Of Lies and Governmental Double Standards

From Ray Hanania, reprinted with permission:

A tale of hypocrisy, Christopher Columbus and Colin Powell

  • Why are we treating Colin Powell differently than we are treating Christopher Columbus?

By Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania

I always liked Colin Powell and felt that one day he might make a good president. He seemed calm, smart and principled.
Of course, all of that changed when on February 5, 2003, Powell became the point man for the “Lie of the Century,” and the beginning of a massive and violent war against a ruthless dictatorship in Iraq.
In America’s international politics, “ruthless” is a relative term. Saddam Hussein was bad, but so are so many other international tyrants and dictators whom the United States embraces for political convenience, and with a blind eye.
As a consequence of Powell’s lies before the United Nations that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD), more than 500,000 Iraqis were killed in the ensuing U.S. invasion.
How many were actually killed is uncertain. If the U.S. will lie about WMDs to justify a war driven by the personal anger of an American President, George W. Bush, and the greed of his Vice President, Dick Cheney, don’t you think they might also lie about how many people were killed.
The numbers range from 500,000 including some 210,000 innocent civilians, to more than 4 million Iraqis killed and 3 million of them civilians. More than 10 million Iraqis became displaced refugees, forced from their homes at gunpoint as the U.S. military terrorized the Iraqi landscape in pursuit of a non-existent threat.
Yet, despite the facts and the brutality that Colin Powell ushered in as the front person for the Bush-Cheney war, I have to ask myself this question: Will they erect a statue of Colin Powell, who died this week? And, 30 years from now, when ALL OF THE TRUTH about Iraq comes out, will they apply the same standard that was applied to Christopher Columbus, the front man for European exploration and discovery. Will they tear down Powell’s statue?
We all know that government’s lie all the time about the devastation and destruction they cause. True facts take years to come out. And many times, the facts disclose that many so-called “truths” are in fact not truths at all, but exaggerations driven by politics.
The Iraq war is one of those lies. I don’t blame the people who believed the lies. They were misled by the Bush White House and by Cheney, who profited many years later from the billions that his company Halliburton made providing material support during the war.
But my point isn’t about the truth of the Iraq War, or the emotional debate surrounding the illegal removal of some 33 Christopher Columbus statues erected throughout the United States including in street gang war-torn Chicago.
The issue is bigger. If we have a rule for Columbus, shouldn’t we have the same rule for everyone else, too?
Or, do we make exceptions based on other factors, like politics, for example, or race? Coddling some tyrants while condemning others?
I can see Mayor Vivian Lightfoot 30 years from now — Chicago is known for political family dynasties — erecting a statue in Grant Park for Colin Powell who is celebrated not for being complicit in pulling off one of the world’s greatest hoaxes, but for being African American.
It’s inevitable.
Who knows, maybe her mother, the current Mayor Lori Lightfoot, might erect a Colin Powell statue in Chicago’s Grant Park instead of waiting. Although, I don’t know if Powell checks-off all of the boxes on  Mayor Lightfoot’s selfish and narrow minority priority checklist.
Most of the people complaining about Columbus have no idea about his real history, only what they have been told by the activist propaganda, which also is no different than government propaganda. But for activists, they don’t care whether their lies are ever exposed years down the line because they are really not protesting Columbus because of his past. They are protesting Columbus because they are using it as a means to an end, bullying themselves into positions of authority and relevance.
They want to defund the police, ease punishment on criminals, raise the bar on prosecutable felonies and make it so that one day, stealing is not considered a crime, but the result of years of racial oppression and economic need. Kim Foxx raised the retail theft ceiling to $1,000 (and 10 arrests) but I am sure pretty soon that number could go as high as $10,000
As I explained in a column last week, Columbus was but one explorer representing European colonization in a long series of historical explorations that have resulted in colonization long before Columbus arrived in the Caribbean and discovered the Americas for the Europeans.
They want you to believe that Columbus was a brutal killer driven by race hatred. No, he was just looking for a faster route to the spices of the East and happened to land in the Bahamas. The civilization his discovery brought to the Americas also evolved. And like every civilization from the Aztecs, Mayans, African warlords, Comanche Indians going all the way back to the Neanderthals, it was very brutal.
Horrible acts were committed by all, for example like by the Catholic Church during its bloody inquisition beginning in the 12th Century. Every religion has been brutal, though.
As for the term “indigenous,” well it’s a fabrication. No one in today’s world is really “indigenous.” Everyone is an explorer and a conqueror. That doesn’t mean that civilizations were not cruel and oppressive. But let’s face it, our government and many other governments, seem to have a double standard for tyrants and dictators. Some are enemies, like Saddam Hussein, a former ally who decided to go it alone and who we destroyed. Others are allies who we tolerate because it brings us political and financial profit.
We do business with China, which has mortgaged a significant portion of our nation. China has so much money invested in this country and supplies so much profitable retail products that we are careful not to go too far in expressing our political moral indignation with their brutality.
Conquest isn’t really the problem. It’s what we do in the process afterwards to the people who are conquered. After a long transition for Africans brought to America from the African salve trade, and “Native Americans” who were subjugated by the European settlers, all have achieved important rights and benefits and have equal status. Maybe not everyone accepts those rights, but the rights of everyone are often compromised in conflict. It’s just not one people, as some claim.
So, until Mayor Lightfoot restores the Columbus Statue, something I think is going to happen eventually because of the lawsuit filed in July by the Joint Civic committee of Italian Americans (JCCIA) against the Mayor and the worthless Chicago Park District, I don’t think we should be doing much more for Colin Powell’s memory.
Maybe we can give him limited thanks for his honorable service prior to surrendering to the dishonorable political pressures of Bush-Cheney, or the privilege and benefits they received from the war.
Frankly, if we apply the current Columbus principle fairly, we should remove Powell’s name from the buildings already named in his honor, like that middle school in Matteson.
Actually, there are several monuments and busts of Powell already erected, including one at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. I bet if anyone tried to take down that bust of Powell, they would be prosecuted to fullest extent of the law, unlike the criminals who pulled down the Columbus statue in Chicago’s Grant Park.
Don’t worry. I’m not urging anyone to commit any crimes. I’m just saying that those crimes have already been committed with respect to 33 statues of Christopher Columbus, and nothing has been done.
So, if you want an honest dialogue about history, at least be honest and don’t be a hypocrite.
Is that too much to ask?


