â€˜We have lost respectâ€™ - former US Senator
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The US is like a drunkard who charges to war with anyone who might pose a threat, ex-Senator and former US presidential candidate Mike Gravel says.
Ââ€œI like the US. But at the same time I think my country is an imperial country that is going downhill, and our leadership does not even acknowledge the problem,â€ confesses Gravel.
â€œPhony triumphalism has turned into a device to make Americans live in fear of a terrorist attack, yet you are a thousand times more likely to catch cancer than ever be hurt by that,â€ he points out.
â€œAll I can say about what the US is doing - itâ€˜s immoral,â€ Gravel says, explaining that â€œas a result of 9/11, we have altered our moral compass. And people began to get used to brutalizing each other.â€
â€œWe Americans used to think â€˜oh, what happened in Germany could never happen with us!â€™ Well, it is happening with us. And it is happening to the detriment of our global position.â€
â€œIn Afghanistan, in Iraq and in Vietnam at the era, all American soldiers died in vain,â€ Gravel claims, recalling the millions of war victims in Vietnam, which is now developing along its own path, regardless.
New American policies enable US military or security officials to take a decision and dispatch a drone to kill a suspect without trial - together with all civilians who happen to be close to the target, Gravel says.
â€œThe morality of that is removing responsibility - those who drop bombs [from remotely operated robot drones] do not see people die,â€ he says.
â€œWe have not matched the progress in the private sector of technology and science with the ability to govern ourselves in a proper fashion. We do not have a democracy. We have a system of representative governments worldwide, and that is not good enough for people to govern themselves in the XXI century,â€ argues the former Senator.
President Barack Obama is
â€œguilty of crimes against humanity after the operation in Libya and the continuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraqâ€
- and Mike Gravel has got proof.
â€œHe [Obama] was asked whether or not there would be a possibility that we begin an investigation of the invasion in Iraq by George Bush - which was an absolute crime. What was Barack Obamaâ€™s response? â€˜We donâ€™t look backâ€™. That means we do not want you, the American citizens, to see what happened, because you may turn around and accuse us of the same thing,â€ Mike Gravel says, â€œitâ€™s even worth than that. It is not an accusation. He has been doing exactly the same thing as George Bush did.â€
â€œMost people are unaware of the fact that over the last year, the Obama administration chased out of the United Statesâ€¦ over 500,000 people. If we had a media that is all honest - this would have been front page and hotly discussed,â€ he reveals.
â€œObama is raising a billion dollars for his re-election campaign, and he has made a statement which demonstrates what respect he has for the people. He made the statement â€˜Weâ€™re not going to take any money from special interestsâ€™. I tell you - the billion dollars come from special interests,â€ ex-Senator Gravel accuses.
He believes beating the drums about attacking Iran is very dangerous and marks the irresponsibility of the Israeli leadership.
â€œIâ€™m not saying anything new - Sarkozy says Netanyahu is a liar - so in my humble status as a private citizen - I tell you Netanyahu is a liar, because he has made statements about Iran that are absolutely ridiculous - all this to create fear among people in Israel.â€
Mike Gravel recalled the Bush-created syndrome of â€˜bunker mentalityâ€™ that rules people with fear.
â€œIran is neither Syria nor Lebanon. Iran is a proud nation and they have missile capabilities - not nuclear-capable - that can rain down on Tel Aviv. I can tell you: if they are attacked - they would attack back. And [because] Israel is so vulnerable and so small that it [Israel] would retaliate with nukes - because they cannot suffer to be destroyed,â€ Mike Gravel predicts, adding that Pakistan and China would join in, with the US to follow - and that is a ready scenario for a nuclear WWIII.
â€œThe best way to solve the problem with Iran is to leave it alone to build a democracy of its own.â€
Asked about the power of corporations said to â€˜own the governmentâ€™, Mike Gravel pointed out that corporations are designed to be responsible only to their shareholders, not to the government or the people.
â€œCorporations need to be regulated, they are not democracies,â€ he says. â€œIn fact corporations have no morality and no memory - they are just designed to make money. They should not be in command of society - which they are, worldwide, today.â€
â€œThat has to change, because this is going to lead to the destruction of our planet,â€ insists Gravel. â€œIrresponsible corporate activity must be controlled.â€
â€œPeople are free if they participate in power. I know of no country in the world today where the people are really free,â€ he concluded.