Category: War

May 31

Heroes

by fwoan | 5 Comments »
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DVIDSHUB via flickr

This last weekend, the U.S. media arsenal went all out in their yearly pseudo-patriotic orgies known as “Memorial Day coverage”; proclaiming every man or woman to have worn a uniform to be our “heroes”. We saw flag graphics sweeping across our screens or bald eagles animations bringing us the latest on whatever ceremony was being performed to reassure that America is a beacon of righteousness in an otherwise dark and evil world. The bleached hair, bleached teeth, and bleached content all there to comfort us as we cheer grenades landing in children’s cribs halfway across the world. President Obama congratulated the troops of current and previous wars, citing their protection of some nebulous concept of freedom – a concept he works daily to curtail in each of our lives. This is Memorial Day, fuck yeah.

However, something seemingly went wrong on Sunday, when MSNBC Chris Hayes briefly broke out of his fugue and muttered, “It is, I think, very difficult to talk about the war dead, the fallen, without invoking valor, without invoking the word ‘heroes’… I feel uncomfortable about the word ‘hero’ because it seems to me it is so rhetorically proximate to justification for more war… it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic.” How the hell did MSNBC not immediately cut the broadcast after such an astonishingly honest statement was allowed to air on a corporate-powered news outlet? Cheering on war is not only good for ratings, but profitable for all its parent companies. Whatever the reasons, that such an honest statement was allowed to come out, on Memorial Day, of all days, is pretty amazing.

Rest assured, that the honest sentiment was immediately squashed by inane, brainless faux-patriotism. Hayes’ peers, seemingly terrified at such an honest statement started belching out canned statements to assure their masters that they harbored no such sentiments. But Hayes was right, they aren’t heroes. War isn’t heroic, it is an abomination. That people who directly profit from making war own the television channels that romanticize the act should tell us all we need to know. They need us to keep dying in order to improve profits.

Of course, Hayes immediately apologized for his independent thought, and squeezed himself back into the fold of child-like patriotism. While Hayes may be intelligent enough to recognize the utter bullshit is is forced to convey on whatever programs he hosts, he is not honest enough to let you know it.

Mar 16

KONY 2012

by fwoan | 3 Comments »
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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.
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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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Farfahinne via flickr

Ugh, the news of Osama bin Laden’s death has brought forth a cavalcade of jingoism I have not seen since… possibly the news of Saddam Hussein’s capture. We are a culture of grave dancers, are we not? Nothing like a little death to those who would challenge us to really get us in good spirits. I am really ashamed of my fellow Americans. As Jack Crow says, so many Americans this week have proved they are nothing more than “moral and emotional infants who grave dance over symbolic murders while they cultivate a studied indifference to the homeless, the destitute, the war ravaged and the oppressed.” America, do you not see that you are playing directly into the hands of murderers and psychopaths when you march to their pied piper’s tune? You are marching to the tune of your own ruin and death.
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Army Vet via flickr

A year ago yesterday the explosion that caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill rocked the Gulf of Mexico and the infamous pipeline began spewing death into our waters for nearly 5 months. The consequences of this tragedy cannot be fully understood just yet and I’m sure we’ll all see and hear horror stories resulting from these events for many years to come. And as the common refrain goes, those responsible for this destruction are nowhere near being held responsible and are not expected to make good for their misdeeds. Indeed, not a single law or regulation has passed to prevent another disaster. This comes on the heels of learning what we always suspected, the various oil companies’ role in our most recent and tragic invasion of Iraq.
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DVIDSHUB via flickr

Rather than see the revolution stagnate into a protracted civil war, the United States and its proxies in the United Nations have decided to usurp the struggles of the Libyan people to ensure a result favorable for the capitalist world order. After watching their puppet dictators failing time and again around the Middle-East, Uncle Sam seems to have decided that if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. If the people want a revolution, let Sam give them one! Enter Operation Odyssey Dawn (who comes up with the names for this shit?), the latest campaign of death the U.S. government has instigated against humanity.
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Oct 26

Afghanistan Is Not The “Good War”

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This just dedicated to all the people that will still argue with me on the merits of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan. People who rage against Iraq but still, for some unexplainable reason, see our presence in Afghanistan as some sort of moral imperative – as some sort of cleansing of the world’s evil. I don’t know why I try to engage in these conversations still. My actions express a belief that I’m going to change their minds but my mind knows better and yet I try. One more time, here we go:
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We were told in February of 2009 what President Obama had in mind for our imperial ambitions in Iraq. The history of the state of Iraq is a sad story of Western imperialism. From the British border designations ensuring dependence on foreign powers, U.S. and British backed coups against emancipatory governments, installation of Western-friendly dictators who later became our enemies, and over two decades of bloody conflicts. The terrorism and destruction that is the history of Iraq can only be laid at our feet. The Obama Orwellian diatribe spoon-fed to us about ending combat operations can (and should) only be seen as a continuation of the horrific policies.
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I’ve been watching a bunch of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts’ videos lately, and I especially have been enjoying their animated lectures. There’s one narrated by Jeremy Rifkin that talks about the myths of human nature and the need to achieve an empathic civilization. It raises important issues about human consciousness and how humans have related to each other in the past and how we need to learn to relate if our survival is worth ensuring.
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Watching and Reporting on the GameWhen one takes the time to read liberal blogs a pattern quickly becomes apparent. When one is so entangled in the system of our government it obscures what one is actually cheering for or raging against. The line, ideologically speaking, becomes so blurred that thankfully one is able to determine which people deserve cheering or choking with a simple initial next to their name proudly proclaiming R or D! A member such as Arlen Specter, once a Republican and embodying everything “wrong” with our society, can change his party affiliation and suddenly this baptism allows for the ignoring of his policy beliefs by the liberal masses.
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