Imposed Wars

July 23, 2014

Our history has revealed that in no conflict or disagreement, war has ever been a valid solution; it has only created more hatred and distance between peoples… when do we ever learn?

It is past 10 am and since 7:45 I am searching the web and finding misery.  I notice that the Gaza and Israel conflict is the most important news of the day, along with the MH17 crash.  Pain I felt; ahh, but Syria has already been forgotten, even though they are still blasting at one another and killing each other (the same people of the same country).  I feel exhausted and hungry, but reading the news about conflicts, wars, struggles, and the pain & agony of others, won’t let me turn away.  My feeling of remorse that I have it so easy and comfortable here weighs me down.  I ask myself; how can I, how can we, stop this madness and foolishness?

Standing at my kitchen counter trying to prepare something to eat, I hear my little fountain babbling in the backyard; and vistas of babbling little fountains and rivers in war zones that are littered with rockets and shells drift before my eyes.  I think of the people of those areas who are worried about their safety, running for their lives, blind to any beauty around them.  Not that they would not appreciate such scenes, but safety comes first.  I grab a bite and go back to my computer and start searching for how many wars and conflicts are going on right at this moment, and how is it that the self-professed clever ones in power cannot do a thing to stop the cruelty wrought by the evil ones in control.
It seems the popular news is Palestine and Israel; but the business there has been ongoing since 1948, meaning 66 years of vicious conflict and unending tension.  After World War II, the western world established a new country right in the heart of the Muslim world; humm, why was that???  It has been an unending problem since then, and it seems it will never end.  Even though Israel worked out accommodations with Egypt and Jordan, they never could make peace with Palestine.  If you look at maps of Palestine since 1948 (examine and consider before judging this ugly war), another map....

You will see that for hundreds of years Palestinians were living in the area peacefully with the Jews of the area; but since 1948 as soon as the new state of Israel was established, the wars began. 
Imagine a new country suddenly appears in the midst of another, and decade after decade slowly but surely forces long-time residents of the area out and settles foreigners in their place.  This is a form of terrorism against those residents, and has resulted in conflict for over 66 years.  Wars is part of their daily life, and every few years for a different reason, yet another war results in the destruction of lives and lands (1948, 1967, 1978, 1982, 1987, 1993, 2000, 2006, 2008; perhaps I have missed a few).

However, I have no doubt that Hamas has their own agenda in the area and they have helped fuel the recent wars.  Hamas is focused on a religious scheme, with a fanatical Iranian government helping them, just to make it all worse.  Nevertheless, my question is where do the people of Palestine go?  Where is home when home is taken from them?  Whoever follows this ugly war sees that borders are not the only problem; it is also a lack of mutual respect as a barrier to a two-state solution.  Meanwhile, the price of war falls on the head of the common people; as usual.  We can feel sorry for the people in those conflicts, but they do not need our pity; they need solutions to end this war, to be able to listen to the wind in peace and enjoy the world just like we do here.  What is the way; how we can stop the suffering?  I am sure every one of you can come up with arguments, and offer solutions...share them please, and let’s end the suffering....

So what did I find around the world?  Besides this latest Israel-Gaza flare-up, I found 12 other wars and over 30 conflicts since 1948, not to mention the two ugly nonsensical World Wars before that.   
You know, I am puzzled that for a hundred years we have maintained a wonderful chain of improvement in many societies.  Today we are at the peak of our discoveries in educational science, cosmology, and medical science, as well as the development of all kinds of new technologies; yet our wars and conflicts persist dreadfully.  Let’s ask ourselves “WHY”?  Who benefits from having all these conflicts?  What is so important that the price is the lives of people, and the destruction of our earth?

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List of ongoing Conflicts and Wars....

Examine all the wars around the world, consider how many of them are imposed on those nations, what would be your thoughts and Action against Imposed Wars....

The idea of war for profit is nothing new in the realm of human history and can be traced back centuries to where arms races, such as with navy ships, determined an empire’s reach. Imposed War or war for profit creates displaced people and refugees; it causes brain-drain from war zone areas.

A helicopter sprays Agent Orange over a forest for the express purpose of destroying it

War in any shape and form creates environmental disasters, and psychological problems for people within war-zones, and for the soldiers who are fighting in the war that is not theirs. Soldiers can soon begin to understand that the war is not about defense of their country.

Bombardment causes water, soil, and atmosphere pollution due to the huge amount of chemicals being released into the war-zones. They cause birth defects, sicknesses, long-term disabilities, and more on both humans and animals, not to mention the ruin of ecosystems in the area…

It is no secret that the defense industry profits most when a nation commits to a lengthy war overseas. To a war-minded industry, a wartime economy is just as profitable as a solid peacetime one, and shells and ammunition take precedence over the production of peacetime light bulbs or pencils. As Jean Kirkpatrick, the chief hawk-in-residence in the Reagan Administration, in 1979 said:
"Because the miseries of traditional life are familiar, they are bearable to ordinary people who, growing up in the society, learn to cope and therefore accept the fact that wealth, power, status and other resources favor an affluent few while traditional autocrats maintain the masses in misery.  So therefore our lack of concern is quite proper; indeed, quite decent and moral because the lower orders feel no pain."

