But how much worse can the U.S. and the world tolerate?
Driven purely by institutional self-preservation and relentless pursuit of profits by the military-industrial-complex, the cancer of American military presence continues to metastasize unchecked across the planet. Not satisfied with creating tens of thousands of new terrorists since 9/11 with aggressive wars, invasions, special ops initiatives, drone bombing, assassinations, all costing the lives of over a million innocent civilians, budgetary allocations are in place and plans being implemented for even more bases in Asia, Africa, Europe, even the Arctic.
Is it any surprise that when America sets up a new military hub in a foreign country, conflict and war soon follow?
It’s a closed feedback loop where a cure sets up the conditions for the disease it’s supposed to treat. If an area is relatively at peace, the putative guarantees of continuing tranquility offered by a military presence will produce opposition and rivalry which inevitably will metastasize into conflict and war.
On that note, there certainly is no mystery why terrorism is on the rise, especially in Middle Eastern countries.
Osama bin Laden stated it clearly. To paraphrase: “We don’t want you here.”
Not only is sovereignty at issue in these native lands, often they host sites which are considered sacred in both social and political traditions which stretch back centuries. The very presence of U.S. soldiers, war planes, drones, or any of the other paraphernalia of empire is insult enough. But the slaughter of innocent individuals, often women and children, can only evoke cries of outrage and demands for revenge. Is it asking too much to imagine how U.S. citizens would react if a wedding party was blown to bits in Topeka, Kansas or Knoxville, Tennessee?
This must end. The expansion of U.S. military presence throughout the world is bankrupting our economy, incriminating every American citizen in horrifying war crimes, risking World War III, and ultimately will collapse the nation and take down the great American experiment.
It’s up to us to stop this before it’s too late!