in defense of people who are so long maligned and so mercilessly denied justice…
Aggression, or armed conflict (war) is a tool of the ruling classes that levels the ground of politics or economy. Stuart Chase refers to this saying ‘but the best thing of all for trade is war’ (Stuart Chase, Where’s the money coming from? — pp.4). For the system lost lives do not count; the outcome does. Without minimal questioning of the insanity of a system that relies on inflicting human misery to survive, wars and conflicts are stirred around the world, from out of nothing. The inherent crisis-prone nature of capitalist system needs the war. It is the enforcement of consumption via destruction. In the system’s logic, it is but one option among others, in the sense that human lives are mere inputs or expenses.
It is also the way to prevent undesirable yet inevitable demands of liberty and justice.
“War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.” −George Orwell, 1984
A truly advanced society is intelligent enough to demand liberty, transparency, and rights for themselves as much as everyone worldwide. Warfare with its deprivation brings them back to their vital concerns; need to survive, need to secure enough food, shelter..
Concocting a common enemy scenario is another effective way to block rights, transparency and demands of social justice, as it is effectively implemented in the western world, its allies and client states since September 11th, 2001. Everyone was supposed to follow the leader who rallied the society around the single supreme goal of defending the homeland, fatherland, motherland..a bit of discerning look-through would reveal whether the argumentation pointed to a real threat to existence, or if the whole thing was a self-serving hoax.
“Politically speaking, tribal nationalism always insists that its own people is surrounded by “a world of enemies”, “one against all”, that a fundamental difference exists between this people and all others. It claims its people to be unique, individual, incompatible with all others, and denies theoretically the very possibility of a common mankind long before it is used to destroy the humanity of man.” Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951
War is not between people. It is not natural, it is man-made. People are not natural enemies of each other like a snake is to a mouse. There is plenty of everything for everyone, only the few grab and block them from fair distribution and enjoyment. That few buy their hit men as politicians, and the media as their 24/7 propaganda and lie machine to hide criminals and disguise all crime. The interests and stakes in a war are not people’s. On the contrary, they only lose. Lose loved ones, everything they did in a whole lifetime, their beautiful country with all the life on it that made it theirs.
Losing a loved one, most of all losing a child is not comparable to any pain. All mothers, fathers, lovers and siblings of the world can stop a war if they know what it is to have to (!) go through that. only then one asks the most heartfelt WHY. Only then one sees through the game played upon humanity.
You cannot stop a war unless you categorically reject and stand up on your feet against it, no matter what.
The asynchronous socioeconomic states of countries were further taken advantage of by global powers in creating spheres of permanent enslavement, either by direct colonization, or by approaching weaker communities to abuse their developmental desires by promising each of them incompatible goals, as a result of which their inevitable clashes set the stage for the imperial state to usurp the control of events in alignment with their behind-doors ends. Britain was ruthless in playing this evil poker. Arab-Jewish problematic is their lifetime achievement. There wasn’t any such thing as Arab-Jew conflict before first funded Zionist settlers dispossessed poor Arabs of their land by forcibly buying it. Indigenous Palestinian Jews, too, had objected that back then. Israel was erected by Anglo-American force by driving out 1200 year-old residents.
Imagine driving out the Spanish from Spain, or Germans from Germany, Russians from Russia. This is what has been done to Palestinians.
Iraqi and Syrian people had not been, either, killing their fellow citizens in unprecedented bloodbath even though they had autocratic regimes. Since the invasion of the sovereign country of Iraq based upon lies by US-Americans, UK and their allies, thousands of years old civilization has been annihilated and civil populations massacred. All for the plan to dominate the oil-rich Middle East.
