“There is no such thing as ‘too insane’ unless others turn up dead due to your actions.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Bombing a county to save it does seem insane on the surface. Innocents will of course end up dead. Bombing in aid of the theory that ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ has always proven ill-advised in the long term. Think how often those temporary friends have been bombed, then occupied, by the US later.
Humanitarian Bombs over Libya; how has that worked out for Libyans? Have you heard any news from there except ‘Benaghazi Spook-gate’? No, no, no. The Imperium’s Praetorian Guard, masquerading as ‘media’ look forward, not backward in studied blindness and silent agreement in aid of their corporate massahs. Oh, dear; you might read here (highly recommended) and here for some of the dark news. Last week I read a poem that hit me hard. It concerned the over-arching question ‘Who cleans up from us after our wars?’ , and the poet provided ample imagery that ended with the helpers being blown away like leaves eventually, falling to the earth in impotence, then being saturated with rain. Or that’s how I remember it, anyway; or maybe I made the whole thing up in a dream…
But of course there are things no one has even tried to ‘clean up’, or even acknowledge, like the devastating results to what will be generations of Iraqis by white phosphorus, depleted uranium, fear, and diaspora.
Or in Afghanistan, ‘the Graveyard of Empires’, by bombs, drone assassinations, corruption aided by ISAF forces, not to mention the constant night terrors of children occupied by a ruthless military. Like Iraq, the US has tried to pay inhabitants to not fight against ‘us’, and in Afghanistan it isn’t working out very well. The 2014 withdrawal deadline will come and go as all the others, or maybe like Iraq, tens of thousands of mercenaries will stay ‘to help’.
Yes, yes; John Kerry and Barack Obomba have been very busy manufacturing consent over the need to bomb Syria humanitarianly, and okay, the bombs will be Indun Tomahawks cruise missiles from the sea (heeey-yaah! Thwok!), maybe some drones with payloads (nzzzzzzznnzzzz-Splat!). Who knows what or whom they will hit; what potent chemicals unleashed, or whose chemicals, for that matter? Who knows which factions will take power after our ‘help’? Even if one believes that bolstering the chances of the ‘rebel forces’ is worthy, are they ignorant enough to not understand that they may well engage in ethnic cleansing against their perceived enemies, as has happened elsewhere? Would our help not be potentially far more harmful in Syria?
We might want to know why Obomba created his seventh-grade-like Red Line in the first place, since there has been civil war going on for so long now. We’d also like to know how Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia fits into the timeline, eh? According to Mour Malas’s August 25 piece (paywall for me) in the Wall Street Journal via Peter Lee:
“That winter, the Saudis also started trying to convince Western governments that Mr. Assad had crossed what President Barack Obama a year ago called a “red line”: the use of chemical weapons. Arab diplomats say Saudi agents flew an injured Syrian to Britain, where tests showed sarin gas exposure. Prince Bandar’s spy service, which concluded in February that Mr. Assad was using chemical weapons, relayed evidence to the U.S., which reached a similar conclusion four months later. The Assad regime denies using such weapons.”
According to Malas, Saudi Arabia has also been repeatedly telling the Obama administration its stature in the Middle East is toast unless it acts firmly on Syria.
The President’s hard-won mask of sanguinity and serenity certainly had slipped by the time he gave his August 31 tantrum-speech, lightning bolts shooting out of his eyes, smoke hoot-hooting out of his ears, as he spoke about his recently adjusted plans to seek Congressional support for war with Syria. Who (or what) changed his mind? What did Denis McDonough say to him as they walked about the WH grounds for forty-five minutes the night before his announcement? Never mind; we’ll never know.
It’s been looking bad for him with the whip counts for Ayes in the House. But hell, given that it’ll be at least two weeks before any votes, just imagine what use Barack will make of that time, twisting arms, as will the defense contractors be, not to mention the media War Drums boom-boom-boom-ing away.
“Delivering chemical weapons against children is not something we do. It’s prohibited in active wars between countries. We certainly don’t do it against kids.”
~ Barack Hussein Obomba at the G-20 conference in St. Petersburg
There is no way I can possibly comment on that hypocrisy. Of course, you may, if you’d care to…but in any event, those of us who pay attention know the GWOT Catechism by now only too well, and are learning about the US via AFRICOM ‘stabilizing African nations’ by yelling ‘al Qaeda affiliates abroad!’ to feel the Duty to Protect them for Democracy and…I forget the other thing… (see map of Spook/JSOC activities/bases) and in so many other places accessible for drone assassination and bombing.
Hell, does it matter at this point if the President is evil or insane? Has he Mistaken His Wife for a Hat? Or the world for His (and his capitalist overlords’) Oyster? Does he not have a clue about the forces he may unleash among our putative enemies and their natural coalitions? Limited strikes, ninety days, regime change, oh yeah…and tra la la, yellow ribbons, no body bags, nossir, remote control war, baby!)
Have our nation’s citizens allowed the PTB get away with murder, lies for war, downright Evil with impunity to turn it around without recourse to nonviolent revolution by now? For gawdsake, freaking Colin Powell is still invited to speak at every war celebration holiday-DoWop, along with other peeps of the neo-con persuasion. The nation’s collective psyche is in turmoil, awash with conflict, thus so easily manipulated by propaganda. What have we become?
If you’ve had the sense that the only sane response to this insanity is goin’ just a little bit nuts yourselves, I salute you. It’s catching. The diffuse anxiety in the atmosphere has been overwhelming lately. There are many different legitimate reasons for it: privation of all sorts, very warranted fear of the future regarding foreclosure, disappearing pensions and social safety net, failure to effect much positive change, poisoned air, water, soil, too much GMO food, etc. But what of the poison that Martin Luther King spoke about? Is it part of what ails us and makes us all insane to varying degrees?
“If America’s soul becomes totally poisoned part of the autopsy must read Vietnam. It can never be saved so long as it destroys the deepest hopes of men the world over.”
John Kerry and this President have spent a hell of a lot of words calling out Syria and other Axis of Evil nations for their deeds and imagined deeds as requiring a military response, the kind only the US of A is capable of ‘going it alone’, sitting Tall in the Saddle (Giddy-up!), if need be. Are they so so delusional that they don’t understand that the many international war crimes that they have, or will have, committed over the globe, other nations and alliances would be justified in ‘coming for us’ one day by the same standards?
How many people are feeling some of this deep within their hearts and souls? I do some days, I admit. Writing helps.
All of must have activities that can ameliorate some of the angst, anger, and topsy-turvey displacement we feel these days. But others may not. To aid them we can aid ourselves: make common cause and community with all those you can. Love them in the ways the original author of One Love, Dr. King spoke about:
In the final analysis, love is not this sentimental something that we talk about. It’s not merely an emotional something. Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system.
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
Without love, there is no reason to know anyone, for love will in the end connect us to our neighbors, our children and our hearts.
And that’s the hardest thing in the world: loving someone you don’t even like terribly well. I fail at it every day. Find humor somewhere…everyday; and something to be grateful for, as well.
And always remember and don’t ever forget:
The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four people is suffering from a mental illness. Look at your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you.
~ Rita Mae Brown
(cross-posted at Café-Babylon.net)