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A couple of friends are filling in for me while I’m away on break. This post is written by Jason M. Dye of the blog Left Cheek.
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?” -Mahatma Gandhi
Someone out there is planning a counter-demonstration to a peace march. Oddly enough, it’s not Boeing, Haliburton, Blackwater, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, nor any of the other war profiteers taking out the banners and megaphones to stymie the influence of the peace activists.
It is a Marine who served in Vietnam.
Please don’t miss the irony of this. Someone who suffered under the direction of war-mongers and profiteers believes that those who oppose the war-mongers and profiteers need to be opposed.
It’s as if he’s fallen in love with his captors- a Military Industrial Stockholm Syndrome. Not unlike the vast majority of Americans whom also adore the Conquering Warlords, the Invested Bankers who finance them, and their Corporate Bosses.
But we shan’t talk badly about them, shan’t we? Republican President Bush got a little bit of flack for starting some wars. And he was called some bad names. And that made others very angry, for to them it’s much more disrespectful to kill a man’s reputation than to kill an actual man.
Who has been harmed worse: the hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians who lost their lives, homes, families, basic needs through the American War Machine’s acts of aggression, or the leader (or is it puppet?) of that Machine who was compared to Hitler?
And now, a Democratic president is feeling the heat.
Not as much heat as the dozens of civilians who have come into contact with our Patriot bombs, but, maybe just a little bit, right?
This most current manifestation of America’s War Machine was sold as the only hope for a people (Libyans, who were being butchered by tanks, warplanes, and mercenaries- the last one turned especially tragic as Libyan civilians went out hunting and clubbing for any sub-Saharan African on the grounds that they may be mercenaries) from their mad dictator (Gadhafi). The world watches as we respond with a military intervention, and all just to level the playing field a little bit. If, perhaps, there was a way it could be limited to the agreed-upon No-Fly Zone action, then perhaps it would be justifiable. That is, if the War Machine weren’t so apt to make sure that their mission is accomplished first.
And it will be. Because they’d like to replace Gadhafi with someone more compliant to US and coalition (meaning, other Corporation-backed “democracies”) desires.
A cruise missile blasted Moammar Gadhafi’s residential compound in an attack that carried as much symbolism as military effect, and fighter jets destroyed a line of tanks moving on the rebel capital. The U.S. said the international assault would hit any government forces attacking the opposition.”
The War Machine is itself only one of several arms of Empire. And Empire exists for the aim of Empire. In the current US climate, the driving force of Empire is corporate need. And corporations need cheap gas. So, um, congratulations, Libyans! We’ll be able to liberate you AND get cheaper gas. We thank you for your sacrifice. It allows us to more easily oblige with our captors.
Jason M. Dye will be continuing this series on his fantastic blog Left Cheek so be sure to visit his site.