We are now only a few days away from the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, 11 November 1918. This was the end of “the war to end all wars” – high sounding words.
Yet, these words proved to be in error as the many wars waged by the US since 1918 have been terribly bloody and destructive. One might opine that the US entry into World War One began the century of US war making that continues today. And, let us not forget, as we are led to believe, the US never destroyed a country, killing and maiming hundreds of thousands (or millions in the case of Germany in the 1940s in concert with the other Allies), when such destruction and wanton killing wasn’t for the vanquished people’s own good.
The military-industrial-banking-government complex in the US demands that Americans spend more on “defense” (i.e. the military establishment) each and every year than almost all other countries of the world combined spend! The US currently has bases and/or military personnel (including military “advisors’ and “special forces” operatives) in many countries of the world, by some reports, more than half of the countries of the world. The concept of “pre-emptive war”, written into US war policy and doctrine under President George W. Bush, is consistent with maintaining the world’s largest military geared to offensive actions around the world. The US national defense establishment is actually in offense mode.
The US (as a) threat to world peace is not limited to its direct military interventions in foreign countries. The US through its covert operations and by supporting proxy wars around the globe acts to undermine world peace and stability. Currently, the Middle East and North Africa is a complete mess and that is in no small part the doing of the US (along with its NATO toadies). The so-called Arab Spring of 2011, supported by then US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and with President Obama’s approval led to the failed state of Libya (now a major transit point for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa going to Europe) and for the protracted and terribly destructive civil war in Syria (a nation that has decades of rebuilding ahead of it, and several million displaced citizens, many of whom have fled to Europe). All this is in addition to the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan where there were direct military invasions by the US. Similarly, the US gives its approval to the current proxy war against Iran in Yemen and to the Saudi blockade of that country that has resulted in “the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today” (not my words).
The US bullies countries that do not behave as Washington demands with economic sanctions and does not allow them to escape from the US dollar world reserve currency regimen (which is what puts the sting in the sanctions). Bear in mind that punitive sanctions against Iraq in the 1990s after the first Gulf War led to the deaths (from malnourishment and lack of medicines) of many Iraqi children. Later, Saddam Hussein wanted to sell Iraqi oil in Euros, and Moammar Ghaddafi wanted to make an Africa wide currency based on the gold backed Libyan dinar. Both heads of state were then removed from power. The message is clear: the US military and intelligence services will be used to preserve and maintain the US dollar hegemony in world finance and commerce.
Who is next to be targeted?
US Defense Secretary Mattis said some months back that the priority for the US military now and in the future will be on containing and countering China and Russia rather than on fighting global terrorism.
Already, the US is prodding Iran and Russia in the hopes of a securing a pretext for more aggressive actions against these nation states. The reimposition of economic sanctions against Iran after the unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord by Trump (to please or obey his pro-Israeli handlers) bears close watching. The late 2014 coup in Ukraine that removed the democratically elected president and installed a puppet of the US brings the prospect of NATO expanding to the borders of Russia itself. That is clearly provocative to Putin and his nationalist government in Moscow.
Do we see a continuing pattern?
Any nation or group of nations that does not behave exactly as Washington demands is subject to aggressive actions by US forces (including covert actions). It does not appear that the pattern can be changed, at least not in the near future. This means that there will continue to be wars and military actions with many innocent peoples and nations being destroyed. Further down the road, the US – and this means its citizens – will be forced to make a choice. Does the US make war on the really big powers like China and Russia to bring them in line even when this significantly raises the cost to Americans directly of such war making? Already, US actions and threats are driving Iran, Russia, and China into much greater and closer economic and military cooperation with each other. It certainly does not help the cause of world peace that the warmongering Zionist neocons still hold power in Washington and at the Pentagon.
other related thoughts
In our cult like near worship of our military might, we highly value and honor the nation’s military veterans. But, do we ever stop to consider the people who they have killed? Here, I am particularly thinking of the victims of war crimes committed by US forces in military conflicts from World War Two to the present time. Did you know that gunning down (killing) surrendering troops of an enemy is a war crime? Americans did that in both the European and the Pacific theatres of war in the 1940s.
A few words on World War Two are appropriate here and need to be considered carefully by readers. Franklin Roosevelt (FDR), the then US president, bears much culpability for the Second World War. What is little known, as it does not appear in the history text books, is that FDR was goading Britain and France into war with Germany in early 1939. Through his diplomats, he was informing and assuring London and Paris that even though the US would not be involved in a European war at the outset, the US would be involved in such a war at the end. If only the Americans had elected a decent human being as their president in the 1930s! A true American statesman would have informed the European powers that the US was not going to be sucked into the conflicts in Europe a second time around. Can you imagine how that might have altered the course of history? Without US assurances, would even the pathological war monger Churchill have succeeded in getting Britain to declare war on Germany, much less Neville Chamberlain? Chancellor Hitler’s reasonable peace offers to the Western powers might have actually been seriously considered, and war in the West avoided.
There were 2 reasons why FDR wanted and even needed US participation in a major war. First, his New Deal was an abysmal failure as mass unemployment and economic stagnation persisted throughout his long presidency until America’s entry into World War Two. Second, Franklin Roosevelt was a Red aficionado, if not a crypto communist himself. There were so many Soviet spies and communist dupes and fellow travellers in his administration at all levels that the Soviets could hardly have been better off if FDR had been a Soviet agent himself. (This was brought home to me earlier this year thanks to the extensive research of Robert Wilcox in his 2008 book, Target: Patton. Another gem revealing Roosevelt’s villainy is the classic, Back Door to War, by Prof. Charles Tansill.)
The US committed major and heinous war crimes in World War Two. Civilian population centers were mercilessly bombed in Germany (the lead here being taken by Arthur Harris’ Bomber Command of the RAF, but the Americans later joined in without any moral reservations). The cities of Japan were incinerated and this was done solely by the Americans. As the civilian populations of enemy states are still human beings, such actions are rightly defined as war crimes (and were defined as such in the indictments at Nuremberg). See A C Grayling’s book, Among the Dead Cities, for more on the Allied terror bombing campaign. We must not overlook punitive and murderous Allied occupation policies in Germany beginning in 1945. Mass expulsions from eastern territories and starvation policies for both disarmed German POWS and civilians led to millions of deaths, including of many babies and young children. And, let us not overlook the mass rapes of German women and girls especially by the Red hordes in the East.
The final observation here is that it was with the Second World War that America adopted the policy of complete destruction of an enemy in wartime. Germany and Japan were completely destroyed. Vietnam had more tonnage of bombs dropped on it by the Americans than the Americans dropped on to Germany and Japan combined. Iraq was devastated twice in little more than a decade.
Let us close this post with an aphorism of mine and then the lyrics (words) to a song from the Vietnam War period.
the end to which our hate and lust
leads is the atomic dust
Here are the words from the song, War Pigs, by the rock band, Black Sabbath. Interested readers can listen to the song for free over on YouTube. Compelling lyrics:
Gen’rals gathered in their masses,
Just like witches at black masses
Evil minds that plot destruction,
Sorcerer of death’s construction
In the fields the bodies burning,
As the war machine keeps turning
Death and hatred to mankind,
Poisoning their brainwashed minds
Oh Lord yeah
Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role for the poor, yeah
Time will tell on their power minds,
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess,
Wait ’till their judgement day comes, yeah
Now in darkness world stops turning,
Ashes where the bodies burning
No more War Pigs have the power,
Hand of God has struck the hour
Day of judgement, God is calling
On their knees the war pigs crawling,
Begging mercies for their sins
Satan, laughing, spreads his wings
Oh Lord yeah
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