Never Aid the Rebels: a perspective.
1. If there’s one thing I wish America could learn from history, it’s this: never aid the rebels. Most notably, in the 80’s we funded Mujahideen fighters in Afghanistan in a proxy war against the Soviets, and just over a decade after the close of that conflict, some of these CIA-trained-and-supplied fighters carried out the 9/11 attacks. A quick trip to wiki will remind us what else we did in Nicaragua and Cuba and how that worked out (note the stub in the Middle East which will some day be filled by the MEK in Iran and others).
2. Now we’re sending airstrikes into Iraq and Syria to stop ISIS fighters which only a few months ago WE WERE AIDING in Syria! Obama continues to ask for ridiculous funding, and despite the fact that we don’t really know where these rebels will end up or whose side they’ll be on, Congress keeps signing off on it all.
3. I’m convinced that when you aid the rebels, it always blows up in your face. You’d think by now we’d have learned this… unless, of course, it’s the intent of those in power to make sure we don’t. I mean, it’s so obvious that aiding the rebels is a horrible idea that I have to wonder why presidents and military commanders didn’t long ago institute a never-aid-the-rebels policy. Unless, of course, they’re purposefully designing violence and chaos BY aiding the rebels. Maybe none of this is happening by accident or negligence or stupidity. In short, maybe it’s not a bug. Maybe it’s a feature.
4. Don’t call it a bug when it works like a feature.
(By the way, we see bug-as-feature elsewhere in warfare: from the chemical attacks used in WWI to the firebombing and atomic bombing of WWII to the agent orange and napalming in Vietnam to the hideous abuses of prisoners in Gitmo, Bagram, Abu Ghraib, and elsewhere during the Iraq War — each time we fight a war we introduce a new and horribly inhumane weapon or practice, commit war crimes with it, and afterwards claim that because it was new we didn’t realize how bad it was or simply lacked the ability to properly oversee it. Bullshit. If it happens in basically every war, it’s not a bug. It’s a feature. War crimes are intentional.)
5. Maybe we’re in the midst of a new(ish) paradigm of fomenting war: aid some rebels, because in general the American public won’t get mad about it (maybe we’ll even be sympathetic to it), it doesn’t cost that much (at first), and the CIA and/or other government agencies can do it without having to go through a lengthy bureaucratic approval process. Then when the violence inevitably gets worse, the president, acting as an agent of the global military industrial complex, will declare the necessity of very costly airstrikes or an invasion or whatever, and the American people, having seen the violence perpetrated by those evil well-funded brown people won’t stop to ask who funded them or how this all happened and will either enthusiastically support the zealously wasteful military campaign or at least not dissent to it too loudly.
6. Thus, I think it’s urgent that we shift the public mindset on this: if our leaders intentionally plant the seed of conflict by aiding whatever rebels they can find, we need to forever and loudly oppose the aiding of rebels, no matter the context. Those in power will probably still do it, but at least we can kick up a fuss, raise public consciousness of how these dominoes tend to fall, and more easily establish the appropriate chain of guilt when the inevitable violence is raised as a case for war.
7. If you’ve been skimming this essay so far, I hope you’ll actually start reading it here, because I have a deeper historical point to make about the aiding of rebels. When you aid the rebels you inject a reservoir of potential violence into an already destabilized society. And when a group of rebels divorced from ancestral principles and acting on the behalf of only a small group of the citizenry suddenly finds themselves artificially elevated to a position of control over a land which was never really theirs, the same thing always happens: with no sense of self to stabilize themselves into a sustainable polity, they make instability and conflict their identity, directing rage outward into the surrounding region, invading, murdering, genociding.
8. These former rebels will also in time wage war against themselves, killing their own people both on battlefields and through covert terrorist action. When they can consume no more territory from the surrounding region, they will then export terror globally, killing untold numbers around the world despite international outrage. Finally, they will seek out other people and groups which wish to do violence and support them with weapons, supplies, and above all, their own ideology. And thus the violence will continue unceasingly.
9. How do I know all this? Because once upon a time Americans were the rebels, and the story I just told is our story.
10. Ever since France aided the rebels in North America in their successful attempt to secede from the authority of the British crown, the following two centuries turned into a parade of Indian genocide and expansion, the Monroe doctrine, the Civil War, lynchings, internment camps, police and prison oppression, nuclear stockpiling, the establishment of an insatiable military-industrial complex, and thus continuous global deployments of troops and weapons to support the actions of rebels and dictators alike. If we want to stop the violence, we have to stop ourselves.
Last week we lost yet another brave American Soldier
Jacob David George was a veteran of 3 combat tours in Afghanistan
Like so many of us he suffered from PTSD or as he called it soldiers heart
He traveled across the country playing a banjo and singing songs to promote peace
He died of a broken heart after the Presidents war announcement
"Support the Troops" by Jacob David George
“we just Need to support the troops”
is what they tell me
well, this is from a troop
so listen carefully
what we Need are teachers who understand the history of this country
what we Need is a decent living wage, so people ain’t cold and hungry
what we Need is bicycle infrastructure spanning this beauteous nation
what we Need are more trees and less play stations
what we Need is a justice system that seeks the truth
what we Need are more books and less boots
what we Need is love
for every woman and man
from southern Louisiana
to the mountains of Afghanistan
Now, it’s true
The troops need support
the support to come home
they need treatment and jobs
and love for the soul
war ain’t no good
for the human condition
I lost a piece of who I was
on every single mission
and I’m tellin’ you,
don’t thank me for what I’ve done
give me a big hug
and let me know
we’re not gonna let this happen again
because we support the troops
and we’re gonna bring these wars to an end
While I was never a big U2 fan I always liked them and found Bonos activism highly respectable. At first I though they gave the album away out of pride and the urge for their music to be heard and respected. then I heard about the $100 million dollars and was repulsed. Perhaps they are completely out of touch with the reality of the music industry anymore but many bands offer thier music on soiundcloud or YouTube for free becuase they simply want it to heard and they know they wont make money selling it anyway. Gone are the days when bands could get signed to a major label and become become wealthy. Nowadays most musicians have to constantly tour, sell merchandise, promote themselves, give music lessons, and raise funds simply to support themselves. It appears as if U2 made the album not for the love of music but for a fortune that they don’t need or deserve. No matter how good or bad the record is its irrelevant. U2 was part of an amazing era of music where bands like REM, INXS, and Oasis were able to make music they loved, become known worldwide and even get rich without compromising their integrity. those day are gone and Sadly U2 just killed thier legacy and showed how pathetic the corporate record industry has become. They should take that $100 million and invest it in bands with kickstarter campaigns that will never have the opportunity that U2 had.
OMG I’m in the Used. Video for Revolution !!! I’m freaking out right now #theused #bertmccrackenisagod #bertmccrackenisagod #bertmccrackenissexiestmanalive #fangirling
"The people who dragged us into a war against Iraq and Libya want to drag us into a war against Syria as a run up to war against Iran.
This is part of a long term strategy by Neo-Conservatives who I heard openly planning and promoting this madness to Congress throughout the past two decades.
America’s decision makers must be very careful not to be suckered again (and again) into more wars.
Our intervention in Iraq destroyed that country’s defenses and helped to create ISIS. An attack on Syria would strengthen ISIS.
It’s time to end US interventions. It’s time to take care of things here at home.” — Dennis Kucinich
See my interview on these issues:
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