A War on Terror-Really?

Do you know any American whose freedom and safety have been enhanced or fortified because of all our empire building in the Middle East? Do you know that the federal government borrowed two trillion dollars to wage these wars and now spends twenty cents of every dollar in interest on its debt? Do you know that the congressional leadership and most of the rank and file of both political parties have brought this about?[1]

One of the things we can observe from history is that the public, purported aims of government, and what governments really want to achieve, are often very different. As believers in Jesus Christ and the Bible, we ought to know that.

Why?

Because the Bible tells us that since Adam, all people are sinners. It tells us that “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick? Who can know it?” (Jer.17:9) The Bible faithfully records for us the attitudes of political leaders like Pharoah and Herod. In history, these types of men have dominated.

Abusive, power-hungry and murderous political leaders have really been the norm, since Adam and Eve. The Bible says that “Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people” (Prov.28:15).

This is really why we ought to be sceptical about the US and the West as a whole, continually meddling in the Middle East. What has it led to? More bloodshed, more chaos, more resentment.

Did it solve any problems? Not really. Has it created a whole lot more? Yes. Civilian deaths in Iraq numbering over 500,000, and ISIS.

Let’s face it. The US never went to the Middle East to fight terrorism. It went there to further its geo-political interests. Why? Because the US government is dominated by the political philosophy of the Neo-conservatives; they are not conservatives at all.

As the former U. S. Assistant to the Treasury Secretary, Paul Craig Roberts wrote recently,

Anyone who believes anything the US government says is gullible beyond the meaning of the word.[2]

The U.S. leadership believes the U.S. is the indispensable nation. For most of us in the rest of the world, that comes across as supreme arrogance. But then, perhaps the U. S. doesn’t really care much what the rest of the world thinks.

Is the War on Terror really that, or something else? Is it a War of Terror, led and perpetuated by the U. S?

This is what Madeleine Albright [former U.S Secretary of State, 1997-2001] stated: “If we have to use force, it is because we are America. We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see further into the future.”

Albright was asked by Leslie Stahl regarding the U.S. sanctions on Iraq: “We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?”

Albright replied, “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price – we think the price is worth it.”[3]

I struggle to see any good that’s come out of the US as a result of its meddling in the Middle East, but it sure isn’t hard to see the terrible damage that’s being done. And there seems to be no desire to end it. And now that Republicans are dominating the Congress, there is a greater determination to press harder for military “solutions.”

Conclusion:

David Stockman has recently commented,

In a world where America has no remaining industrial state enemies capable of doing it military harm, Washington is now locked in a state of perpetual war. That ultimately bankrupted Rome. Why should this time be any different?

[1] Andrew Napolitano, “More Culture Wars?” (www.lewrockwell.com), 6/11/2014

[2] Paul Craig Roberts, “Another Fake Bin Laden Story,” (www.lewrockwell.com), 8/11/2014

[3] Mike Rozeff, “The World, American Style,” Rockwell website, 26/3/2011.