An organization called Public Policy Polling (PPP) did a survey, and found that 30% of Republicans said they would support bombing a country called Agrabah. This is a fake country name, although it obviously sounds like a country in the middle-east. This is shocking, but:
From an article in Salon, Ben Norton wrote:
You’re missing the point. 30% of Republicans said they’d bomb Agrabah — but so did 19% of Democrats.
Yes, 36 percent of surveyed Democrats said they opposed it, but 19 is still a huge number — and not that far off from the Republican figure of 30 percent. Moreover, when you adjust for the 45 percent of Democrats who did not provide a yes or no answer, it means 35 percent of Democrats who gave a specific answer to PPP supported bombing a fictitious Arabic-sounding country.
It’s not about party, it’s about hunger for war: 19 percent of Democrats also said they’d bomb fake country from “Aladdin”.
The sad fact we get from this poll is that 49% of Americans, when asked if they would support a bombing campaign in this country, said yes, without knowing anything about the country. As Mr. Norton said, there is a hunger for war in the USA.
This was upsetting to me, and surprising. I’ve always held the belief that, yes, our government may indeed be basically evil, wickedly stirring up trouble by means of the military in conjunction with our secret agencies, and yes, our military is good at only one thing, which is wanton, indiscriminate destruction, but, dang it, most Americans are good, peace-loving souls.
Then along came the Republican debates, and Donald Trump, which I have avoided like the plague, but still found out enough second-hand to be highly disturbing. Trump doesn’t bother me. He’s a joke, and can not be elected. But what worries me is the level of support Trump has gotten from so many people, and the enthusiasm of his supporters, willing to fight for him, even. (The attacks on those who have been hecklers at his events). Apparently, a lot of people actually AGREE with Trumps outrageous attitudes toward immigrants, and Muslims, and his belligerent, jingoistic, cavalier attitude about war, American empire building, and international relations.
I was told that the Republicans actually got into a bit of a competition about “toughness, and resoluteness, in bombing ISIS. [The following from Democracy Now! site:
During Tuesday’s debate, radio host Hugh Hewitt asked Dr. Ben Carson if he was ruthless enough to wage war. “Could you order airstrikes that would kill innocent children by not the scores, but the hundreds and the thousands?”
[Carson’s answer was affirmative] HUGH HEWITT: So you are OK with the deaths of thousands of innocent children and civilian. It’s like—
DR. BEN CARSON: You got it. You got it.
HUGH HEWITT: That is what war—can you be as ruthless as Churchill was in prosecuting the war against the Nazis?
DR. BEN CARSON: “Ruthless” is not necessarily the word I would use, but tough, resolute, understanding what the problems are and understanding that the job of the president of the United States is to protect the people of this country and to do what is necessary in order to get it done.
[End quote] And I understand that this was well received by the audience. I’m shocked that everyone didn’t get up and walk out, at that point, but no, and Trump basically agreed with this attitude.
So, unfortunately, I’m beginning to get it. So, in the USA, not only is the government and the military evil, guided by evil international corporations (which are owned by the elite 1%, primarily), but a sizable proportion of this population is in agreement with all of this wickedness and contravention of international law, and so, therefore, these citizens are EVIL AS WELL!
On NPR, the other day, there was an interview of David Ignatius. (Looked it up online, but no name was given for the interviewer) The Interviewer was bemoaning the fact that President Obama doesn’t see the middle-east or the ISIS threat in the same way that Republicans do. (As if this were a problem!) He wants to go slow, and not put too many “boots-on-the-ground”. So he asked David, who had authored an article on this subject, “What do you think it would take, to get Obama to see this as an important enough battle, to invest the kind of military force necessary to get the job done?” (My paraphrase).
His answer was that some major attack here in the States, that would, perhaps, interfere in the normal functioning of the country, this would suffice. But I’m astonished that this conversation is even taking place at all, and on NPR! It’s as if it is common knowledge that our country SHOULD have both “boots on the ground, thousands of troops, and add to that all possible bombing, in EVERY PLACE where there is some kind of threat such as ISIS, or Al Qaeda, or unruly, uncooperative regime.
