Oct 20, 2021
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Colin Powell is dead, but his cause lives on

Photo: Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell

Photo: Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell (Photo: AP / TASS)

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Dies from complications of COVID-19 on Monday former US Secretary of State Colin Powell… Powell, 84, was treated at the Walter Reed National Medical Center (a joint medical hospital for the U.S. Armed Forces located in Bethesda, Maryland) and was fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to NBC News. Powell had multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that significantly lowers the body’s immune response.

Powell was the first black U.S. Secretary of State when he was appointed by the President in 2001 George W. Bush… His false statements to the UN in 2003 that the then Iraqi leader had weapons of mass destruction Saddam Hussein helped justify the US invasion that began that same year.

Before entering the civilian service, Powell had a distinguished military career. Twice I was on business trips to Vietnam. Worked as a deputy advisor President Ronald Reagan on national security, and then as a national security adviser. In 1989 he was promoted to general and chaired the President’s Joint Chiefs of Staff George Bush father

We bring to your attention an article by an Australian journalist Caitlyn Johnstondedicated to Powell’s “legacy”.

Colin Powell is the creator of a viral anti-war meme depicting him holding stage props, lying to the United Nations about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

Over the years, Powell’s meme has been an invaluable asset to opponents of Western military interventionism and critics of the American propaganda narrative about the countries the Empire has targeted. This image came to act as the only meme to refute any claim that it is reasonable to believe the statements of US officials about any government that Washington does not like.

In online discourse, Powell’s meme is the perfect answer to anyone who spews any unsubstantiated assertion about a country targeted for defying the dictates of the American empire.

“We must remove Assad by any means necessary, because he is killing the Syrians with poisonous gas! “

“Russian hackers are attacking our democracy!”

“Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program!”

“Drug terrorism Maduro!”

To all these statements by the US administration, its opponents will always have one answer – Powell’s meme.


Photo: Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell
Photo: Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell (Photo:

This meme stops the conversation halfway – just one image, which doesn’t even contain words. Now the conversation is about what it should be about: the undeniable fact that US officials are lying. They lie blatantly. They lie, even if it could lead to the death of millions of people. Any narrative about a government that the Empire chooses as a target, a narrative that is supported by US officials, should be considered false if and until it is backed up by mountains of independently verifiable evidence.

In recent years, other memes have appeared that criticize the absurdity of Western military propaganda, which are not devoid of their own charm. For example, “Really makes you feel like you are part of the story” and all its variations. Or Republican bombs versus Democratic bombs.

But nothing has ever emerged that has risen to the same level of efficiency and usefulness as a simple image showing Colin Powell lying to the world about a government that the Bush administration wanted to destroy.

Ultimately, Powell’s deceit was picked up by the media and reiterated as “irrefutable” evidence of Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction operations. The same media are now telling us that today we must escalate aggression against other foreign governments on the basis of equally unfounded claims. It was a turning point in the propaganda war that the centralized US empire waged in our minds to convince us that it would be good and smart to do something evil and stupid.

The Washington Post headline: “Irrefutable” (on Powell’s statement to the UN).

Powell’s other “services” to the world include covering up and participating in war crimes in Vietnam, facilitating atrocities in Central America, and destroying Iraq’s civilian infrastructure during the Gulf War. But it’s hard to argue that his greatest legacy will be his undying reminder to future generations that there will never be a good reason to trust what US officials tell us about the government they want to overthrow.

Powell’s contributions to the war effort were significant. But time erases the lofty spiers of artificial insanity that those in power constantly impose on our species. And when all is said and done, his contribution to the anti-war effort will be greater.

In the coming hours, remember to frequently and loudly remind everyone of Powell’s sociopathic assistance in killing people. After all, public opinion is the only thing that saves Western war criminals from The Hague. * And these war criminals are well aware of this fact. At times like this, they suddenly start investing heavily in getting ordinary people to “respect the dead.” Not because they respect every person, living or dead, but because they cannot allow death to be an opportunity to amplify and change public opinion about their blatant bloody crimes.

There will be a gigantic exercise in narrative management in the next few days. Be sure to enthusiastically destroy it with the truth.

Author: Caitlyn Johnston – Caitlin Johnstone is a freelance Australian journalist.

Translation by Sergey Dukhanov… Published with permission from the author.

* The city where the International Court of Justice is located – the main judicial organ of the United Nations.

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