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(en) US, Atlanta GA, The Treadmill of War - From flyer of the anarchist Capital Terminus Collective

Date Wed, 22 Nov 2006 12:38:14 +0200


On wars, and their justifications
Liberals and conservatives often debate which U.S. wars were "just". World War
Two and the War Between the States are most often cited as examples of righteous
conflict. The war in Viet Nam- and increasingly, the invasion and occupation of
Iraq- are usually conceded to have been "mistakes". But we of the Capital
Terminus Collective (CTC) take a more skeptical view of the military record...
Liberals and conservatives often debate which U.S. wars were "just". World War
Two and the War Between the States are most often cited as examples of righteous
conflict. The war in Viet Nam- and increasingly, the invasion and occupation of
Iraq- are usually conceded to have been "mistakes".

We of the Capital Terminus Collective (CTC) take a more skeptical view of the
military record. Following an exhaustive study of U.S. history- paying
particular attention to the bloody and frequent wars- we are convinced the U.S.
government is incapable of sending troops into battle for the benefit of common
people. Ever. Anywhere. The reason is painfully clear: because the U.S.
government is, and always has been, in the hands of business interests.

Recently, when tycoons declared, "We need oil", President Bush dutifully turned
towards the television cameras and announced, "The Middle East needs... um,
lessee... democracy! Yeah, that's it, democracy. We must invade nations laden
with oil, or located near oil fields and proposed pipelines, in order to bring
'freedom' and 'democracy' to the citizenry thereabouts."

Most thinking citizens of good conscience are wise to the Bush administration's
chicanery. They know the recent invasions and occupations were for oil. But what
many fail to realize- and this failure is critical to the government's ongoing
ability to dupe the people- is that what this administration has done in Iraq,
is business as usual for the U.S. government! The ploy of going to war for
financial reasons, while offering the domestic populace a rationale of nobility,
is not a recent invention. No, this technique is a venerable American tradition.
Bush was simply clumsy- incredibly, amazingly clumsy- at employing it.

But we must realize that what he did, U.S. presidents have done for decades,
centuries. Recall the current President's father: Panama was not invaded, that a
penny-ante drug dealer might be removed from public office (possibly the most
bizarre rationalization ever offered for an invasion), but that someone beholden
to the U.S. might take charge of the Panama Canal. On the Democratic side, the
war in Viet Nam (like the invasion of the Philippines circa 1900) was not so
much about stemming the tide of authoritarian communism, as claiming a beachhead
in the midst of crucial Asian markets.

We could continue. Each war that U.S. troops have fought, can be shown to have
been primarily in the interests of business. Government of, by, and for the
people, is a sham. Someday, when common folks like you and I realize that we are
being played for fools by the rich and powerful, we will take the administration
of our affairs, into our own hands. When that happens, government, and markets,
will no longer have a place. Sharing, rather than fighting, hoarding and
gouging, will be the order of the day. But until that time, the tragedies and
injustices of war, government, and commerce will continue to haunt us.

For more information, discussion or debate, please attend a study group of THE
CAPITAL TERMINUS COLLECTIVE, Atlanta Georgia. Or write us at
capitalterminus@gmail.com, or visit http://www.myspace.com/capitalterminus

(The above article was included in a flyer distributed during the most recent
annual demostration against the School of the Americas in Columbus, GA, USA.)

http://www.nefac.net/~ctc/
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