The Occupy-Wall-Street initiative of the '99 Percent' against 'Corporate Greed' is now a full-fledged movement that has spread to 900 cities across the US and a large number of major cities all over the world. The demonstrators are protesting the hijacking of Western democracies by a small minority of rich corporate entities and the wars they support. Meanwhile, ignoring the brewing storm at home, the US government came up with another bizarre plot to strengthen its case for attacking Iran, blaming the country for conspiring to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the US and blowing up Embassies of Saudi Arabia and Israel in not only Washington DC, but also Buenos Aires. As if blind to the predatory policies of the US that are written in bold letters on the wall, our government continues to repeat its mantra of improving relations with the global badmash and holding a frank dialogue to find common ground with it. It doesn't seem to matter that the ground that the US stands upon is bloodied from end to end. Or does the Pakistani leadership think that it can teach new tricks to a dog grown old on deceit and destruction of other nations? Somehow, despite popular resentment against the US war in Afghanistan, and despite the resolutions of the All Parties Conference and Parliament, we are yet to see a fresh policy perspective on part of our government that views the US occupation of Afghanistan and its barbarity there as it is. Our leadership keeps talking to the badmash within the framework of American establishment's narrative that is being blown to bits by the American people. It seems to inhabit a cocoon of the bilateral relationship, oblivious of what our so-called ally does all over the world, as if what it does in our region has no global context and its two-faced role in the world has no significance as far as our troubled relationship is concerned. Even within the region, it is not difficult to see through the dangerous game the crumbling superpower is playing. The US puppet Karzai flew over Pakistan to sign a strategic partnership accord with India, inviting the regional mini-me hegemon to train the Afghan security forces. Was it just a coincidence that following the serious US allegations about the ISI supporting and guiding the Haqqani network, both of them, puppet Karzai and mini-me India, echoed the US concerns about Pakistan's security establishment supporting terrorism in neighbouring countries? How can we ever hope to build peace in our neighbourhood by cooperating with a meddlesome imperialist project that has been imposed upon us in the garb of controlling terrorism? In Iraq, the excuse for occupation was weapons of mass destruction that were never found. In Libya, the reason given for intervention was saving the civilians from the barbarity of a cruel dictator - never mind the more than 20,000 civilians that have been killed by the NATO bombings and the militant insurgents who were funded, armed and directed by the flag-bearers of human rights. As long as the American establishment, controlled by the war and intelligence industry, corporate interests and the super-rich pro-Israel lobbyists, feels that it can fool the American people through its sold out mainstream media and the bizarre yarns it spins to create the grounds for attacking and invading other countries, it doesn't care two hoots about how false its narrative sounds to the people it bombs. The good news is that the American people are waking up and are unwilling to be taken in by these pro-war fairy tales. Those protesting around the Mecca of predatory capitalism, the Wall Street in New York, and around hubs of finance in other cities all across the US and in the so-called free and democratic world are critical of a system that doesn't care about the vast majority of citizens, while handing out hundreds of billions of taxpayers' money to the already fat cats. They are demanding an end to wars that benefit a handful of rich corporations, their financial backers and the war industry, entities that make hay, while bombs rain on innocent and hapless citizens in poor countries. The protesters say that they represent the 99 percent of population that has been short-changed by pro-war and pro-rich policies of their government, which is supposed to watch out for their interests and welfare; policies that are pushing a vast majority of the American people to poverty, while adding to the unearned riches of greedy banks and corporations. They are calling for moving away from a war-economy that thrives on wars around the world. This outburst of anger at the hypocritical policies of the US and its NATO allies had been festering for some time. It has not come out of the blue and is rooted in honest criticism of brave academics and conscientious whistleblowers, who have consistently chipped away at the patently false narrative peddled by the US establishment since 9/11. It stands atop the work of community groups, unions of workers, nurses, teachers, and intelligent commentary by responsible non-mainstream media. The critics of the movement dominating the mainstream media were quick to discredit those protesting for a just and representative system as leftover hippies and disgruntled unemployed citizens who had no clue about what they were protesting about and had no idea about how to set things right. With every passing day, the paid bias of these commentators is being exposed. The protesters are no hippies or unemployed citizens, though they too have a right to protest. The movement has been joined by unions of nurses, construction workers, teachers, auto-industry workers and students in campuses all over the US. It is not only the poor, the indebted and the unemployed who are marching for change. Among the crowds are doctors, software engineers and even people working on the Wall Street. In Brooklyn, millionaires held their own march in support of the movement. What they are challenging is a system that is democratic only on the surface and is actually controlled by moneyed interests. While there was no consensus agenda in the beginning, it is also being shaped. Solid critics like Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein, who have been exposing the murderous dance of corporate greed, are stepping in to fill that gap. Already there is talk about putting the financial institutions under government control, even nationalising them. Our government should heed the voice of the American people, rather than finding ways to strengthen cooperation with a dying establishment that means only harm to us as well as 99 percent of its own citizens. The writer is an independent columnist. Email: