I wrote this a long time ago when my PC
was out of action for my blog
. My blog was gone by the time I got a chance to post it, so I thought
I may as well post it here. Enjoy.
(I am sitting in bed right now, it's 11:37PM on Friday 14th November, so ignore whatever the post title says).
Some will laugh
Some will just sit and cry
But you just sit down there
And wonder why
The above, from the song A Rush Of Blood To The Head by Coldplay, holds a great significance to me. Never before have the many opposing sides and arguments of war been summed up so succintly. The laughing generals, happy at obliterating part of a city, and the lives of the innocent civilians within. The crying citizens, who have had their lives wrecked by a war intended to liberate them. They have lost their homes, their families, all they had dear. It ends here. They are powerless. They can do nothing but mourn what is lost. While the man robbed of his life weeps, others trumpet war.
And in the middle are the people who wonder "why", pondering-why have we not learnt the truth, from World War One, from World War II, from Vietnam, from the first Gulf War-peace should be kept. Why have the international community sat back and barely grumbled while America's mutated realpolitik ravaged the earth? Why, particularly, must we brand anti-war protestors "unpatriotic" and "supporters of terrorism"? Why did we allow this illegal, unjust war, the only result of which has been a loss of human life and massive environmental devastation, presided over by a man who would send Stanley Kubrick screaming for an IP lawyer, go ahead unchecked and unopposed by the body whose job it is to stop such things from occurring? It should not be! Yet it is!
I believe this planet is doomed due to our own stupidity, ignorance and greed. If we have learnt anything from two world wars, two atomic bombs and three US-led "crusades", it is that war is only good if you can call it just without having to take things at face value. World War 2 was just-Hitler overstepped the mark, and we went in and beat the seven bells out of him, ending years of Nazi rule and thus the opression of certain sects of society. There could have been no ulterior motives.
In Gulf War 2, however, this war is just only if you believe that George W Bush is telling the truth. If you take into account the large number of ulterior motives that there could be in invading Iraq (first and foremost, oil), cracks start to appear in the idea of this war being just. It would take some breathtaking naivity to assume that anybody, least of all Dubya, is telling the whole truth the whole of the time.
The Bush administration's attitude to war, especially nuclear war, frankly scares me. Bush seems to treat his soldiers as disposable income, to use as he wishes. (This is, of course, ignoring the statistics-only 0.3% of all the soldiers send to the Gulf by US allies have been killed in battle. The Iraqi death toll is significantly higher). His (George W Bush's) new bunker buster nukes are not only ridiculous, but also incredibly dangerous and frightening-the first person to authorise their use will be a foolish man indeed, and I do not believe that President Bush fully understands the ramifications of these new weapons, if at all. We have averted nuclear war for around 60 years now, during an arms race, the Cuban Missile Crisis and massive stockpiling-mainly through a combination of diplomacy, and the belief that nukes are deterrents as opposed to usable weapons. Once nuclear weapons are made usable, as is the plan with bunker busters, the consequences for world security are unimaginable. As a conscientious objector, the prospect of this terrifies me and I am hoping that a voice of sanity within the US administration manages to derail the bunker buster project before it even leaves the station, so to speak. Meanwhile, the world waits with baited breath for the next move of this 21st century Douglas Haig, President Bush.
Wow, that's a long blog :-) It's 12:30AM now...