Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Friday, August 13, 2004

the war on truth...

How can we wage war on "terrorism"? All war is terrorism. All terrorism is war. Conventional war is "approved" terrorism on a grand scale, and "terrorism" is "unapproved" war on a lesser scale. "Terrorism" as a tactic is actually justified the moment conventional war is waged against a population. And anyway, we're not waging conventional war against an entity called "terrorism". That cannot be done. We're waging conventional war upon a whole population. And only some of those people are "terrorists", the rest are innocent civilians, dismissed, cynically, as "collateral damage". The term "terrorist" is merely a convenient propaganda word used to disguise the fact that these are guerilla fighters or freedom fighters in their own right. We just don't want to acknowledge that they have a cause as valid as ours.

And now you can see what kind of trap we've gotten ourselves into: We're trying to wage conventional war against guerilla warfare. That concept failed for the US (and us) in Vietnam; it failed for the Soviets in Afghanistan. At present it's failing for the Russians in Chechnya; it's failing for the US in Afghanistan; it's failing for the US (and us) in Iraq; it's failing for the Israelis in Palestine.

It doesn't work. It doesn't work because it creates more patriots than it kills. It's a self-defeating concept - and always has been - unless we're prepared to commit genocide. Are we really going to try to wipe out entire populations/races/religions/ideologies from which guerillas emerge? Now that would be the road not just to another holocaust but to an endless series of holocausts. It would be the road to Hell itself. Whatever happened to "never again"? I'll tell you what: The warmongers have taken over again!

So, how do we defuse the threat of "terrorism"? Well, I'd say we start by telling the truth instead of spinning webs of deceit to hide our complicity in their brutalisation, oppression, exploitation, disposession and maltreatment.

The truth is that those on the receiving end of that baseball bat that is the globalisation of "US interests", feel their national, ethnic, religious, ideological, ecological, and/or economic sovereignty is being threatened. The truth is that they have many, many valid greivances. The truth is that we don't want to deal with their grievances no matter how valid they are. The truth is that the reason we don't want to deal with their grievances is because "it's not in our interests". The truth is that we've become corrupt. The truth is that "it's not in our interests" to admit that we're corrupt. And so we'll create more "terrorists" ad infinitum.

The truth is that "the war on terror" is in fact the war on truth.


Blogger April said...

Hello troubled soul..

I agree with you 300%. We've all stepped in it so deep and for so long that we've gotten used to how bad we stink and no longer even realize we're stepping in anything. How do we possibly get out of this mess??

Please, please let Bush be defeated in November!

August 13, 2004 10:08 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Hello April,

I assume you're an American. I don't know how you get out of the mess. I guess you start by trying to get as many Americans as possible to wake up to what your nation has been up to for the last 100 years.

But I don't like your chances.

I feel only sadness and despair.

I don't really have any answers. Seems to me the only ones who think they have answers want to kill Americans. Is this America about to learn the biblical lesson "he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword"?

I hope America can turn itself around before it becomes the most hated place on earth.

Then again, I could be wrong. I often am.

Sorry I don't have better answers. :-(

August 14, 2004 11:02 PM  
Blogger gandhi said...

OF course you are right, the "war on (ahem!) terror" is totally bogus and always was. The thing to ask yourself is, who gains from this un-winnable war?

I've been blogging against Bush now for over a year. In one of my earliest posts (May 03) I said that the USA would use the continuing instability in Iraq as an excuse to stay in the country. I still think that is what's happening - don't believe all the smoke and mirrors!

Bush Snr was CIA director, remember, and the CIA has been using terrorism as a tool to create social instability for the past 50 years at least.

August 16, 2004 4:58 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Yep. One answer is to get more Americans to read Noam Chomsky's and William Blum's excellent books.
The American people would have to be the most ill-informed and willfully ignorant people when it comes to their own nation's global actions. Are they just redneck idiots, or do we blame their media and education system?
I, for one, am heartily sick of their murderous and corrupt foreign policy. I have no sympathy left for their dead soldiers or their relatives.

August 16, 2004 5:46 PM  

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