War Mad America
As I said in my article, "American's Lust for War," the last article in my "The Anti-War Series" "American's love war. They revel in it, celebrate it, and promote it."
I know some of you are saying, "what, another article on War? Is Firehammer obsessed with war?"
Yes, I suppose I am. Like Harry Browne, it's because I know what war is:
"You might say I'm obsessed with war. And you'd be right. I'm obsessed with war because of what war really is. And because of what war is doing to America.|
Why the Obsession? Josef Stalin is reputed to have said that a single death is a tragedy, a million deaths only a statistic. But no matter how many people die every single one of them is a tragedy—a tragedy I will neither ignore nor forget. I'm obsessed with each and every death—because, in fact, each and every death is more than a statistic or a tragedy. It's murder.
I will never forget the people whose lives have been irrevocably destroyed—the people who have been murdered, the people who lost those they love, the people whose homes have been smashed to bits, the people who are maimed for the rest of the only lives they will ever live. And neither will I ever forget who it is that killed them. They were killed by a relatively small group in Washington who believe they were put there by God to remake the world—not remake it in God's image, but in Their own.
I believe it is a crime to take the life of another person. And no murder of an innocent person can be justified by saying it was necessary to achieve some larger goal—whether or not that goal is claimed to be a worthy one. When reformers create murder and mayhem, they justify it by saying, "You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs." But it's always someone else's eggs that get broken. And the omelet never materializes—even after millions of eggs are broken, as they were during the two World Wars.
[Note: The quote is from the introduction to The War Racket, a two-part book Harry never published, but is now available as a PDF file.]
Like Harry Browne was, and I am, Fred Reed is obsessed with war. His last two articles, "Let's Invade Mexico!
," "Free Fall
," the latest example of America's war madness—the growing call for a military invasion of Mexico.
At the moment, the loudest voice calling for an invasion of Mexico is Texas Governor Rick Perry. "The United States ought to consider a military invasion of ... Mexico ... to fight the drug war as well as to secure the border between the two nations."
"The US Military has been talking about a prospective invasion for quite some time now, warning that the drug cartels in Mexico are 'on par' with that nation's military and that Mexico's government was at risk for a 'rapid and sudden collapse.'"
Some are even suggesting and invasion of Mexico is a foregone conclusion: Like it or Not: Mexico is America's Next Afghanistan
Americans love the concept of war so much, they even use the word to ennoble other things, like. "war on poverty," or "war on drugs." Ironically it is this latter, "war," that has made the drug cartels of Mexico possible. It is the phony "war on drugs" that has produced the very conditions that lead war-mad Americans to call for a real war of blood, death, and destruction that will make the drug-cartel violence look like a Sunday School picnic.
—Reginald Firehammer (12/14/10)
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