“Obviously, there are theological differences as well as political and social differences. But the fact is that Iraqi Sunnis and Shiites managed to live in the same country for a long time without killing each other, and they lived in the same neighborhoods. They intermarried — I am half Sunni and half Shiite. I am one of many Iraqis who was born into these mixed marriages. Sect wasn’t really a part of the national consciousness. I was born in Iraq and I’d never in my life been asked if I was a Sunni or a Shiite. And I didn’t know who among my relatives or neighbors or co-workers or colleagues at school were Sunnis or Shiites, because it wasn’t an issue. It’s not that people were tolerant toward each other — they weren’t aware of sectarian backgrounds. It’s similar to some areas in the US where you don’t necessarily know what Christian sect your friends belong to. You might know, or you might not know. That was before the US intervention. The US destroyed that Iraqi national identity and replaced it with sectarian and ethnic identities after 2003. I don’t think this is something that many Iraqis argue about, because you can trace the beginning of this sectarian strife that is destroying the country, and it clearly began with the US invasion and occupation.” Raed Jarrar — Iraqi citizen who had to leave his country during the invasion
Sectarian-tribal schemes were deliberately devised and terminal destruction unleashed in Iraq. As the interviewer comments ‘That’s not to say that Iraqis don’t have agency over their own country and lives — they could and should have worked on bridging the gaps. But it’s not easy to fix these huge political and religious differences when the situation is as complicated as Iraq — and when the US is funding and training one side of this conflict with tens of billions of dollars, it’s not easy to reach a point of national healing, where Iraqis work together and live in peace.’
Something is missing here; Iraqis lived with ‘these huge political and religious differences’ for centuries, both in their modern history and under Ottoman rule. There was noone working to forge hostilities out of them. He should have said, when the situation was made -out of nothing- as complicated as Iraq by the US invasion and its acts, as Jarrar clearly puts. how much relevance does it have to say Iraqis might have thought about ample historical lessons of their region on the consequences of western interference (again, with Britain involved), and hence stayed alert and stuck together? It was a life under invasion and at gunpoint.
Whereas for an average US-American nailed in front of his TV-Show the truth could be, citing the interviewer, as simple as (!), “Well, Sunni and Shia, they hate each other — it’s an ancient blood hatred and we have nothing to do with that. It’s not our fault that they’re at one another’s throats.”
See the effect of living solely by the propaganda to cover up own government’s schemes?! The media portrayal of the Middle East as a place of eternal turmoil with feuds, fights and violence. As if the locals of the Middle East are crazy people -unlike peaceful and sane westerners- who do not know to enjoy life’s beauties which abound around them, and instead take pleasure in claiming each other’s lives. Of course never once are the background agents behind the events detailed in the mediating-ergo-manipulating-and-alienating ‘news’.
Let me tell you. noone can yearn for peace more than a middle eastern youth, child or adult. if your governments’ hadn’t schemed this bloodshed, you could have been able to get to know for yourself by freely visiting this vast region of the most peaceful and welcoming people who value better than everyone the humanity and humans in all their diversity. Despite all that they have been made to suffer, they still are so. This is culture. Their soils bear the traces of the oldest history of mankind, of whole civilisations of the Fertile Crescent, which is termed not without reason The Cradle of Civilisations. See the map below, does the largest country on earth accomodate such a plurality? They’ve known how to live together for thousands of years, don’t worry. Just be a responsible human whose conscience doesn’t accept to be blunted and seeks the truth, and you’ll find it.
“Many people accuse the militias affiliated with the ruling parties that were supported by and funded by the US of being involved with this program of cleansing,” Jarrar continues.
“And it created a new reality. I used to say Iraq will never be separated or partitioned, because of the demographic realities. There were millions of Shiites who lived in what the US wanted to have as a Sunni partition, and vice versa. [Ed. note: In 2007, the US Senate passed a nonbinding resolution supporting “regional federalism” in Iraq that would have divided the country into three semi-autonomous regions along ethnic and sectarian lines.] Now that’s completely changed. Today, the new demographic reality has opened the door for sectarian war, it has opened the door wide for partitioning and for what has been going on this week.
So the deterioration we see today didn’t happen in a few months. It happened over a long, long period of time. There was so much destruction and death and displacement and ethnic cleansing imposed upon Iraqis before we reached this week of actual sectarian civil war.”
While Saddam had been a dictator, in his rule there were no daily mass murders and bloodbath, sects and tribes were not aware of (let alone be separated to erase) each other, the country’s people went about their lives and had a degree of exchange with the rest of the world that made them feel themselves a part of it. They were not hiding in bushes in starvation to escape from slaughter by their own people or imported psychopaths, as they do today. The western occupation led by US military carried out the targeted destruction of the thousand year old cultural heritage; ultimate disintegration is the way to the unconditional domination of a country. Exterminate culture, have the country’s people exterminate each other (and each other’s culture), and you have the country yours, in pieces.
