It’s been a while since I have written about the war. It’s actually been a while since I’ve heard very much about the war at all. However, rest assured that the undeclared “police action” the United States government is conducting against the people of the Middle East is still raging, and there is absolutely no definitive timeframe of when it will actually end.
A recent series of discussion with my so-called “liberal” friends has led me to believe that many Americans don’t really care if it ends. My other acquaintances involved with Tea Party factions indicate that Tea Party groups are relatively silent on ending the war.
Perhaps in some respects me writing another column on the war is beating a dead horse. However, with a topic of such importance, it seems appropriate to make sure the Collegiate Times opinions page contains a column on the war every once in a while.
After all, it has always been the nation’s college-aged youth that have been the main force behind anti-war movements, including those dismal wars started by the Bush administration.
I’d like to remind all of the people reading this column that those very same wars continue. Simply because the supreme commander of the military is now a different politician does not mean that the wars aren’t still raging for the same reasons of profit and the expansion of American state influence.
It is my contention that there is a general feeling among those who are Democratically aligned that the new leader is a bit of an altruist, and thus the wars are now being conducted for reasons of justice and American safety.
It’s very hard to argue against this mindset considering that President Barack Obama was granted the once-important Nobel Peace Prize. I’d like to be very clear that the prize was given to a man who some could declare the world’s most vicious warmonger.
It seemed common to hear President George W. Bush being rightfully called a murderer and a tyrant during his reign as “war chief.” One of my favorite works of art was “War President,” a mosaic of George W. Bush made up of the photos of deceased soldiers serving in the Middle East. The work was created by Joe Wezorek, a software programmer and self-proclaimed leftist.
“War President” was a bold example of a cultural trend leaning toward an understanding that murders conducted by the state are little different than those conducted by any other human being. The work received worldwide media coverage, with a mix of positive and negative reactions.
Joe Wezorek seemed to understand that actual lives were being used by the state to conduct a game of warfare. All of this is done under the false guise of heroism, and service to one’s country.
Where has this vicious dissent gone?
There was once a certain safety in declaring the horrible actions of the United States government as being murderous. Despite the actions themselves never changing, declaring Obama and the United States government as being aggressively violent has become a taboo.
I want the anti-war movement back; I want creative artists and college students to fearlessly protest elected officials for carelessly destroying lives. It is my greatest wish to have a movement that dissents against the Obama administration with the same fervor as those who opposed the awful Bush administration.
I feel now I must once again mention the Tea Party patriots: Much like the now defunct anti-war movement of the left, the Tea Party movement has moved partisan, forgetting that Republican leaders are just as evil as the Progressives it so adamantly opposes. The Tea Party groups are relatively silent on the war and appear to embrace nationalism. This type of collectivist unity only pollutes rational minds by falsely declaring a sense of American identity.
It’s absolutely pathetic. If there is one thing that breeds wars — if there is one commonality all war nations have — it’s that the culture in those countries imposes a strong sense of nationalism. Like it or not, blind pride in one’s country amounts to little more than a declaration of superiority of that nation to all others. This is absolutely nationalism at its most disgusting.