have long maintained, the personal is political. The Olympic Games are these days just another opportunity for the warfare state to push pro-war propaganda.
Who can forget just four years ago, where the games at Sochi in Russia provided a venue for US commentators to relentlessly pummel everything and anything Russian. It was the pre-Russiagate psychological preparation of battlefield, brought to you by the military-industrial complex that pulls the strings of its mainstream media puppets.
This year the target is still Russia, whose athletes innocent of doping are still forbidden from wearing their country’s colors or being identified as citizens of that country. It seems Orwellian.
But the big target of the warmongers in this year’s Olympics is North Korea. Neocons — and even many “non-interventionists,” “libertarians,” and even “progressives” — have worked themselves into a frenzy simply because the North Korean leader has sent his sister down to “turn on a charm offensive” with the South in hopes of an ultimate reunification of the long-divided country. How DARE Kim’s sister be allowed to observe at the games! “The North Koreans are killing millions of their own people, they need regime change!”
Maybe it’s true. Maybe Kim Jong-Un is on a long murderous rampage, killing millions of his citizens for fun. Maybe he’s operating a network of black sites where people are “disappeared” without charge or trial just for his amusement. But that’s just what they told us about Saddam. And Gaddafi. And the Taliban. Any anyone else they want us to get lathered up about. But thus far each and every time it’s turned out to be a …read more
Source:: The Korelin Economics Report