Yeah, I’m talking about politics, because it’s F’ing horrendous. The drum beat for war is throbbing in the heart of America. A brutal tyrant has used chemical weapons on his own people! Never mind for the moment that the rebels have the same chemical weapons and have beheaded victims. It’s a humanitarian crisis all around, such is the nature of civil war, and war in general. When you go around killing people, conventional morality, common decency, and social etiquette go out the window. Insanity is the new norm, and with insanity comes all manner of horrific affronts to ones sense of a civilized society.
Rather than educating the public, it serves the interests of our leaders to keep us ignorant and unaware of history, so that we may go along with whatever is in the best interests of the most powerful people and corporations at the expense of everyone else. In short, the ruling elite have a vested interest in the herd being a bunch of easily duped chumps. That makes sense, doesn’t it? One wants a docile subservient class to shut up and work harder.
So, we don’t want to remember all the chemicals America doused Vietnam with (killing millions), and we prefer to be blissfully ignorant of the birth defects blossoming in Fallujah as a result of American use of white phosphorus and depleted uranium in weapons there a decade ago. What is wanted is for the American public, and as much of the world as possible, to get used to the idea of a new war and to gradually accept it. Uncle Sam wants you to sip the Kool-Aid, so he’s going to shower you in it. Then it will just be a matter of “supporting the troops” and rallying around the flag. We can all get behind the flag! It will be us and God against the Martians, and if the economy tanks so be it to fight the alien menace before they eat our brains.
And yes, Winston Churchill indeed uttered the fine words I slapped in to that quickie graphic. Below is a more complete quote.
“I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. We have definitely adopted the position at the Peace Conference of arguing in favour of the retention of gas as a permanent method of warfare. It is sheer affectation to lacerate a man with the poisonous fragment of a bursting shell and to boggle at making his eyes water by means of lachrymatory gas.
I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes. The moral effect should be so good that the loss of life should be reduced to a minimum. It is not necessary to use only the most deadly gasses: gasses can be used which cause great inconvenience and would spread a lively terror and yet would leave no serious permanent effects on most of those affected.”*
Let’s not pretend that when we go to war we are any less barbaric, that we don’t have a legacy of using chemical weapons or worse (c’mon, you just can’t compete with nuclear weapons, which only America has used), or even that getting blown up by a bomb, plastered with napalm, or dying from exposure to depleted uranium or Agent Orange is somehow better than getting gassed. It’s all murder. There’s no fair and good murder, especially when it’s done not out of necessity, but opportunistically, such as in the name of conquest or jockeying for what remains of the planet’s oil reserves.
Update: Recent segment on Abby Martin addressing U.S. use and support of chemical weapons”
*Winston S. Churchill: departmental minute (Churchill papers: 16/16) 12 May 1919 War Office