By Nathan Barton
One more war – this one in Yemen. The FedGov has (officially, at least) stayed out of the multisided fight in this nation of 25 million Muslims, between various governments and various outsiders (especially the Saudi gangsters), but now that has changed.
After what several people have referred to as “another Gulf of Tonkin Incident” (referring to the supposed attack that let LBJ let loose the dogs of war in Vietnam more than two generations ago), in which supposedly Houthi missiles were fired at (and missed) a US Navy warship off the coast of Yemen, US forces launched attacked on radar sites and other targets (and probably more we don’t know about) in Yemen.
Not that the FedGov hasn’t been attacking targets in Yemen for years, with drones and special forces. But not so openly, and not so blatantly in obvious lead-up to more massive military actions. So we add another land to the theatres of war in which American troops are engaged.
Russia’s President Putin recently suggested that someone get a world map (or better, a globe) and mark where all the FedGov military bases are, and then compare to the few places where there are Russian military installations. Even more telling would be to ALSO mark all the countries (or pretend countries) where the FedGov is actually conducting combat operations (or directing them) in some way, from air, sea, and land. The world has turned into a vast arena for American combat on (and not on) display. When you then add just a few other key allies (thinking mainly of the United Kingdom and France), the areas increase still more: the world is stained with blood which was shed by American hands.
Is it any wonder that many people think that the current tyrant and squatter in DC is just biding his time to introduce still more parts of the world to American-shed blood? That my email is filled with messages warning that the powers that be in DC and NYC (and those who PULL the strings of those powers) are setting up a nuclear confrontation with Russia? The excuses (pardon me, “reasons”) for that confrontation may be subject to disagreement: a poor showing by Miz Hillary in the election (in other words, failure to properly buy/steal the election) or a coming collapse of the Fed/Bank bubble or something else. But the fear is there.
At the same time, the list of potential theatres of conflict is a long one, and I must ask the question: what makes those powers that be choose one first and then another? And why such contradictory messages, memes, about the various areas?
I notice that the horror that continues to be Mexico, ravaged by a narco-war which is the direct result of the FedGov (and most of the Fifty States’) war on some drugs, is almost absent from our news in recent months. But the bloodshed, the torture, the wealth and property destruction, is still going on: and indeed may be getting worse. And one of these days, it is very likely to again wash over the borders of Texas and New Mexico and Arizona and California, as it has so often in the past.
Conditions are not that great in much of Latin America, expecially Venezuela, where terror and tyranny could boil over at any time and drag nearby lands into the debacle. And many Americans, as well. Haiti, Cuba, and elsewhere all loom as potential places for Imperialists, whether Democratic Transnational Progressives or Republican Neo-Cons, to see an “urgent need” for MORE American arms, from drones to occupation troops.
And that does not even address the existing wars in Syria, Kurdistan, other parts of Mesopotamia, the Sinai, Canaan, Lebanon, and nearby areas. Especially not with Turkey spreading its wings, and possible links with the Saudi gang.
Nor are things any better, really, in Ukraine and other nearby states like Belarus and Moldavia and the Caucasus. Areas of great concern to Russia and apparently high on the list of the thugs in DC to mess with.
The locales for mischief by the powers that be in DC and NYC (and for that matter, in Hollywood) are myriad. It more remains a matter of seeing which pots boil over first, than whether or not they WILL boil over.
The answer is freedom, and there are many people who think that as we near this grand climax of crises, that there will be enough of two things to have things turn out for the good. The first thing needed is enough people with love and common sense (and a sense of loyalty to liberty and their families) to NOT start pushing buttons: to refuse the orders of the power-mad nutcases that are calling the shots now. The second thing is that we still have – each of us – the liberty to refuse. The freedom that responds “I won’t.” That we can choose alternatives to the madness that grips federal and state and local government: alternatives that say, “We don’t need you idiots, you madmen, to tell us what to do and solve these problems: we will do it ourselves. Go away, leave us alone, or we will make you.”
Liberty. The answer to “how many wars?” is no more wars of aggression, of the policeman to the world.
Enough is enough.