Ten years ago, our own “brutal” President George W. Bush “snapped” and sent, thus far, over two million U.S. soldiers into Iraq and Afghanistan to give goat herders and tribesmen a piece of “shock and awe.” Results: over 100,000 civilians killed, hundreds of thousands of children left without families, 2.5 million Iraqi refugees and a completely devastated civilization left in tatters.
Last week, after four deployments in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales “mentally and emotionally snapped.” He executed 16 women and children. When the inquiry finishes, it will be found that Bates lost his mind, went insane, or suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and transitory brain injury. He’ll be executed or sent to prison for life.
Yet who really stands on the guilty platform for these wars and all their atrocities? Answer: George W. Bush, Barack H. Obama, the Military Industrial Complex, bankers and the apathetic American people. That’s who!
Do Bush, Obama or the U.S. military junta care about the individual carnage they perpetrate on millions of Iraqi people or third world countries like Afghanistan, filled with tribesmen and sheep herders?
No! Why? Answer: money! Loads and lots of it lining a bunch of corporate and banker pockets! If the big money people had their way, they would carry on those wars for another 10 to 20 years ad infinitum.
How can they do that? Answer: they feed off the apathy and non-involvement of the American people. The “Great Silent Majority” of the 60s continues today. With a volunteer Army, the MIC enjoys a never ending supply of naïve and gung-ho kids for their cannon fodder.
How about a new way? How about talking and listening to one another? How about a “Department of Peace” to balance our “Department of Defense”? How about the American people take a deep assessment at what the past four wars have accomplished? Did those wars stop terror? Did those wars create peace that we proclaim we desire? Did those wars bring humanity to a higher moral and spiritual level? If not, let’s intend peace. Once we move toward peace, watch the “war paradigm” evaporate as we shift humanity to its highest and best.