I Am Not A Very Good Anti-War Activist

Do you remember the Viet Nam War? It was the first war ‘televised’.  Little did we know how  news editors  manipulated images and feeds from the U.S. government to shape public opinion about the war.

For those of you too young to remember the Viet Nam War… Viet Nam had been a French colony, and when the French were edged out by the Viet Namese, the French actually convinced the U.S. government that  the country would go COMMUNIST unless we Americans aided the loyal opposition.

We had no idea how organized they were, or if they had real support throughout the country, but  it appeared they had support of the southerners, and so, there became a North Viet Nam and a South Viet Nam.  With no proof of anything, a few  key players convinced our politicians, and  our State Department thaw—with military support from the U.S., ‘we’ could win  what was actually a civil war, and prevent the whole Indochinese region from….’going communist’.

I got to thinking about this because I was listening to This American Life and the  very compelling  story, Iraq  After Us.  Here is the link, so you can listen yourself:  http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/416/iraq-after-us

We Americans are s arrogant. We are so cock-sure we are right and moral and  infallible.  We do a piss-pour job educating ourselves—and we admit it—but get into a frenzy when out politicians—most of whom are NOT deep thinkers and whom we don’t trust, convince us that we and our way of life are under attack, and we must kill them before they kill us.

So…what do we do?  We send muddled thinking volunteers who fall for this propaganda to get themselves either killed or mutilated, or mentally screwed.  We didn’t learn from the Viet Nam experience  (the fact is, that many of those who remember it are not respected.  We are written off as old and out of touch), and  the media plays into this.  Every soldier is a hero.  It isn’t their fault things go wrong.  They couldn’t get jobs and had families to support AND—they are protecting our way of life.

Our way of life?  You mean the right to go bankrupt when you  are unlucky enough to contract a chronic illness?  Or to be paying off school loans on a degree you were led to believe would always  guarantee you a job?  I don’t get it.  I really don’t.

What has actually happened is that people of marginal intelligence are being taken out of the gene pool …and the people left  to breed in the U.S, are …for the most part…draining our society, not contributing.   This is what the statistical evidence clearly bears out.

There used to be a group called The Coalition for New Priorities that demonstrated clear, statistical evidence that for the money we spent on wars & the military, we could be energy self-sufficient with much less pollution, and we could all have  access to free health care.  The current main stream politicians call them ….socialists.  I was hoping with Barack Obama we’d come close to addressing this, but someone has convinced him that pouring money down the corrupt manhole that is Afghanistan will lead to them being able to govern their own country—as a country—and for a variety of reasons (mostly economic, but also cultural) that will never happen.

During the  Dubya Bush administration—during the war on Iraq (remember—weapons of mass destruction) we gave something like $280.000 A WEEK to Achmed Chalabi) for intelligence .  It all turned out to be bogus. A bunch of lies.  Gee, I wonder who he knew & was able to convince the United States Government to pay him. Who authorized that?  Don’t you wonder?  He was not an American citizen.  He just thought he had a good chance of being president of Iraq.  Iraq—part of greater Persia & the Ottoman empire—was not a COUNTRY until the British made it so after World War 1.   It was, essentially,  no mans land, a bunch of city states.  It defies any sort of logic that we would still be  dying to prop up an idea in our minds that this could be an actual country…just to make it easier to  get their oil to drive our vehicles when we could have poured the same amount of money into research to have Prius type hybrids a decade earlier.

I have recently had to make a very poor compromise in voting choices to  keep the conservative Republicans from  turning back the clock on some of the good government changes that have occurred under Obama.  I should have voted for the Green Party candidates, but I felt I had to vote for the body politic & not risk going back to 8 more years of utter stupidity.

Thankfully, with the internet, it is easier to nag our politicians.  I urge anyone reading this to click the link above & listen to what we’ve done NOT TO A COUNTRY—but to innocent people for a half-baked idea.  We should all be embarrassed.  I sure am.

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