Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been fighting a “war on terror.” Real soldiers have been deployed to distant lands; real cluster bombs and white phosphorus have been used; real cruise missiles have been launched; the first MOAB, the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal, has been dropped; and real cities have been reduced to rubble.
Peace is anathema to unregulated hyper-financialized capitalism.
What an intelligent and profound article this is! It goes right to the core of so much of our unquestioned acceptance of the narratives surrounding economic policy, drug policy, foreign policy, health care, and criminal justice beliefs and political decisions. It should be taken seriously enough to cause us to re-examine our “conventional wisdom” on these matters, and to question the ideologies and propaganda that have permeated our media, culture, politics and academia over the last two generations.
Side Note: It would appear that Portugal has better legislators than we do. I envy them!
And supporting the Empire via supporting the parties of the Duopoly, is enabling this unregulated hyper-financialized capitalism.
Cut the heads off this two-headed snake and the Empire will die.
“We also fail to appreciate the horrors of actual war when we equate the destruction of entire nations with attempts to end the suffering of impoverished people.”
“Attempts to end the suffering of the impoverished” is a metaphor for war profiteering.
True! Also: “we are bringing them (fill in the country) " freedom and democracy”. The war profiteers have used that lie for far too long!
The war on drugs and crime, which is one combined war not two, is real war. It kills thousands each year in USA plus tens of thousands outside US borders, US and state governments routinely violate the Constitution, which means they think and act like it is a real war against its own people. In order to counter a trend of decreasing violence by civilians, cops have greatly increased their own level of violence in the last several decades.
The Total War to Incite Terror is also a real war but it is just a new name for a war that was decades old.
Does anybody know why Truthout is censoring all comments on this article and many others?
Reminds me of foreign aid -" Taking money from poor people in rich countries & giving it to rich people in poor countries"
“When All the World’s a War”, I’ll be hiding in the bushes till its all over.
I’m not a fighter; I’m a survivor. The bushes are where all the berries are at.
The war metaphor makes me feel sick to my stomach.
It fails to rouse me and always will.
Thanx for this insightful article !
Alow me to contribute some thoughts here with an excerpt from my article: ‘Legalize it - the End of War ?’
“Those who create Evil are the Evil !
With our ability of abstract (metaphorical) thinking came great technological advancements.
But the faster & faster growing communities also required adequate social engineering which eventually
brought us the ideas of monoculture, and the dogmatic concepts of Monotheism.
With this new dogmatism and its linear separation of Good & Evil, came the demonization of the animalic and the desecration of the Natural; Our inherent Spirituality was systematically reduced to Religion !
The constant competition of these opposing forces became the father of all wars, where Heaven & Hell,
Good & Evil are constantly fighting for ultimate control & domination.
Picture:"Oh Lord, please stop Your War against Satan so we can have Peace on Earth !"
Now human civilization has declared a total war against the most fundamental,
recreational processes of Life itself ! The natural self-healing process of a living organism
was forcefully replaced by the fight against a disease !
And so the Saga continued…
What started out, ‘in the name of The Lord’, became now – 'in the name of Money !‘
Corporate Science & Research has continued where intolerant, religious beliefs have left off, and a pharmaceutical industry has taken-over our entire public health care system.
Motivated by profit, blinded by ignorance & arrogance, ‘modern’ science has systematically discredited natural remedies & holistic medicine as ‘witchcraft’. In the tradition of the Linear Order, centuries of old knowledge & wisdom are now viewed as some sort of competition or heresy.
Now we have Good or Bad drugs, as in Heaven & Hell, and new laws are created every day just to protect their intellectual properties and control & regulate their use or misuse.”
All the more reason to re-examine what happened on that Tuesday in September; when a worker at ground zero say the largest piece of office equipment he found was the keypad for a telephone; Office fires leading to a pancake collapse will not disintegrate 50 thousand filing cabinets!!! Until you all confront what really happened , these wars of “terror” will continued to be justified by the parties in interest, financially, including the national media!!
The “war” on anything is almost always one big fraud, whether it is actual military war, the war on drugs, or the war on cancer, because huge corporate interests are the leading motive for these “wars” instead of their officially advocated missions.
So, the official mainstream “wars” on this or that have thus been “wars” on the unsuspecting public: to keep them misinformed and misguided.
Let’s take the ‘war on cancer’ as an example:
The orthodox cancer establishment has been saying a cure for cancer “is just around the corner” and “we’re winning the war on cancer” for decades. It’s all hype and lies (read Dr. Guy Faguet’s 'War on cancer" or Dr. Sam Epstein’s work).
Since the war on cancer began orthodox medicine hasn’t progressed in their basic highly profitable therapies: it still uses only highly toxic, deadly things like radiation, chemo, surgery, and drugs that have killed millions of people instead of the disease.
As long as the official “war on cancer” is a HUGE BUSINESS based on expensive TREATMENTS/INTERVENTIONS of a disease instead of its PREVENTION, logically, they will never find a cure for cancer. The upcoming moonshot-war on cancer inventions, too, will include industry-profitable gene therapies of cancer treatment. The lucrative game of the medical business is to endlessly “look for” a cure but not “find” a cure. Practically all resources in the phony ‘war on cancer’ are poured into treating cancer but almost none in the prevention of the disease. It’s proof positive that big money and a total lack of ethics rule the official medical establishment.
At the same time, this same orthodox cancer cartel has been suppressing and squashing a number of very effective and beneficial alternative cancer approaches. You probably guessed why: effective, safe, inexpensive cancer therapies are cutting into the astronomical profits of the medical mafia’s lucrative treatments. That longstanding decadent activity is part of the fraud of the war on cancer.
If the public were to scrutinize what the medical industry and its government pawns are telling them about the ‘war on cancer’ instead of blindly believing what they’re saying, they’d find that the cancer industry and the cancer charities have been dismissing, ignoring, and obfuscating the true causes of cancer while mostly putting the blame for cancer on the individual, denying or dismissing the serious harms from orthodox cancer treatments, and resorting to deceptive cancer statistics to “educate” (think: mislead) the public that their way of treatment is actually successful (read this well referenced scholarly article’s afterword on the war on cancer: do a search engine query for “A Mammogram Letter The British Medical Journal Censored” by Rolf Hefti or go directly to “War on Cancer” and scroll down to the afterword that addresses the fraudulent ‘war on cancer’).
What the medical establishment “informs” the public about is about as truthful as what the political establishment keeps telling them. Not to forget, the corporate media (the mainstream fake news media) is a willing tool to spread these distortions, lies, and the scam of the war on cancer.
Do you really think it’s a coincidence that double Nobel laureate Linus Pauling called the ‘war on cancer’ a fraud? If you look closer you’ll come to the same conclusion. But…politics and self-serving interests of the conventional medical cartel, and their allied corporate media, keep the real truth far away from the public at large.