The 30 Years War, one of the most destructive in European history, ended in 1648. The Peace of Westphalia followed. It set new norms for warfare. It became unacceptable for nations to interfere in the internal affairs of other nations. The only justification for military attack was to repel aggression by one state against another.
Fast forward over 350 years later to 2001. “9/11 changed everything.” Bush used that excuse to trash conventions on warfare that had stood for all of those centuries. The American people, traumatized into blind obedience, meekly acquiesced to the war on Afghanistan.
(So why was Bush so unemotional after hearing about the 2nd plane hitting the WTC on 9/11? More importantly, why didn’t his secret service detail rush him out of that location into safety? How would they know the terrorists hadn’t sent another plane to target the president’s known location?)
Osama bin Laden. We are told the criminal mastermind of 9/11 was too dumb to see what would be obvious to a five year old. That the American people wouldn’t abandon the Middle East in the wake of 9/11. But instead turn their vengence against the Muslim world.
Anti-war protesters march on the Capitol, 2007.
Gee. Funny how 9/11 was the best thing that ever happened to free the warmongers to unleash an agenda they could only have dreamed of before. Funny how 9/11 was the worst thing ever to happen to the Muslim world – it justified the so-called “clash of civilizations” neocons had been lusting after ever since the Soviet Union’s fall.
“Obviously,” Muslims had the motive (and means) to pull it off….
Barack Obama. His wars of aggression are “humanitarian.”
Two years later, in 2003, resistance rose in America from the political left to oppose the 2nd Iraq war. Massive protests erupted. Americans were divided on the issue – a large percentage had developed serious reservations about the radical new Bush Doctrine of preemptive war.
2009. Democrat Obama becomes president. The people celebrate a new era of “hope and change,” full of butterflies, puppy dogs, rainbows, unicorns, and the “end of racism” under the “just” rule of a person of color.
Nothing changes. Not for the better. Hope fades for all but the most delusional.
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