So, a war looms with Syria and I find myself having the same conversations with so called progressives about why we shouldn’t attack Syria as I had ten years ago with so called conservatives as to why we shouldn’t attack Iraq. I would have never guessed that progressives and conservatives were so alike. They like to think of themselves as different parts of the political spectrum, but when it comes to war it appears they are both equally easy to lie to and fool. War is ok as long as it’s their side that’s promulgating it. It’s ok as long as it’s their respectables with their suits and ties making the case and telling the lies.
I suppose I could be wrong. One side or the other might be slightly easier to fool. It certainly seems to me that the Bush administration went to greater lengths to try to hide their lies and deceptions. Perhaps the Obama administration saw how well Bush was able to manipulate the emotions of his followers and figured it would be even easier to pull the heart strings of their own blind followers who are known for their bleeding hearts. After all, human nature makes it extremely hard to even admit that you could be wrong, as I just did above, and after all the Obama cheerleading and he’s going to save the world and the hope and change thing and the peace thing, well any war he might want to get involved in must be justified, right? I think perhaps the Obama administration underestimated their followers. There’s lots of people out there actually thinking these days and it’s gotten much harder to use the same old excuses that have been used in the past. Jon Stewart does a wonderful job exposing this through his own special brand of comedy in this clip.
When you think about it, it’s really not so surprising that things are the way they are. No one likes to admit that they’re wrong. No one likes to admit that they backed a war mongering tyrant. Most people will quietly change their positions and go on with their lives as if they never did back him. Those who were the loudest and most out front about backing such a person are more likely to defend him to the point of absurdity. The human ego can be a powerful force when it comes to one’s behavior, and yet it seems so fragile that a simple admission of just the possibility of being wrong can shatter it. Well, when it comes to war and dropping bombs, more than just egos are at stake, the very lives of many innocents are at risk. More and more people are putting their egos aside and taking up the call to protest any military intervention anywhere.
Public pressure has caused the Obama administration to cave on the issue of unilaterally launching a military strike without first seeking congressional approval. This public pressure is due, at least in part, to the freedom movement. It is due, at least in part, to the wisdom of the non aggression principle set forth in libertarian philosophy. It is due, at least in part, to the ideas and principles set forth in the individualist model of governance as opposed to the collectivist model. It is due, at least in part, to a desire to move forward into a new era of decentralization where power is put into the hands of ordinary individuals rather than backward into an era where power was centralized in the hands of a few wealthy royals. And while the powers that be might try to ignore such pressure and their mainstream media may try to create a perception that such pressure doesn’t exist or is far less significant than it truly is, such forms of denial can’t hold back the waters of reality indefinitely. Sooner or later, attention will have to be paid to the grassroots or the rest of the plant will wither and die.
Those of us with a freedom and libertarian mindset have said for decades that war is wrong. We’ve pointed out the suffering of innocents. We’ve pointed out that wars are expensive and a drain on the economy, not a boom to them. Only a very few corporate and banking entities profit from war. We’ve pointed out the dangers and expense of trying to maintain an empire. With the long, drawn out engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan, many people are beginning to agree. We have too many conflicts going on right now. We don’t need to buy into another one.
Congress is due to vote on the resolution to intercede militarily in the Syrian civil war. Obama has intimated that his administration will carry out strikes against the Syrian regime regardless of how congress votes. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. It will be interesting to see if the Obama administration will be able to finagle the votes it needs from congress to rubber stamp his plans. It will be interesting to see if he does, indeed, go through with a military strike should he fail to get the votes. It will be interesting to see if he is somehow able to save face, or if he becomes a pariah among world leaders. The stakes are very high in this international game of centralization and control. The problem is they are playing with innocent lives they don’t own and the rest of free humanity needs to remind them of this fact.
The ruling elite want this conflict. They want to entangle the United States of America in another Vietnam type quagmire. If that’s not obvious than nothing is. I’m not exactly sure why, but there have been hints left in many places and miles long paper trails which need to be seriously considered and investigated. A very few wealthy elite run the world for their own amusement and profit. A very few well hidden individuals are too influential for their own good, let alone for humanity’s good.
The ruling elite like to pretend that they can do what they want and it doesn’t matter what the rest of the world thinks. They like to think they can hide behind their elite political puppets. They like to think their political puppets will take the heat when things go wrong and that they will still get what they want. That’s changing. The real masters are being exposed. More and more people are beginning to see the men behind the curtains. It began with the bailouts when people began to question the Federal Reserve and it continues today with people questioning government sources more than ever, asking and investigating “cui bono?” more and more, and questioning the motivations of those who pound the war drums the loudest. We need to keep the pressure up and show just how frightened of the light the ruling elite truly are.
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this article are solely of the Author.