Thursday, March 24, 2005

Stop the War In Iran

We've already lost the war in Iraq. March 19th this year was a wake up call. We've lost this battle but the war for global justice can still be won.

Over two years ago, the United States began a war of aggression against a country the size of Californa. A year ago, on the anniversary of the war, there was still something to be said for taking to the streets to protest the continued invasion. This is no longer true. There is something to be said for not pulling out at this point. Pulling out of Iraq means not only pulling out our troops but withdrawing from all huminatarian aid as well. This shouldn't be the case, but I don't see it happening any other way. We've destroyed their entire country and doing anything towards preventing the US efforts to rebuild Iraq is, to some extent, counter-productive.

But furthermore, the real argument is this: If two years of parading down the street chanting our antiwar slogans hasn't worked by now, it's not going to work now so why continue? These protests do nothing to stop the war in Iraq.

However, this doesn't mean we shouldn't take to the streets in protest. In fact, it's more important now then ever before to get as many people out as possible. But, it's time for new messaging, everyone on the face of the planet knows that the US is at war with Iraq and most everyone on the planet is opposed to it.

The only thing effective about these parades disguised is protests is to raise the general public's awareness and it's time we focus on what the public does not already know.

First off, it's becoming painfully clear that we are on a course towards an armed conflict with Iran. Scott Ritter cited early June and that seems like a plausible time-table. The general public does not yet realize this and it's time we use this head start to our advantage and mobilize before the war as seen as inevitable to Joe American.

Second, if we do go to war with Iran, then there will almost certainly be a draft. The numbers simply don't add up otherwise. Recruitment is down, deaths are up, and I doubt many in the military are signing up for an additional tour. A draft is inevitable and this too is distant from the minds of most Americans.

If we can educate the public through mass protest before the propaganda media monopy machine has its way with the sheeple then we still stand a chance of making real change.

Otherwise, we might as well just keep having our regularly scheduled protests -- if only, as a means to remind ourselves that we are not alone.


At 10:02 AM, Blogger Michael said...

A vision of hundreds of millions of people walking blindly, uncaringly, unconsciously into Armageddon…

Not because that is their intention; but because they are too terrified, or too lazy, or too busy with ‘more important things’ even to question, much less consider an alternative to what they have always been told is the ‘Gospel Truth’ by the media, the politicians and the theologians.

For the media—-not only the mainstream media; but, also, the variety of purportedly ‘alternative’ news and political websites on the Internet—-the fundamental rule is “Thou shalt not question the theological motivations of the politicians; or consider theology to be, in any way, relevant to the political-military decision-making process.” It makes no difference that ‘following the rule’ may very well threaten the very survival of human civilization. That rule must be followed to the end.

For the politicians, on the other hand, absolutely every problem can be resolved by the use of one of four hammers: the small hammer of diplomacy; the medium hammer of terrorist violence; the large hammer of conventional military force; or the very large hammer of nuclear weapons. And, of course, anything that cannot be fixed by one of these four hammers is, obviously, not a problem.

And, finally, the theologians attempt to resolve all problems by the use of a huge hammer and the simplest of fundamental rules: “God is on our side; and anyone who even so much as questions, much less provides an alternative to what we say is ‘in league with Satan’; and, thus, should be ‘pacified’ by the medium hammer, the large hammer or the very large hammer of the politicians.”

The immediate problem for human civilization is that the theological conflict between Judaeo-Christian civilization and Islamic civilization can be fixed only by the use of a pair of tweezers to remove the ‘splinter in your mind’ referred to by Morpheus in “The Matrix”.

And that pair of tweezers is a detailed theological analysis.

So the "dragon" media keeps insisting on ‘following the rules’; the "beast of the sea" politicians keep hammering away at a problem that can be fixed only by a pair of tweezers—-and the more frustrated they get, the bigger a hammer they use; while the "beast of the earth" theologians keep insisting, in support of the "beast of the sea" politicians, that people who use tweezers are ‘in league with Satan’.

All walking catatonically into Armageddon.



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