Friday 22 February 2008
The South Will Rise Again
The US recognition of Kosovo sets an interesting precedent.
The US recognised Kosovo as a way to punish Serbia for alleged (and untrue) ethnic cleaning, the invasion of Kosovo and murders of Kosovan civilians.
If this is correct then the independence of Kosovo suggests that the Southern Confederacy of the United States should reform, demand their rights and also be allowed to declare their independence from the Union.
Note how the US lied about 'ethnic cleaning' in Kosovo by Serbia just as it lied about slavery in the Southern States. Just as slavery was NOT the issue in the Civil War, ethnic cleansing was not the issue in Kosovo.
The attack on the Southern Confederacy by the North had nothing to do with slavery, though if you watch US movies then it would appear that this was the sole reason for the Civil War.
It was as aggressive war, with ethnic cleansing and mass murder, the North and the Union invaded independent Southern territory illegally, they stole the land and as such the Union of the present United States has as much legitimacy as the Soviet Union - another empire carved with blood and violence.
The Southern States did not fight to retain slavery - they fought to keep their liberty, their lands, their culture and their economic independence.
The Union states were run by corrupt bankers, oligarchs and politicians who wanted to economically exploit the Southern States as they were exploiting the Northern States.
It was only after the war had been fought for two years that the North even muted the idea of endng slavery, and this was simply to recruit blacks to act as cannon fodder against the South.
The slaves got their freedom only if they were prepared to fight and die for the North.
The War Between the States began because the South demanded States’ rights and were not getting them. The Congress at that time, heavily favored the industrialized northern states to the point of demanding that the South sell is cotton and other raw materials only to the factories in the north, rather than to other countries. The Congress also taxed the finished materials that the northern industries produced heavily, making finished products that the South wanted, unaffordable.
The Civil War should not have occurred. If the Northern States and their representatives in Congress had only listened to the problems of the South, and stopped these practices that were almost like the taxation without representation of Great Britain, then the Southern states would not have seceded and the war would not have occurred.
( Which was also the basis of the War of Independence from Britain in the first place ! )
We have been taught that the Civil War was all about the abolition of slavery, but this truly did not become a major issue, with the exception of John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, until after the Battle of Antietam in September 1862, when Abraham Lincoln decided to free the slaves in the Confederate States in order to punish those states for continuing the war effort. The war had been in progress for two years by that time. Most southerners did not even own slaves nor did they own plantations. Most of them were small farmers who worked their farms with their families. They were fighting for their rights. They were fighting to maintain their lifestyle and their independence the way they wanted to without the United States Government dictating to them how they should behave.
The example of Kosovo should now also be used by American Indians to claim back their lands from the US government, and in particular the Black Hills which is a sacred place for the Sioux.