Andrew Bacevich is a well known writer about foreign affairs and wars who knows rather little about these things but due to being a military man, people imagine he understands diplomacy which has very little to do with armed might and a lot to do with sophistication and thinking about political power. Here is his latest attempt at trying to understand the world today: Obama is picking his targets in Iraq and Syria while missing the point | The Great Debate
“We are now living in what we might as well admit is the Age of Iraq,” New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks recently wrote. There, in the Land of the Two Rivers, he continued, the United States confronts the “core problem” of our era — “the interaction between failing secular governance and radical Islam.”
Brooks is wrong. For starters, he misconstrues the core problem — which is a global conflict pitting tradition against modernity.
Traditionalists, especially numerous in but not confined to the Islamic world, cling to the conviction that human existence should be God-centered human order. Proponents of modernity, taking their cues from secularized Western elites, strongly prefer an order that favors individual autonomy and marginalizes God. Not God first, but we first — our own aspirations, desires and ambitions. If there’s a core problem afflicting global politics today, that’s it.
The US is at war with huge parts of Islam, both Sunni and Shi’ite. This war isn’t getting smaller and smaller, it is getting bigger and bigger with the Jews pitching for gigantic wars and the Saudis working hard against the US while being an ‘ally’ like Israel is an ‘ally’…namely, cynically abusing and using US military and political power via bribes in DC and media power, to keep us paying for their wars. Both money and human tolls.
To understand the cowardly wars we are waging, against unarmed Palestinians and against Russia, China, Iran/Iraq/Syria/Libya, is easy: the US and its many, many allies are at war with each other and all want the US to fund all of this, fight all of this and die in these wars on their behalf. The Japanese are very cynical about this, they want us to fight WWIII with China for them while they sit aside which is pure insanity because the Chinese already are armed and able to annihilate every single human in Japan in less than five minutes time!
Why is Japan itching for war with China? This makes no sense. But suicidal leaders are nothing new, history is littered with the corpses of civilizations sent to the charnel house deliberately by their insane leaders.
Both Hirohito and Hitler wanted all their people to die in WWII. Only when their wishes were abundantly clear did the generals below them, the few remaining diplomats, stop the deaths by surrendering. At the very last minute, of course.
WWIII won’t end this way. It will end when the last nuclear missile lands on its unhappy target. This is why starting WWIII is dangerously suicidal. Yet we all forget how easy it is to start. Pushing into deep Russian territory while screaming abuse and attacking Russian nationals or ethnics is a great way to begin WWIII.
Having the Japanese call the Chinese names and sneer about WWII war crimes against China and then have the US give the Japanese a green light to rearm and make wild unilateral territorial demands right offshore of China is guaranteed to start WWIII.
The problem isn’t ISIS, the problem is the collapse of US diplomacy as we let insane, violent allies provoke massive wars with each other or with Russia and China, the two other super powers both of which are fully armed with nuclear weapons and fairly competent, large armies, navies and huge air forces and in the case of Russia, space forces.
The EU has nothing, it is a loose, hate filled confederation of client states which have depended on the US to protect them from themselves and neighbors. Choosing to provoke a war inside Ukraine was an EU/CIA project that got what it wanted except it wanted Russia to surrender instantly and not react to a coup which was insane and due to no diplomatic skills.
A diplomat would have cautioned everyone about doing any of the things NATO, the EU and US did in Ukraine. All actions since then made things worse and the undiplomatic, warmongering language of Obama, all EU leaders and our media systems including ‘liberal’ ones in both the US and EU have drawn us right to the very edge of the WWIII cliff.
Europe, like Japan, can be wiped out in a matter of minutes, not hours. Russia’s missiles are close by. Our defenses will work for the first 5 minutes but each wave will find more targets until, 2 hours later, nothing is left. Since both the US and EU have done absolutely nothing for preparing the populace for annihilating counter-warfare, one must conclude that the Bilderberg gang, wailing about the world roasting if we don’t stop using modern systems, really do want to kill the mass majority of us off in the first world.
In liberal websites I see this all the time and the authors and hosts of these liberal sites never censor readers saying, ‘I want 90% or 99% of all humans dead!’ I read this all the time with horror and amazement and then liberals yap about saving us! They have zero intention just like the jihadists don’t want to save Muslims, the Japanese rulers don’t want to save the Japanese people, the Jews want the Holocaust to return so they can be emotional victims again as they batter the Palestinians, screaming for them to all die…death stalks all of us and death is our rulers, our media, our liberals, our conservatives, they all want WWIII.
And that is the true ‘missing the point’ here. The point is to avoid WWIII at all costs. We can’t win it. We can’t even survive it. And it will fix nothing except drive us back into the stone age which seems to be the goal of a huge number of people today.
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