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Destroying What Remains


#1

Destroying What Remains

Dahr Jamail

I lived in Anchorage for 10 years and spent much of that time climbing in and on the spine of the state, the Alaska Range. Three times I stood atop the mountain the Athabaskans call Denali, "the great one." During that decade, I mountaineered for more than half a year on that magnificent state’s highest peaks. It was there that I took in my own insignificance while living amid rock and ice, sleeping atop glaciers that creaked and moaned as they slowly ground their way toward lower elevations.


#2

Deeply sad, but profoundly informative article.

On this:

"In addition, the federal agencies tasked with overseeing any war-gaming plans have neither the legal ability nor the will to enforce environmental regulations when what’s at stake, at least according to the Pentagon, is “national security.”

When that which is done under the guise of National Security is increasingly that which is adding turbulence to the world, increasing global warming, and decimating communities' health and livelihood... the model (Mars rules) itself ceases to hold ANY legitimacy and more and more, as more and more persons find themselves in the positions of the New Natives on the receiving end of militarism/corporate plunder... a paradigm shift, already overdo will ensue.

This problem IS global.


#3

We need to acknowledge that the military and its consumption of fossil fuels is the biggest threat to our environment and a major source of global climate change. Conversely, if we can rein in the military we can eliminate a major threat to people, the animals and the entire environment. Let's demand that the war games and war preparation STOP. A more peaceful life is possible but we have to demand it and work for it.


#5

Are you trying to say that the the powers that be are going to overdo their militarism and corporate plunder or that some sort of backlash is already overdue? wink Sorry, couldn't resist. On a less facetious note, there is a good article by Glenn Greenwald that might interest you over at informationclearinghouse.info. All kinds of atrocities and war crimes are kept from us, because allowing that information to come out would embarrass the US and UK governments, but more importantly it would anger their adversaries, and that could harm national security. War crimes must be covered up in the interest of national security.

kentshaw aka dkshaw aka Doug shaw aka ekaton


#7

“Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion — and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion… while truth again reverts to a new minority.”
― Søren Kierkegaard


#8

It becomes painfully clear to any rational being that to find terrorists one needs look no further than the United States of America and our standing military forces, the world's largest by several orders of magnitude. The lack of relevance of this military force is abysmal. Soon there will be nothing to defend.


#9

This reminds one how small the planet has become. All of this activity by the Navy for what? The clue should be how into an ice-free arctic they are. It's as if they have run out of places to go. All to be prepared to fight this war which cannot happen-picture it.


#10

The earth has endured five mass extinctions. Here comes the sixth:

https://www.adbusters.org/magazine/115/sixth-mass-extinction.html


#11

An excellent piece of reportage and writing. While Dahr mentions the success against the Navy in Vieques, Puerto Rico, there is a further lesson from it missed in this statement:

If you want to stop the U.S. military from dropping live munitions, or
blasting electromagnetic radiation into national forests and marine
sanctuaries, or poisoning your environment, you'd better figure out how
to file a major lawsuit or, if you belong to a Native tribe, demand a
government-to-government consultation and hope it works. And both of
those are long shots, at best.

While the movement in Vieques had many strengths, it was nonviolent direct action to occupy the bombing range that led the Navy to call it quits and stop the bombing. More than 1,500 people were arrested for civil disobedience.

In fact, the picture leading Dahr's piece is of a recent action (also not mentioned) by fisherpeople and others in the Gulf of Alaska. The tribal lawsuits and other actions are important. So is nonviolent direct action. Don't lose determination!


#12

Apparently when ISIS destroys ancient ruins it becomes world news but when we destroy our environment it's meh.


#13

The Arctic represents a threat if it remains unpolluted and thereby can serve as a scientific control.


#14

Precisely.