Creating people's geographies
Or, The mad bellicosity of the neoconvict war criminal likudniks
Terror–terror–terror the MSM talking heads and Israel apologists and diplomacy refuseniks wail and flail, failing to mention that WAR IS THE BIGGEST TERROR, forgetting that terror becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy – that we should be focussing upon sustainability (real existential threats to our security) –
I’m so angry right now at the smarmy, taken for granted talk of a war on Iran, blithely repeating the official lies as if they were true, rarely questioning the parroted propagated claims that Iran is causing the violence in Iraq or somehow wants to nuke Israel, that Iran is 1930s Germany that must be stopped (from the redoubtable Bibi).
Thank Goodness there are some notable, honorable exceptions.
And for what? To allow Israel to maintain the perceived strategic advantage of a nuclear monopoly in the region? Of an as yet officially undeclared (Olmert’s slip on German TV notwithstanding) nuclear arsenal of a state armed to the teeth subsidized by the US tax payer, the same state that also refuses to join the NPT (which Iran has) and that thumbs its nose at numerous UN resolutions while attempting to create a veneer of an international mandate against Iran with a UNSC resolution to stop enrichment?
For oil, a resource that is inexorably on its way out despite what we hear about oil shale?
War never solved a thing. It is a failure of the human spirit. It serves the obscenely rich and sacrifices the poor mostly as its human cannon-fodder. We all know that.
As Arundhati Roy and others have observed: In conflicts passed, weapons were manufactured for war.
Now, wars are manufactured to sell weapons.
War is about sacrificing truth and lives, about epistemological violence and empirical violence;
War is about whipping up the population into a fever on lies. The Israeli public’s largely bellicose mood (it was the only country on earth where the majority of the population actually supported a war on Iraq) indicates that it is hoodwinked into believing the manufactured fears of an existential threat;
War is racism, sexism and destruction of the environment. War’s re-drawing of the Middle East and Africa spells dispossession and genocide for oil and because Israel can not fit into the region it has implanted itself in and is yet to be a genuine partner for peace.
The rest of us will not be neoconned into their ridiculous hyperbolic threat inflation so easily.
Iran is no more a threat than any other state pursuing nuclear technology. The hypocrisy and double standards when it comes to attitudes towards other states is all too apparent. Ahmadinejad has explicitly said Iran is a threat to no-one, including Israel. He’s a largely a figurehead anyway.
Iran is moreover resident to thousands (most estimates put it at 40, 000) of Persian Jews. They are proud Persians and a protected minority in Iran, free to pursue their religion.
The mistranslated “wipe of the map” canard is patently false. It is an idiom in English, not Persian. It is a misquote of a quote President Ahmadinejad was in turn citing, for heaven’s sake.
Thank goodness for the alternative press.
Lest we forget:
I am not blaming those who are resolved to rule, only those who show an even greater readiness to submit.
Because I do it with one small ship, I am called a terrorist. You do it with a whole fleet and are called an emperor.
~ A pirate, from St. Augustine’s “City of God”
They plunder, they slaughter, and they steal: this they falsely name Empire, and where they make a wasteland, they call it peace.
The definition of fanaticism is that when you discover that you are going in the wrong direction, you redouble your speed.
~ Howard Zinn
Either war is obsolete or men are.
~ R. Buckminster Fuller
Liberty can not be preserved without general knowledge among people.
~ John Adams, August 1765
There is no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending.
~ Abraham Lincoln
To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed…
~ George Orwell, 1984
Peace is the only battle worth waging.
~ Albert Camus
The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust [our own] government statements — I had no idea until then that you could not rely on [them].”
~ James W. Fulbright (1905-1995), former US senator
Third sorrow: “The replacement of truth by propaganda, disinformation, and the glorification of war, power, and the military legions.”
~ Chalmers Johnson (Sorrows of Empire)
I think the press was muzzled and I think the press self-muzzled. Television … was intimidated by the (Bush) administration and its foot soldiers at Fox News.
~ Christiane Amanpour (CNN) September 2003 asked about the U.S. media coverage of the Iraq war
War is fear cloaked in courage.
~ General William Westmoreland
The time has come for America to hear the truth about this tragic war. In international conflicts, the truth is hard to come by because most nations are deceived about themselves. Rationalizations and the incessant search for scapegoats are the psychological cataracts that blind us to our sins. But the day has passed for superficial patriotism. He who lives with untruth lives in spiritual slavery.
~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thank you [President Bush] for ignoring us, for marginalising all those who oppose your decision, because the future of the Earth belongs to the excluded.
~ Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho, March 11, 2003
I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
~ James A. Baldwin
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
~ Benjamin Franklin
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, and those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hope of its children.
~ President Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953
Everybody’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s a really easy way: stop participating in it.
~ Noam Chomsky
It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.
~ Albert Camus
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.
~ Edward R. Murrow
Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies.
~ W. L. George
Peace is constructed, not fought for.
~ Brent Davis
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Everybody has to move, run and grab as many (Palestinian) hilltops as they can to enlarge the (Jewish) settlements because everything we take now will stay ours … Everything we don’t grab will go to them.
~ Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of the Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, Nov. 15, 1998.
Palestinians Won’t Emigrate or Evaporate. We (the Palestinians) are the only people on Earth asked to guarantee the security of our occupier .. while Israel is the only country that calls for defense from its victims ..
~ Hanan Ashrawi
I am a black South African, and if I were to change the names, a description of what is happening in the Gaza Strip and West Bank could describe events in South Africa.
~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu
The United States is putting together a Constitution now for Iraq. Why don’t we just give them ours? It’s served us well for 200 years, and we don’t appear to be using it anymore, so what the hell?
~ Jay Leno
To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.
~ Otto von Bismarck
War is at best barbarism. Its glory is all moonshine…War is hell.
~ General William Tecumseh Sherman
Where is the justice of political power if it…marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?
~ Kahlil Gibran
We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
War is not a word, it’s an acronym for “Wasting Another’s Resources.”
~ Ramman Kenoun
Let us become inspired by inherent beauty, and not impassioned by manufactured hate.
~ Nima Shirali, Middle Eastern Reconciliation Forum
War remains the decisive human failure.
~ John Kenneth Galbraith
That we are to stand by the president, right or wrong is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
~ Teddy Roosevelt, Kansas City Star, May 7, 1918
How can you make a war on terror if war itself is terrorism?
~ Howard Zinn
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
~ Margaret Mead