The Republic is threatened by a new evil. Democracy is weakened as the leader uses paranoia created by this threat to dismantle the citizen's rights and entrench his power. The senate are manipulated and lied to and the population duped into believing that they are fighting for freedom, and not out of greed. However, within the Republic there are those who believe that Democracy has been subverted and that the leader plans on establishing a dictatorship. They are denounced as traitors to the Republic as the new Empire is created.
"So this is how liberty dies...with thunderous applause."
Despite the Empire's awesome military might, insurgents refuse to die quietly and some remain who can challenge the power of the Emperor. The troops of the Empire commit atrocities which spur on the rebellion.
"The tighter you grip, the more systems will slip through your fingers."
Can the evil Emperor Dubya and his apprentice Darth Blair achieve mastery over the known world, or is there still some fight left in democracy?
The US plan to pull their troops back from Iraqi cities and redeploy them in four massive fortified bases that they are constructing specially for the purpose. They claim that they will only be there for a while, and will give the bases to the Iraqi's when they leave. But it is feared that the construction shows that the US is digging in for a long war, and the Iraqi election has done little to reduce the scale of the insurgency.
Meanwhile the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated to the extent that the UN warns a civil war is imminent. On the removal of the Taliban (previous trading partners of Emperor Dubya) the alliance leaders have constituted little improvement and poppy cultivation has returned. Now an estimated 87% of the world's opium poppies come from Afghanistan. US troops are still engaged in a futile search for Osama Bin Laden, and while UK troops are charged with locating and destroying the poppy fields, this merely plunges the farmers even further into poverty as there is no compensation for the destroyed crop and all other cash crops make less money. We have removed a religiously intolerant government and replaced it with an inept and impotent one.
Although the war was supposedly over years ago, there has been no peace. But then, peace was never the goal. The Emperor wanted to aid the construction of an oil pipeline through the country. He was happy to deal with the Taliban in 2000 regarding this pipeline, but no doubt saw his chance to broker a better deal with the Taliban's enemies. Now, it looks as though we may be going back to war in Afghanistan soon; perhaps we can profit further from their misery.
"I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it further."
Back home, the UK population has come to see Darth Blair for the liar and tyrant that he is. Seduced by the dark side, he introduces legislation to give greater freedoms to multinationals and cut the restrictions on free market capitalism while imposing greater control and surveillance on the population. Most of his party, too weak to resist his Jedi mind trick, plod along faithfully behind him repeating the same empty phrases as their master. However, a few brave souls refuse to submit. They castigate Darth Blair....
"You were supposed to be the chosen one!"
An old ally, Master Galloway, was thrown from the Labour party for pointing out Darth Blair's lies and calling him a war criminal. However, he remains strong and stole a seat from his old party in the recent election. Conveniently, evidence to discredit Master Galloway was "discovered" and he was summoned to the US Senate to explain himself. He was accused of dealing with the evil Saddam to which he retorted "I was an opponent of Saddam Hussein when the British and American governments and businessmen were selling him guns and gas. I have a better record of opposition to Saddam Hussein than you do!" The committee alleged that he had met Saddam many times. Master Galloway confirmed there had only been two such meetings, and that Darth Rumsfeld, had met Saddam the same number of times, but "Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns, and to give him maps the better to target those guns."
They claimed that he had received money from a Jordanian businessman which related to the Oil for food program. Master Galloway replied that the businessman simply made contributions to a charity which did not benefit him personally (the Mariam Appeal) and he had no idea where the money was coming from. The unproven accusations are intensely hypocritical in the light of a recent Senate report which noted "The United States was not only aware of Iraqi oil sales which violated UN sanctions and provided the bulk of the illicit money Saddam Hussein obtained from circumventing UN sanctions. On occasion, the United States actually facilitated the illicit oil sales." The report found that US oil purchases accounted for 52% of the kickbacks paid to the regime in return for sales of cheap oil - more than the rest of the world put together.
Master Galloway reminded the Senators that there were no weapons of mass destruction, that the insurgency was not just the work of Saddam's supporters and that 100,000 people had died as a result of their Master's lies; 1,600 of them American soldiers. He asked them to explain what had happened to $8bn worth of Iraqi oil produced in the 14 months when the US ran Iraq, and how many billions of dollars US multinationals (like Halliburton) had made from the War. They did not answer.
"The force is strong with this one."
Okay, you probably think I am being silly. But RAF Fylingdales and Menwith Hill in the UK are expected to be central components of the US "son of star wars" defence system. Our beloved leader will no doubt be happy enough to allow this addition to the US armoury. Fylingdales in North Yorkshire has been the home of a US Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) since the 1960's and Menwith Hill is the home of ECHELON, a system which intercept fax, email and telephone messages and searches them for flagged terms. The data is sent to the US, allowing them to spy on all of us! http://www.cndyorks.gn.apc.org/fdales/uk&starwars.htm. In 2000, Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon stated that Britain would be sympathetic to any request from the US to use the sites. Exactly when did we become a US protectorate? But then, it is not wise to underestimate the power of the dark side.
Donald Rumsfeld revived Regan's National Missile Defence system (star wars) in 1998 when he chaired a panel which concluded that 'rogue states' such as North Korea and Iran could threaten the US with long-range missiles within 5 years. Of course, the US has more nukes and biological weapons that everyone else put together - but that's not enough if you want world domination. The NMD would allow the US to detect and destroy any missiles fired anywhere in the world.
The installation of a NMD system would break the 1972 Anti Ballistic Missile treaty (ABMT), which is central to the theory of MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction). The system would reintroduce the idea that a nuclear war could be fought, and survived. Worse still, it allows the US goal of First Strike capability anywhere in the world. They hope to be able to fire a nuclear or biological payload at will on any target knowing that any retaliation would be destroyed by the same system. If it worked, it would be as good as having a fully operational Death Star!