FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

Obamized Again!

by

The Dude did it to me again! As my scheduled Air India flight from Kochi, Kerala, was attempting to make its final approach to Indira Gandhi International Airport, his much bigger horse, Air Force 1, was heading towards the nearby base.

It was exactly 10 o’clock in the morning. My eyes were infected after catching some mysterious bug, as I was told, a common Kerala disease. I was exhausted after writing countless essays (some directly related to the Dude), and what was ahead of me was yet another flight, this time to battered Srinagar in Kashmir.

My God! Dude will rather to to Saudi Arabia than to Taj!

But the Dude’s flying horse had priority. It always has!

“Your President will come; soon”, I had been told by a security officer at Kochi Airport, three hours earlier.

“Your President is landing,”, the drop-dead gorgeous Air India chef de cabin whispered into my ear, as our plane embarked on yet another aimless loop, some 90 kilometers south of the capital. “Since we don’t have permission to land, would you like to have another cup of coffee, sir?”

“Why not! Yes!” I said. Let’s celebrate the arrival of the Chief!

My plane circled for another 30 minutes, and then it was allowed to embark on the final approach.

On the ground, at Indira Gandhi Airport, everything was a total mess. All flights were delayed and at the transfer desk, and at yet another security checkpoint, there were stampedes. Passengers were jumping queues, pushing and screaming.

“Heart-wrenching shouts like ‘my flight will depart in 10 minutes!’ were countered with brutal force by men from the security apparatus, who yelled back: ‘you will not miss anything! Back to line! Everything is delayed!’”

I wondered how much had Air India, Jet Airways, and the other airlines lost in fuel costs as a result of the Dude’s visit. How much had been burned by circling around the airport, and because of the delays?

As hundreds of people tried to make their connecting flights, the television monitors were beaming images of Chief Obama, of his wife and the ultra-conservative Indian Prime Minister Modi, all of them in staged G-rated love scenes. The love was stately, mixed with dignity and purpose. And with ‘symbolism’, all major Indian newspapers carried reports, well in advance.

It was both Hollywood and Bollywood hard at work, hand in hand, in unison.

Of course there was no TeleSur, no RT, Press TV or CCTV, nothing that was likely to put things in a different perspective. The Indian mass media diet mainly consists of the colonialist and neo-colonialist BBC, CNN-India, and several local, mainly big business-owned, strongly pro-capitalist and pro-Western channels.

I tried to work the crowd!

“This country is turning back into a colony!” I shouted, stuck somewhere in the middle of security line. “It’s a shame!”

“Yes! Yes!” Answered few voices. “A colony! What a shame!”

And then, nothing… After a few seconds of patriotic shouting, the stampede continued. Nobody smashed the TV monitor, and nobody confronted the arrogant security agents.

***

The Dude keeps doing this to me. I am not sure whether he does it on purpose, but our paths often cross, and when he visits, the countries become grotesque, and go totally gaga.

Just as happened recently, with his ‘pivot to Asia’, when he suddenly landed in Malaysia, again on the same day as I did, and the nicest and the kindest immigration officers on earth (yes, many consisting of super-friendly, homey-looking Muslim ladies with headscarves, offering visitors tasty candies), suddenly converted into a bloodthirsty Rottweiler breed! Fingerprinting machines were introduced on that day. KLIA – one of the best-organized airports on Earth, descended into complete chaos, and even the expresses, the trains connecting it with Kuala Lumpur, totally changed their schedules.

Which made me think that the dude must be really scared, even petrified. Of something, who could guess what of?

Well, with his murderous track record, one could not be surprised! And with the murderous track-record of his predecessors…

These dudes, really, keep creating those ISIS or ISILs or whatever; they keep manufacturing entities like Al-Qaida, and yet they are scared of the monsters and of darkness. They are even scared to land at the same time as others! It is so childish and so ridiculous, but nobody seems to be, for some reason, laughing at them!

You see, the leaders of Cuba or Eritrea, of Uruguay, Venezuela or Ecuador, never bring their countries to a standstill, when they have to travel. They are just a bunch of nice folks who want to improve the lives of their people. They don’t have to be scared, or to shut down the airspace every time they are ready to land somewhere. Can you imagine any idiot who’d try to shoot a missile at Evo’s or Michelle’s planes? Unless of course, it was an apparatchik in the service of the Dude…

***

Well, the catch phrase this time is “The Future We Can Build Together”. The “Deccan Chronicle” the largest South Indian daily newspaper ran as the cover story on the same day the Dude arrived: “India, US hope to iron out nuke issues”.

Nice, truly! Iron out… nuke issues! What a language!

“Moving forward on issues of the civil nuclear deal, technology transfer and joint ventures in defence will be among the key areas where India and the US would like to have ‘concrete deliverables’ during the three day high voltage trip of Mr Obama.”

Oh, high voltage… That is Bollywood, right? Like those wet saris…

And here is the punch line, still from the Deccan Chronicle:

“Also, cooperation in key areas of security, counter terrorism and the situation in India’s extended neighborhood would be among the issues to be discussed between Mr. Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

What the hell is the ‘extended neighborhood’? China? The Dude is obsessed with China. He seems to be obsessed with provoking WWIII, against China or Russia, or both.