Of Lies and Governmental Double Standards — 10 Comments

  1. Colin BLM Powell, an affirmative action fraud.



    But before Powell could move to the top echelons of the U.S. military, he needed to earn his first general’s star.

    That required a few command assignments in the field.

    So, under Carlucci’s sponsorship, Powell received brief assignments at Army bases in Kansas and Colorado.

    By the time Powell returned to the Pentagon in 1983, at the age of 46, he had a general’s star on his shoulder.

    In the parlance of the Pentagon, he was a “water-walker.”

    When newly minted Brig. Gen. Colin Powell became military assistant to Secretary Weinberger, top Pentagon players quickly learned that Powell was more than Weinberger’s coat holder or calendar keeper.

    Powell was the “filter,” the guy who saw everything when it passed into the Secretary for action and who oversaw everything that needed follow-up when it came out.

  2. Powell was a RINO like McCain.

    I can’t wait to see how neat that American Flag is draped over his casket at his final send off.

    That is going to tell you everything you need to know.

    Hope it’s as neat as the treasonous, traitorous, multiple jet crashing son of an admiral, John McCain’s.

    I suspect it will be which tells you his involvement in everything associated with the Bush crime family.

    Stay tuned.

  3. Thanks Hixon for the link to that site.

    I see alot of other information on there.

    The PsyOps article caught my attention.

    I know it has been and continues to go on since the day we were born.

    A different perspective is always appreciated.

  4. He just became another Rino… like waffling lester holt … McCain, all of them who ever pays the most $$ gets the win… this is what this country has turned into..

    thank you Billaries..

    and obammies…

  5. Saint Brendan colonized the East coast of Florida in 540AD

    the Celts set up a colony in around the Mobile bay Alabama in 1179

    Robert de Bruce buried the Templar Treasure in about 1300 in Nova Scotia

    But Washington Irving was the one who touted Columbus and his was the story believed…you know the same guy who gave us Rip Van Winkle and the Headless horseman…………..talk about fake news……….

    but Columbus was a great man and even greater Con man

    He was a jew who was looking for a new land for his people..and conned the king and Queen into financing it……………

    No need to thank me for all this real history…

    just doing my job

  6. Powell?

    He skipped over 243 more qualified whites for his first star.

    Funny how they never bring up he could write very well and was a very poor speller.

    But these skills do correlate with IQ.

  7. The irony is he lied for Bush/Cheney on the WMD’s to get us in a war and his last days on the planet were spent fighting off the WMD Covid Bioweapon funded by Fauci.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

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