Culture is defined as the whole of the joint stories of a people. Therefore the societies where people highly relate to each other have vibrant and rich cultures. The presence of culture (with its elements) is a bearing of the society, and implicitly of tolerance and co-existence between communities in it; cultural elements are everyone’s common good, which helps to imagine a community. Even an atheist can admire the supreme architecture of a particular mosque. A conservative person can appreciate a modern musical performance. Blow them all up in the air, and you have the next generations without any stories. how does this help the invader? to insert his version of everything including the stories. as if nothing ever existed on that ground before.
“Earlier, the proponents of intervention in Iraq did not use Saddam Hussein and his atrocities as standards for what the US would bring to the country. They promised some utopian ideals of happiness and democracy and equality for all. So the mere fact that they are trying to defend their crimes by comparing them to someone else’s crimes is actually evidence of their failure.
That said, Iraq under the former Iraqi government, before the occupation, was a livable country. It was one of the many Arab countries that had a dictatorship. Arabs have dictatorships all over the region so it wasn’t an exception. It was a run-of-the-mill dictatorship that was brutal in attacking and killing and torturing dissidents who opposed it. But as far as everyday life for millions of Iraqis, the standard of living was… okay. The country functioned. There were enough basic services provided to the people — education was free, health care was free. And the national identity was good enough to maintain the country’s territorial integrity.
In the 1990s these things started falling apart — after the 1991 war. We saw partitioning of the north of Iraq to what became Iraqi Kurdistan. People became a little bit more religious, and under the sanctions [that the UN Security Council imposed between the two Gulf Wars] there was more corruption. But it continued to function better than it did after the occupation even under the sanctions, which is amazing when you think about it.
Iraq was exporting an average of $100 billion worth of oil every year. That’s actually more than the budgets of Jordan and Syria and Lebanon and Egypt combined. And under the occupation — and after it — the government failed to provide its citizens with electricity, with water! With a decent road that they could drive on. The most basic services are not provided. Iraq has been among the most corrupt countries in the world for the last twelve or thirteen years, according to Transparency International.
So the short answer to your question is that before 2003, Iraq was not a very happy place to live, but it was home for millions of people. They went to work, and they had their basic needs satisfied. They could not express themselves politically. But after 2003, people still could not — and cannot — express themselves politically and they also lost all of the security that they used to have and all of the basic services.
So I don’t think many Iraqis actually would disagree that the US occupation and invasion and everything that happened after it made the country much worse.”
Criminal invasion of Iraq and underhandedly self-seeking military undertakings that lacked any clear humanitarian intent or perspective in Syria exterminated life on two countries. Streams of blood and mountains of rubble bore a sudden recent new element in the shape of a murderous client army emerged with a concentration of armed power that hinted at the vast support behind it. It was calling for God’s state, and blowing up mosques. Apparently they were relied upon to bring the desired order. Lots of guns for lots of weapon money. Lots of oil at the end, lots of oil money.
Peaceful protesters of Syria of 2011, too, have long waited in vain for the world’s people to compel their countries to take truly responsible action for the imperiled lives of Syrian people.
There is no way to describe what Iraq and Syrian people have suffered since 2003 and 2011. This barbarism is happening right now. Condemnation of genocides, massacres, oppressions in the recent human history are being voided.
We are our brothers and sisters. No human being benefits from the misery of the others. We must not leave each other defenseless, and war criminals without being held accountable for their crimes against humanity.
‘..all people of conscience would have to ask themselves why they have neglected to speak in defense of a people so long maligned and so mercilessly denied justice. It will be the beginning of the end for those perpetrating the injustices once people discover the human in themselves and refuse to quaver before the worn and age-old catch cries intended to savage reputations and ambitions and focus instead, as Leunig says, “on the plight of the subjugated, the ones most neglected, severely deprived and cruelly afflicted.” ’ says Sonja Karkar, the editor of http://australiansforpalestine.com, as quoted here.