Red, White, and Blue Blood — COSPOLON

Steven Cleghorn
6 min readMay 4, 2024

The United States needs dozens more brave people like Hala Rharrit — she is an American hero.

“All murder’d: for within the hollow crown That rounds the mortal temples of a king Keeps death his court.” — Shakespeare King Richard III

America’s institutional structures, laws, and social system serve Capital. Capital is its primary interest—its deadly tools are marketing, public relations, and propaganda.

The arbitrary control of socioeconomic and cultural conditions by an elite accounts for the magnitude and intensity of genocide and mass murder. The best assurance against democide is democratic transparency and openness, political competition, regularly scheduled elections, and an honest, accountable government of a free people.

Power kills; this is uncontroversial. Domestic democide is immoral: This is true when we consider how regimes differ in their underlying ethnic, religious, and racial diversity; it is true regardless of region, religion, or cultural differences; it is true when considering a country’s various levels of education or economic development; it is true regardless of a community’s size; it is true historically and will remain valid for all time.

Pinker apologetics aside, the USA’s involvement with geopolitics is soaked with blood and death, and Americans, by and large, don’t care. (Bread and circuses have never been more compelling to its people.) Tally the body count since its founding, the USA is as efficient a killer as any regime has been throughout world history. Think of the individuals who have been targets of assassination by the United States. American authorities usually define these killings as ‘targeted killings’. It is utterly shocking and incomparable, yet the United States constantly condemns other countries that can hardly compete with the brazen, self-righteous rationalizations and justifications for these murders. Look it up; the data is not hard to find.

Since the 19th Century, the United States government has participated and interfered, both overtly and covertly, in replacing many foreign governments. In the latter half of the 19th Century, the U.S. government initiated actions for regime change mainly in Latin America and the southwest Pacific, including the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars. At the onset of the 20th Century, the United States shaped or installed governments in many countries worldwide, including neighbors Hawaii, Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. — References on Wikipedia

“At least 940,000 people have been killed by direct war violence in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and Pakistan. The number of people who have been wounded or have fallen ill as a result of the conflicts is far higher, as is the number of civilians who have died indirectly as a result of the destruction of hospitals and infrastructure and environmental contamination, among other war-related problems.” “The U.S. post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, and Pakistan have taken a tremendous human toll on those countries. As of September 2021, an estimated 432,093 civilians in these countries have died violent deaths as a result of the wars. As of May 2023, an estimated 3.6–3.8 million people have died indirectly in post-9/11 war zones. The total death toll in these war zones could be at least 4.5–4.7 million and counting, though the precise mortality figure remains unknown. Civilian deaths have also resulted from U.S. post-9/11 military operations in Somalia and other countries.” — Watson Institute For International & Public Affairs, Brown University “Cost of War”

Ninety Percent of War-Time Casualties Are Civilians — United Nations Study

“The bombing of non-combatant populations violated international and humanitarian laws.” — American protest to Japan about its bombing of China in 1938

“The American Government and the American people have for some time pursued a policy of wholeheartedly condemning the unprovoked bombing and machine-gunning of civilian populations from the air.” — President Roosevelt on the Soviet bombing of Helsinki in 1939

Why is Julian Assange in prison?

The hypocrisy and double standards are grotesque.

Read: International Court of Justice Order of 28 March 2024 Document Number 192–20240328-ORD-01–00-EN

Any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group; (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; © Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; (e) Forcibly transferring children from one group to another group. — Welch, M. (2014). The Genocide Test. Winnipeg Free Press, A.6., Spans ‘Lesotho — penal code

The United States shamelessly supports Israel’s stated genocidal efforts with money and military equipment; it is a partner in terrible war crimes.

Politicide: the deliberate physical destruction or elimination of a group whose members share the main characteristic of belonging to a political movement.

Democide: “the intentional killing of an unarmed or disarmed person by government agents acting in their authoritative capacity and pursuant to government policy or high command.” The term was first coined by Holocaust historian and statistics expert, R.J. Rummel in his book Death by Government

What Israel is doing is, at the very least, mass murder. The U.S. has a long history of domestic democide. The data is not hard to find, and libraries are full of books about the KKK, for example.

“The more Indians we can kill…the less will have to be killed the next war, for the more I see of these Indians, the more convinced I am that they all have to be killed or be maintained as a species of paupers.” — William Tecumseh Sherman

Look at U.S. actions in the Philippines, the bombing of civilians in WWII. American forces also clearly committed war crimes during the Vietnam War: illegally bombing Cambodia and Laos. The bombing of Cambodia likely created the preconditions for the emergence of the Pol Pot regime. The list of American war crimes is long.

Numerous studies have shown that indiscriminate bombing of civilians does not affect the outcomes of wars.

The United States has long been involved in hostilities in Ukraine. How many people have died to date in that conflict? We won’t know for sure for decades.

I am appalled at the rate of violence in the United States when I compare it with the seven countries I have lived in.

One can go on chapter after chapter listing atrocities committed by U.S.-led forces daily around the world from the 19th Century to today. Any country that gets in the way of American Capital gets crushed. And yet, America has the temerity to point its finger at other States and declare them worse. It’s absurd. Study history. This violence has to end!

“War is a racket. It always has been. A few profit and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it. You can’t end it by disarmament conferences. You can’t eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. Well-meaning but impractical groups can’t wipe it out by resolutions. It can be smashed effectively only by taking the profit out of war.” — Smedley Butler

“We owe respect to the living; to the dead we owe only truth.” — Voltaire. Oeuvres Vol. I, p. 15n

Steven is an autodidact, skeptic, raconteur, and film producer from America who has been traveling since he was a zygote. He’s a producer at COSPOLON Ltd. in Lisbon and a constantly improving (hopefully) Globe Hacker. He seeks the company of interesting minds.



Steven Cleghorn

I'm an autodidact, skeptic, raconteur, and a former producer at The Muse Films Ltd. in Hong Kong. I founded Globe Hackers Multimedia Ltd.