What if the citizens of Germany during the 1930s somehow could have known in advance how World War II was going to end. Would they have bought into the lies of Hitler and the Third Reich? Would they have gone along with the wanton aggression knowing it was a suicide mission and would turn their beloved homeland into a pile of rubble and put nearly 9,000,000 of them in early graves?
What about Japan? Before World War II, Japan was securely locked down. No dissent from the imperialistic designs of the emperor and his military class was permitted. Even so, if the vast majority had known that, like Germany, their nation would be almost completely destroyed and they'd lose over 3,000,000 people for nothing, would they have so willingly and enthusiastically rushed to the battlefield to invite annihilation and defeat?
Our leaders -- our cowardly, divisive, destructive, unimaginative, delusional American leaders -- from Barack Obama to John Kerry to Joe Biden to John McCain, are taking America into another war. Sure, the bombing of Syria has been shelved for now. But only for now. Only because we have been humiliated and humbled by such sterling examples of brotherhood and compassion as Vladimir Putin, and reduced to looking like the big, dumb bully on the block not that long ago by no less than Hassan Rouhani, the President of Iran.
But make no mistake about it. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, the Ukraine, and eventually Iran. It's all part of the same flawed over-reaching strategy that predates even Clinton. That pathological plan for achieving unnecessary and ill-conceived hegemony over the Middle East and Eurasia may at times appear to be on hold, but it will not go away, and it won't unless we make it go away.
As uninformed and misinformed as we Americans generally are, we know how this is going to end. It doesn't take a genius to see that despite our incredible military prowess and huge advantage in the quantity and sophistication of weaponry in our arsenal, we are really bad at war. Maybe it feels good to thump our chests and yell "mission accomplished" with a big sh*t-eating smirk on our faces, but our self-congratulations bear no relation to reality. We lost horribly in Vietnam. We are losing in Afghanistan. We made a mess out of Iraq and now have little control over the developments in that country. Libya is in chaos. We had our finger on the launch button in Syria and instead of gaining credibility in the world, have become the object of derision, upstaged and shamed into backing down by taunts from overseas and a surprising and encouraging swell of antipathy at home.
The truth is, we have a terrible track record over the last sixty years of muscle-flexing military escapades, and haven't even had to face what might be regarded as a formidable world-class enemy. God help us if we do go toe-to-toe with Russia or China.
Actually, god help the entire human race!
As we swagger into the OK corral twirling our guns and acting all cocky and cool, because after all we are so exceptional and so entitled and so self-righteous and so powerful and of course always have God on our side, what are the options? Apparently the only way we will actually "win" a real war against a serious enemy is if we go nuclear. And if we go nuclear, they will too.
And we all know how that will turn out.
So if we
know in advance how World War III will end, why would anyone except the
demented neocon imperialist coterie of hell-bent fanatics -- who can
plead the insanity defense -- push for war? Which is the same as saying,
why would anyone in their right mind go along with this madness?
Because we -- you and I -- do know how it will end.
Either we're going to get our asses kicked or we're going to destroy all civilization and risk the extinction of the human race.
Ask the Germans how things worked out for them when they tried to conquer the world.
Ask the Japanese.
I live in Japan. I already know how the Japanese feel about war. I know the shame they feel about their dark and vile history of aggression in pursuit of all manner of illusory glory and mountains of booty.
No, I don't live in America any more. But I'm still a loyal American. I deeply care for my country. And I know this.