Hypocrisy on the Moral High Ground

obomberPlease enjoy Aaron’s full article rather than the small excerpt we previously ran yesterday – thanks Aaron!

Aaron Dames writes about the absurdity of war with Syria.

From Divided Core:

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

-George Orwell

When it comes to making the case for bombing Syria, the US military, government, and mainstream media have taken the moral high ground, where they probably have a house or condo.  In justifying launching a possible attack against Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry accused the Assad regime of crossing a red line and committing a “moral obscenity” by using chemical weapons which have resulted in “the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders.”  Though the killing of civilians by any means is a sin regardless of how they are killed, if chemical weapons delineate a red line, then it has been crossed before.  On top of the conventional weaponry that was used to kill hundred of thousands of innocent civilians during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States used depleted uranium, which has lead to a massive surge in birth defects among a generation of Iraqis and Afghanis.  NATO air forces also used depleted uranium munitions during the bombing of Serbia in 1999.  As part of its chemical warfare program in the Vietnam War, the United States sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange – an herbicide manufactured by Dow Chemicals and Monsanto – across Vietnam which resulted in deaths of hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese, as well as in birth defects in half a million children.  Days before John Kerry made the moral obscenity remark, the CIA declassified documents which revealed that in 1988 the United States provided Saddam Hussein with satellite images of Iranian military positions, knowing full well that Iraq would attack the Iranians by using chemical weapons such as sarin gas – a nerve agent similar to that which the U.S now accuses Syria of having used.  (On the topic of recently disclosed CIA files, earlier this month the CIA formally acknowledged its involvement in ousting the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammad Mossadegh, sixty years ago.)

The U.S is no stranger to chemical warfare.  With a defense budget that exceeds that of the next ten countries combined, and with a military that has intervened aggressively in more countries than any other military in modern history, the United States has manufactured, sold, and used chemical weapons to kill innocent civilians on numerous occasions.  If the U.S government truly cared about red lines, and if the military were to apply the moral obscenity principle to its own use of force, then it may very well have to go ahead and start bombing itself.

As the death toll in Syria exceeds 100,000, and has the number of Syrian refugee children alone tops 1,000,000, a civil war and humanitarian crisis is underway there.  In response to this, the United States will launch a cruise missile attack into Syria, killing innocent men, women, and children who are alive today and have done nothing to deserve being killed.  The rationalization for the bombing of Syria will be akin to that used in justifying the destruction of Ben Tre: that it was necessary to bomb the village to save it. Many Syrians will likely be left caught-up in a violent internecine conflict and struggle for power which will take place after the U.S is done bombing their country.

The victims of a bombing campaign are not limited to the Syrian forces and people – who are mainly poor, of brown complexion, and Muslim – but also extend beyond them to indirectly and abstractly include the American people and residents of the industrialized world.  The act of bombing a country is an act of war.  As with Libya in 2011 (or, to a lesser extent, as with the drone strikes that target suspected terrorists in Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen) the bombing of Syria will be conducted by the Obama Administration without a Congressional Declaration of War, which is a violation of the U.S Constitution and an affront the precepts of democracy.  The justification for the attack on Syria will be based on the use of manipulated or doctored information and twisted logic that undermines transparency and truthful communication between the government and the people while serving to mask the ulterior motives and impetus for the bombing.  The bombing will reinforce the precedence of a preemptive strike which is a reckless and foolhardy doctrine that will come back to haunt us when a less popular, more trigger-happy person is elected President in the future.  Along with the inner, moral turmoil that comes with the understanding that our tax dollars will be used subsidize the bombing of people whom we do not know, taxpayers will also bear the financial impact of yet another war they will be deceived into believing was waged for a just cause.  A cruise missile costs roughly 1.5 millions dollars, and upon impact it releases a toxic payload into the environment.  War is resource-intensive, requiring the movement of ships, military vehicles, and weapons, as well as the destruction of infrastructure, the rebuilding damaged areas, and the burning of fossil fuels.  Additionally, current conflicts are portrayed by mainstream media in a fashion which glorifies acts of violence while simultaneously concealing the physical horrors visited upon the victims of war, thereby desensitizing the public as to the true nature of war and armed conflict, and dehumanizing us all.

There is also no certainty as to how a war will unfold or end, thus the possibility exists that one war, one day, may lead to World War III, or the detonation of a nuclear bomb, or both.  Because any conflict could spiral out of control, and because nuclear weapons are so prolific and powerful, humanity must move toward peace as to reduce the chances of annihilating ourselves.  There are already enough challenges threatening the survival of the human species; we could do without more flare-ups, wars, and destruction right now.  In order to achieve a more harmonious balance amongst the members of the international community, it is important realize that our leaders are often full of shit.  It’s hard to say if such a realization – even on a large scale which results in citizenry action –will translate into any significant change for the current arrangement in the political order and operations of the war machine in time to avert any major potential conflict or to achieve a more representative government in our society.

