A word to our friends abroad
If you can, FLEE. Your ancestors did, and it is time once again to flee. But if you are older, with no special skills, that is not so easily done.
So what can our friends abroad do for us? Clearly America has lost the ability to self correct. We need pressure from out side. Here are some ways our foreign friends can help us:
Agitate against the institutions of torture. Universities that hire known torturers, Georgetown U, Berkeley, Harvard, U of Tennessee, and all others who traffic in torture must be named torture chambers, and barred from international conferences. Not just Yoo and other notorious war criminals, the entire university. We did this to apartheid South Africa, and it must be done to America. It is the only thing that will penetrate our understanding that the US is held in abhorrence.
The corporations most responsible must be held accountable. If you live in a NATO country, ask that the companies responsible for corruption and torture, SAIC, Halliburton, etc., be prohibited from bidding on NATO work.
Especially go after General Electric, for GE's role in the financial melt down, for GE's role in the stolen election, for GE's role in lying the US into Iraq and so much more. Most of all, because GE is a national security risk. GE encouraged the late Tim Russert and Andrea Mitchell to obstruct the CIA leak investigation. A corporation like that should never be permitted anywhere near national security work. If you live in a NATO country, go after GE.
Also go after the Torture Justices. John Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and Clarence Thomas should not be able to travel. They should be barred from entry because of their immoral conduct.
Notorius American clerics who have called for torture should also be barred entry into your countries. It is going to sting if countries begin to say that such and such a cleric is a notorious advocate for torture and will be barred entry.
There are many other things along these lines that can be done. It will be difficult to isolate a superpower. The only reason this didn't happen during the Bush administration is that there are too many nations with a vested interest in our success. But as some point that won't hold.
This kind of pressure will empower those of us who choose to stay and fight.
PS - is there anyone with an account on European Tribune who can link to this post?