on the Insanity
by Karen Kwiatkowski: Rumsfeldia
I spent the
weekend – the anniversary of the March 19, 2003 lie-based, neocon-demanded
invasion of Iraq – delivering some calves, digging in the dirt,
and feeding a couple of bottle lambs. I wasn’t thinking about the
eighth year of that unconstitutional war, or the unconstitutional
one going on for over a decade in Afghanistan, or the unconstitutional
one that we are obviously waging in Pakistan. I am blessed, like
so many Americans, in that I can often forget for hours and days
at a time, what our government truly is, and what it is doing.
I did think
a bit about people trying to survive natural disasters in Japan
and New Zealand, and political disasters in North Africa and the
Arabian Peninsula, and I wondered what we would do in their place.
Whether the crisis was caused by Mother Nature or the state, the
Japanese, the Kiwis, and the North Africans and Arabs in a whole
host of countries are making Americans – at least the US military
and Washington, DC – look bad.
By bad, I mean
to say bad-tempered, greedy, grabby, heartless, soulless and gutless.
I really didn’t
see Washington’s unconstitutional war on Libya coming. I guess I
thought the plate was too full with other merciless, lawless, visionless
military deployments around the world, what with the lack of even
enough fiat money to continue running the DC establishment and the
collapse of the dollar.
so much of the time is a problem for me, as it would be for anyone.
I want to make sense of it and to somehow see the logic, or identify
the underlying fundamentals. Here’s what I know.
It’s not a
woman- or man-thing. The New York Times reports that Obama
was on the fence about this particular illegal war, until convinced
sirens of his oh so diversified appointments.
It’s not a
world government versus national sovereignty thing, as the deliberative
body called the United Nations was lightning quick to "authorize"
war on a member state based on internal activities. Apparently other
UN rules, like UN
Resolution 3314, or the general philosophy of world peace thought
to be promoted by the UN has little influence on actual decisions
of the UN Security Council, a paper pussycat that belies the bloodthirstiness
of the permanent security council members. Three of which, as sovereign
states who want control of the post-Qadaffi regime and its oil,
voted themselves the right to gang up and conduct air and naval
attacks on Qadaffi’s government, far too late to help the freedom-hungry
Libyans and likely to kill and starve and maim even more of them.
It’s not a
Republican-Democrat thing; the Sybilian multiple loves war, and
if there is a peaceful identity somewhere in that dissociative political
body, it is mute, fearful, and shaking in its boots. It’s not a
democracy thing either, as poll
after poll, year after year, shows that actual Americans overwhelmingly
want the end of all the wars, lots of fiscal responsibility, and
at least some liberty. Two unique major parties who oppose each
other on values and principles do not exist in the U.S., and there
is no democracy. The republic, a representative system accountable
to both the people and to law is also glaringly absent.
It’s not a
value and principle thing, as the U.S. and its
proxies are simultaneously helping the murderous unelected governments
in Yemen and Bahrain against their currently protesting citizens,
even as we participate in the military assault on the [more?] evil
government of Libya ostensibly on behalf of the protesting Libyan
citizens. To further complicate things, the U.S. invasion, occupation,
destruction of property, nature, and many millions of lives and
livelihoods, and the U.S. emplacement of satrapies in Baghdad and
Kabul, have made American "principles" profoundly despised
and detested around the world.
Beautiful is today a value-free, gender-neutral, equal opportunity
warrior state, and not a thing – not a constitution, not international
law, not ongoing financial collapse, not public opinion nor the
moral voices and religious houses of this country – can change it.
I share a sense
of powerlessness that the Kiwis and the Japanese must have felt
in the immediate aftermath of the earthquakes and tsunami, and I
have a solidarity of heart with people in the Middle East who have
suffered decades of externally imposed rulers and the blatant whoredom
of their capital cities to military and financial gifts from interfering
If the state
wants war, and will wage it relentlessly at home and abroad, then
I am already a protesting citizen, and I aspire to be a "non-violent
domestic terrorist" as the lawyers for the land of the
free and the home of the brave recently deemed a silver coin dealer
in North Carolina. I would like to think I can refuse to participate
and to support our sick state, weakening it and speeding its collapse.
After all, its power comes from us. The state requires but cannot
coerce our consent. One theory of the Sirens explains that they
could live only while mortals succumbed to their song; if we could
hear the song of the state, but reject the sound, the music and
the lyrics of force, the state must die.
a military and financial services empire, directed by an elite consensus
resident in a few East Coast cities. It is financially unsustainable,
compulsively grasping, warlike, despotic at home and a dominatrix
abroad. This definition is no longer forecasted, predicted and debated.
It is here, now. Like a terrible act of nature, modern America is
scientifically and historically explainable, but for hopeful and
patriotic Americans, it is still visually shocking and emotionally
numbing. Many of us are still in denial.
is time, as the Japanese and the New Zealanders know, to dig out,
sort out, and to throw out the broken things once trusted to last,
once needed to survive a previous life. It is time to fix what can
be fixed, and bury the rest. The North Africans and Arabs are also
throwing out broken things they once believed in, and they too have
much work to do. Like all survivors the morning after, people across
the Middle East now realize that the 20th century of
colonialism, socialism, and poverty is a part of history, and a
more free and more prosperous future is theirs to claim. Instead
of lecturing the Japanese, and spasmodically bombing or bribing
every country from the southern Mediterranean to the Indus River,
we too need to sort out our fundamental values, throw out the broken
things, cease listening to the siren song of American militarism,
and begin not just imagining a better future, but living it.
columnist Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D. [send
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retired USAF lieutenant colonel, blogs occasionally at Liberty
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