The Hindu made no secret and proudly declared: “INDO-U.S. TIES: Defence partnership takes centre stage.”

The day earlier, the editor of “Countercurrents” magazine, Mr. Binu Mathew, told me in Kochi, Kerala:

“What you see now, it is the final stage of India becoming a US-client state. It all began with the previous administration, but is accelerating now. It is a betrayal of BRICS: economical, political and military betrayal!”

One should not be bitching too much about having to circle around the airport for 40 minutes, when such a huge, respectful betrayal is taking shape!

Andre Vltchek is a novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. His critically acclaimed political revolutionary novel Point of No Return is now re-edited and available. Oceania is his book on Western imperialism in South Pacific. His provocative book about post-Suharto Indonesia and market-fundamentalist model is called “Indonesia – The Archipelago of Fear” (Pluto). He just completed feature documentary “Rwanda Gambit” about Rwandan history and the plunder of DR Congo. After living for many years in Latin America and Oceania, Vltchek presently resides and works in East Asia and Africa. He can be reached through his website.

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of his latest books are revolutionary novel “Aurora” and two bestselling works of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire” and Fighting Against Western Imperialism. View his other books here. Andre is making films for teleSUR and Al-Mayadeen. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo. After having lived in Latin America, Africa and Oceania, Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter.

More articles by:

CounterPunch Magazine

minimag-edit

bernie-the-sandernistas-cover-344x550

zen economics

May 25, 2017
Jennifer Matsui
The Rise of the Alt-Center
Michael Hudson
Another Housing Bubble?
Robert Fisk
Trump Meets the New Leader of the Secular World, Pope Francis
John Laforge
Draft Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Unveiled
Benjamin Dangl
Trump’s Budget Expands War on the Backs of America’s Poor
Alice Donovan
US-Led Air Strikes Killed Record Number of Civilians in Syria
Andrew Moss
The Meaning of Trump’s Wall
Leslie Scott
Trump in the Middle East: New Ideas, Old Politics
George Wuerthner
Environmental Groups as Climate Deniers
Pauline Murphy
The Irish Dead: Fighting Fascism in Spain, 1937
Brian Trautman
Veterans on the March
Eric Sommer
Trumps Attack on Social Spending Escalates Long-term Massive Robbery of American Work
Binoy Kampmark
Twenty-Seven Hours: Donald Trump in Israel
Christian Hillegas
Trump’s Islamophobia: the Persistence of Orientalism in Western Rhetoric and Media
Michael J. Sainato
Russiagate: Clintonites Spread the Weiner Conspiracy
Walter Clemens
What the President Could Learn from Our Shih-Tzu Eddie
May 24, 2017
Paul Street
Beyond Neoliberal Identity Politics
Daniel Read
Powder Keg: Manchester Terror Attack Could Lead to Yet Another Resurgence in Nationalist Hate
Robert Fisk
When Peace is a Commodity: Trump in the Middle East
Kenneth Surin
The UK’s Epochal Election
Jeff Berg
Lessons From a Modern Greek Tragedy
Steve Cooper
A Concrete Agenda for Progressives
Michael McKinley
Australia-as-Concierge: the Need for a Change of Occupation
William Hawes
Where Are Your Minds? An Open Letter to Thomas de Maiziere and the CDU
Steve Early
“Corporate Free” Candidates Move Up
Fariborz Saremi
Presidential Elections in Iran and the Outcomes
Dan Bacher
The Dark Heart of California’s Water Politics
Alessandra Bajec
Never Ending Injustice for Pinar Selek
Rob Seimetz
Death By Demigod
Jesse Jackson
Venezuela Needs Helping Hand, Not a Hammer Blow 
Binoy Kampmark
Return to Realpolitik: Trump in Saudi Arabia
Vern Loomis
The NRA: the Dragon in Our Midst
May 23, 2017
John Wight
Manchester Attacks: What Price Hypocrisy?
Patrick Cockburn
A Gathering of Autocrats: Trump Puts US on Sunni Muslim Side of Bitter Sectarian War with Shias
Shamus Cooke
Can Trump Salvage His Presidency in Syria’s War?
Thomas S. Harrington
“Risk”: a Sad Comedown for Laura Poitras
Josh White
Towards the Corbyn Doctrine
Mike Whitney
Rosenstein and Mueller: the Regime Change Tag-Team
Jan Oberg
Trump in Riyadh: an Arab NATO Against Syria and Iran
Susan Babbitt
The Most Dangerous Spy You’ve Never Heard Of: Ana Belén Montes
Rannie Amiri
Al-Awamiya: City of Resistance
Dimitris Konstantakopoulos
The European Left and the Greek Tragedy
Laura Leigh
This Land is Your Land, Except If You’re a Wild Horse Advocate
Hervé Kempf
Macron, Old World President
Michael J. Sainato
Devos Takes Out Her Hatchet
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail