War and its aftermath is a lynchpin of the finance strategy of the corporatocracy so let’s examine the state of war at the moment.
Most significantly we must understand this:-
What are the figures for Afghanistan?
Despite Obama’s political promises of troop withdrawals in Afghanistan and Iraq there is still a need for such troops in these countries. In Iraq there have been recent struggles by the Iraqi peoples as voiced by the cleric Maqtada Al Sadr, “…. second major demonstration by Sadr’s followers in recent days after the cleric issued a warning on April 9 that he would unleash his Mehdi Army militia if US troops were not out of Iraq by Dec. 31. More than 5,000 marched in the streets of Basra, Iraq’s southern oil hub, on Thursday,” from here dated 25/4/11. Whilst I suspect CIA money is somehow promoting his organisation there is little need for such financing as it is quite obvious Iraqi people would want the US out. However his activity will provide the little neededmotivation to maintain troops there. On Democracy Now it says there are 46000 troops and over 64000 contractors. ” “Earlier this month, the Iraqi government authorized talks on whether to approve keeping thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq beyond a withdrawal deadline of December 31. “All of the U.S. troops have [gone] back to their bases since 2009, and they have not been taking any daily patrols to [do] what they used to call ‘protect Iraqis,'” says our guest, Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi-American blogger and political analyst based in Washington, D.C., who was in Iraq two weeks ago. “I think the U.S. presence in Iraq is not for protecting Iraqis. It has not been a part of the solution. And it’s actually a part of the problem.” ” What are the troops there for? Protect the contractors. For the corporatocracy Iraq is stable, they have ongoing contractual income established by US troops. See full interview with Raed Jarrar at Dem Now link. In an earlier interview here (10/9/2008) Raed Jarrar says “He has translated a recently leaked draft of an Iraqi-US agreement that outlines the long-term status of US forces in Iraq. Jarrar says the agreement does not set a deadline for the withdrawal of non-combat US troops in Iraq.”
As for Afghanistan there has recently been increased violence, this again fits in with Obama’s promised withdrawal and preludes an ongoing troop commitment with the military figurehead making such pronouncements. Why is there a presence in Afghanistan now bin Laden is dead? Here is a newsclip from RT.com, where the reporter asked rural Afghani people what 9/11 was and why the coalition forces were there:-
Generally it is just accepted by the West that there are troops there, why is there such acceptance? “Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, is warning the United States will remain in Afghanistan for years to come.
There is now the potential for a protracted NATO involvement in Libya. Gilbert Achcar explains, as described in this Zandtao blog, that NATO efforts in Libya will be promoting the profits of the aftermath:-
Further NATO invlvement in Libya could be triggered by Libyan rejection of the aftermath’s industrial exploitation, and maybe there will be …. “troops on the ground”.
Here is a Democracy Now interview with Neta Crawford from the Costs of War project:-
So $4 trilllion are the current costs of war, and the corporatocracy benefits in two ways. The industrial wing is benefitting from the flow of money into military expenditure as well as the aftermath of contractual exploitation. The finance wing is gaining from the interest payments from the $4trillion.
But built into capitalism is a need to expand profits, and where can such profit expansion come from? What must the peoples of Pakistan, Iran and Syria be feeling as they must fear NATO involvement in their countries? In Pakistan there are already drone attacks. Here is a Democracy Now report from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism , the programme says that “The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan have killed as many as 775 civilians, including 168 children, since 2004.” Here is a link to the report with 295 strikes – a useful little earner.
Formally Hillary Clinton is complying with the desire of the Syrian peoples not to interfere in their uprising. Syria was part of Bush’s “Axis of Evil”– wiki link, and they must fear being a NATO target. John R Bolton, quoted in the wiki, said “Beyond the Axis of Evil” On May 6, 2002 future United States UN Ambassador John R. Bolton gave a speech entitled “Beyond the Axis of Evil”. In it he added three more nations to be grouped with the already mentioned rogue states: Libya, Syria, and Cuba. The criteria for inclusion in this grouping were: “state sponsors of terrorism that are pursuing or who have the potential to pursue weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or have the capability to do so in violation of their treaty obligations”. The speech was widely reported as an expansion of the original axis of evil.” For reasons I go into below, I see Cuba as having least to fear.
And as for the Iranian people, how they must feel with this shadow over their heads?
Significant in any war is war propoganda. The actual War on Terror began with 9/11 although Rockefeller’s quote of the unwinnable war on this site shows its intention before that. The war is based around terrorism but let’s be clear as to how this terrorism is being marketed. Recently in Oslo there was a terrorist attack from the Far Right, see Breivik article on this blog, but at the time there was little interest in protecting the West from such terrorism – despite the horro of such an act. Western focus is Islamic. Is it because there have been more attacks on western soil by Islamic terrorist? In the Glen Greenwald article quoted in this blog entry, he quotes this expert “The number of people worldwide who are killed by Muslim-type terrorists, Al Qaeda wannabes, is maybe a few hundred outside of war zones. It’s basically the same number of people who die drowning in the bathtub each year,” said John Mueller, an Ohio State University professor who has written extensively about the balance between threat and expenditures in fighting terrorism.” Is the War on Terror about terrorism or is it more about Islam – the world of Islam without nuclear weapons as John Stockwell might point out.
A recent report, Fear Inc from the Centre of American Progress (actual report here, describes how right-wing organisations are funding a few anti-Islamic extremists to the tune of more than $40 million to promote Islamophobia. Here Faiz Shakir describes the report on Democracy Now (start at 34.00 minutes), or watch this:-
Anti-Islamic war propoganda continues to pave the way for further war in Islamic countries. My heart goes out to Iran, Pakistan and Syria. May they be spared the fight for democracy – a euphemism for the profits of the corporatocracy.
I got sad and angry at the same time today. Earlier today I wrote this blog about the State of the War on Terror, and it is clear that the corporatocracy is taking advantage of good people in their democracies by misleading them about the nature of the current NATO wars. Later I was in a school in a small community, and every year the parents make food for the teachers and some education personnel on the birthday of the school – this has been happening for 36 years in the rural communities of this country. Typical school function with kids – pleasant enough but I have seen many of them so they have limited sparkle. Then at the end the education bigwigs went off with the teachers and kids and planted some trees. Then all the kids went off with a few teachers and groundsmen and planted more trees. Treehuggers – wow! If these people were living in NATO countries I can imagine something similar happening – perhaps a bit more commercial, in the US I have images of the state fair or processions through the main street of small county towns. Quaint and pointless, but nice. And what am I demanding because of these greedy faceless men? I am demanding that these quaint places have to wise up because the faceless men are using the votes of these nice people to kill good people all over the world for profit. I am sad because, although I get bored with them, these functions are nice, quaint and show great humanity. And I am angry with the faceless suits that make me demand a change in lifestyle from these people. I will always be angry, must meditate, but in truth I don’t think I can ever overcome this anger – unless I sleep again.