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Warmonger-in-Chief Sworn-in On Martin Luther King Jr.’s Bible

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Today is Martin Luther King Jr. day in the United States, a day when an icon of the fight against Jim Crow and for Civil Rights is remembered. For many however it’s just another holiday off, a reprieve from the regular grind of work and there is no real remembrance as such of MLK Jr.

It is also coincidentally President Barack Obama’s inauguration. President Barack Obama has now attempted to squarely co-opt the legacy of MLK Jr. through the symbolic action of being sworn into office with his hand on the great civil rights leader’s Bible. MLK Jr. was a fighter for justice and peace  and he was gunned down exactly when he was effectively raising the call against the horrific carnage that the US was leveling upon the people of Vietnam, connecting the civil rights struggle to a broader, global struggle for human rights.

Obama has presided over an increasing depletion of our rights at home while also escalating tensions with nations worldwide, not to mention the killing of innocents through drone warfare.

In this must watch video, Prof. Cornel West discusses the blasphemy of Obama’s bloodsoaked hands being placed on MLK’s Bible in a quite vivid and exacting response to a question on the subject from Tavis Smiley.

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  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    I agree with such a one state solution myself, one man, one vote. I see it as the only option to just peace.

  • http://jabhawiyya.tumblr.com/ jabhawiya

    They won’t force us out, though. They’ll have to kill us first.

    The first rule of Sumud is stay put, stand firm, and never, ever, ever back down.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Excellent comment. The degree and scope of the bombing is really never discussed, ever.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Such a racially pure state can only be achieved through genocide or mass ethnic cleansing (expulsion) from the remaining ghettos and bantustans of Palestine. These two options are the only ones remaining for the Israeli government, and they know they are bad options, that the world will not stand by and watch.

  • http://jabhawiyya.tumblr.com/ jabhawiya

    How?

  • Kirook

    He may be taking it a little too far, but you were being a little hypocritical…

  • http://jabhawiyya.tumblr.com/ jabhawiya

    That platform is precisely what my organization supports. It’s what almost all Palestinians I know support. I keep telling people it’s not us that is rejecting peace. We want peace and coexistence. However, the Zios want their racially pure state more, and so here we are today. Unfortunately, the Zios have better PR.

  • http://jabhawiyya.tumblr.com/ jabhawiya

    You know, as an anti-imperialist, I completely empathise with you. I didn’t realise it was that bad in Indonesia. Of course, that part of the world rarely makes it in the news on this side of the globe. Also, haven’t met anyone living there till now. Really sorry to hear this is going on.

    Fight them with every fiber of your being.

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    One thing I find funny with liberals who argue that it’s too much to expect one man to follow the Rule of Law and make any meaningful changes is would they have the same expectations of Bush lets not forget liberals were also instrumental in supporting the Iraq war. It’s more about identifying with brand liberal than any kind of principles

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    I think Glenn Greenwald has properly pointed the mindset of many liberals This is a commonly heard defense of Obama’s drone assaults: I support drones – despite how they constantly kill innocent adults and children – because the alternative, “boots on the ground”, is worse.

    Those
    who argue this are literally incapable even of conceiving of an
    alternative in which the US stops killing anyone and everyone it wants
    in the world. They operate on the assumption that US violence is and
    should be inevitable, and the only cognizable debate is which weapon the
    US should use to carry out this killing (drones or “boots on the
    ground”?). Even though they have no idea who the US government is
    killing, they assume, with literally no evidence or basis, that those
    being killed are “terrorists” who want to attack the US and that
    therefore they – and anyone close to them – must be killed first. As Jonathan Schwarz noted on Sunday, they have literally embraced the same mindset as the Terrorists they claim to loathe: we must use violence and killing, even if it means we kill innocents, because we simply cannot conceive of any alternative.

    Never
    once do they stop and wonder: why are there so many people in the world
    who want to attack the US? Never once do they do what King so bravely
    and rather subversively urged: “the true meaning and value of compassion
    and nonviolence” is it “helps us to see the enemy’s point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves”.
    King explained: “from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses
    of our own condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and
    profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition.”
    King thus urged the nation to “understand the arguments of those who are called enemy.”

