Wars Are Hell!

The internet has made it impossible to cover up the harms to innocents in the course of waging wars. Wikileaks’ latest on Iraq tells the sad tale how we divided a nation with three conflicting tribal groups — Kurds, Shiites, and Sunnis — who look ready to return to yet another civil war. Many thousands have been driven out of their homes where another Muslim group is dominant. The Sunnis fear being cut off from the oil profits.

Afghanistan is currently a mess. The government of Karsai is corrupt and the Taliban is free to strike and withdraw as it chooses. Most Pakistanis dislike us. Money to buy any and all of these contenders is a waste of funds we need at home. God forbid that the Republicans take one or both of our Congressional houses and exacerbate the above conflicts.

Once again we are involved in global economic competition, not a war against the Muslims to replace that against the old Soviet Union. The hurts we inflicted around the world and attempts to dominate with military regimes — the School of the Americas where we trained the military regimes of Latin America — are now coming home to to haunt us in South America where some natives are now ruling things.

Africa is an on and off situation for us. It is coming alive with its rich resources that we have previously exploited. China is taking our jobs, creating terrible emotional stresses in this country which may destroy us yet as a world power.

Where we go from here I cannot guess. Obama has a long term view of things. The Republican super rich want to grab what they can now regardless of our public interest and growing poverty rates.

Things do not look good for us.


“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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