Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Obama's God Complex
By Yvonne Ridley
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, May 30, 2012
The fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin shocked a
nation, inspired tens of thousands to march for justice and even prompted
the US President to declare, "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon".
It took nearly six weeks for George Zimmerman, the Florida man accused
of killing the teenager, to be arrested and charged with second-degree
murder after enormous pressure from the public.
Zimmerman - the
captain of a Neighbourhood Watch group - pursued Trayvon because he said
that he thought he was acting "suspicious" and "up to no good". And that is
exactly the same excuse used by President Barack Obama as he justifies
ticking off names on a "kill list" for drone attacks.
called on federal, state and local authorities to work together as part of
the investigation into the killing of Trayvon, just who is going to
investigate the President for his extra-judicial killings? He is a man out
of control, and while his predecessor justified his actions with a catch-all
“God told me to do it”, this president thinks he is God, making decisions
about who should live and who should die.
If he was the head of a
banana republic the UN Security Council would be meeting as I write to bring
about regime change, with the International Criminal Court on standby with a
writ to charge Obama with war crimes.
But the USA is not a banana
republic - not yet, anyway - and Obama is the head of a superpower and
supposed to be the most powerful man in the world; the man who in 2009 went
to Cairo and convinced us all that he was going to engage positively with
the Muslim world from the Middle East to Asia.
Looking back at that
historic day all I can visualise is a fox being heralded and saluted by his
victims as he walks up the ramp into the chicken coop.
We don’t know
how many people Barack Obama has ordered to be killed, but according to the
New York Times he has “placed himself at the helm of a top secret
‘nominations’ process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which
the capture part has become largely theoretical".
There is huge
hypocrisy in the media and from the so-called liberal left when it comes to
this particular White House incumbent. The tame journalists who make up the
Washington press pack ignore the fact that several times a month around 100
members of the government’s sprawling national security apparatus gather, by
secure video teleconference, to discuss who should live and who should die.
This murderous secret nomination process was the invention of the
Democrat Obama Administration, just as the Democrat Bill Clinton
Administration brought kidnap and extraordinary rendition flights to the
world. Republicans must look on enviously at how the Democrats get away with
breaking international laws and conventions without being challenged.
It is almost beyond belief that this kill list has been sanctioned by a man
who won the Nobel Peace Prize and ran his US Presidential campaign on a
human rights platform. Remember Obama's declaration that he wanted to close
down Guantanamo, end torture, stop secret renditions and raise the bar in
fairness and justice? He clearly doesn't.
In Yemen, Somalia and
Pakistan, Obama’s killing machines are not even clinical or always on
target; thousands of innocent men, women and children have been taken out by
his drone attacks. Their blood is on the US President’s hands, and even his
own people are sickened by the hypocrisy and double standards coming out of
the White House.
America's outgoing Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron
Munter, a man with more backbone and guts than his predecessor, has revealed
that he regards the drone strike-driven policy of his government
unacceptable. Rather tellingly, he has complained to colleagues that “he
didn’t realise his main job was to kill people".
This was revealed
in another article published this week in the New York Times, one of the few
US media titles finally to adopt a critical stance over Obama’s foreign
I can only assume that Obama’s killing spree has gone largely unchecked
by ordinary Americans because they haven’t a clue what this president is
doing in their name. This is sad, because Americans do care about justice
and fair play; they showed this when they rallied and demonstrated after the
killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin by a man who thought he was “up to
Trayvon's killer will now stand trial for his actions and
his fate will be decided by a judge and jury looking at openly presented
evidence. That is real justice, not the shoot and kill version which is
coming to define Obama's presidency.
Many of us who cheered when the
first non-white president moved into the White House were hoping for a new
era of peace and justice, but we have been conned. The true Barack Obama is
an out of control psychopathic killer with a loaded
God complex, and he's running America. This makes him the most
dangerous man in the world as well as the most powerful. And that should
make every right-minded person in America and beyond shudder with disbelief.
* Yvonne Ridley is a patron of the London-based human rights NGO,