However, Chomsky (1998) in Domestic Constituencies talked about the mind control of these governments in that:
"There is a "public arena" in which, in principle, individuals can participate in decisions that involve the general society: how public revenues are obtained and used, what foreign policy will be, etc.

In a world of nation-states, the public arena is primarily governmental, at various levels. Democracy functions insofar as individuals can participate meaningfully in the public arena, meanwhile running their own affairs, individually and collectively, without illegitimate interference by concentrations of power. Functioning democracy presupposes relative equality in access to resources--material, informational, and other--a truism as old as Aristotle. In theory, governments are instituted to serve their "domestic constituencies" and are to be subject to their will. A measure of functioning democracy, then, is the extent to which the theory approximates reality, and the "domestic constituencies" approximate the population."
Chomsky (1998) "argues that in the state-capitalist democracies, the public arena has been extended and enriched by long and bitter popular struggle. Meanwhile concentrated private power has labored to restrict it.
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These conflicts form a good part of modern history. The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions. The population is kept happy and relaxed by encouraging self-centered fulfillments and deflecting interest from government activities through a large mass media. This creates a self-satisfied public that has no reason to reflect on where this comfort comes from, or question why there are so many conflicts or what is happening politically around the world.  Did our governments help create problems half way around the world, thus making their involvements there rational? People’s knowledge about war and its politics is very limited and they know little about how they indirectly participate in these wars and how that is affecting their daily lives, their environments (air, land, water, farms, forests…), health, and economy. 

This therefore gives more power to those in control, and less for the people. War affects us even if we are not living in the conflict zones (Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan……) and the aftermath is the lingering physical and psychological effects post-war.

The only people who know what is really happening across the world are the ones who are involved in that war; soldiers, veterans, reporters, some intellectual readers, and most involved ones: people who live in the conflict zones. The majority of the population, especially in the western world, are living daily with their bills and vacations. They don’t know how a person and his family deal with a DU exposed member.  Ordinary people won’t know how Leukemia and other cancers among servicemen who took part in the 1991 Gulf War or in the more recent operations in the Balkans are continuing to suffer and fight with the system to prevent this happening again or to receive compensation.

War and the military machine have many consequences.  Obvious ones are the hundreds of thousands of people who are homeless, refugees, and /or hurt physically and emotionally. Less well known is the military's mishandling of toxins, both in battle zones and at its facilities. This has led to environmental disasters such as the defoliation of forests in Vietnam, the oil fires of Kuwait, and landscapes littered with unexploded weapons which pollute rivers, contaminate soil, and harm human health, local economies, and our ecosystems. Another example is the testing and manufacture of the nuclear bomb which has been responsible for some of the most profound and persistent environmental damage to life on earth. The massive amounts of radioactive waste that nuclear weapons production has generated, plus poor disposal and containment practices, have allowed radioactive waste to contaminate the soil and ground water surrounding nuclear sites, which has affected people near nuclear plants in every country. Repair and maintenance of many installations and equipment are dangerously inadequate. War and the use of weapons have always had negative consequences on agriculture, infrastructure, public health provision, and social order. Such things as environmental and health issues, birth defects, post-thermometric stress disorder, economic difficulties, and racial hatred are the unfortunate by-products of conflicts that aren’t really about race, but about the self-interest, greed and power feeding the process of globalization; that modern manifestation of the ancient art of accumulating wealth through exploitation.

The wealthy and privileged control most wealth, resources and global decision-making. With new technologies in mass media and increases in its pervasiveness, the attention of people is distracted from what is really going on around us and in other parts of the world. People become uninterested in what is going on in Africa or the Middle East, but keep close tabs on what is going on in the lives of actors and ethically-flawed politicians.

The world's financial system and politics are run and controlled by the world's top politicians and businessmen who meet in private outside the democratic arena, and the public do not know what is discussed or determined until it happens. The means of production are owned by a minority class and are used to turn out goods for sale with a view to profit. The military industry is a source of one of the biggest profits, especially when there is a war using up materials at a fast pace. Thus, the incentive is for war, not against it, and the environment suffers for it.

Related Links:

Winter Soldiers Testimony

Veteran Soldier Prysner Testimony

Unjust Wars, Impossible Reconciliation?

Pat Tillman: Iraq War Illegal and Unjust

Iraq War - Chronology of an Unjust War

War is over (if we want it)

Environmental effects of warfare

 

The Environmental Consequences of War

WAR AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Effects of War

Child Soldiers

Link TV also is a good source of information

Remembering the tragic aftermath of the Hiroshima bomb

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