I want my blog to be motivational and uplifting and I don’t’ want it to become negative Nancy but i feel the need to address the issue of War and i promise Corimagua will be back enlightening and motivating the lives of its readers soon. It’s of grave importance given the troubling times we find ourselves in. I write about it to vent and most importantly to inform others of the horrors of war in the hopes that they too will find it degrading and unacceptable and say no to War anywhere in the world.
Once again, we are on the brink of war. The U.S wants to deploy its military force on Syria because of their alleged use of chemical weapons. If true, a chemical attack is horrible and certainly should be condemned, but who will condemn the U.S military when they use chemicals in their weapons. It has in the past, and many argue it does so today because of its use of depleted uranium. Depleted Uranium is loaded on the tips of warheads and other munitions because its properties make it perfect to pierce through armor and rip through concrete and metal walls, penetrating deep into buildings. It’s touted as a great upgrade in military weaponry but it’s potential long term negative health effects are ignored. Depleted Uranium is nuclear waste and highly poisonous. DU was used in the attacks on Iraq in 2004 and the rate of birth defects for the city of Fallujah has surpassed those of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The rates of miscarriages, childhood leukemia and other types of cancers are much, much higher than in other parts of the world. In an interview with Democracy Now! Al-Jazeera reporter Dahr Jamail said, ” it’s common now in Fallujah for newborns to come out with massive multiple systemic effects, immune problems, massive central nervous system problems, massive heart problems, skeletal disorders, babies being born with two heads, babies being born with half of their internal organs outside of their bodies, cyclops babies literally with one eye–really, really, really horrific nightmarish types of birth defects.” I saw a shocking gallery of Iraqi babies born with birth defects and the images where horrific and heartbreaking and they left me both angry and on the verge of tears. It’s difficult to attribute long term health effects on weapons used years earlier, but anyone with a hint of common sense can see the connection between the use of chemicals like depleted uranium and the increasingly high rate of birth problems in Iraqi babies.
It might sound surprising to some that the U.S military would use such chemicals in their weapons but it shouldn’t be when one looks at the history of U.S military chemical weapon use. Remember how the U.S military used agent orange in Vietnam? I’m up to my neck with hypocrisy. War is a business and it will continue to run as long as people keep making insane profits from the proliferation of war. The U.S cannot keep meddling in the internal problems of other nations. The U.S empire has enemies all over the world and it keeps breeding hate by attacking more and more countries, by having unmanned drones drop bombs from the sky giving millions of innocent people nightmares of fire and explosions raining down on them. Do you think it’s possible that maybe the terrorist who attack America, do it not because they despise our way of life and our so called “freedoms”, but instead has something to do with the hundreds of military bases across the globe? with the constant spread of an Empire? With the oppression of people the world over?
If there is one constant in all empires throughout history is that eventually, no matter how mighty, they ALL collapse. But just because the American empire is collapsing doesn’t mean America will end. It means that America will cease to exist as an “empire”, thats all. I for one don’t want the U.S to continue playing the role of evil emperor anymore, it’s counterproductive and it’s consuming itself. Imagine all the military bases around the world shut down, all the military campaigns finished. How much hate would be directed towards us? How many terrorist will be breed then? How great could America be if it focus all its resources on it’s many internal conflicts. If it focused its resources on crossing the bridge from crisis to sustainability facing the seriousness of looming environmental threats. America can transform its role in the world. It can re-new itself, re-creating its infrastructure, its health system, its educational system and all the other crumbling systems in its great land. Another America, another WORLD is truly possible. Let’s fight for it and say no to WAR.