What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
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Casualties to soldiers in the United States armed forces have now surpassed 4,000 in number. 4,000 men, women, fathers, mothers, siblings, and children have passed on to the next life. What is more saddening than the total number of deaths is the simple fact that they could have been prevented.
War is justified for the most limited and moral of reasons. Despite assertions to the contrary, the conflict that has claimed so many lives (far, far more Iraqi lives than American ones) is an immoral, offensive, un-Constitutional war of aggression. Claiming that our troops are “[laying] down the foundations for peace for generations to come” is an outright lie.
America is hated around the world now more than ever. We are seen as the Roman empire once was, our hegemony made apparent by the 130+ countries in which we have bases. We are seen as an aggressor, an invader, a bully. We have destroyed our dollar in an effort to sustain our foreign military adventures. We have destroyed countless innocent lives, caused numerous unnecessary deaths, created a huge swarm of disabled and injured veterans, and increased the dependency upon the state for recompense and welfare.
How many more lives must be wasted before a change will occur? What will it take to get Americans to act on their widespread disapproval of this war, and hold their elected leaders accountable? When will America stop idolizing pop culture and do something about this mess we’re in?
4,000 is far too many lives to spend on policing the world; one life is too many to waste on such immorality. The foundation of peace is not being established through war—its opposite is. Supporting our troops (a highly propagandized term used by this administration) means bringing them home and not using them as pawns in aggressive wars for “our interests” overseas.
I honor the sacrifice these soldiers made for what they believed to be a just cause. I mourn their loss, and disagree with the morality of the stated objectives. As a student of law, government, history, and war, I find in this war the elements almost all others have in common: deceit, propaganda, false flag operations, and outright lies. The war in Iraq is not a moral cause; each life lost as a result of the war is a new blood stain on the American flag. Nearly soaked through in red, she is hardly recognizable these days as the banner of liberty and hope she once represented.
Soon after writing this, the 4,001st soldier will die.
When will it stop?