It has been clear for some time that the United States is itching for another war. The continual war economy would be a boost to America’s defense manufacturers and an economic model that predicts dividends for the aggressor nation. It will also be a boost to Obama by distracting voters away from an economy that has not improved as hoped. It would also satisfy the neo-cons itching for more US hegemony under the phony guise of “exporting democracy”. There are also those who still want to punish someone, anyone for 09/11.
If one would like to speak in a more conspiratorial way, the US being the world’s dominant superpower now perhaps plans to take what it needs in terms of natural resources from the countries that have them ( and are weak enough to fall to an invasion quickly). To that end, a reason for military action must be manufactured.
Top on the list the last couple years has been Iran. This also satisfies another group the Israel lobby who want the world to be in slavish devotion to the Zionist state. However, much of the rhetoric directed at Iran is like the rhetoric coming out of Iran – it’s bluster, hot air. I think the US knows it would be a disaster to attack Iran and also that Iran is nowhere near developing a nuclear bomb. Israel’s language towards Iran has been an attempt to play chicken or psych out with them. However, soon the hardliners might find themselves talked into a corner and in a situation where they must take some action against Iran because they’ve talked about it for so long. For now though, more threats from America and Israel directed at Iran but that’s all.
Then there’s Africa. KONY21 stands revealed as a big hoax perhaps a CIA propaganda ploy that didn’t work. The creator of KONY21 was arrested making lewd acts while naked in public. Oh well at least he didn’t bite someone’s face off. So Uganda has not panned out and neither has Nigeria. The attempt to make fringe group Boko Haram into some kind of Al Quaeda monster has also failed. People are a lot more knowledgeable about the world these days – they won’t just believe what they are told on television or on the Internet on so-called “respected” news sites, they will do research. Africa is important because of its abundant national resources and America and other nations want and need them.
This leaves Syria as the nation it would be easiest for the United States to get away with attacking. For one, there is a valid concern in Syria. Assad is an evil bastard and he and his cronies refuse to let go as they wage a war against civilians in what is being called a “civil war” but is really a brutal crackdown by a scared dictatorship – scared of the Arab Spring and the fate of Quaddafi and Mubarak.
That being said what is the right approach to the Syria situation? Every day I open my Facebook page to see well meaning friends posting pictures of dead babies and other carnage but I don’t see a lot of discussions about solutions. I would support something similar to what happened in Libya last year but anything of that nature would be vetoed by the Russians. They feel suckered by the west in the Libyan conflict- they were told it was defensive action to stop genocide, it ended up being regime change.
So with no international coalition coming together, the only thing left is unilateral intervention by the US. This would be a tremendous mistake. If you think there’s death and destruction, wait until the US gets involved. More instability for the Middle East – just what they need. And just what the American taxpayer needs-another Iraq.
There has never been a situation in the world made better by US unilateral military intervention. For now, the US is discussing plans to arm the Syrian resistance but it is going to take more than that to get rid of the Assad dictatorship.
Mark my words, war is where we are headed. All the pictures of massacres, all the fevered war talk, that’s pushing us towards another American war. And if they get away with this, it will not be the last in the near future.