Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The Hideous Enginery Of War, Greed, Apartheid
I continue to read about our "mission" in Afghanistan and its provinces and sadly anticipate what awaits our brave troops(led by uncourageous, unscrupulous profiteers)in those mountainous provinces as they are being lured into it...
I think of VietNam...
I think of the lives of our overmanaged and poorly led soldiers...and:
I think of the many more civilians we'll kill and the lessons we never learned.
Are we learning anything from the Israel Palestine apartheid driven civilian killings?
Does History ever teach us anything?
Are we going to continue to command drones of mass destructions from our posh chairs from some comfortable gameland command center in middle america...as scores of civilians' blood is spilled to fill the coffers of war profiteers and corporate con-men?
The lessons of history are unfortunately many in this Country; and are timeless! But it seems like the students are very few...For instance: during the US war to take possession of Mexico, Horace Greely wrote in the New York Tribune, May12,1846:
"We can safely defeat the armies of Mexico, slaughter them by the thousands, and pursue them perhaps to their capital; we can then conquer and "annex" their territory; but what then? Have the histories of the ruin of Greek and Roman liberty consequent on such extensions of empire by the sword no lesson for us? Who believes that a score of victories over Mexico, the "annexation" of half her provinces, will give us more Liberty, a purer Morality, a more prosperous Industry,...Is not life miserable enough, comes not Death soon enough, without resort to the hideous enginery of War?"
Ciao, Bella Ciao!