Infinity: The Views of a Dreamer
Written by Aaron Peterson
Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq… Three countries, although different interconnected by a similar history of United States led intervention and conflict. In each case, a false narrative was created in order to justify the conflict. It seems however, nothing has been learned from either experience and instead the people can still just as easily be brought to the bidding of those pushing for war, as before. The consequences, of course costly for both sides and unbeneficial to the common people of the nation which acts as a belligerent aggressor or the nation which suffers from the continued non-stop practices of bombing and killing as mandated by the occupier. Has nothing been learned over nearly 50 years since the beginning of US aggression in Vietnam? Or has it been chosen to be ignored instead. Has the collective consciousness of the Cold War and it’s excesses simply been thrown aside as well? It appears so with the language, actions and plans being put forth by politicians in the United States.
Vietnam, the quagmire for US led aggression in South East Asia… The ‘one that went wrong’, with the NLF prevailing against the United States backed South Vietnamese government and the inevitable withdrawal of United States troops and the capture by the NLF of South Vietnam. The conflict… Extremely unpopular with the people having been led into it under the false accusations of North Vietnamese aggression against the United States. With the American population growing each day tired of the prolonged conflict with no gains and with direct crimes being committed in Vietnam. The question of course, for the American people was “For what reason was the war being waged?” When people seized the answer which was to protect political hegemony, many declared to say no to the war.
What has changed? Has the reason for US led aggression changed? If it has changed, why in the case of Iraq was evidence falsified with a fake Prague connection having been created to justify the war on the grounds of Iraq’s alleged links to al-Qaeda which were non-existent. Most popularly, why the implausible “45 minutes to deployment WMD” story used as cement for the reasons of invasion? Even when the story directly went against all logic.
In the aftermath of the Cold War, a sense of superiority was invented in order to strengthen the idea of American exceptionalism with a narrative of American invincibility and NATO manifest destiny. In the early 1990’s, the United States government set in stone the language of warmongering with the media show that was the first Gulf War. Little a war, more of a show for the world to see with American tanks rolling and constant CNN coverage to show apparent American military strength. In fact, the Gulf War was little more than a massacre for the United States. It was shooting fish in a barrel, 190 were killed in enemy action, 248 by accidents and friendly fire claimed 44 of the US led casualties… Compared to the 30,000 + Iraqi casualties both military and non-military.
This followed 12 years of ‘no fly zones’ and collectively starving Iraq. From 1999 to 2000 alone, over 1,000,000 Iraqi children died due to the sanctions imposed by the United States. Yet, in 2003, a mad narrative of Iraq being capable of advanced weapons of mass destruction was created along with a crazed villain bent on domination with blood foaming from the mouth. It was clear to the point for those involved in the invasion from the get go, despite their statements they were feeding to the world in order to justify it, it was to be a quick military action, a one sided war with the media filming it like a Hollywood movie, except with real consequences.
2014, 11 years after the beginning of the War in Iraq, the language still prevails. American politicians screaming for blood to be drawn at whatever the enemy of the day is. The questions of consequences are still being ignored. Instead, to counter the question of potential consequences a new alternative is put forward… If there are consequences, it certainly couldn’t be the action’s fault. To sum up Tony Blair’s recent comments, “It’s not our fault.” Tony Blair is right in one way, it isn’t the fault of the populace, the populace have been conned into believing that they stand to benefit… When they don’t, but the fault lies with those who create the false narratives, who engage in illegal military action and who still don’t think of the consequences. The consequences in the case of Iraq were the tens of thousands of Iraqi casualties and thousands of US-Coalition casualties… And for what? No weapons of mass destruction, Saddam Hussein replaced with an unstable government and country that suffers constantly from thousands of sectarian killings and a political kick for the United States government with the Iraqi government being friendly with their so-called arch enemy Iran.
Again, the question isn’t being asked. In fact, it’s being ignored and sidelined in the case of Ukraine. Ukraine which presents perhaps, the most dangerous development since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. War is being pushed by the side of the United States and the language of bullying the Russian Government is taking hold again. With the potential consequences being completely ignored. What are the consequences? A renewed Cold War, arms race and the politics of mutually assured destruction, just to name a few. Once more, the past hasn’t been learned from and it is doomed to repeat in the modern age with the same tragedies that it caused before. And for what? Political and economic hegemony above lives? Nazi war criminal Herman Göringonce said: “Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.” Tragically, it appears Göring was correct with the hard questions being asked far too late.
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