Missing Truth and Irony in Bin-Laden’s Critique of Capitalism

I’ve got to give bin-Laden some basic credit for out-performing the majority of the United States’ intelligentsia by mentioning some elementary facts of American, Western and world life and history during his September 7th (2007) video Address to the American People. By bin-Laden’s account, “talk of the rights of man and freedom are lies produced by the White House and its allies in Europe to deceive humans, take control of their destinies and subjugate them. Those with real power and influence” in the U.S., bin-Laden added, “are those with the most capital. And since the democratic system permits major corporations to back candidates, be they presidential or congressional, there shouldn’t be any cause for astonishment – and there isn’t any – in the Democrats’ failure to stop the war. And you’re the ones who have the saying which goes, ‘Money talks.’”

Bin-Laden noted that U.S. “democracy” had shown its powerlessness by “sacrificing soldiers and populations to achieve the interests of the major corporations. And with that,” he added, in a passage that crudely and clumsily speaks some rather basic truths U.S. journalists and intellectuals dare not publicly acknowledge for fear of offending their business class masters:

“it has become clear to all that [the corporations] are the real tyrannical terrorists. In fact, the life of all of mankind is in danger because of the global warming resulting to a large degree from the emissions of the factories of the major corporations, yet despite that, the representative of these corporations in the White House insists on not observing the Kyoto accord, with the knowledge that the statistics speaks of the death and displacement of the millions of human beings because of that, especially in Africa. This greatest of plagues and most dangerous of threats to the lives of humans is taking place in an accelerating fashion as the world is being dominated by the democratic system, which confirms its massive failure to protect humans and their interests from the greed and avarice of the major corporations and their representatives. And despite this brazen attack on the people, the leaders of the West – especially Bush, Blair Sarkozy and Brown – still talk about freedom and human rights with a flagrant disregard for the intellects of human beings. So is there a form of terrorism stronger, clearer and more dangerous than this? This is why I tell you: as you liberated yourselves before from the slavery of monks, kings, and feudalism, you should liberate yourselves from the deception, shackles and attrition of the capitalist system. If you were to ponder it well, you would find that in the end, it is a system harsher and fiercer than your systems in the Middle Ages. The capitalist system seeks to turn the entire world into a fiefdom of the major corporations under the label of ‘globalization’ in order to protect democracy.”

Dominant U.S. media immediately ridiculed bin-Laden’s Address for…read article

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