Tuesday, April 16, 2024

When Delusion Morphs into Lunacy


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A month after the September 11, 2001, deadly attack on the United States, the War Hawks in the U.S. and the UK moved ahead with a plan to attack Iraq. According to an article published in the London Observer on October 14, U.S. intelligence had “a growing mass of evidence that Iraq’s President Saddam Hussein was involved” in the attacks. The article quoted an anonymous Bush administration official, who said that British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who was a leading advocate for a war against Iraq, is a “faithful ally” in the war on terror, and that if the intelligence assessment means that “we are embarking on the next Hundred Years’ War, then that’s what we are doing.”

As was almost immediately discovered, the “evidence” against Iraq was fraudulent, but nevertheless used to build bipartisan support in the U.S. for a war to topple Saddam Hussein. And despite the knowledge that one pretext for war after another was false, the U.S. and its NATO allies continued to launch new destabilizations and wars, with little accountability for their monstrous crimes.

More than twenty-three years later, the “war on terror” has thus become a “Permanent War,” which actually began, in various forms in different regions of the world, decades before the 9/11 attacks. An escalation of the neocolonial policy following the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, which ensnared the U.S. in the war in Vietnam—as American military power replaced the British as the main enforcer of imperial geopolitics—enabled the war party to tighten its grip over strategic policy after the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991–92.

Today, unless there is a dramatic shift away from the commitment to use war as the means to enforce the hegemony of an Anglo-American “Unipolar Order,” there is a real danger that the “endless war” policy will escalate to a nuclear World War III, which would have the ironic effect of ending the endless wars, by eliminating the human race!  (more...)

When Delusion Morphs into Lunacy: ‘Permanent War’ Backers Push Mankind to Brink of World War III

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