So before I go off and give myself an aneurysm there are a couple of things I need to express before I go off in a long rant about why we’re all choosing to be willfully stupid and not calling bullshit when we see it.
So, for starters, we’re not idiots. There are those who either pretend to be idiots or pretend to not give a damn, but in the great scheme of things, above and beyond, in general, we are not a bunch of simpletons. One of the great things the internet has brought us, aside from information (if you know how to get it) is actually a far more useful trait: skepticism.
We are so inundated by information on a daily basis, be it from the mainstream media, be it from “alternative” news sources online, that the wide variety of information we get, oftentimes contradictory, has made us generally skeptical of the news we read, where it comes from, who wrote it, and for what purpose. Now, you may not realize this consciously, but you know you’ve had those moments when you read something and your gut just tells you “Wow, that sounds like a large pile of buffalo dung”. It’s that gut reaction that we need to hone and sharpen, because boy, are we swimming in a river of bull.
The thing with the news is that it represents the thin layer that lays at the top, when the reality of the matter is simmering beneath. Watch the coverage from all the news sources, be it television or newspapers, detract opinion and general partisan hackery, and the details themselves oftentimes reveal far more about the story than the general hoopla about this or that.
And now here is where my brain begins to simmer.
Oh boy has it been a little while since we’ve had a new season of the hit show “America’s Got Bombs”. Disclaimer, I love the US, its people, its founding principles and its general resilience to everything that is thrown at them. So when I scold anyone, I do it out of love.
Those of us who were around to witness the horrors of 9/11, and then watch the fabric of fear being carefully woven and blanketed across the US will remember what it cost the country. Be it the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, the run-up to Iraq, the lies being sold on an international scale, as well as national, to justify going to war with a country that (yes, it was being run by a crazy douchebag) had nothing to do with 9/11, Drone Strikes without airspace authorization, Libya, so on and so forth, I don’t get the sense as if any of this has ever sat well with me. Has that gut feeling of yours told you something isn’t right too?
Now we come to Syria. Keeping in mind that the country has been embroiled in a pseudo civil war since the Arab Spring two years ago, and given the fact that more than a hundred thousand people have died whether at the hands of Assad’s troops or the rebels (that just like the Lybian scenario, I have no idea what they stand for outside of being rebels) now, only NOW does everyone lose their frigging minds over 1400 allegedly gassed civilians with Sarin gas. Granted, it’s not “part of the plan”, I mean heck, President Obama declared clearly before the world that the Red Line would be the use of chemical weapons.
So we waited until someone, we don’t yet know who, gassed a neighborhood, allegedly with Sarin, and now the war drums are beating. The people that died in that neighborhood in the Ghouta region accounts for 1% of the total casualties so far since the conflict began. 1%. The use of chemical and biological agents is without a doubt heinous, and it should, and will be punished, but we cannot be so brazen as to declare, OH NO NOW YOU’VE GONE AND CROSSED A LINE! 98600 civilians get mowed down by machine gun fire, mortar shells, high explosives, air strikes, whatever is considered conventional warfare and no one lifts a finger. Set off a canister of Sarin and that becomes the de facto reason to go to war. Again. In the middle east. Again.
I’m not even going to touch the subject of chemical warfare, because Willy Pete and the Mark 77 have been used not that very long ago by the very agents who now want to persecute another middle eastern nation for its “alleged” use of Sarin. Not even going to get the hypocrisy argument running because I don’t have the time to run through every bit of “Do as I say not as I do” scenario involving a western power.
Getting to the crux of this issue, has anyone even remotely heard the media mention the word Iran. I mean ok, people have mentioned Iran here and there, but only in passing, even though it is clearly what is at stake here, not the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Ever since the Iran-Iraq war (where Saddam used chemical weapons against Iran sold to Iraq by the US who were still reeling from the ’79 hostage crisis in Iran), Syria and Iran have had a strategic alliance which basically means, in case of war, one will come to the aid of the other. For how long has the west been talking about the supposed dangers that Iran poses against the world, how their caricature of an ex-president Ahmadinejad loved to over-exaggerate and play the anti-Israel card, knowing how it irritated the West, all the while (aside from a stolen election here and there, and the egregious treatment of journalists and people attempting to speak their minds), Iran has in the end, been a pretty pacific player in the region. For all the bells and whistles being sung about this member of the Axis of Evil, it’s been quiet.
And why is that? Oh well, they know very well where they stand, and their situation is very simple. They know not to fuck with the US. Never since the time of the Caesars has there been a superpower so capable of ass kicking on a large scale. The number one, undisputed, supreme military force in the world, is without a doubt, the US.
Now, just for a second forget about your own nationality and think of yourself as just a regular person chilling in Iran. Now imagine yourself within the context of this crude map I pulled off the net. All the little white stars are American bases in the region. If you were an individual walking down a neighborhood and you were suddenly surrounded by a gang of other individuals who had just spent the last 12 years kicking the shit out of your neighbors to your left and to your right, I think you might feel a little uneasy about things. A little paranoid even.
However, the gang isn’t stupid, they’re not just gonna knock down your front door and kick your ass. They know you’ve got a good security system (organized and not weak military) and a solid house (generally united population). They’re not going to try and start a rumble on your home turf. Oh no. They’re going to draw you out of your comfort zone and slap you around on a much more familiar territory. Your friend’s house, who you promised to have his back and now the gang is coming to collect from him.
So what does Iran do? If the US strikes, and Iran does nothing, it loses credibility within the Arab world and never again will it be trusted in issues of security, and the US is happy because Iran just lost brownie points in the region. If it does jump to Syria’s defence, well then, the US will be happy since they’ve been trying to pull Iran into a fight for over a decade. This was never about Syria. This is all about Iran. Well, and Russia (who is the supplier of choice for weapons to these two countries), and China, who well, alongside Russia is very much not interested in an increased American military presence within its sphere of influence.
We’ve seen this game play out before and we’ve seen where it leads. We’re not stupid, even more so because this plays out like a hollywood drama, every bit exciting and terrible to watch. What the hell are we doing people? I mean seriously, take a step back and just think, what the actual fuck are we doing?
It’s not that difficult to just stop for a second and realize that we’re doing it all wrong. We’ve had 5000 years of this bullshit, of just hacking each other because he said that or she said that or I want that or you took that, that it’s literally absurd how in a 21st century where enlightenment is possible due to the freeflow of information, that we’re still acting as if in awe at a premier of a Shakespearean play. We are deer caught in headlights and we’re not moving while they just keep force feeding trucks of bullshit down our throats.
This is not what we’re meant to be. This is by far not what we’re meant to do. I’m so sick and tired, reaching exhaustion of all the stupid nonsense out there on the international arena where if we just woke the fuck up and moved towards something other than the profit motive (at the expense of others) or penis-measuring contests (I told him not to cross the red line, well now he’s crossed and I can’t go back on my word so let me bomb his country back to the stone age) and just get on with the plan.
Christ this is tiring. I mean seriously, am I the only one who just watches all this and wants to stick a fork in my eye? Doing heart surgery on myself with a spoon and no anesthesia would be far less painful than watch the disaster that is our cadre of international leaders royally fuck all of this up.
I am angry. Actually no, I am livid. My friends and family have given up asking me “what’s with that face?” I haven’t even reached my 30s yet, but I have a feeling that if the world keeps going like this, a random vein is going to pop in my brain before I reach my 30th birthday.