The 4,000-Year-Old War

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I hear journalists say "We are going to win this war on terrorism,"
I wonder, "Which war are they talking about?" We're involved
in at least three.

War I and the mistakes of the victors led to WWII. After Hitler
and the Nazis attempted to eradicate the Jews, many of the survivors
moved to the Middle East, to found Israel (most people don't know
it, but the Nazis were going to eradicate Christianity, too). These
survivors, instead of moving into a peaceful land where they could
be safe, found themselves in a war that had been going on for about
4,000 years. We became involved in it, even though it's none of
our business, and ended up with attacks on the the WTC and the Pentagon.

attacks led to us conquering Afghanistan, even though we were attacked
by Saudi Arabians, not Afghanistanis or the Taliban. Our invasion
of Afghanistan is a continuation of both WWI and the unnamed millennia-old
conflict in the Middle East.

two wars we are involved in. The third is the "Great Game,"
which is the war that's been going on in Central Asia since at least
the 16th century, when conquering the khanates of Central
Asia became a security priority for Russia. It began to be called
"the Great Game" when England and Russia were vying for
control of the area in the 19th century.

in the media are so ignorant they do not know these things. They
understand the great mineral and oil wealth of Central Asia, but
not much else about it.

undergraduate degree is in journalism. I worked on two student newspapers,
then three professional papers, first as a reporter, then as an
editor. I do not hold most journalists in high regard. I've known
too many of them. I call most of them "half-educated halfwits."
I find many of them to be ignorant and arrogant people who believe
they are intellectually and morally superior to the unwashed masses.
Thomas Sowell has a term for these people – he mocks them as
"the Anointed."

opinion extends not only to print journalists, but to the talking
heads on TV, and to those on radio. Especially AM radio. I recently
heard one well-known commentator on AM radio claim, "We beat
the Nazis and the Imperial Japanese, and we'll win this war."

we did beat the Nazis and the Japanese, at a terrible cost. (And
notice how FDR's WWII ally Stalin has dropped out?) But we're still
fighting World War II. When that Chinese pilot bumped our plane
and sent himself into the ocean, that was a continuation of WWII.
Our screw-ups during WWII allowed the Communists to take China.
Vietnam, too, was continuation of WWII.

going to "win" this war the same way we're "winning"
the war on drugs. It's going to go on for decades, and we're not
going to have much to show for it except hatred from other countries
in the world, the loss of astronomical sums of money, a creaking
economy, and a slow but sure slippery-slope loss of our freedoms.

is because of the ignorance of those in the media that they do not
know how many wars we are involved in, or how long these wars have
been going on. They also do not understand the American Empire is
following in the footsteps of the Roman Empire. Or, for that matter,
every empire that has ever existed.

was right in his Farewell Address. Peaceful trade with all, political
alliances with none. Unfortunately, his wisdom is being completely

12, 2002

[send him mail], a former
newspaper reporter and editor, and an incurable lover of puns, lives
in St. Louis.

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