America is preparing for another killing spree
In a recent speech to the Jewish group, AIPAC, president Obama stated, "I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. And as I've made clear time and again during the course of my presidency, I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests.”
Now, if I read those words correctly, I would have to infer that the president is saying that he intends to stop Iran from obtain the technology that would allow them to build a nuclear weapon and since Iran is a sovereign state and should have no particular to comply with America’s wishes, war is the intended outcome.
As the issue is phrased by the western media, the US and Israel, somehow, have the right to determine the programs and policies of a fully independent and sovereign nation. And, so most people do not even bother to raise a question of the justice, the morality or even the legality of such actions.
Most people in America seem certain that Iran has contravened of either an American law, which seem to have universal application or international laws. The truth is, Iran like the US, Israel, England, France or any other country, has the right to pursue any program that their leadership deems relevant to their interest.
There are those Americans who think that Obama does not really want to go to war, but that view is clearly inconsistent with what the American president has said, repeated. He has made it clear that he intends to stop Iran from pursuing this particular programme, by any means to include military force.
Moreover, Obama is merely following the long and bloody traditions of all American presidents, by starting a war and assuring his re-election, in November. In addition, of course, since the American president is the commander-in-chief of the military, he feels the irrepressible need to exercise office as chief of the military and earned that indispensable prized badge of being a war president.
There is a certain irony with the American position with regards to Iran. The argument seems to proceed along the lines that Iran will use its nuclear arsenal against its neighbours, to include Israel and ultimately, against America and the American people.
Now, that is the general argument to go war to prevent Iran from developing its own nuclear technology. What is ironical about America's stance is America's history of rampages across the globe.
In the sixty or so years since world war II, the United States of America has raised the spectre of this or that country and portrayed them as the initiator of global catastrophe. Yet, in those same years, the US has directly killed tens of millions of men, women and children, more than any other single country in the world. The US, the trumpeter of peace, freedom and democracy, has killed more human beings the Pol Pot under the Khmer Rouge.
The US started a war with Korea and killed millions there. A few years later, they started another war with North Vietnam and killed millions there. A few years later they started a war Nicaragua and killed tens of thousands there. And while all of those major wars were being fought, US continued its killing sprees in other Latin American countries, in Africa and in the Middle East.
Not surprisingly, the peace loving Americans are spending more money on war and the preparations than all other countries combined and they are the leading purveyors of the instruments of death in the world. A peace loving people and country should have a greater record of creating the conditions for peace!
And one more little fact that nobody, in the world, should be allowed to forget. The United States of America is the only country that has used nuclear weapons against civilian populations. Not china, that evil, communist country, but the USA. Not the Soviet Union or Russia, but the peace and freedom loving Americans have been the only people that have used nuclear weapons to kill men, women and children.
Amazingly, each explanation for war was the same. Each of the victims of America's aggression was accused of putting in jeopardy the peace of the world and threatening the security of America and Americans. And each case, the US has found plausibility to invade and to kill in the deceitful use of the virtues of peace and freedom.
Plausibility, however, for an American war is always an easy threshold to meet. For most Americans would have great difficulty identifying the states adjacent to the state in which they live, much less, to know enough about the rest of world to distinguish between lies and facts.
Indeed, we do not have to cast the mid too far back in the past to remember George Bush stories of Iraqi threats to the American people and the world. And all along while those claims were made, American leaders knew that their stories were lies. But war was accomplished, Iraq is destroyed and millions of its citizens are dead and are wounded.
Now, we are listening to another president with the same tissue of lies and hyperbole as he prepares to go to war. And as in all previous cases, there will be military action and many, many Iranians will die and millions of Americans, in their living rooms, will applaud as the bombs fall and they will go to their churches and to their synagogs thank their leaders for another killing spree.
I know that this assessment of America's role in the world is unflattering, but the facts are there for all, including the Americans, to see.
Perhaps, this time, the voices of truth and of reason will prevail and the instruments of death and destruction will be stayed.