The illusions of war

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Any war goes through a series of phases.

1. There are always ulterior motives

David С Whitney & Robin Vaughn Whitney, The American Presidents, 9th ed., Nelson Doubleday Inc, Guild America, NY, 2001, pp 433-459, wrote of GHW Bush at the Republican Convention, August, 1988:

He celebrated the nation’s complexity with a captivating poetic image, calling it “a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.”

His inaugural address included:

“A new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn. The totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree.”

A new era of peace and harmony brought through laser-guided weaponry, televised for all the world to enjoy and marvel at. GHWB explained to the General Assembly of the UN., February 1st, 1992 how he was “a shrewd protector of America’s interests”:

“… what is at stake is more than one small country. It is a big idea. A New World Order where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind: peace, and security, freedom, and the rule of law …

[The war in Iraq is] a rare opportunity to move toward an historic period of cooperation. Out of these troubled times, … our fifth objective, – a New World Order, can emerge: a new era, freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice, and more secure in the quest for peace

… Now we can see a new world coming into view, a world in which there is a very real prospect of a New World Order. … We are now in sight of a United Nations that performs as envisioned by its founders.”

It is the sacred principles enshrined in the United Nations charter to which the American people will henceforth pledge their allegiance.

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2. Preplan the war in intricate detail

3. Demoralize the enemy over many years

Yuri Bezmenov, KGB defector,in a series of interviews [available on youtube] from 1985, said [abridged]:

Ideological subversion is the process which is legitimate and overt. All that Americans have to do is unplug the bananas from their ears, open their eyes and they can see it. There is no mystery – this is nothing to do with espionage. In reality, the main emphasis of the KGB is not in the area of intelligence – it is what we call active measures or psychological warfare.

What it basically means is – to change the perception of reality of every American to such an extent that despite the abundance of information, no one is able to come to sensible conclusions, in the interests of defending themselves, their families, their community and their country.

It’s a great brainwashing process which goes very slowly and it’s divided into four basic stages:

Demoralization – it takes from 15 to 20 years to demoralize a nation – the minimum number of years required to educate one generation of students in the country of your enemy, exposed to the ideology of the enemy.

e.g. Hanoi Jane and the “peace movement”, designed to undermine the fighting capacity of the United States – look at Vietnam.

Destabilization – only 2 to 5 years – what matters is essentials – economy, foreign relations, defence systems.

Crisis – maybe up to 6 weeks to bring a country to crisis and after this, with a violent change of power, structure and economy [to meet the crisis], comes:

The period of normalization – it may last indefinitely. This is what will happen if you allow the shmucks to bring the country to crisis – to promise people all kinds of goodies and a paradise on earth, to destabilize your economy, to eliminate the principle of free market competition and to put a Big Brother government in Washington DC with benevolent dictators who will promise lots of things, never mind whether the promises are fulfillable or not – he will create the illusion that the situation is under control.

The situation is NOT under control – the situation is disgustingly out of control.

4. Demonize the enemy and create enthusiasm

‘These people are very anxious to send our poor soldiers to face death; how many of them will ever go into battle themselves?’ [Lloyd George on the way to the House of Commons, War Memoirs, Vol 1, pp64/5, cited by Allen Lane, Keep the Home Fires Burning, 1977]

5. Maintain the illusion that the war effort is going well

Montreal Gazette [quoted 5.5.11]

Martine Ohayon of Montreal’s International Air Transport Association told the Gazette that airlines worldwide pay about US$7.4 billion for anti-terrorist measures. Before 9-11, the cost was only $800 million.

Ezra Klein, writing in the Washington Post, says the US never quite grasped the fact that bin Laden’s real goal was not to beat the US with its strong military but to bring it to the brink of bankruptcy. That was what happened in the Soviet Union.

“Add up the trillions spent on wars and homeland security. Factor in the ‘loose monetary policy’ the Fed put in place after 9/11 to ward off a ‘fear-induced recession,’ a policy that may have led to the credit bubble a few years ago. And on and on,” Klein writes.

For bin Laden, he writes, success was not to be measured in body counts. It was to be judged in deficits, in borrowing costs, in investments we weren’t able to make in our country’s continued economic strength. “And by those measures, bin Laden landed a lot of blows.”

When you have a country brought to its knees by a combination of planned economic meltdown [or at the very least, gross incompetence], coupled with PCism of the worst kind, resulting in a society where everyone is too frightened to do or say anything to anyone, for fear of punishment, when the people have been brought up over the past two generations to believe utter garbage, constituting their world view, then the process is complete and they are ripe for cannon fodder.

The criticism of this post is obvious – that I am contributing to the demoralization myself. Is a person who wakes up in the latter stages of a process and cries out: “Hey, it’s a cookbook,” [maybe an unfortunate example] guilty of demoralization or is it an 11th hour stand against what took so long to perceive?

When a man was brought up to believe in God, Queen and country and he sees the assault on the former, discovers, through simply reading documents, that the second is a Welf, of the Venetian line and that the thrid is a matter of raging dispute – The EU, the UK, Britain, England [?] – then where is his former military training now? Where are his allegiances?

What can one pundit on a blog do to stop this juggernaut which is moving inexorably to virtually enslaving its peoples and sacrificing them on the bonfire of unnecessary war?

If the war was necessary and indeed, if an unnecessary war brought EU troops to this land, then I would have no choice but to enlist and kill ordinary people such as myself but from other nations in Europe. From a citizen of a country, I am turned into a subversive malcontent, an insurgent.

This is the polarization these people induce in their skewing of society. It was summed up by the character René Mathis, in Quantum of Solace who said:

But I guess when one is young, it seems very easy to distinguish between right and wrong but as one gets older, it becomes more difficult – the villains and the heroes get all mixed up.