The Collapse of Western Morality

by Paul Craig Roberts
Published: Sep. 23, 2010 – Global Research

Yes, I know, as many readers will be quick to inform me, the West never had any morality. Nevertheless things have gotten worse.

In hopes that I will be permitted to make a point, permit me to acknowledge that the US dropped nuclear bombs on two Japanese cities, fire-bombed Tokyo, that Great Britain and the US fire-bombed Dresden and a number of other German cities, expending more destructive force, according to some historians, against the civilian German population than against the German armies, that President Grant and his Civil War war criminals, Generals Sherman and Sheridan, committed genocide against the Plains Indians, that the US today enables Israel’s genocidal policies against the Palestinians, policies that one Israeli official has compared to 19th century US genocidal policies against the American Indians, that the US in the new 21st century invaded Iraq and Afghanistan on contrived pretenses, murdering countless numbers of civilians, and that British prime minister Tony Blair lent the British army to his American masters, as did other NATO countries, all of whom find themselves committing war crimes under the Nuremberg standard in lands in which they have no national interests, but for which they receive an American pay check.

I don’t mean these few examples to be exhaustive. I know the list goes on and on. Still, despite the long list of horrors, moral degradation is reaching new lows. The US now routinely tortures prisoners, despite its strict illegality under US and international law, and a recent poll shows that the percentage of Americans who approve of torture is rising. Indeed, it is quite high, though still just below a majority.

And we have what appears to be a new thrill: American soldiers using the cover of war to murder civilians. Recently American troops were arrested for murdering Afghan civilians for fun and collecting trophies such as fingers and skulls.

This revelation came on the heels of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s alleged leak of a US Army video of US soldiers in helicopters and their controllers thousands of miles away having fun with joy sticks murdering members of the press and Afghan civilians. Manning is cursed with a moral conscience that has been discarded by his government and his military, and Manning has been arrested for obeying the law and reporting a war crime to the American people.

US Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican, of course, from Michigan, who is on the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, has called for Manning’s execution. According to US Rep. Rogers it is an act of treason to report an American war crime.

In other words, to obey the law constitutes “treason to America.”

US Rep. Rogers said that America’s wars are being undermined by “a culture of disclosure” and that this “serious and growing problem” could only be stopped by the execution of Manning.

If Rep. Rogers is representative of Michigan, then Michigan is a state that we don’t need.

The US government, a font of imperial hubris, does not believe that any act it commits, no matter how vile, can possibly be a war crime. One million dead Iraqis, a ruined country, and four million displaced Iraqis are all justified, because the “threatened” US Superpower had to protect itself from nonexistent weapons of mass destruction that the US government knew for a fact were not in Iraq and could not have been a threat to the US if they were in Iraq.

When other countries attempt to enforce the international laws that the Americans established in order to execute Germans defeated in World War II, the US government goes to work and blocks the attempt. A year ago on October 8, the Spanish Senate, obeying its American master, limited Spain’s laws of universal jurisdiction in order to sink a legitimate war crimes case brought against George W. Bush, Barack H. Obama, Tony Blair,and Gordon Brown.

The West includes Israel, and there the horror stories are 60 years long. Moreover, if you mention any of them you are declared to be an anti-semite. I only mention them in order to prove that I am not anti-American, anti-British, and anti-NATO, but am simply against war crimes. It was the distinguished Zionist Jewish Judge, Goldstone, who produced the UN report indicating that Israel committed war crimes when it attacked the civilian population and civilian infrastructure of Gaza. For his efforts, Israel declared the Zionist Goldstone to be “a self-hating Jew,” and the US Congress, on instruction from the Israel Lobby, voted to disregard the Goldstone Report to the UN.

As the Israeli official said, we are only doing to the Palestinians what the Americans did to the American Indians.

The Israeli army uses female soldiers to sit before video screens and to fire by remote control machine guns from towers to murder Palestinians who come to tend their fields within 1500 meters of the inclosed perimeter of Ghetto Gaza. There is no indication that these Israeli women are bothered by gunning down young children and old people who come to tend to their fields.

If the crimes were limited to war and the theft of lands, perhaps we could say it is a case of jingoism sidetracking traditional morality, otherwise still in effect.

Alas, the collapse of morality is too widespread. Some sports teams now have a win-at-all-cost attitude that involves plans to injure the star players of the opposing teams. To avoid all these controversies, let’s go to Formula One racing where 200 mph speeds are routine.

Prior to 1988, 22 years ago, track deaths were due to driver error, car failure, and poorly designed tracks compromised with safety hazards. World Champion Jackie Stewart did much to improve the safety of tracks, both for drivers and spectators. But in 1988 everything changed. Top driver Ayrton Senna nudged another top driver Alain Prost toward a pit wall at 190 mph. According to AutoWeek (August 30, 2010), nothing like this had been seen before. “Officials did not punish Senna’s move that day in Portugal, and so a significant shift in racing began.” What the great racing driver Stirling Moss called “dirty driving” became the norm.

Nigel Roebuck in AutoWeek reports that in 1996 World Champion Damon Hill said that Senna’s win-at-all-cost tactic “was responsible for fundamental change in the ethics of the sport.” Drivers began using “terrorist tactics on the track.” Damon Hill said that “the views that I’d gleaned from being around my dad [twice world champion Graham Hill] and people like him, I soon had to abandon,” because you realized that no penalty was forthcoming against the guy who tried to kill you in order that he could win.

