War is Peace, Mr. President?

"War is Peace.
Freedom is Slavery.
Ignorance is Strength."

These are the three slogans of Ingsoc in George Orwell's novel "1984".

President Obama, who has caught the opportunity when receiving the Nobel Peace Prize to come out as a supporter of legal mass murder, has not (at least not yet) pronounced the last two, but in his speech in Oslo he was close enough to the first.

The full text of his speech can be read (if the link works) at

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/10/obama-nobel-peace-prize-a_n_386837.html

and a commentary from a Quaker can be read at

http://www.examiner.com/x-11632-DC-Democrat-Examiner~y2009m12d11-Obamas-Nobel-Peace-Prize-speech-in-a-spiritual-context

As I was a university student in the 1960:es, I remember a nice song that was often sung at the time:

Lyndon Johnson told the nation,
"Have no fear of escalation.
I am trying everyone to please.
Though it isn't really war,
We're sending fifty thousand more,
To help save Vietnam from Vietnamese."

(Full text at

http://www.wellesley.edu/Polisci/wj/Vietimages/Audio/lbj-paxton.html )

If we change "Lyndon Johnson" to "Barack Obama", and "Vietnam" to "Afghanistan", the text will be quite up to date, I think (although there would be some problems with rhymes and meter).

Obama says:

"But perhaps the most profound issue surrounding my receipt of this prize is the fact that I am the Commander-in-Chief of a nation in the midst of two wars. One of these wars is winding down."

That remains to be seen.

"The other is a conflict that America did not seek..."

Here we may notice that the president of the USA, who recently asked the youth of his country to study better, doesn't know the name of the country he is supposed to be ruling. He repeatedly calls it "America"; but America is a double continent, extended from the North West Passage to Cape Horn, and the USA is just one of many American countries, in no way representing the others. The main part of America is Latin America. If you don't believe me, just look at a map.

If "USA" is not good enough as a name, may I humbly propose "Yankistan"?

But if he says "America" and means "USA", what he now said is a flat lie.

Afghanistan never attacked the USA, as far as anyone knows.

Perhaps World Trade Centre was attacked by al-Qaida, perhaps by individual terrorists.

But nobody has proved the attacker to have been Afghanistan. The Taliban regime of the time was guilty of many crimes, but this was not one of them.

The war between USA and Afghanistan was initiated by USA. It is very much something that USA did seek.

Obama says:

"America has never fought a war against a democracy."

That's a matter of definition. It depends on how you define 1. "America", 2. "war" and 3. "democracy".

As for "America", see above. Its many countries have never agreed with each other enough to be a party in any war.

As for "war" and "democracy", USA has perhaps never fought an official war against a country that USA has defined as a democracy.

But it has collaborated with many dictatorships.

For example: when USA began fighting Hitler (not because they thought the war against him to be just, but because Hitler had declared war against them), they became the allies of Stalin; so they fought one devil by supporting another.

May have been necessary at the time - that was a war that USA "did not seek" - but it didn't make USA defenders of democracy.

(Neither were Britain and France, the only two countries who actually did declare war against Hitler. Both had vast colonies at the time, and the colonized peoples had no democracy. Both countries accepted Mussolini, as long as he committed his crimes in Africa; but Hitler went too far: he committed his crimes in Europe...)

September 11th is not only the date of the attack against World Trade Centre. It is also the date in 1973, when USA helped Pinochet to dethrone Allende - who was democratically elected.

Besides, perhaps we shouldn't forget that the USA in itself, as a country, was founded not on democracy but on genocide. People were living there before the palefaces arrived, and it took a long time for the native peoples to get some kind of human rights. US territory is stolen territory - either directly, or bought or conquered from other robbers.

Nor should we forget that the beautiful words of the Declaration of Independence, "that all men are created equal", were written and signed by slave owners.

Even the capital of the country bears the name of one of those slave owners, and the District of Columbia is named after a murderer and exploiter (who, besides, didn't know where he was, and who - by the way - never visited any part of the present USA,except Puerto Rico).

No, I don't think you should change the names; I think you should use them to remember history, and to look through the public lies of your national myths.

Obama says that his empire is making war "not because we seek to impose our will. We have done so out of enlightened self-interest - because we seek a better future for our children and grandchildren, and we believe that their lives will be better if other peoples' children and grandchildren can live in freedom and prosperity".

I don't believe him. Power always seeks, first and last, to impose its will.

He says that "the instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace".

Can we remember having heard this before?

Yes we can!

This assertion has been repeated by every single warlord for some millennia by now. The Romans said the same.

They, too, were lying.

But to do Obama justice, I don't think he is worse than other presidents of the USA. For a chief of state, or a chief of government, to be a lier, a murderer and a hypocryte is, historically speaking, perfectly normal.

Truth is the first victim of war, according to many.

I think truth is also the first victim of power.

(As recommended by one of my followers - formerly called "fans" - I am just reading Norman Solomon's book "War Made Easy". I recommend it. But I think it will now need a new chapter...)

Comments 7 comments

songster 6 years ago

Obama told the nation

"Have no fear of escalation.

I am trying everyone to please.

Though it isn't really war,

We're sending fifty thousand more,

To help save afghanistan from the afghanistani's.


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Gunnar Gällmo 6 years ago from Stockholm Author

Perhaps "B'rack Obama", to keep the metre.

But "please" and "Afghanistanis" don't rhyme, and the last line doesn't follow the metre of the melody.

Any ideas, someone?


songster 6 years ago

ease and stani's do rhyme, thank you very much!


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Gunnar Gällmo 6 years ago from Stockholm Author

Ah, if you put the emphasis on the last syllable - my dictionary puts it on "stan".

But I'm not fanatical.


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vrajavala 6 years ago from Port St. Lucie

The Nobel peace Prize is meaningless now. To give it to a person like Obama who votted 4 times against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act., which means that babies who survived an abortion can be left in a closet to die.

Meaningless.

BTW, his new nickname is TWAP (the worst American President)


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Gunnar Gällmo 6 years ago from Stockholm Author

TWAP? No; most American presidents have been Latin American presidents, and some of them were even worse.

But if you mean only US presidents - I won't try to analyze Obama's domestic policy; I don't live in the USA, so it doesn't concern me.

But at least in the branch of mass murder abroad, I think the champ is still Harry S. Truman, with his Tale of Nuking Two Cities.


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

Your article carries lot of information of the past history and events. What you said is true but to what extent every aspect is justified, which is required to be analysis more impartially and logically. But one think is true Americans established the fruits of Democracy along with French if I am not mistaken. But however we have to live peacefully so we have to convince every people either by peace talk or by force to set up the atmosphere of peace. This is nothing but an attempt. Of course things will take its own course; nothing can be hidden whatever truth is in the intension of US President. Peace or War? But he is committed to take back the American troops in the coming year of a fixed time which was not the case in Vietnam War. WE can not support bombing in Wall Trade by an individual patronage by a Government in Afghanistan nor a direct War against a country. We want peace, no war, no terrorist attack. Peaceful solution of disparity of economy of the globe is essential as we are now looking uniformity in climate change in the globe. The days have gone to look only with own country and own people. Now the time has come to think wide, to think in terms of globe instead of own country. Thanks for substantial articles which enriches the knowledge of every reader. Thanks once again. Sorry for long writ-up as comment. Please look to my Article “The Three Soldiers of World Peace”.

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