Our bankers have subjected your developing countries to debt slavery. Our operatives have assassinated your leaders when they dared to oppose America’s agenda. We have monopolized the oil trade, subjecting all other countries in the world to the hidden taxation of the petro-dollar system. We have propped up autocratic dictators when it served our purposes, subjecting whole populations to their violence and malign neglect. We have let loose our corporations upon the world destroying local economies and exploiting local workers and resources. We have invaded and occupied your sovereign nations and killed millions of innocent people under the false banners of freedom and democracy. Our CIA has channeled secret funds to Terrorists in order to delude us into believing there’s a threat to our nation worthy of our endless military spending. And they have reaped untold billions as they secretly support the world drug trade and launder the drug lords ill gotten gains through our corrupt banks and financial institutions.
It has become painfully clear in the course of the past decade, that the American Government and its agents are a trauma upon this world, and for this I am truly sorry.
I am sorry, too, that we have been so blind to this dark, nefarious aspect of our country’s leadership, and that we have fallen so meekly for their propaganda depicting our nation as defenders of liberty and justice, while we offer the the world Freedom only to do as the US demands, and deliver our Justice with bombs, drone attacks and bullets tipped with depleted uranium.
Although it is no real defense, I plea profound ignorance. You see, until recently, most of us Americans were under the naive impression that our country’s international ambitions were completely non-aggressive, that we conducted ourselves as an exemplary world citizen with charity toward all and ill will toward none. We persisted in imagining our national character was the same as that of our ancestors who bravely fought a war of independence against Great Britain, or our parents and grandparents whose industry and valor changed the outcome of two world wars. In our minds, America didn’t start wars… we finished them.
Obviously all of that changed. America now starts wars, invades and occupies countries, we conduct ruthless torture and operate killer drones, all without respect to borders or national sovereignty and all in the name of protecting Americans from who… you?
It must be difficult for you to fathom how we Americans could have been so blind to our country’s malignant behavior for so many years. Hell, it’s difficult for us to understand. You see, we Americans still believe that we live in an open society. Caught up in the out-dated notion of our “free and open press”, many of us still believe that all it takes for us to be fully informed on the major issues and events of the day is to read the newspaper and watch the evening news, so for most of us any news or information that is not covered by the main stream media is by definition either untrue or unreliable.
For example, we don’t believe that there is any corporate control or government censorship of our media because… wait for it… we would have heard about it. The same circular illogic allows us to dismiss all kinds of government, corporate, military, security and financial misdeeds for, after all, it wasn’t in the papers.
And of course we could never believe that there is a hidden power structure in our country which is in fact superior to our elected government. That this group has in fact been running the country from behind the scenes for quite some time. We cannot conceive of how such a secret establishment could ever have amassed the enough power to control of the Financial, Military, Industrial and Security institutions of our country. And since no one has identified these wealthy, powerful and influential individuals, institutions and dynastic families… well they just can’t really exist.
Fortunately, many Americans are becoming aware that our country is no longer the free and open state it once was – that in fact we are living under a system of censorship, surveillance and diminishing freedoms increasingly resemble that of Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union.
I’m not sure how, or if, we can turn this around. The power’s that be are deeply entrenched and we the people are profoundly diminished. But I do feel that the first, necessary step is to admit that we have a problem, and we do… our government has gotten out of control and is now wreaking havoc upon of the world.
I hope you can forgive us our ignorance, but in truth, we knew not what they had done.