The system is literally hurtling to destruction, and there are not enough voices being raised to stop this out-of-control locomotive. It is driven by greed and a lust for power without regard to people’s sensibilities or safety. If you think of America as the center of Empire, then the Empire is disintegrating around the periphery, and the periphery is coming closer. For decades, our government has, in our name, been backing thugs and thieves all over the world. In Rick Maybury’s words, ‘we cannot possibly kill terrorists as quickly as the State Department is creating them.