Pearl Harbour as Japanese Blowback
The United States, its abandonment of law and worse
By Christopher King
Christopher King says that the United States has gone beyond lawlessness and inhumanity into pathologically vicious means of waging warfare. It has experienced blowback from its past actions and can expect more from its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pearl Harbour attack was blowback and current Japanese objections to US base arrangements might be the commencement of blowback from Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The Obama surge
December 08, 2009 "Redress" -- We have entered a period of government lawlessness, led by the United States, with inevitably serious consequences for everyone. Nuclear war is a possibility. With climate change threatening the planet itself, we do not need this as well. Europe must cease supporting this berserk state. It needs to recover the vision, the spirit of goodwill and humanity that laid the foundations of the European Union. In following America, Europe has lost its way.
Beyond inhumanity in Afghanistan
Speaking of Afghanistan, it is not that invading other countries, massacring their inhabitants and stealing their resources is unusual. Men have been doing it for millennia. Nor is it that trampling international law by kidnapping, torture, failure to prosecute torturers and dispensing with the oldest, most critical guarantee of freedom – habeas corpus – is particularly unusual, although we had hoped that these practices were past. What is unusual in Afghanistan is the detached murder of individuals, families and gatherings by drone aircraft whose pilots are hundreds, perhaps thousands of miles away. This “murder on suspicion” has by other means, hitherto only been practised by the secret police forces of despotic regimes. America has made it an army procedure in which anyone’s behaviour, as viewed from the air or on the word of informers, can make one liable to instant assassination. Even the Nazi Gestapo, Iranian Savak under America’s puppet Shah and Soviet KGB had the good grace to torture confessions from their victims. Drone assassinations on suspicion are America’s unique contribution to terror.
Beyond inhumanity in Iraq
Perhaps the Afghans are fortunate, however. Although in Iraq US-sponsored sanctions killed half a million children, its invasion killed over a million persons and made four or five million homeless, one might say that the Nazis did worse and the worst is hopefully over. America has surpassed the Nazis, however, in its use of depleted uranium munitions which have spread radioactivity that will last hundreds of thousands of years over wide areas of Iraq. Cancers and birth defects directly attributable to this are now being seen in Iraq and will continue indefinitely, so it is likely that over time the Iraqi civilian death toll will exceed that of the Nazis. Americans say that this material is harmless; however, if depleted uranium were to be dispersed on American territory as in Iraq, it would be considered to be outrageous. If others were to do it, it would be called a “dirty bomb” attack. American use of depleted uranium goes beyond lawlessness to become an attack on life itself.
Beyond inhumanity in Vietnam
A similar case is America’s use of the dioxin-containing “agent orange” defoliant. Not content with using explosives and napalm on civilians, millions of gallons of agent orange were sprayed on Vietnam’s forests during America’s war on the Vietnamese. This environmental and humanitarian disaster killed about 400,000 persons and caused about 500,000 birth defects. Dioxin is persistent and its direct effects continue to the present time. Dioxin also damages human DNA so that its effects will persist in the Vietnamese population indefinitely.
Beyond inhumanity in Japan
Indeed, America is the only country to have used nuclear weapons on another. The American narrative of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour is of a treacherous, unprovoked attack by that country. We will recall, however, that in 1852 the American Commodore Matthew Perry used armed force to obtain a trade agreement with Japan. Having had America force itself, its economic philosophy and its technology on them, the Japanese industrialized, only to find Western markets closed to their “cheap” goods. Japanese attempts to found an oriental empire and their attack on Pearl harbour were blowback from their humiliation by Perry and the American and European tariff barriers against them. We might notice that the Japanese are currently unhappy both with American bases, particularly on Okinawa, and a secret treaty under which the US has brought nuclear weapons into Japan. America considers that the Japanese should do whatever it wants. We have yet to see blowback in Japan from Hiroshima and Nagasaki but this might be its beginning. There is always blowback from inhumanity and injustice.
Blowback in Iran
This reaction was evident in the case of Iran following the CIA overthrow of the democratic Mossadeq government in 1953 and installation of the puppet Shah. Bush dismissed it as “ancient history” even though the blowback from that event gave rise to the Islamic revolution and the current regime. The viciousness that America currently shows toward Iran is not due to anything that the Iranians have done. To the contrary. It is a case of the attacker blaming the attacked, the thief blaming the person from whom he stole.
Blowback from Hitler and Europe’s reaction
Europe acknowledged that the harshness of the Versailles treaty following World War I gave rise to blowback in the form of Hitler’s rise and World War II, with Italy and Japan joining him as the Axis powers. By recognizing the reality of those events and the simple fact that wars create problems rather than solve them, it has been possible for the European Union to be developed. Unfortunately, the EU is now seen by its newer entrants and applicants for entry in terms of economic benefits rather than the primary objective envisaged by the six founder states.
Blowback in Europe from the Iraq war
European cities, notably Madrid and London, have experienced terrorist attacks as blowback from supporting the US in its Middle Eastern atrocities. Association with the US is as toxic as its fraudulent financial derivatives, not because of harm that might occur to our soldiers or cities but because US foreign policy is aggressive, unjust and illegal. The vicious element in US behaviour makes the US a fit partner for Saddam Hussein to whom it sold the chemical weapons that he used against Iran. Iran had never harmed the US. US lies about Iran’s nuclear programme, its fabricated evidence, sanctions, subversion programme, the chemical weapons used by Saddam as a US proxy, the overthrow of the Mossadeq government are now typical US behaviour. Leaving aside what the US has done to other countries, if an individual were to exhibit behaviour of this nature he would be declared criminally insane and locked away for life. US behaviour is pathological. It is criminally insane.
The British military’s role
The UK military establishment is in full accord with its corrupt politicians and has now committed itself to supporting the politicians in selling the Afghanistan/Pakistan disaster to the British public. We may now recognize them as mercenaries and nothing more. It is, in fact, in the interests of the UK and European military establishment to withdraw from Afghanistan as a war of aggression, get rid of American bases on their soil and develop a European fighting force independent of NATO as the French, before America’s sycophant Sarkozy, always advocated. Their precious careers, pensions and status would be safe and probably enhanced.
The public must become more politically aware
The matter is worse than current sacrifices of lives being for nothing. If that outcome, tragic though it is, finalized conflict at least damage would be known and limited. Unfortunately, the Iraq, Afghanistan and now Pakistani wars have introduced malevolence, destructiveness or evil, as G.W. Bush would call it, into the affairs of men that will produce blowback as it always does. Osama bin Laden’s attacks were blowback from American meddling that were amplified by America drawing Europe and other nations into the illegal Afghan and Iraqi wars. This destructive dynamic must be extinguished. The best way is for every person to refuse cooperation with it. We need a better informed and more politically aware public, which can begin by seeking information from more reliable sources than the UK government-controlled BBC.
Political change in the spring election is needed
The UK needs drastic political change to extract us from the war in Afghanistan as the first stage of detaching from the malign influence of the United States of America. Europe has permitted itself to be occupied by this berserk, vicious state that has 113,337 structures of all types, including 60,086 buildings, in countries external to the United States, according to the US Dept of Defence Base Structure Report. One can see from this that Japan and Germany are still under occupation. The UK is also occupied by half a dozen major bases. The UK’s “special relationship” with America means that our politicians give the US whatever it wants and the US pays off people like Anthony Blair. Watch Gordon Brown’s fortunes improve after he is thrown out of office in the coming elections.
Christopher King is a retired consultant and lecturer in management and marketing. He lives in London, UK.