Our eternal lust for war
Obama has disappointed me in foreign policy. I been around the block enough times so and am aware that his fantasy of bipartisanship in congress wasn’t possible as our congress don’t rule our country. I voted for him as Mc Cain and his flaky companion were mental midgets and would have solved all problems in the world with military force.
Retaining 50,000 troops in Iraq to referee the ongoing civil war over oil and the hate between the Sunnis and Shiites started because Mohammad neglected to choose his successor has created a permanent civil war between these two factions.
I wrote the following in 2004 as opposed military force in Afghanistan to eliminate one man and am repeating it as here we go again with our involvement in another civil war in Libya.
It is my opinion that most of the violence in the world, today and in the past, is and was caused by anger and religion. I’m not going into the area of religion as there are too many varied opinions in the religious community.
My only education in this area is Psychology 101, but my observations have led to two classifications of anger; immediate anger and pent up anger. Both forms can lead to violence.
Immediate anger is sometimes brought on by fear which has been used by world leaders to justify their use of aggression. Our immediate response to 9/11 is one example. The American public needed an outlet for their anger and we needed to kill someone, so carpet bombed Afghanistan instead of Saudi Arabia, the home of bin Laden and 17 of the terrorists. Journalists catch war fever and pass in on to the public.
Before the occupation of Iraq we were adept at killing without many American casualties. We only lost one soldier in battle to satisfy our anger in Afghanistan. We used bombs sent from out of the reach of the enemy and used the barbaric Northern Alliance to carry out the ground warfare. We killed four or five thousand civilians unintentionally, but that news is kept from the public.
The government has become compassionate since Vietnam and shields the public from most of the atrocities of war. I was quite surprised when someone leaked the atrocities committed on Iraq prisoners. Although a report on this was written in January, the Pentagon wasn’t aware of these atrocities until 60 Minutes revealed the photos; or were they? This sounds like the right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing.
The public has been spared the uncomfortable stories of the treatment of prisoners in our war with Afghanistan. You can look for the “Massacre in Mazar” or “Jamie Doran” on the Internet for further details.
The following is a brief description of the transfer of 7500 Afghan prisoner from one prison to another with only 3000 arriving alive. They were packed in metal containers with no ventilation and thousands died from Asphyxiation. An American commander ordered an Afghan soldier to fire shots into the containers to provide ventilation. This led to blood pouring from the boxes.
This was all video taped by Jamie Doran, a British photographer. His documentary has been shown in Europe, but blacked out by the American media.
I did read a small boxed description of these atrocities in the Dec. 30/02-Jan.6/03 Newsweek. I would like to quote a few passages from this short article by ( Babak Dehghpishen- ) “Some claimed to have licked sweat off other men to keep from dying. Down the highway from the prison I found Dasht-e-Leili, a desolate field scattered with human bones, teeth, hair and scraps of clothing–which Shebergan prisoners claimed had belonged to fellow POWs suffocated in the containers”
These carnages are examples of immediate anger. The anger of the Arab World today is pent up anger. Recent anger has been storing up in the Arab World since the first Gulf War when we set up military bases near their most Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina and then killed hundred of thousands of Muslims to protect our oil interests, plus imposing an embargo that had little effect on the leaders, but caused many deaths in the civilian population. We also have military bases in other Islamic countries, which many Muslims find objectionable.
The Shiites and Kurds still remember Bush-1 urging them to rise up against Saddam and when they were being massacred and asked for help, they were ignored. It should also be noted that our arming and support of Israel has also been an important contribution to the pent up anger in the Arab World.
I know these revelations make many people uncomfortable, but it is important to know why we are targets of terrorism while Canada, Norway, and other countries are not. If we don’t look at our self objectively our leaders lead us with blinders on using fear and omission of facts will put our democracy in peril.
Concerned Americans must forget their Political Party affiliations and look at our government with an open mind. As George Abbey says, “We must protect our country from its government.”