The Prolonged War and “Christianity” At The Helm [1/2]   1 comment

Introduction

This is my first Politico-Economic Commentary that I desire to share with you today. However, the commentary is not on one article but two articles that are related to each other. The First article discusses the fact that Our Troops Will Be [Potentially] Stuck in Afghanistan Until 2024. The second article which is related to the first article discusses Military Expenditures on “Christian” Contractors who are bent on Evangelizing US Soldiers. One article leads into the other, the first article I want to treat War as it relates to the true Christian Doctrine of War and the second article I want to treat as it relates to using ideology and religion as a justification for killing. This politico-economic post has social ramifications and because of its size, I am may break this up into more than one post for the readers convenience.

Commentary on the First Article

The first article I wanted to talk about was the notions of War itself through the lens of recent news of how we will be in a state of conflict for the next 12 years or so. The article states that,

“Whatever you thought [regarding the withdrawal date], it turns out that you were wrong, and it’s time to recalibrate. After all, according to Ben Farmer of the British Telegraph, the Obama administration is now negotiating a ‘pact’ with the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai that could leave American military ‘trainers’ — thousands of them — as well as special operations forces, and the U.S. Air Force settled into some of the enormous Afghan bases the Pentagon has built there until… 2024.”

I believe that we have forgotten the meaning already behind why we went to war in Afghanistan. We went to war to find and if possible arrest the man suspected of the events of 9/11 and to bring him to justice. We did not go to war to act as a liberator of a nation, let alone build a whole new nation in our image. To go in with arms and call ourselves liberators is absolutely foolish, arms means force, and with force comes power plays in the region. Afghanistan is being transformed into a base of operations for future conflict, consider Afghanistan’s western neighbor: Iran and how our government is itching to go to war with them! We wage war, no longer out of some just cause, like as if War really was ever just to begin with, but out of opportunism. In Christianity the closest notions to desiring To Goto War came in light of the various arbitrary medieval wars waging throughout Europe. The Catholic Church developed the Just War Theory which laid the frame work for possible requirements needed to go to War, those requirements read as follows:

The damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain; All other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective; There must be serious prospects of success; The use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated. The power of modern means of destruction weighs very heavily in evaluating this condition. The author then seeks to put this new date of withdrawal into perspective for us:

“Or think of it another way: this September’s kindergartens will be high school graduates in 2024 (and so eligible to join the all-volunteer army in the utterly unlikely event that victory hasn’t been achieved by then).”

Let us be honest with ourselves every so often our government puts in a new date of withdrawal, it is constantly being dragged out as long as possible. Such notions of war however, are scary propositions, being in a state of unending warfare against an ill-defined enemy is dangerous. It reminds me quite frankly of George Orwell’s 1984. In the novel Winston reads a book called “The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism” and one of the chapters is called: War Is Peace and from it we read that perpetual war:

“Is always so planned as to eat up any surplus that might exist after meeting the bare needs of the population . . . It is a deliberate policy to keep even the favored groups somewhere near the brink of hardship, because a general state of scarcity increases the importance of small privileges and thus magnifies the distinction between one group and another.”

Now before we blow this off as merely fiction-based nonsense, consider the very real economic understanding called: “The Broken Window Fallacy” which at its root basically states that, when the economy is artificially stimulated [e.g. war, stimulus packages, etc…] we may see some apparent beneficial effects from such artificial stimulation [e.g. jobs created, things made more affordable through more money being produced, etc…] but we also do not see the unseen damages done by such artificial stimulation [e.g. destroyed property, money wasted on bombs, jobs that last only for the duration of a war, and incremental inflation of the money supply and hence the devaluation of each unit of money in the supply].

Surely this very real economic fallacy can be applied to the Orwellian notions of perpetual war. It is my belief that War is the Health of the State but the detriment of the people both within the States rule and outside of it as well. So who is the oligarchy in this case? Who else, but the merger of those who run the very institution of offensive force [aka politicians and bureaucrats] and those who stand to gain in an economic fashion from the fruits of perpetual war and imperialism [aka corporations and multinationals]. The Oligarchy, or the Rule by the Few are a merger of Political and Corporate Power for their own gain. The writer of the article goes on to say that,

“And of course, while a rollicking good time would be had by all over those 13 years of training local forces and carrying out special operations and air missions in the greater Afghan region, a newly released report from the Medicare and Social Security Trustees predicts that ‘the Hospital Insurance fund, which pays for hospital stays of Medicare recipients, will run out in 2024, five years earlier than last year’s report estimate.’ And don’t even think about what’s likely to happen to America’s infrastructure, already sorely underfunded — all those dams, bridges, natural gas pipelines, roads, and other basics of our lives — in those same years.”

We can see now that the negative effects of war will become more apparent, and can only be alleviated if we continue in a state of more wars! Perpetual Warfare will destroy this country, only in the name of protecting and securing this country. So can we say that Orwell was right? Absolutely, with perpetual war comes the, “shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent… The social atmosphere is that of a besieged city, where the possession of a lump of horseflesh makes the difference between wealth and poverty. And at the same time the consciousness of being at war, and therefore in danger, makes the handing-over of all power to a small caste seem the natural, unavoidable condition of survival.”

War is the Health of the State, and those who use or rely on it for their own purposes. Can we say that, the events of 9/11 were lasting, grave, and certain? In the sense that lives were lost and those still living who were around them were affected, yes we can say that it will be lasting. But which of these is more lasting, grave, and certain: a formal army starting a war with a nuclear missile and beginning a ground invasion of America or a few planes being thrown into buildings organized by alleged cowards in mountains on the other side of the world?

Can we say that, all other means of putting an end to conflict must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective? We never even gave it a chance, we have been the worlds police man at least since the End of World War II, and we have become an Empire since the end of the Cold War, anyone opposed to the Western Oligopoly’s agenda is concerned a threat that must be uprooted without exception, but if we were truly a free and peaceful country we would not have uprooted other factions in the world with force but with trade.

Can we say that, there must be serious prospects of success? No we cannot, we cannot possibly say that we will win, we fight an ill-defined enemy, and if the definition is so vague then you are bound to fight a multi-front war against multiple enemies. Haven’t we learned from History? Hitler tried to fight a Two-Front War one in the West and the other in the East, look at what happened to him, the prospects for success went steadily on the decline.

Finally can we say that, the use of arms were used in proportion to the evils and disorders that were graver than the evil to be eliminated? Absolutely not, the events that took place for one day and the tools used on that day, have been disproportionately responded to on our side of the conflict. The enemy used stealth and tactics of ambush, we must then use tactics proportionate to that, instead we deploy our entire armed forces abroad, launch massive wars directly and proxy wars indirectly against those who stand against the Western Oligopolistic Powers. Then there is of course, the insane babble of “glassing the middle east” or of “nuking Iran” all of these things are detrimental to America’s Image abroad and then we wonder why people hate us.

Having answered these questions, and having given an unsatisfactory answer to them all, I have come to conclude that the United States of America is the initiator of an unjust war and because it is unjust it is not a Christian War. All Christians who give their approval for these wars, suffer from cognitive dissonance between their morals and the worlds. This brings me to the second article concerning Christian Contractors and Evangelizing the US Armed Forces.

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Posted October 1, 2011 by jimbo9889 in Current Events

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