Focus on the evil of war. War begins by calling for the annihilation of the others but ends ultimately in self-annihilation. It corrupts souls and mutilates bodies. It destroys homes and villages and murders children on their way to school. It grinds into the dirt all that is tender and beautiful and sacred. It empowers human deformities–warlords, Shiite death squads, Sunni insurgents, the Taliban, al-quaida, and our own killers–who can speak only in the despicable language of force. War is a scourge. It is a plague. It is industrial murder. And before you support war…. look into the hollow eyes of the men, women, and children who know it.
Chris Hedges, The Pictures you Aren’t Supposed to See, January 4, 2010
What a crazy upside down world we live in where peace is used to rationalize war and people make a profit from misery and destruction. The wheels of the machine have to keep moving. Perpetual war is exactly what they want because war is a very profitable business. The people who make money from this business will ignore all the suffering and sacrifice human lives for profit, they will use any means available to rationalize the irrational. They use words like democracy,freedom, god and peace which have absolutely nothing to do with war, to justify it. It’s a bunch of bullshit and it angers me. People often forget that the essence of War is death. War turns us into animals and it plunges us into barbarity and perversion. It causes pain, destruction, suffering, violence and death. The continual use of military force, dropping bombs and shooting at people will breed more and more hate. The indiscriminate violence on one side is used to justify the indiscriminate violence of the other. You get caught in a vicious cycle of violence where the atrocities committed by one, real or imagined, make possible the atrocities of the other. If the only tool you have to solve problems is a hammer, everything becomes a nail.
Like always it is the innocent people throughout the world who suffer while the soulless political, industrial and military leaders sit safely in their board rooms and offices far away from any of the consequences of war. We can’t forget that it’s human beings who are on the receiving end of our bombs and bullets, Human beings just like me and you, who love, grieve, suffer, laugh and weep. Perpetual war is creating a world without empathy. We can’t allow madness to continue, no matter who you are or where you are from, we have to stand up and say enough. We can’t allow incomprehensible, destructive, irrational, and demented forms of humanity to thrive, we can’t allow the world to be distorted by hate. It’s becoming increasingly difficult at times but I still hold on to my fundamental belief in the goodness of human nature. We have to remain rational and compassionate and be true to the human in us and remember that we all have a stake in this, we are all helping to shape our world and its realities. Let’s be human beings and remember that we are all on the same team, team HUMAN, made up of people from America, Syria, Iraq, Russia, China, India, Brazil, Uruguay and all the other places on this wonderful and mysterious planet we call home.
“War is a poison. It is a poison that nations and groups must at times ingest to ensure their survival. But, like any poison, it can kill you just as surely as the disease it is meant to eradicate. The poison of war courses unchecked through the body politic of the United States. We believe that because we have the capacity to wage war we have the right to wage war. We embrace the dangerous self-delusion that we are on a providential mission to save the rest of the world from itself, to implant our virtues–which we see as superior to all other virtues–on others, and that we have a right to do this by force. This belief has corrupted Republicans and Democrats alike. And if Barack Obama drinks, as it appears he will, the dark elixir of war and imperial power offered to him by the national security state, he will accelerate the downward spiral of the American empire.”
-Chris Hedges, America’s Wars of Self-Destruction, November 17,2008.