August 25, 2006
According to William Cohen, former Secretary of Offense and Clinton administration war criminal, few of us have made the sort of "commitment to universal service" demanded by our rulers, or are we "really committed to this war against terrorism," that is to say the forever war against Islam.
Appearing on Fox, Cohen said "something has to be done to put us on a war footing mentality," as obviously the spate of fake color-coded terror alerts, revealed to be nothing more than crass political monkeywrenching, and the parade of duped patsies in Miami, Ontario, and London, to name but the most recent, have not frightened the populace to the degree required. In order to get the people in the appropriate mindset, Cohen believes we need "national service," that is to say he is in favor of mandatory servitude, otherwise known as slavery, and he describes this national serfhood as "helping out at homes, health care, nurses, etc.," when in fact the state—or, more specifically, the multinational corporations and banksters who run the state—could care less about such things. In essence, this is a foot in the door for a military draft, as millions of soldiers, or pawns, need to be thrown on toxic and depleted uranium battlegrounds for the next generation or two.
In a truly sane and just world, William Cohen would be doing the perp walk in an orange jumpsuit. As the the International War Crimes Tribunal notes, Cohen is guilty of slaughtering innocents in Yugoslavia. On March 24, 1999, corporate gangster don Bill Clinton ordered the Pentagon and NATO to attack the people of Yugoslavia, not only a war crime and a crime against humanity, but also a violation of Article 2 of the United States Constitution (50 USC 1542, mandating initial and regular consultations with Congress; 50 USC 1543, mandating written reports of necessitating circumstances; and 50 USC 1544 mandating the termination of the war use of United States Armed Force after 60 days in the absence of the official enactment by Congress of specific statutory authority).
Specifically, Clinton and his minions stand accused of the following crimes: bombing homes, residential areas, bridges, historical sites, churches, passenger buses, embassies, hospitals, prisons, sanatoriums, and even a zoo. "A group lawyers from several countries has laid a formal complaint with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia against all of the individual leaders of the NATO countries and officials of NATO itself," Michael Mandel, a member of the Osgoode Hall Law School, wrote in a press release, dated May 7, 1999.
The complaint was initiated by professors from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto — where Tribunal prosecutor Louise Arbour was also a professor before becoming a judge. The group has charged Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Javier Solana, Jamie Shea, Jean Chretien, Art Eggleton, Lloyd Axworthy and 60 other heads of state and government, foreign ministers, defense ministers and NATO officials, with war crimes committed in NATOs six-week old bombing campaign against Yugoslavia.
The list of crimes includes "willful killing, willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, extensive destruction of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly, employment of poisonous weapons or other weapons to cause unnecessary suffering, wanton destruction of cities, towns or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity, attack, or bombardment, by whatever means, of undefended towns, villages, dwellings, or buildings, destruction or willful damage done to institutions dedicated to religion, charity and education, the arts and sciences, historic monuments and works of art and science."
The complaint also alleges "open violation" of the United Nations Charter, the NATO treaty itself, the Geneva Conventions and the Principles of International Law Recognized by the Nüremberg Tribunal (the latter of which makes "planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances" a crime).
Instead of facing formal charges for such egregious crimes, Clinton is allowed to walk free, recently visiting Shea Stadium during a baseball game where he basked in the adoration of the celebrity hungry crowd. Hitler did likewise during the the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Of course, a few short years later, the German people paid a heavy price for their unquestioning devotion and fawning worship. It still remains to be seen if the American people will one day be called to pay for the vulgar crimes of their rulers.
Instead of focusing on William Cohen’s unabashed call for war servitude and sacrifice in the name of our corporate rulers, the media concentrates on his latest novel, a fictional account of state power unbound going up against "terrorist attacks, a possible alliance among Russia, Germany and China, right-wing militias in the U.S., and more," according to a frothy review posted on the MSNBC website. Of course, there are few "right-wing militias" in the United States, although plenty of folks are worried about the systematic destruction of the Constitution (these folks are considered dangerous "right-wing nuts"), and most terrorism is state-sponsored, but never mind, this is, after all, a work of fiction, and wildly speculative fiction at best.
In fact, reality, under the reign of our corporate fascist rulers, is far more scary than any horror novel, as the future portends, under Cohen’s bleak vision, shared by our decadent and indeed sociopathic rulers and their sycophants, hegemonic and endless war in the name of a corporate, and thus fascist, Oceania. It is entirely natural for Cohen and his ilk to expect—nay, demand—our subservience to a predatory Novus Ordo Mundi, window dressed as selfless volunteer work for the sake of "homes, health care, nurses," when in fact it is nothing less than the naked, blood-streaked face of the oligarchy engaged in the dance of the vultures.