[Marxism] John Pilger on the US Pepsi-Coke elections in 2004

Jurriaan Bendien bendien at tomaatnet.nl
Wed Mar 24 07:33:59 MST 2004

Shortly before Bush's "election" in 2000, the Project for the New American
Century, the neoconservative pressure group, published an ideological
blueprint for "maintaining global US pre-eminence, precluding the rise of a
great power rival, and shaping the international security order in line with
American principles and interests". Every one of its recommendations for
aggression and conquest was adopted by the administration.
One year later, the Progressive Policy Institute, an arm of the Democratic
Leadership Council, published a 19-page manifesto for the "New Democrats",
who include all the principal Democratic Party candidates, and especially
John Kerry. (...) What the New Democrats object to is the Bush gang's
outspokenness - its crude honesty, if you like - in stating its plans
openly, and not from behind the usual veil or in the usual specious code of
imperial liberalism and its "moral authority". New Democrats of Kerry's sort
are all for the American empire; understandably, they would prefer that
those words remained unsaid. "Progressive internationalism" is far more
acceptable. (...) John Kerry in his campaign book, A Call to Service, lifts
almost word for word the New Democrats' warmongering manifesto.

"Perhaps the most repulsive section of [his] book," writes Mark Hand, editor
of Press Action, the American media monitoring group, "is where Kerry
discusses the Vietnam war and the anti-war movement." (...) "In this one
passage," writes Hand, "Kerry seeks to justify the millions of people
slaughtered by the US military and its surrogates during the 20th century
[and] suggests that concern about US war crimes in Vietnam is no longer
necessary... Kerry and his colleagues in the 'progressive internationalist'
movement are as gung-ho as their counterparts in the White House... Come
November, who will get your vote? Coke or Pepsi?"

The "anyone but Bush" movement objects to the Coke-Pepsi analogy, and Ralph
Nader is the current source of their ire. In Britain, seven years ago,
similar derision was heaped upon those who pointed out the similarities
between Tony Blair and his heroine Margaret Thatcher - similarities which
have since been proven. "It's a nice and convenient myth that liberals are
the peacemakers and conservatives the warmongers," wrote the Guardian
commentator Hywel Williams. "But the imperialism of the liberal may be more
dangerous because of its open-ended nature - its conviction that it
represents a superior form of life."

Read John Pilger's article at: http://pilger.carlton.com/print/133205

"Progressive Policy Institute" site at: http://www.ppionline.org/

"New Democrats online" at: http://www.ndol.org/

"Press Action" site at: http://www.pressaction.com/

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