Wednesday, July 20, 2016
"50,000 ‘Freedom Bombs’: “War Really is a Racket”
"50,000 ‘Freedom Bombs’: “War Really is a Racket”
by Chris Campbell
"While the media continues to play the hypnotic harp, strumming the hive’s emotions to feel, once more, the rush of moral high-ground about scripted speeches made by scripted personalities, the U.S. military dropped its 50,000th bomb against Syria and Iraq.
Let that sink in for a moment.
And then, to no surprise, this happens… “A U.S. air strike,” Josie Ensor reported yesterday in the Telegraph to a cricket the size of Pluto, “killed more than 85 civilians, including children, in Syria on Tuesday after the coalition mistook them for Islamic State fighters. “Some eight families were hit as they tried to flee fighting in their area,” Ensor reports, “in one of the single deadliest strikes on civilians by the alliance since the start of its operations in the war-torn country.” The strikes took place in an ISIS-controlled village near Manbij in north Syria called Tokhar. Pictures, Ensor said, “showed the bodies of children as young as three under piles of rubble.”
But it’s all good. The UK-based, Qatar funded, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (which is about as neutral as a pack of hungry hyenas standing over a carcass) told Ensor that the strikes “appeared to have been carried out in error, with the civilians mistaken for Islamist militants.”
Meanwhile, in France, in an effort to never waste a good crisis, there’s this… “Just days after Tunisian-born French resident Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a truck into a crowded Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France, killing at least 84,” Daniel McAdams reports on Lew Rockwell’s blog, “a French-led bombing attack on the Syrian villages of Tokhar and Hoshariyeh today has reportedly killed more than 120 civilians." “We may be left asking the obvious couple of questions,” McAdams goes on. “Why do 120 innocent Syrian civilians deserve to die because 84 innocent French civilians were killed in a terrorist attack? And how does France expect to avoid further blowback for its aggressive Middle East policy if it continues to provide endless recruiting narratives?”
Let’s see if any politicians issue a public apology about these “flubs.” Or explain how, with the “surgical precision” of our new technological war tools, the U.S. and France just “accidentally” killed over 200 innocent people in the past week or so.
But, of course, we’re not supposed to talk about that. Rather, the national conversation in the Land of the Free has been focused largely on what Big Gov. must do about potty breaks, cake baker morality, and warm, fuzzy safe spaces for those who fear words- all while rockets rip through living rooms in Syria.
If the death of five police officers is enough to get Obama and George Bush on stage, one using the spotlight to politicize their deaths, and the other to dance (drunkenly, it seemed) on their graves, then this mass murder of innocent people should certainly warrant a speech… a few words… or, at the very least, a tweet.
Alas, there’s no value add. There’s nothing in it for the figureheads. It’s not politically constructive enough to confront. So they won’t. The modus operandi right now, it seems, is to keep the American’s attention as far away from Syria as possible. Because, as we all know, the U.S. and friends have been supporting terrorists since the beginning of the conflict. And the situation is completely out of control. At one point, the CIA-backed terrorists were fighting Pentagon-backed terrorists. The chaos in between has allowed for ISIS to grow, which was likely seen, strategically speaking, as a positive thing, as more chaos means less control for Assad. Though, of course, the Syrian war was never really about Assad and how horrible of a leader he is to his people. Rather, it’s a proxy war against Iran (and, bigger picture, Russia and China) and a bid for regional hegemony.
And it’s no surprise that the epitome of chickenhawkishness- Mrs. Killary Clinton- has been leading the charge on this war campaign. “Clinton has been much more than a bit player in the Syrian crisis,” Jeffrey Sachs writes in the Huffington Post. “Her diplomat Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi was killed as he was running a CIA operation to ship Libyan heavy weapons to Syria. Clinton herself took the lead role in organizing the so-called “Friends of Syria” to back the CIA-led insurgency.
The U.S. policy was a massive, horrific failure. Assad did not go, and was not defeated. Russia came to his support. Iran came to his support. The mercenaries sent in to overthrow him were themselves radical jihadists with their own agendas. The chaos opened the way for the Islamic State, building on disaffected Iraqi Army leaders (deposed by the US in 2003), on captured U.S. weaponry, and on the considerable backing by Saudi funds. If the truth were fully known, the multiple scandals involved would surely rival Watergate in shaking the foundations of the US establishment.”
Again, nothing to see here. Just give the government more money to molest, murder, ravage and lay ruin, celebrate largely-meaningless holidays so you can have a short retreat from servitude, and, most importantly, shut your trap.
“In August, 2014,” Ron Paul writes this week, “the US-led ‘coalition’ began bombing Iraq and Syria to, in the words of President Obama, ‘degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIS.’ For nearly two years- despite President Obama announcing last November that ISIS was ‘contained’- the bombing has continued unabated. A milestone was reached this month, however, as the US coalition dropped its 50,000th bomb against Iraq and Syria. With each bomb costing on average somewhere around $50,000, those bombs have cost US (for the most part) taxpayers at least two and a half billion dollars. Factor in the cost of keeping the bombers in the air, the cost of training the pilots, maintenance, etc. and the cost skyrockets upward from there."
“In fact,” Paul goes on, “as of February of this year, the US ‘war on ISIS’ has cost more than $6 billion, to the boundless delight of the Beltway defense contractors. There will be plenty of money for the other contractors if the bombing finally ceases and the US reaches its real goal of overthrowing Syrian president Assad: Imagine how much damage to infrastructure, environment, etc. will have been done by 50,000 bombs. The US taxpayers will pay once to blow the place up and then pay again to build it back up. Except like in Afghanistan, nothing will actually be rebuilt. The money will just disappear."
“War,” Paul says, “really is a racket.” And much of the racket’s tracks, curiously enough, trace right back to Constitution Ave. in Washington D.C. Follow those tracks a little further and they lead to right where Constitution meets 20th St. A little further and, what do you know? They lead right through the front doors of the Federal Reserve.