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Syria, Western Capitalism & The Psychology of Mass Shootings

by Caleb Maupin, New Eastern Outlook:

On June 12th, 2016, the Syrian revolution visited the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. A fanatical extremist, armed with a US-made weapon, visited a public place. Innocent people, just trying to relax on a Saturday evening and enjoy their lives, were killed. Spouting loyalty to Saudi Arabia’s distortion of the Islamic faith, commonly called Wahabbism, a crazed fanatic slaughtered 49 innocent men and women.

If this event had taken place in Damascus, US media would not have called Omar Mateen a mass murderer. Rather, Mateen would be a “revolutionary” and “freedom fighter.” Meanwhile, the police who tried to stop the rampage would be described as “agents of a dictatorship.” Reports of the massacre would be dismissed as “Assad Propaganda,” and those who pointed out Mateen’s vicious actions would be dismissed as “conspiracy theorists” or “tankies” who are “brainwashed.”

In the name of toppling Bashar Assad, tens of thousands of Omar Mateens from across the region have been transported into Syria. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, and Turkey continue to ship US-made weapons into Syria in order to strengthen the crusade of foreign terrorists. US-allies are openly funding the Al-Nusra Front, previously known as Al-Queda in Syria, in hopes of bringing down the Baath Arab Socialist Party.

While commentators in the Wall Street-controlled US political establishment disagree about their analyses of the shooting, none of them will admit to the direct link to US foreign policy.

The absolute hypocrisy of both wings of the US political establishment can be demonstrated in response to the country’s mass shootings. When Dylan Roof, a young Ku Klux Klan enthusiast shot a number of African-American Christians at their church, the political right-wing downplayed the obvious political nature of the mass murder. Republican analysts attempted to change the conversation to issues like mental health, and ignored the fact that the shooter was spewing Neo-Nazi ideology.

In response to the recent shooting in Orlando, it is the political left that is downplaying the ideological motivation of the shooter. Despite the fact that the shooter’s father was a Taliban-aligned figure in Afghan politics, and the shooter swore allegiance to ISIS, the political left wants to make the conversation around Omar Mateen about mental health and gun control. The media seems to fixate on the idea that Mateen was a self-hating homosexual, motivated purely by some kind of identity crisis, while the right-wing responds with standard Islamophobia and anti-immigrant bigotry.

There is certainly no question that both Omar Mateen and Dylan Roof were mentally ill. Sane individuals don’t go on shooting sprees, and randomly open fire on unarmed people. Mateen and Roof may have both acted alone, and not be part of some wider conspiracy to commit their mass shootings, but both of them were armed with ideologies, in addition to their legally purchased firearms. The ideologies of both Wahabbism and Ku Klux Klanism have been actively promoted by Wall Street and London in order to strengthen western capitalism’s control of the planet.

Ku Klux Klanism, the Weapon of Wall Street & London

The US Civil War was really the second American Revolution. The southern plantation system was defeated. Abraham Lincoln built a beautiful coalition that included labor unions, small farmers, northern industrial capitalists, and black revolutionaries like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglas.

In the aftermath of the Civil War the former slave owners in Tennessee drafted a former Confederate General, Nathan Bedford Forrest, to build the Ku Klux Klan. The KKK was a violent terrorist organization that actively sought to prevent African-Americans from voting, and to squash the talk of land redistribution and social reform that was beginning to take place during the Reconstruction period.

The primary business partner of the southern plantation owners, both before and after the Civil War was the British empire. The emerging British textile industry depended on cheap cotton from the US South. Wall Street began as a financial district by insuring slave ships, and New York City was a stronghold of pro-Confederate sentiments during the war.

As President, former Union Army General Ulysses S. Grant used federal troops to crush the Ku Klux Klan. However, after his administration, troops were pulled out of the South and the plantation owners were able to establish the Jim Crow system. The slave owners maintained their power with impoverished black and white workers laboring as tenant farmers on their plantations. British capitalists continued to receive its cheap cotton, and Wall Street blossomed as a global financial empire.

Decades later in 1915, Hollywood produced the first full-length film ever made. “The Birth of a Nation” retold the story of the US Civil War, and glorified the Ku Klux Klan as heroes. Shortly afterward, the KKK was revived in a mass hate rally in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

In the lead-up to WWI, the Ku Klux Klan mobilized the US population into a fit of national chauvinism and anti-black hate. Throughout the 1920s and ‘30s the Ku Klux Klan was utilized to violently attack labor activists and other progressives.

In the 1950s and ‘60s, the Ku Klux Klan slaughtered civil rights activists. In 1979, KKK members killed five activists from the Communist Workers Party in broad daylight at the famous “Greensboro Massacre.” Despite their actions being recorded on film by a local TV crew, the Klansmen were acquitted in court. It was later revealed that among the Klansmen in Greensboro was an undercover agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, and Tobacco, as well as a few FBI informers.

During the 1970s, the main spokesman for the Ku Klux Klan in the US media was David Duke. Duke eventually moved on to become a Republican and was elected to the US House of Representatives. Duke admits that he spent nine months with his father in Laos. While teaching English, Duke flew missions with “Air America,” the CIA’s air and cargo line that distributed anti-Communist propaganda across southeast Asia.

According to Duke’s writings, the Bolshevik revolution was a conspiracy by Jews to harm the white race. Much like many figures within the Poroshenko government in Ukraine, Duke believes that the Nazis were justified in invading the Soviet Union and killing 27 million people. It should be no surprise that after seizing power after the Euro-maiden riots, the ultra-Nationalists unfurled the US Confederate Flag and the Ku Klux Klan’s Celtic cross symbol in Kiev’s city hall.

The variation of white supremacist ideology, correctly called Ku Klux Klanism, that Dylan Roof embraced before slaughtering people in South Carolina is an ideology that has been actively supported by the US government and the financial elite. The Klan was formed to serve the Wall Street- and London-aligned plantation owners. The KKK was revived in 1915 with a Hollywood movie and, in its more recent incarnations, has openly cooperated with government officials to assassinate dissident activists.

Unlike other far-right and white supremacist ideologies throughout the world, the Ku Klux Klan never called for any kind of “National Socialism” or “Corporatism.” The KKK always preached the need for free market capitalism, and opposed any attempt at establishing a planned economy or restrict the activities of the financial elite. Aside from demagogic statements about Wall Street being “controlled by the Jews,” the Ku Klux Klan has never embraced any kind of economic populism, and generally champions austerity, perpetuating the myth that only African-Americans benefit from social welfare programs.

Though Dylan Roof was certainly an unstable, psychologically disturbed individual, he latched onto an ideology that has been actively promoted and enabled by Western capitalism. If Ku Klux Klanism had not been repeatedly embraced and utilized by the wealthiest and most powerful people in the United States, it would have been forgotten long ago. The same can be said for the teachings of Muhammad Ibn Al-Wahhab.

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