I’ve been around this block a few too many times. The war is on now, thousands of innocent people are being driven from their homes, and how many wounded or killed won’t be known for some time. It is well-known in the area what is going on. The further away one gets from Syria, the more clouded the issue will become. But by the time one gets to the USA, the issue will not be clouded at all. It will be a gigantic lie. Years from now we’ll learn that our American boys flying our American toys are bombing Syrian villages and towns, and reinforcing ISIS positions in the process. The whole thing is one big goddamned lie.
The war is on now to topple the democratically elected government of Syria. It is not a perfect government, but is far more representative of its people than our own. Americans haven’t a clue what their own government is doing. The United States military now is performing its terrorist function, and while supporting terrorists, is bombing and murdering innocent civilians. Soon they will hand out pictures of soldiers giving candy to children. The US military has an abundant supply of machines and bombs, stupid and deeply indoctrinated fighting men and women, and candy.
Those pictures of candy and kids – honest, that shit works. Americans eat that candy up.
Anyone who takes time to review evidence scattered about the Post-War era will find, as I have, certain oddities. The enemies of the United States generally have broad popular support. The allies of the United States, say for instance the leader of “free China,” Chiang Kai-shek, or Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, or Augusto Pinochet in Chile or our most recent friend and ally, Petro Poroshenkoturn of the Ukraine, turn out to be terrorists and often enough drug runners and thieves to boot. We generally can label them “fascists,” but that label, like “Nazis”, has lost substance, and only means “bad.”
More to the point, the people the United States supports are well-connected to large financial interests like oil companies or mining concerns, or even companies selling such trifling items as soda pop. In Syria, it is natural gas production and distribution at stake, with ExxonMobil and Aramco wanting to displace the current route of gas to Europe from Tehran to Damascus with an alternative route that benefits their own coffers.
It’s that simple sometimes.
I read a little story some time back in a book written in 1970 by Fletcher Prouty called The Secret Team. Prouty was attempting to illustrate how corrupt agents within government manipulate honest and corrupt officials alike to their own ends. The events that he described eventually mushroomed into what became known as the Bay of Pigs, an invasion meant to sucker JFK into bombing the island. The driving force behind the invasion was pissed off businessmen and mafioso who had lost casinos, sugar plantations and mines. They regarded Cuba as their island paradise.
Most of the American-connected criminal element had left Cuba and taken up residence in Miami after the revolution. In Prouty’s example a few of them were in touch with some workers at a sugar refinery in Cuba. They hatched a plan to set off bombs in that refinery and destroy it. The CIA thought it was a good idea and supported the idea, supplying the bombs.
In case you’re wondering, that is a criminal act. The U.S. was not at war with Cuba. It was simply terrorizing the place.
On the night that the terrorist act was to be committed, Cuban military officials intercepted the boat and the bombs and arrested the agents and those at the factory who supported them. Cuban security was very good because of the neighborhood block reporting system. The Cuban government not only knew about the scheme, but allowed it to develop so that they could arrest the perpetrators and get them out of their hair.
There’s a lesson here that I believed as a youth and Swede, who has not read this far, still believes, and it is this:
Cuba is not free. We are.