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Western Warmongers Have All the Answers, and They're All Wrong


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Western Warmongers Have All the Answers, and They're All Wrong

Nafeez Ahmed

Despite an almost total lack of public debate, Western military escalation in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya is on the rise.

Renewed military interventionism has been largely justified as a response to the meteoric rise of Islamic State networks, spreading across parts of the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.

Missing from government pronouncements, though, is any acknowledgement that the proliferation of Islamist terrorism is a direct consequence of the knee-jerk response of military escalation.


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Often Tom Engelhardt and his stable of Tom Dispatch writers work from the frame that U.S. forces are not winning the wars... from there they not so rhetorically question: "What's up with that?"

The frame itself is wrong. These wars do serve a purpose, yet the purpose is not the one offered to the public.

The purpose of the wars is to maintain the Military-Industrial Complex at its current funded level. And that can only happen when the threat of attack is maintained.

What better way to sustain the threat of attack than that of stirring up hornet's nests in what were previously stable, albeit volatile zones?

This outcome is thus intentional:

"Missing from government pronouncements, though, is any acknowledgement that the proliferation of Islamist terrorism is a direct consequence of the knee-jerk response of military escalation.

"Discarded to the memory hole is the fact that before each of the major interventions in these three countries, our political leaders promised they would bring security, freedom and prosperity.

"Instead, they have done precisely the opposite."

There are 2 major side bonuses.

One, that the sitting President gets to parade around like a war hero.

Second, that "war abroad allows for tyranny at home." And with global resources shrinking, commodities' prices tanking, and trade wars beginning to stir... the best way to incapacitate those citizens who oppose the corporate plunder of domestic resources as well as foreign assets is to criminalize any action that can be remotely deemed a threat to "national security."

The laws already on the books including the National Defense Authorization Act and the Patriot Act essentially anesthetize citizens' rights to oppose BAD government (in alliance with corporations) policy. And meanwhile, treaties that will further thwart public input and opposition are IN the pipeline in the form of the TIPP and TPP.


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There will be no morals, ethics or values besides the wests and it will be delivered at the end of capitalists guns.




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Thank you Nafeez for those gems from David Ignatius. What a bozo, what a tool. Only in America could you be proven to be so wrong and still get billing as an expert.

"This may be wishful thinking, but it’s worth exploring. The message to Nusra should be that attempts to spread terror outside Syria will provoke devastating US and allied attacks.”

Sounds like a mutually beneficial business plan. Lots of growth potential and job security, lots of countries left yet...


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