U.S. president Barrack Obama, the U.S. State Dept., Hollywood and the media are engulfed in a frenzied campaign to celebrate a movie made in Canada promoting the assassination of the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea based on U.S.-style “freedom of expression.”
On Friday, December 19, Obama declared to the gullible that “we’ll respond proportionally, and we’ll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose.” He said that the unproven hacking of the Japanese Sony “entertainment” monopoly falls “outside the bounds of acceptable state behaviour.” The tools to hack the company are well known and in the public domain.
This Reuters photo shows a man walking past huge wall mural denouncing strikes by U.S. drones in Yemen, painted on a wall in Sanaa, Nov. 13, 2014. (Note the clock.) Yemeni authorities have paid out tens of thousands of dollars to victims of drone strikes using U.S.-supplied hush funds, a source close to Yemen’s presidency said, echoing accounts by legal sources and a family that lost two members in a 2012 raid.
U.S. drones have assassinated over 3,200 civilians in Pakistan. The USA has not declared war against either country. According to the criminal logic of Might is Right, that falls inside “the bounds of acceptable state behaviour.” In other words, the boundaries of what is “acceptable” and what is not freely shift at will, according to circumstance and what serves U.S. imperialism.
“Freedom of expression” does not include the right to advocate state terrorism, targeted assassinations, foreign intervention and crimes against humanity. The use of force in settling problems between peoples and amongst peoples and between nations must be ended.
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