The interviewer seemed to have this understanding, as if it were something we all agree on, that this is just normal, good governance. Does no-one know that invading another country is against international law? We’ve gotten so used to the idea of invading other countries, in this time of eternal warfare, that we have forgotten a basic premise! Warfare is illegal, and morally repugnant. (Of course, provisions are made for self-defense of the homeland, but this gets abused to no end). Here is a quote from Global Research news:
WE BANNED ALL WAR IN 1928
In 1928, the United States Senate, that same institution that on a good day can now get three percent of its members to vote against funding war escalations or continuations, voted 85 to 1 to bind the United States to a treaty by which it is still bound and in which we “condemn recourse to war for the solution of international controversies, and renounce it, as an instrument of national policy in [our] relations with” other nations. This is the Kellogg-Briand Pact. It condemns and renounces all war.
In addition, in 1945, the United States became a party to the United Nations Charter, which also remains in force today as part of the “supreme law of the land.” The United States had been the driving force behind the U.N. Charter’s creation. It includes these lines:
“All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.
”All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”
(End quote). If this surprises you, it just goes to show how far we have fallen, as a people. Hey, imagine what the American reaction would be to any other nation putting “boots on the ground” here on OUR SOIL? But we’ve grown to believe it’s some kind of right for the USA, even an obligation, to intervene in other countries affairs, anywhere in the world, by means of force.
The Syrian refugee crisis brought out some ugly aspects of the xenophobic among us. I thought it was a very small slice of the American people who would fear and resent these poor refugees, victims of our own actions in three or four countries in the middle-east. But no, I understand that a significant percentage of Americans would support a ban on all Muslims entering the country. And the hatred against the Faith of Islam, the attacks on Muslims we have seen recently!
I’ll tell you something, these right-wing so-called Christians that wave their Bibles around so much, they speak of “the fall of mankind”, as something that happened about seven or ten thousand years ago, in the garden of Eden, when Eve ate the apple (did you know there’s no mention of an apple in this biblical story?); but they bemoan how we lost our innocent perfection, by partaking of the forbidden fruit. This is what I say, to Americans and all others who long to see their military in action: this present time is our fall from grace as a nation, and as a people. It is the acceptance of an abnormal, ungodly act, the act of warfare, as if it is normal, and even desirable. This is our time of failure, as a nation. This is what history will point to, if there is any history left at all, after World War Three.
We were sucked into an invasion of Afghanistan. As soon as we got used to that, We attacked another country unnecessarily, Iraq. Now, we have our drones, eternally terrorizing the nations of Yemen and Pakistan. Our Special forces and secret operations are taking place all over Africa. Our government is plotting the downfall of the Maduro government in Venezuela. While we weren’t paying attention, our NGOs financed a coup d’état in Ukraine, right on Russia’s doorstep. And if Putin hadn’t secured Crimea, the USA would have had ships in the naval base there by this time.
And so, our character, as a country, has changed significantly, over the past fifteen years. We had been sickened by war, during the Vietnam years. We would have been shocked to look into the future to this present time. We wouldn’t have believed it. But here we are, and the conflicts of the world, many of them due to American meddling, are about to suddenly boil over, to blow up! Ukraine, Syria, the middle-east, these places are a keg of gunpowder, and we, as a nation, have made this powder-keg our permanent seat.
We are watching Star Wars. This is our plan of action. We are entertained into complacency. We have all lost our minds, that’s what has happened. Lost our moral compass as a nation. It can’t be long before the USA will begin to reap what we have sown, by becoming a military nation.
I hope and pray for only good for the people of the USA, and people everywhere. The grace, the patience of God, is amazing, and I pray for grace upon all. I pray that destruction is delayed, long enough for individuals to look around, and say, hey this is not for me. I’ll be a war resister. Soldiers can refuse to fight. We can find personal spiritual salvation, at least, by denouncing this horrid foreign policy, that sows death and destruction everywhere it touches.
I pray that we don’t give up on hope.
And this is not to say that praying is enough. It’s not the only thing we do. We follow our revolutionary teachers, people like Chris Hedges, for instance. We resist, we protest, we boycott, we try to affect politics. We speak, we write. We take action.
I only insist that whatever we do, we follow the teachings and examples of the great teachers, Jesus Christ, the Buddha, and as we learn of them, even the peaceful teachings of the Quran (or Koran). For my atheist friends, this doesn’t require any faith in any God; I only mean that we must be non-violent, which most of you already understand.
PEACE be upon us all.