In the distant past colonisation was a simple and easy task for Western colonial powers.
In their pursuit of resources and markets, such powers sent their armies and navies to invade and occupy any country that might be of economic, political or military benefit to them.
They did not need to give an explanation to their own people or to the people they invaded; naked power ruled the day.
Local uprisings with crude weapons and logistics stood little chance of opposing such overwhelming aggression. The occupiers were free to imprison, torture and kill the local opposition without embarrassment and without restraint.
The national struggle for freedom and independence from the colonial powers was invariably difficult, bloody and lasted for decades. National leaders were obliged to speak of revolution, of freedom and democracy, of slogans no different to those of any other people around the world seeking to rid themselves of foreign oppressors.
Meanwhile the vast majority of people in the West thought their governments and their multi-purpose agencies were doing great and honourable deeds overseas to help poor countries develop and prosper.
This state of affairs continued well into the second half of the twentieth century.
In the twenty first century however the advent of the internet as a more reliable source of information has helped the vast majority of people to acquire a better understanding of what goes on around the world.
Thanks to the internet it is now much easier to see that the main stream media is no more than a public loudspeaker for Western governments and their masters the big corporations.
Journalists, reporters and editors reading or repeating the same script handed down to them from a central news factory spin lies and sinister propaganda 24/7. Indeed, such media figures have become celebrities, enjoying huge salaries in return for entertaining and brainwashing their ever shrinking audiences.
Modern Imperialism has therefore had to re-invent itself and invent a new language to serve its purposes.
But why invent a new language when you can use the same language of the people you oppress, torture and kill?
Western think-tanks have decided to steal the language of the oppressed, a linguistic manipulation that takes George Orwell’s 1984 to a new level of deception and oppression.
The US Empire demands that all nations on earth subscribe to its policies i.e. buy its arms and products and of course appoint its puppet governments. Otherwise, countries that refuse to submit will be destroyed in the name of democracy, freedom and human rights.
This has been evident in the past thirty years or so from Iraq to Yugoslavia, from Somalia, to Afghanistan, to Iraq again, and to Libya, Ukraine and Syria.
It is an Imperialist pattern that has become all too familiar to most people in the world.
Whereas direct military invasion was used in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Empire today has over the decades created and maintained numerous purportedly benign agencies with names and titles that include benevolent sounding words such as “freedom”, “democracy”, “human rights”, “civil defence”, “humanitarian aid” etc.
The list is endless but can often be found under the general umbrella of what are known as NGOs.
These agencies, together with regional and international mercenaries from around the world, who can include religious fanatics and outright criminals, have proved extremely effective in wreaking havoc in Ukraine and Syria – countries where the US did not want, at least in public, to be seen putting its own “boots on the ground”.
This Imperialist formula is well established now: It usually starts with the central news factory spinning hugely exaggerated lies about a leader to be targeted. This orchestrated campaign reverberates around the globe from news outlets in America, Europe and other satellite states.
Common human values are the distorted and highly emotive language is used to confuse people and create chaos in the targeted country.
For example: “he is a dictator” meaning he refuses to submit and be a US client; “kills his own people” means he does not use American methods to kill them; “no freedom of speech” means Western agents are not allowed to operate freely in the country; “no democracy” means the US cannot help its puppets to be elected into government.
Following the propaganda campaign mercenaries and hired saboteurs are then trained, funded and armed to start killing innocent people and commit atrocities, which are then blamed on the national leader and his government.
“Milosevic must go”, “Saddam Hussein must go”, “Gaddafi must go, “Assad must go” means it is time to install a government dictated by the US.
Nothing could be more sickening than watching Hillary Clinton following Gaddafi’s gruesome murder declare: “we came, we saw, he died”.
In Syria today ceasefire agreements, however temporary or short, are used to re-arm and re-equip the violent extremist groups in the north of the country.
Images of suffering, death and destruction are cynically and systematically fabricated to inflame and manipulate public opinion.
Imperialism may successfully effect a different reincarnation from time to time, but its objective never changes: World domination by any means.
The Empire cannot tolerate any sovereign states outside its domain. Its well-oiled machine will use corruption, deception, assassination and ultimately regime change policies to crush them.
If the US and its allies really cared about the suffering of innocent people and their human rights – as they claim – the only logical course of action for them would be to stop funding and arming the so-called opposition in places like Syria.
The real opposition in Syria are the ones without weapons; those who believe in peaceful dialogue and who respect Syria’s sovereignty.
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Duran.