“Lisette and her family and hundreds of islanders were forced on to a rusting steamer bound for Mauritius, a distance of 2,500 miles. They were made to sleep in the hold on a cargo of fertiliser: bird shit. The weather was rough; everyone was ill; two women miscarried. Dumped on the docks at Port Louis, Lizette’s youngest children, Jollice, and Regis, died within a week of each other. “They died of sadness,” she said. “They had heard all the talk and seen the horror of what had happened to the dogs. They knew they were leaving their home forever. The doctor in Mauritius said he could not treat sadness.”
“This act of mass kidnapping was carried out in high secrecy. In one official file, under the heading, “Maintaining the fiction”, the Foreign Office legal adviser exhorts his colleagues to cover their actions by “re-classifying” the population as “floating” and to “make up the rules as we go along”. Article 7 of the statute of the International Criminal Court says the “deportation or forcible transfer of population” is a crime against humanity. That Britain had committed such a crime — in exchange for a $14million discount off an American Polaris nuclear submarine — was not on the agenda of a group of British “defence” correspondents flown to the Chagos by the Ministry of Defence when the US base was completed. “There is nothing in our files,” said a ministry official, “about inhabitants or an evacuation.”
“Today, Diego Garcia is crucial to America’s and Britain’s war on democracy. The heaviest bombing of Iraq and Afghanistan was launched from its vast airstrips, beyond which the islanders’ abandoned cemetery and church stand like archaeological ruins. The terraced garden where Lisette laughed for the camera is now a fortress housing the “bunker-busting” bombs carried by bat-shaped B-2 aircraft to targets in two continents; an attack on Iran will start here. As if to complete the emblem of rampant, criminal power, the CIA added a Guantanamo-style prison for its “rendition” victims and called it Camp Justice.
“What was done to Lisette’s paradise has an urgent and universal meaning, for it represents the violent, ruthless nature of a whole system behind its democratic façade, and the scale of our own indoctrination to its messianic assumptions, described by Harold Pinter as a “brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.” Longer and bloodier than any war since 1945, waged with demonic weapons and a gangsterism dressed as economic policy and sometimes known as globalisation, the war on democracy is unmentionable in western elite circles. As Pinter wrote, “it never happened even while it was happening”.”
The hypnotized automatons referred to above are all around us. Military action is only the most obvious way by which the emergent institutional interests which we call the state cause us to prey on each other. It’s easy to find people to go to distant lands and assault other people. It’s more difficult to get them to assault people in the next town over, but it can be done. But the ultimate state of tyranny is where neighbor spies on neighbor and children spy on their parents, just before being inducted into state servitude. This nightmare has been achieved before, but not here in the USA. Not yet. But you can see how it’s become a bipartisan objective in the so-called “war on terror”. This is why exposing the fraud of 9/11, OKC and all the other “terrorist” attacks is so important in breaking the hypnotic trance of our fellow citizens. Can the spell be broken?
More fundamentally, it’s why it’s so important to study and understand complex systems and their natural tendencies to emergent hierarchy and what we peons call “corruption”, which is only the breath of the state. The founders tried their best to isolate power from self interest, to keep the beast asleep. The separation of powers was a brilliant idea, but it couldn’t be maintained under an oligarchy. This is another reason why corporate immortality, fractional reserve banking and other forms of fictitious “humanity” and capital must be abolished. We humans are the pinnacle of evolution, but our institutions are primitive brutes in service to the awakened beast which is our empathically atomized but physically coordinated collective action. This is how self-organization works as N gets large. Think about it: our bodies are consumate totalitarian dictatorships. Would you want to be a skin cell in your body?
It just goes to show, nature has a sense of humor.