When asked about the ethics of modern Formula One racing, American World Champion Phil Hill said: “Doing that sort of stuff in my day was just unthinkable. For one thing, we believed certain tactics were unacceptable.”

In today’s Western moral climate, driving another talented driver into the wall at 200 mph is just part of winning. Michael Schumacher, born in January 1969, is a seven times World Champion, an unequaled record. On August 1 at the Hungarian Grand Prix, AutoWeek Reports that Schumacher tried to drive his former Ferrari teammate, Rubens Barrichello, into the wall at 200 mph speeds.

Confronted with his attempted act of murder, Schumacher said: “This is Formula One. Everyone knows I don’t give presents.”

Neither does the US government, nor state and local governments, nor the UK government, nor the EU.

The deformation of the police, which many Americans, in their untutored existence as naive believers in “law and order,” still think are “on their side,” has taken on new dimensions with the police militarized to fight “terrorists” and “domestic extremists.”

The police have been off the leash since the civilian police boards were nixed by the conservatives. Kids as young as 6 years old have been handcuffed and carted off to jail for school infractions that may or may not have occurred. So have moms with a car full of children (see, for example, ).

Anyone who googles videos of US police gratuitous brutality will call up tens of thousands of examples, and this is after laws that make filming police brutality a felony. A year or two ago such a search would call up hundreds of thousands of videos.

In one of the most recent of the numerous daily acts of gratuitous police abuse of citizens, an 84-year-old man had his neck broken because he objected to a night time towing of his car. The goon cop body-slammed the 84-year old and broke his neck. The Orlando, Florida, police department says that the old man was a “threat” to the well-armed much younger police goon, because the old man clenched his fist.

Americans will be the first people sent straight to Hell while thinking that they are the salt of the earth. The Americans have even devised a title for themselves to rival that of the Israelis’ self-designation as “God’s Chosen People.” The Americans call themselves “the indispensable people.”



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The Rich Have Stolen The Economy

War Criminals Are Becoming The Arbiters Of Law

Another War in the Works: America Is Led And Informed By Liars

Why Propaganda Trumps Truth

Europe’s Complicity in Evil

US Hypocrisy Astonishes the World

Why Not Crippling Sanctions for Israel and the US?

Threatening Iran

America, Israel’s Lackey

The World’s Least Powerful Man: The Obama Puppet

For Palestinians, Every Day Is Kristallnacht

Insouciant Americans

A Country of Serfs Ruled By Oligarchs

How Sovereign is Europe? Washington has Murdered Privacy Rights at Home And Abroad

The US Treasury Running on Fumes: The Obama regime has made War the Business of America

The True Cost of the War

6 Comments on “The Collapse of Western Morality”

  1. agree to all it is real it is true and it is not only the US. Similar events happened when Rome/Madrid/London/Paris/Moscow/Beijing controlled large portions of the Earth.
    Real Politik. Pax Roma. Liebesraum. Cultural Revolution. Libertè.

  2. Suleiman and the Ottoman Empire. “At the time of Suleiman’s death the Ottoman Empire, with its unrivaled military strength, economic riches and territorial extent, was the world’s foremost power.[72] Suleiman’s conquests had brought under the control of the Empire the major Muslim cities (Mecca, Medina, Jerusalem, Damascus, and Baghdad), many Balkan provinces (reaching present day Croatia and Austria), and most of North Africa.“ Wiki.

  3. That concept where the Americans call themselves “the indispensable people.” should be explored in a 2000 yr historical context. The US is the result of what happened on Earth the last 2000 yrs. It is not Bush or Obama, it is just history in the making.

  4. Annie Ladysmith says:

    I am so sick and tired of reading this kindergarden propaganda from the “PR” guys in the NWO. It is the “official” “history” that we are fed every hour, every day on the NWO global news network. Buy it, read it, eat it and you are well on your way to being completely decieved and PART OF THE PROBLEM.

    The US government will be communist within 2 short years. Just as in Russia when the Jish Bolseviks took over, the white Christain population is destined to what happened to 60 million Russians who were not communists or Jish from the kulaks up to the “intellegensia” which was any goyim who could read or write.

    WHY DON”T YOU IGNORANT PEOPLE STUDY HISTORY! The truth is as plain as the nose on your face. Here is the truth: Britain, under their evil queen (who owns 1/6 of the earth’s landmass) and the Rothchild empire run the show from the City of London. Israehell and City of London call the shots for the international Yid-Masonic cabal which is in the process of taking control of the whole world.

    The US has never been anything other than cannon fodder in these wars of the internationalists. The US has been completely controled by these money grabbers, power hungry megalomaniacs, since the beginning. Every potus they groom for the job has to tow their line or they get gunned down like dogs.

    This fellow, what’s his name, Roberts, is either very naive or else he works for them. The media is their first offensive line to brainwash stupid people. Either way he’s an idiot and typical of how the tribe is infiltrating the good internet sites that people depend on for opinions, since they have none of their own. Everyone must do their own research to come to intelligent conclusions based on the FACTS of history and not the LIES!

  5. Dwight Baker says:

    The lack of synergy and merger in his writing was a bit hard to read. So I did not read all.

    Also I did not find actions or non-actions based on mortality to be central to his thesis.

  6. rachie12k says:

    I’m tired of reading anti-semitic jargon and the attempt at justifying it by using the Palestinian situation as its basis. reread your history and get a grip. if you care so much for these poor Palresitinians go live amongst them and see how well they treat you and your kind. Let them seize control of their situation by not allowing terrorist groups to blow up innocent people as their means to an end. and by the way, it will be your end as well.

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