Empires are built on crushed armies, destroyed cities, incinerated crops, slaughtered herds, raped women, enslaved prisoners of war, oppressively over-taxed population, and even genocide. To the contrary of what we've been told, the American empire also rose out of these ashes. But ours is more of a neo-empire, built on neo-imperialism and/or neo-colonialism, which, allows for the husk or shell of independence--the illusion of independence--but takes the substance-- control over that nation's industry, imports and exports and relationships with other nations. We allow conquered countries to fly their own flag, use their own currency, speak their own language, on the condition that our military can enter at any time to do whatever we want.
The empire builders of today tell us "we’re" fighting for the security and survival of our nation. They tell us "we’re" fighting for democracy...to spread democracy. They tell us "we’re" fighting for humanitarian reasons. They tell us "we're" fighting to oppose dictators
that we put in power. If this is true, then why, the larger the military industrial complex gets, and the larger the security industrial complex gets, are we, the people finding ourselves increasingly less secure, less free, less humanitarian, not to mention, exceedingly falling under the absolute or supreme power of government? And why, since the implementation of the Patriot Act I and II, the NDAA, super-advanced technology, unprecedented military power, more than 1,000 global military bases, not to mention trillion-dollar undeclared "wars", not to mention, our domestic wars: "war on terror", "war on drugs" etc., do they continue to tell us the world is even more dangerous than ever? The bottom line is there is only one beneficiary of empire, and it's not us as the following chart clearly demonstrates.
|Cui Bono? To whose benefit is the empire arranged?|
"...we’re going to attack and destroy the governments in 7 countries in five years – we’re going to start with Iraq, and then we’re going to move to Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.” -- Gen. Wesley Clark
“The Romans have constantly had the same cause, a cause for making war upon all nations, peoples and kings. The insatiable desire for empire and wealth.” -- King Mithridates, one of the Roman Republic’s most formidable and successful enemies, who engaged three of the prominent generals from the late Roman Republic in the Mithridatic Wars
“You find in the Romans an arrogance which no reasonable submission can elude. Briggons of the world, they have exhausted the land by their indiscriminate plunder. They create a desolation and call it peace. Our goods and money are consumed by taxation. Our land is stripped of its harvest to fill their granaries.” -- Chief Calgacus, chieftain of the Caledonian Confederacy (present day Scotland) who fought the Roman army of Gnaeus Julius Agricola at the Battle of Mons Graupius in northern Scotland in AD 83 or 84.