Hilariously, several online friends on Facebook have suddenly become very concerned about the goings on in Africa. People who’s normal updates consist of “CANT WAIT TO SEE HUNGER GAMES LOL” are suddenly foreign policy experts. They watched a video, man! It had like, a super epic soundtrack! The Kony 2012 campaign has gotten a lot of liberals really ginned up to start throwing bombs at a new country.
The shady charity behind this campaign, Invisible Children, calls for American intervention in Uganda to rid the world of Joseph Kony. What’s worse, is that every moron on the planet is seemingly forgetting almost every past instance of American intervention that shows the U.S. military is not a tool used for helping the people located wherever “interventions” take place. How fucked up do the situations in Afghanistan and Iraq have to get before this concept becomes clear? How many more civilians have to be randomly gunned down by soldiers in Afghanistan for us to think maybe the U.S. military would make Uganda even worse by being there? Iraqi kids dressing in alternative sub-culture clothing are being stoned to death, and that is a country the U.S. military supposedly helped? These are examples just from the past several days, let alone the full list of tragedies created by the U.S. military’s occupation that could be brought up.
The U.S. military cannot be used to help. It is a tool used for mass killings and theft, and it performs those tasks excellently – as any of our previous “interventions” can testify to. Any craftsman can tell you that every tool has a very specific use, and using the wrong tool for a job will only result in making something worse. For every Facebook liberal I see that wants to “help” Uganda by littering its people with bombs and soldiers, I want to show them the destruction wrought by those same tools on the children and families of previous exercises.
It’s a pretty clever attempt to get Americans to be in favor of stealing resources from yet another poor country, though. Obviously, with a large majority of Americans against the fear-campaign against Iran, someone had to think of a way to make Americans smile at the prospects of more war, and the Kony 2012 campaign has done it pretty easily, it seems. Too bad they weren’t able to market General Butt Naked, I’ve heard he’s even worse and at least that would’ve been much more entertaining.
Blinding the workers of this country to the crimes of their lords is commonly (perhaps even more commonly in the current age) done with warfare. Warfare allows our lords to excite patriotism in a variety of ways which both eliminate scores of workers from this living coil, as well as blinding many of them to the very criminality of the follies they are cheering on. Our workers are convinced in scores to raise up arms against an enemy they have never met, to revenge against crimes that they have never been the victim of, and to win a victory none of us deserve. It weakens us all to fight their wars by forcing us to become their cannon fodder. For each worker that is killed in an imperialist rich man’s war, that is one less potential knife against the throat of our lords’ grasp on power.
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I’ve been against the Western intervention in Libya because I know that U.S. and E.U. interests are the only interests that will be served by helping the Libyan people overthrow their brutal government. The regime that takes over will be one approved by these interests and not the interests of the Libyan people. Their revolution has been co-opted in order to steal the wealth of the Libyan people while their lives change little if any. There’s also the broader idea that revolutions should be won and not handed over. The Libyan people cannot emancipate themselves if their revolution is won via American missiles, or as Eugene Debs would say, “I would not lead you into the promised land if I could, because if I led you in, some one else would lead you out. You must use your heads as well as your hands, and get yourself out of your present condition.”
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To deny it is to be intellectually dishonest. To not see it is to be part of it. The simple truth is that U.S. society has cultivated a disgusting racism to Arabs and a hypocritical prejudice to Islam. These blights do nothing to protect us, but rather excuses the crimes our government has committed and continues to commit in our names; it provides excuses for our imperialist campaigns; and blinds us to institutional genocide. If a better world is something you seek, you know it cannot be achieved while we are divided amongst ourselves and the real thieves of our era run free.
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Celebrity award shows and Superbowl parties are helping to force the mass uprisings in Egypt from the American consciousness, where even today thousands gather to protest the Mubarak dictatorship. As the popular revolt fades from the news, our government officials are free to drop the facade they wore last week to pretend solidarity with those fighting for a democratic Egypt. Now withdrawing calls for “immediate change” in Egypt, “administration officials warned Monday that a precipitous exit by Mubarak could set back the country’s democratic transition.” The thought process being broadcast now is that removing the dictator, as demanded by the people, might harm the prospects for democracy.
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