I’m noticing that for the first time in years America is happy. That’s how much the rapprochement with Cuba means to us. We are weary of engaging in war after war after war for the last century. We are tired of trumped up excuses to get us into these wars….like the Gulf of Tonkin incident which got us into Vietnam, the orchestrated raids on South Korea which gave us an excuse to attack North Korea, the weapons of mass destruction myth which catapulted us into attacking Iraq.
We even knew Pearl Harbor was coming but we let it happen to get us into the Second World War, which Roosevelt was desperate to do. But World War II is sacrosanct in our history and the concept that Hitler had to be stopped remains firm. The fact that Hitler should never have been started -- as he was by American bankers like Prescott Bush, The Rockefeller Foundation, Carnegie, Whitney & Lindberg -- is rarely mentioned. (Look up The Horrifying American Roots of Nazi Eugenics for the full story.)
War War War. Deaths and maiming of millions throughout the world: in World War II alone Russia lost 30 million people. The US, which was never bombed, had one million in military casualties alone. None of this includes the 6 million Jews systematically killed by Hitler. Killing Jews was a major industry in Hitler’s Germany.
For at least 100 years we have lived in a savage world. While making a big thing of manners and clean personal habits, following the 10 Commandments, including loving our neighbors without coveting their wives or husbands, washing our hands before eating, joining the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts…our real national energy has been directed into to finding a new enemy. This is sold and resold as an act of fighting for our country -- a reliable public relations mobilizer for new wars.
Not only does war provide jobs the millions who are sucked into doing the fighting; it provides a constant flow of billions for the war makers. They’ve just announced new profits. Lockheed, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Halliburton, Bechtel….there are dozens of them…have never been richer. And why not? The arms makers have neither enemies nor allies. They have only customers.
Our government seems determined to keep their partnership with these war makers hot, which is why we’re in more wars than we ever were.
And our government seems determined to keep their partnership with these war makers hot, which is why we’re in more wars than we ever were. Now we’ve got this exciting new thing called drones, which is giving us the thrill of blowing up people thousands of miles away, without getting a scratch ourselves. Push a button in Arizona or Ohio or outside Las Vegas or just about any place, and blow up a town in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen or Afghanistan and god knows where else. We are now in a state of war with at least Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, It’s hard to keep up.
But one thing is clear. The people are weary of war, angry about it, nauseous from it!
So now, almost out of the blue , the President announces after 50 years of a cold war with Cuba, it’s over. We’re going to be friends. Consider this his Christmas gift us. This is after all the only holiday that calls for Peace on Earth and Good Will.
Well, we’re a long way from both, but maybe this is a beginning. We aren’t stopping the boycott of Cuba; that’s up to the Congress. We’re not permitting tourist travel to Cuba; that, too, is up to the Congress. But we are allowing people to see their relatives, businesses to open, medicines to be exchanged. We are stopping the Cold War. Wow! What a warm feeling.
Can it be that the same can happen with our relationship with Iran, which the right wing is beating the drum for as our next war? Can it be that the Administration is finally reading the mood of the people, and actually paying attention to it? "We the People" want to end this habit of permanent war. We want to stop accepting war as a means for solving our economic problems by pretending to solve our differences. We are ready to see war as what it is…a barbaric behavior pattern left over from the days before evolution.
Yes, this detente with our neighbor Cuba, which is only 90 miles away, is a thing of joy. Besides, we don’t need a cold war with Cuba any more. Our attempts to re-fuel our cold war with Russia are coming alone just fine. But “let’s not ask for the moon when we have the stars,” as Betty Davis suggested in an old movie. A step at a time. Since it’s Christmas, lets regard this detente with Cuba after 50 years of pointless enmity as a first step in a happy new year.
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