Posts Tagged Military / War
Read this: One of the most frustrating things about politics is the dilemma of getting people (particularly our leaders) to think before reacting to every crisis. When that crisis is something as devastating as terrorism and possible war, we seem to inevitably be driven by the blinders of our reactive selves. Consequences of this are explained well in the article linked below from The Nation Magazine, by Tom Engelhardt, explaining how ISIS has “grasped the dynamics of our world, of what makes us tick and especially what provokes us into our own barbarous acts”. Sadly, as our collective adrenaline sores, we seem to have no ability to rationally choose alternatives. This is insane as Albert Einstein supposedly said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. Since 9/11 (2001) the US and much of Europe have been on a campaign of destruction, helping “create five failed states (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen), worlds in which terror groups could thrive and in the chaos of which they could attract ever more recruits”. Paradoxically, the explanation for why these efforts fail is usually that they didn’t go far enough.
After the attacks in Paris, the collective response seems, once again, to be more bombs, more destruction, more and larger failed states, more refugees to blame. Sound familiar? Yes, the record seems to be skipping but will we ever get tired of the same old tune. Read the article for some alternate perspectives.
Watch this: AMY GOODMAN of Democracy Now devotes an hour with MIT professor, author, activist, political dissident, Noam Chomsky where he spoke to a packed audience at The New School here in New York City. As usual, Chomsky directly confronts the image of the U.S. that is so well orchestrated to ensure the our consensus that what the U.S. does is always right and just. Instead, this speech explains “why he believes the U.S. poses the greatest threat to world peace” and later he ” also explained why he believes the U.S. and its closest allies, namely Saudi Arabia and Israel, are undermining prospects for peace in the Middle East.” These are drastic deviations from the consensus provided by our government and national media and accordingly will shock the core of most Americans. Nonetheless, his arguments point to facts and the particular way those fact are conveyed, that we all need to hear. Maybe his different voice will open our eyes to the fact that we are a country controlled by people and organizations that don’t necessarily have ours’, much less the worlds’ best interests at heart. Rather than my further recapping his speech, please click on the link below and listen to Mr. Chomsky. If you are like me, you will want to hear more of what he has to say. And, we will all be better off for the time spent.