In conclusion, I would like to provide two examples of how our leaders are full of shit.  The first pertains to another comment that John Kerry recently made in which he demonstrates his doublethink capabilities.  In an interview with Pakistan’s Geo News on August 1st, Kerry was asked what he thought about the Egyptian military overthrowing elected president Morsi, who was in office for one year. Kerry stated, “The military was asked to intervene by millions and millions of people, all of whom were afraid of a descendance into chaos, into violence.  And the military did not take over, to the best of our judgment, so far — so far — to run the country. There’s a civilian government. In effect, they were restoring democracy.”

The second example demonstrating how our leaders are full of shit involves what will happen today when President Obama takes the stage on the Lincoln Memorial to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  On the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, President Obama will speak of Dr. King’s legacy and contribution to the Civil Rights Movement.  He will speak about the values of nonviolence and justice that Dr. King espoused, and how we still have much work to do in order to see that Dr. King’s dream is accomplished.  President Obama will be speak of peace and reconciliation and love – for these are the values that Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for and died for – then President Obama will walk away and help facilitate the bombing of Syria.

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  • bobbiethejean

    I would personally, very strongly like to see this man have his Nobel Peace Prize revoked. He didn’t deserve it in the first place and he certainly doesn’t deserve it now.

  • Juan

    What a fucking joke. Like the Empire has any claim to moral high ground after it has murdered innocents repeatedly all over the world whenever it felt like it.
    The lot of these fuckers are nothing more than psychopathic killers who will do anything to further their own agendas. So now they’re just gonna go murder a bunch more people. This will certainly make it all better.
    What is also troubling, is how brainwashed the masses are in the US. The dumb fucks swallow every last bit of propaganda. Very sad:(

  • rtb61

    Here is the logical main reason. Turkey is a member of NATO. Syria borders Turkey. No nation ever want’s a civil war on it’s border as it inevitable will spread into it’s territory, which has already happened.
    In that case the want the war over one way or another and for it not to re-occur. So what will (not necessarily should) they logically do? Accelerate the civil war one way or the other, so that it is over. The balance of course, as the country has already gone to civil war means the government is no longer legitimate (as it is so unstable as to not be able to prevent a civil war) or will the rebels be able to form a stable long term government.
    Can’t just let it drag on, the longer it goes the greater chance of it spreading. So choose and perish. Generally speaking the best of the worst choices is eliminate any and all autocratic leaders (whilst doing the least amount of damage possible, capture and prosecution would be better) and let those who support democracy sort it out.

    • Hadrian999

      a civil war is inevitable, there already is a civil war inside the rebels between islamists and the main body, the islamists will win out and , even if Assad left power today there would still be a bloody civil war.

    • btwforever

      Yep. Turkey has been a secular muslim state since Atatürk (well, at least, until recently) and ally to the west. We really don’t want it destabilized by a civil war being waged by a dictator on one side and religious extremists on the other. It has to be contained and stabilized. The use of chemical weapons destabilizes the situation.

      That is, if chemical weapons were actually used….

  • BuzzCoastin

    NewSpeak
    giving dumbed-down a bad name
    while keeping aMerka safe from a Syrian invasion of Detroit

  • Charlie Primero

    If the New York and London bankers who own Qatar don’t get a natural gas pipeline through Syria to hook up with the Nabucco pipeline in Europe, Russian bankers who own Gazprom will continue to profit from keeping Europe warm.

    Syria has an independent Central Bank, as does Iran, as did Libya. This deprives the bankers who own the IMF and Federal Reserve of interest on loans. A New York/London puppet in Syria would join the IMF and immediately receive loans for the Syrian populace to repay.

    Israel doesn’t want a strong, autonomous government in Syria. Anglo/American puppet dictators like those installed in Iraq, Libya, Turkey, and Egypt make Israel safer.

    Only idiots think there is some difference between Obama/Bush, Repub/Dems, Fox/MSNBC, or that John Kerry is unaware the CIA provided Al Qaeda with chemical weapons.

    • Hadrian999

      don’t forget the future money to be made when syria is taken over by the islamist branch of the rebels, lots more contract work in the second round of the conflict with syria

    • Calypso_1

      Another political/tactical aspect to the above strategy is to subvert Syria’s influence in Lebanon and to destabilize Hezbollah’s area of operations, support structure & fighting forces.

  • jose chung

    what a great use of misdirection……edward snowden, who?

  • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

    So now our armed forces are fighting on the side of Al queda. That would seem counter intuitive to those who believe our government works for the people. Not to anyone paying attention.