Wednesday, February 14, 2007

War for Sale

How many Americans can see now that they are the number One consumers targeted by a hot-n-heavy ad campaign selling war with Iran?

Shouldn't it be a hard sell, after Iraq? Apparently not. An LA Times/Bloomberg poll recently shows that 57% of Americans favor military intervention in Iran. The late H.L. Mencken once said "Nobody ever lost money overestimating the stupidity of the American public." Apparently, the Administration applies this dim view to selling wars, too - and the ad campaign has succeeded. Which is not to say the war or military effort looming grimly over Iran - and to hell with justice, what the hell do we care about justice anyway? - will succeed. Not a chance in hell. No matter how it's sold, how much they tout their loot or power, it is doomed, absolutely doomed, to fail.

Why? Because the perpetrators of this idea failed to account to one slim bit of data that throws off their wildly illogical equations. Because "no man is an island." Because "Island America" doesn't really exist. Because we're fighting for fiction. We die for lies. We kill for a story line. We ignore the species thing. Oh, right, they're homo sapiens. So what if they're living on the same planet? So what if we're the same species? So what if we all need the same thing - duh, H2O? - and maybe some minerals, proteins, radiation-free vitamins, etc. ...? "For every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction." Did it dawn on anyone that there are consequences to what you do??? Look at Iraq, and wait. The worst is yet to come. And I don't have the slightest idea exactly where or how, but it's just a law of physics. You do this, you get slapped with that. Call it divine justice, call it Newton's or Murphy's law, it happens.

Look at the seed of all Mideast fruits - the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Now look at this excerpt from an article that started on the subject of Iran:

Israel has just “completed a process of sealing off the eastern sector of the West Bank from the remainder of the West Bank. Some 2,000,000 Palestinians, residents of the West Bank, are prohibited from entering the area, which constitutes around one-third of the West Bank, and includes the Jordan Rift, the area of the Dead Sea shoreline and the eastern slopes of the West Bank mountains”, reported the Israeli journalist Amira Hass of Israel’s daily, Ha’aretz. “The prohibition also applies to thousands of residents of towns and villages in the northern West Bank like Tubas and Tamun, most of whose lands are in the Jordan Valley, and some with residents who have been living there for many years’, added Hass.
In addition, Israel has encircled and isolated Jerusalem from the rest of the Occupied Territories, making the creation of a viable Palestinian “state” impossibility. More than 3.5 Palestinians are
living in prison under unbearable apartheid system of control, checkpoints, road blocks and walls. And with the elections of Hamas, Israel is increasing the terror against the Palestinians from all sides. Thousands of Palestinian men, women and children are still imprisoned by Israeli occupation forces without charge. Of course, Western governments, the U.S. in particular, provided the financial “aid” and political support for Israel’s terror and violations of international law.

This may sound extreme to mainstream listeners, but it deserves to be looked at, because if it is true, we are missing something incredibly important. That the whole raison d'etre of U.S. foreign policy is based on something verging on the very thing I've always thought as the antithesis of Israel - and that is Nazism. Are the Israelis imitating their old enemy in some weird twist of fate or strange mirror imaging? Are Palestinians the new "Semites"? And Jews the new Aryan race? And is Israel the new Racially Pure State, ethnically cleansed from Arabs and Muslims, ethnically cleansed from goyim? Is that the ideal now in place? And what is America in this scenario? The Great Cash Cow, apparently. Ride 'em, cowboy.

We keep mouthing the word "Islamofascists". But who created them? Are they rather the mirror image of Judeofascists? Are they merely avenging the wrongs and injustices of the occupiers, of the powerful who live in luxury on the plunder and pillaging of others less powerful, others they themselves conspired to disenfranchise? And who gives a damn? We're numbed by videos, media, the frantic/manic Glenn Beck who is in this raging hurry to turn off his thoughts by cleverly posted prankish remarks that run his thinking off like a flushing toilet.

We're numbed by possibilities, by technology, by too much bombardment and too little time to assimilate anything, even food. And we want to "do the right thing" so we listen to whatever pops up on the screen and says "I am the way, the truth & the light", etc. The only ones with the (expletive) gall to say that are charlatans, and oh yes, how many charlatans there are, hustlers for oil and power and money and war. WWIII ho! "In the mighty name of 9-11."

All it needs is one great keyword. Terrorist. And bin Laden fell into the trap like a cement sack, or a very uncunning racoon. Sorry folks. Your great all-American Devil is just another fall guy. Yes, he's bad. Real bad. But if you're waiting for the next 9-11, look elsewhere. The Palestinians were the original "terrorists". It's a little bit harder sell now since their children can't even find a place to eat. No, they're pretty much internalized, you might say. But they're probably slightly better off than Iraqis. Is it a holocaust or not yet? Not yet, of course. Send in another bunch o' guys and make it one, by God! But does anyone have a slight bit of brainpower to deduce that Iraq is going to have fallout? ???? And God only knows what that would be?

If you really love America, you wouldn't buy this war sale, not wholesale or even piecemeal. Boycott war, and tell your elected representatives! Tell them they can't sell you a bill of goods. Tell them there's checks and balances. Tell them we still have a democracy. Tell them we are not yet a dictatorship. Tell them we don't believe in fascism. Tell them we can't afford to attack Iran, and neither can the planet, for God's sake. Tomorrow I hope to print another source about that - the horrible consequences of any military action against Iran. They are NOT the threat. WE ARE. That is, if we just sit back and buy this "superpower to the world" crap.

Tell them we believe in democracy, survival of the human race, and protection of a fragile planet and a little thing called "life" and "human intelligence" that's supposed to be a higher value than "Me First, F--- the Future." Is THAT freedom and democracy? Does anybody still believe in the value of diplomacy - or how about truth???

1 comment:

Mariamariacuchita said...

You mmake some very good points. I'm afraid we are headed toward perdition unless by some miracle, the people raise their voices and insist on change..