After going off on Woodrow Wilson ( I forgot to even mention my source, The WilsonianMoment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anti-Colonial Nationalism by Erez Manela ) I go to a lecture last night called "The Global War on Terrorism: It's Origins and Likely Outcomes" by Prof. Richard Drake and he right away identifies Wilsons part and Versaille in general as seminal moments of "origin". While journalist/author Robert Fisk and others have been treated as heretics by the capitalist media and those invested in the dominant narrative for suggesting "chickens coming home to roost" or "blowback", history manifests itself and the mostly liberal crowd was squirming a bit as Drake drove this point home again and again. Quoting Fisk at length (yes, I WAS suprprised!), the prof talked of Balfour and Wilsonian rhetoric and European treachery and all their links to the manifesto of Osama bin Laden and general Arab outrage. What will our children and their children see manifested in their lifetimes as a result of our generations actions and policies?
When I say treachery I'm thinking the whole "Lawrence of Arabia" thing, of all those encouraged to fight the Turks and Germans and thinking they were fighting for their own independence. Im thinking of the Palestinians finding out where the new Jewish "homeland" was going to be. Im thinking of British Petroleum and those Mesopotanian oil deposits and the whole cynical, greedy project of divveying up the spoils.
Drake also courageously de-constructed the "linguistic drapery" such as "War on Terror" now used to veil the same greed and power projection and I eagerly await next Tuesdays lecture. (And his new study on Trotskyism and the Italian left.) Right here in Missoula Montana, home of the new Two Rivers General Membership Branch of the IWW. Yeah!