Reprinted from Empire Burlesque
JeSuisBaghdad? Iraqi flag colors on the Eiffel Tower, the White House? No? Wrong sort of victims, I guess. The responsibility for Sunday's carnage in Baghdad -- and countless other killings around the world -- goes directly to George W. Bush and Tony Blair, who willingly, even eagerly, launched a war of aggression on false evidence and tore the entire region apart.
ISIS was spawned in the brutal prisons Bush & Blair set up after the invasion, and has thrived in the chaos that US/UK policies have fomented in all the years since, particularly in Libya and Syria. But these two men walk free, honored and enriched, while thousands upon thousands of innocent people continue to die for their ignorant, arrogant, murderous folly.
And there is no end in sight. Both presidential candidates have proudly proclaimed they will double down on the evil idiocy of the War on Terror; Trump promises indiscriminate bombing and whole new levels of torture, while Hillary -- gathering Dick Cheney's old neocons around her -- is bent on policies that will not only exacerbate chaos and Islamist terror, but will also bring us to the brink of war (if not beyond) with Russia and China.
In Britain, the Brexit vote has shaken the political foundations of the nation, bringing new people to the fore -- but none of them will change a single iota of the UK's slavish kowtowing to Washington's Terror War, nor the British establishment's never-ending attempts to act like an imperial power. Only one leader opposes these policies -- Jeremy Corbyn -- but he is facing an almost certain overthrow, or else a split of the party into ineffectual factions, in a rebellion organized by the adherents of the war criminal Tony Blair.
So on the most important matter driving the madness and misery of the world today -- the insane, never-ending, hydra-headed, multi-directional, all-corrupting Terror War -- nothing is going to change. Brexit or no Brexit, Trump or no Trump, the blood and fire will continue to flow.