  • b.h. sotero

    1) I have a (capture, sic) kill list that has (had) American citizens on it. FACT

    2) Black prison sites exist along with over 1,088 military bases dotting the globe, RE: Nick Turse, Tom Engelhardt, Chalmers Johnson, et.al. @ http://www.tomdispach.com ; You may also want to check Jim Lobe @ Lobelog.com and Prof. Juan Cole @ juancole.com; Intel states that there were detention facilities at Benghazi. FACT

    3) I also extended the Patriot Act as well as signed into law the NDAA which allows for the indefinite detention of Americans if I view them as a threat. FACT

    4) When I mint the trillion dollar coin to pay back my creditors for the wars they helped pay for, inflation will cause the savings of the middle class American to deplete in value. FACT

    5) I will soon go to war against China, either through proxy (i.e. Japan) or directly over the vast oil reserves in the south China sea. FACT

    6) As we speak, my drone armies and NATO proxy forces are preparing Africa for conquest; we have to beat the Chinese back, as their social programs actually win hearts and minds, while our bombing-… well-

    7) I AM CHICAGO JESUS, EMPEROR SOTERO, THE FUTURE THREE-TERM PRESIDENT! THE SAUDI NAJID WAHABBIS AND THE ZIONISTS LIKUDNIKS AND THE ILLUMINATI AND THE IMF ALL PROSTRATE TO ME! I WIPE MY BEHIND WITH YOUR LEGAL CODE. I WILL FORCE YOU TO GAY MARRY AND LIVE OUT YOUR LIFE IN “BOTTOM” SERVITUDE! (lol)

  • http://www.loonwatch.com/ Ilisha

    Obama’s actual record speaks for itself, and I see no reason to spare him candid criticism:

    Bomber in Chief: 20,000 Airstrikes in the President’s First Term Cause Death and Destruction From Iraq to Somalia
    Day after day, U.S. air strikes have conclusively answered the familiar question of 9/11: “Why do they hate us?”
    http://www.alternet.org/world/bomber-chief-20000-airstrikes-presidents-first-term-cause-death-and-destruction-iraq-somalia

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    Don’t worry its just becuz he is a Democrat if Bush had done any the things he does I doubt you would see such decent that’s the sad thing about political alliances it becomes less about principles and more about hating the other team and just supporting you political name brand

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    The Christians who came with the colonialists and stood with them and were protected by them as they set out to destroy what we are as people are the ones I am talking about.

    Christianity has a long history of bigotry and hate toward people who are not like them or dont accept their beliefs where I live.

    Imagine someone telling you that you had to ‘assimilate’ to thier ways in the place where your culture, and your people lived long before they came.

    Imagine them forcing you to speak like them, dress like them, pray like them, and if you didnt, there were undeserved consequenses.

    Imagine someone making you feel dirty and evil, and making you question your own reason for living, and asking why your parents were so wrong.

    That is the Christianity I remember. It is also the Christianity I will never forget.

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    Cosmic…

    For a woman (Ayaan Hirsi…whatever her last name is today) who doesnt know her own name, and can lie a whole nation of intellgent people to get a seat on thier legislative body…I cant compete with those lies.

    I just wanted to say that.

    Cosmic, I am not talking about people who are Christian who serve in the way Jesus taught. Honestly, and maybe it is where I live…I havent met any personally, but I know they exist.

    I was too broad in my statement, and it was wrong. I am sorry for offending those Christians who try to live like Jesus taught us.

    I would love to meet some of you.

  • http://jabhawiyya.tumblr.com/ jabhawiya

    I think I get what she’s trying to say. She’s talking of the colonialist Christianity that has overtaken the original as the dominant ideology amongst many Westerners, also known as Evangelicalism. Original Christianity hasn’t existed on a widespread plane for some time now.

    Nur Alia, am I right?

    May I suggest using a term like “Xtianity”, which is what many of us atheists used to describe the hypocritical colonialist ripoff otherwise known as evangelical Christianity. You know, just for clarification. English is pretty rigid and doesn’t allow for much flexibility, and hence, misunderstandings often occur.

  • http://jabhawiyya.tumblr.com/ jabhawiya

    Their disgusting actions do enough speaking for all of us.

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