From the Left: No war but class war
Published: Friday, September 20, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 01:09
On Sept. 13, America and Russia came to an agreement to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control. President Obama has beaten the war drums again and proved that the government will not tolerate any undermining of its imperial hegemony in the Middle East, but due to overwhelming popular opinion, he was forced to back down. The U.S. has historically flexed its muscles in one CIA-funded coup d’état after another, under the politically-correct veil of “regime change” that is, in reality, nothing more than the political re-structuring of puppet client states, so as to make them work in the economic interests of the American corporate aristocracy. History proves that the U.S. is the imperial power par excellence.
We should not go to war with Syria, even though the media continues to repeat the need for immediate action for the sake of “humanitarian intervention.” But we know what the media really is: the public relations arm of the totalitarian police-state. It’s the tool used by our super-PAC-appointed politicians to manufacture consent among the masses for whatever initiative they want enacted at a given time. It’s not world news; it’s sensationalist propaganda force-fed to the working class in order to induce a particular mindset that serves the interests of the ruling class. It breeds racism, hetero-normativity, cis-gender supremacism, trans-misogyny, a visciously patriarchal culture and (possibly worst of all) the toxic filth of nationalism.
Despite what the “media” says, there is no reason to go to war with Syria other than to re-enforce our current military presence in the area. The cascade of riots and revolutions during the so-called “Arab Spring” have weakened our military dominance, and President Obama and his fellow aristocrats want to spend American resources to re-establish imperial hegemony in the area, a hegemony so absolute that it will secure America’s neocolonial control of one of the largest oil-rich regions in the world for another decade. War is an excuse for the U.S. to strengthen its military control over finite energy resources. Humanitarianism is the public-relations justification for war, it’s a façade trying to hide the fact that the government desperately needs a reason to legitimize its extensive military presence in the Middle East.
Think of the new 800 km-long oil pipeline project from the Kirkuk oil fields in Iraq to Baniyas, Syria that pumps 300,000 gallons of crude oil daily. Private oil contractors would love to get their hands on it, like Dick Cheney’s Halliburton corporation that got oil contracts and openly stated that “oil remains, fundamentally, a government business” after 9/11. Or Donald Rumsfeld, the ex-Secretary of Defense, who lied to Congress in 2002 when he stated that Iraq has “stockpiles of chemical weapons, including VX, sarin, cyclosarin, and mustard gas” and “anthrax and botulism toxin, and possibly smallpox.” A decade later, we’ve found no Iraqi stockpile, but have spent nearly $11.26 million per day on the “war on terror” since 2001.
We should not give into the “media” and jump into war. It costs trillions of dollars (currently over $1.4 trillion, according to the defense budget passed this March) to develop machines designed specifically to slaughter other human beings, and that spill innocent blood (be it of men, women or children) in the name of economic conquest. No human should advocate war under any circumstance; to do so speaks volumes about their own soulless lack of humanity and support for the big-brother empire. To go to war isn’t just a moral perversion but also a direct violation of the principals laid down in the Nuremberg trials that convicted Nazi officials of war crimes in World War II.
If we want to be the model of “freedom” and “liberty,” we need a drastic re-assessment of our foreign and domestic policy. If Obama wages war against Syria, he’ll continue the trend that Reagan started: the conservative dream of transforming our democratic republic into a corporate empire by transferring decision-making power from democratically-accountable public institutions to unaccountable corporate boardrooms. There is only one war that needs to be fought: the class war. The working class should not be on the defensive. It needs to be on the offensive, and the offense it launches against the chronic parasite called Wall Street needs to be powerful enough to completely eradicate it, to abolish every aspect of its cancerous politics and dirty money. Economic decisions need to be made in a decentralized, democratic manner by the individuals who are impacted by them, not by centralized, oligarchic powers.
The working class needs to seize control of the state and use its immense legal and economic authority to re-direct the economy in their direct material interests. It’s interesting how it’s “class warfare” when the working class tries to fight back, but “the status quo” and “the way things should be” when its being absolutely pulverized by capitalist economics.