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From the beginning of
recorded history through the end of WWII the
term “war” was understood as armed conflict
between states or governments. This
definition obtained through the Korean and
Vietnam wars, gradually losing precision by
adoption of such terms as “conflict” and
“insurgency”, presumably so as not to
dignify grossly unbalanced contests with the
glorious name bestowed on mutual slaughter
by giant, equal adversaries.
Since Vietnam--with the
shameful, degrading brutality involved in
the Grenada, Panama, Nicaragua, Haiti and
other “police actions”--and signally since
the Iraq/Kuwait Turkey Shoot, the old,
abused term has lost any solid relation to
its original meaning and is pathetically
applied to any violent rape by the American
War Machine of any putative “enemy”,
regardless of the incommensurate forces
involved, often when the victim--not even a
legitimate adversary--has no capacity at all
to strike back or defend itself.
This suits the psychopaths who govern us perfectly, which is no surprise considering what they are. The system of War Capitalism that owns their contemptible, diseased souls can only burgeon and grow fatter by extortion of literally uncountable sums of our money, every dollar diverted from any beneficent use in our society or the least social profit for our people.
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Schumpeter said it best and it can’t be too often repeated: “Created by the wars that required it, The Machine now creates the wars it requires.”
The tragedy--no surprise,
either--is that the American people are so
deeply steeped in the pretty poison of
Exceptionalism that they are, if not
overtly, then tacitly, fully behind the
mindless military vandalizing and
brutalization of people just like them in
all essentials: powerless, no better and no
So far gone are we as a
culture in the adulation, if not worship, of
our own state primacy and the infliction of
horror and death on which it is based, that
even women, creators and nurturers of life,
including many prominent ones, betray their
higher selves by supporting our indefensible
state murder of hundreds of thousands of
their distant sisters and helpless children.
Four CEOs of the five giant industrial purveyors of death and destruction--Northrup Grumann, General Dynamics, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin--are now women. That Glass Ceiling was apparently shot out, not broken.
In our faineant Congress
women as different as Nancy Pelosi and Lisa
Murkowski, Diane Feinstein and Liz Cheney,
Elizabeth Warren and Claire McCaskill, all
supported the rabid War Machine, and even
Tulsi Gabbard only objects to where our
murder is done, not to the fact it is done
at all. Nikki Haley is in a category of
sick mendacity, gross deceit, and nightmare
rabidity all her own. One wishes women
would recoil in shame from our national
omnicide; nothing can be hoped for of men in
their pathetic frailty, desperate to cover
their tiny nuts with a flimsy shield of
Behind and beneath all the
shaming failure at the individual level in
taking on our war addiction--the cowardice
of even the best allowed into the clown car
of public celebrity, such as Bernie
Sanders--is the schmutzig juggernaut of The
Party. I use the singular since there is
but one party in all essentials apart from
sandbox spats over toys and fetishes. On no
policy are the two factions in surer sync
than on unshakeable devotion to the War
The “War, Hell Yes!” faction
has strung itself out on the tenuous wire of
Mr. Mueller’s Hobby, and its geriatric
leaders--the Crone & Geezer politburo--
shocked to find that many of its faithful
want radical new blood, are now furiously
scheming to drain off the very little of it
that was elected.
The “Values, Shmalues, I’m
Getting Mine” faction, scrambling to stay on
their own Brahma Trump to the buzzer, has no
purpose or agenda at all but survival and
padding resumes that will get them on boards
of the corporate thieves they’ve pimped for,
before all that helicopter tax money gets
Into the political hog’s nest of our polity, churning and ripening, one minor act and reaction to it perfectly illustrate the extent of American perversity.
Trump moves to marginally
trim our floundering, anodyne “ground
forces” in Syria, who never go near an enemy
without total air dominance, and the Deep
State deities who’ve given us l7 years of
Full Spectrum Failure roar and gnash teeth
that it could just mean that we might not
get 17 more.
It would all be funny, as the dirtiest of jokes can be funny, if our lives didn’t depend on the outcome. They do. The Empire is a monster that will take us all down in its inevitable fall. Empires can be broken from within but only by a citizenry prepared to risk everything. The easy alternative is to accept your sad serfdom and allow your humanity to be erased and obliterated.
Paul Edwards is a writer and film-maker in Montana. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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