We Won’t Go To War With
By Michael I. Niman,
There’s a lot of attention being paid lately to
’s impending war with
. Other writers refer to it as
“Bush’s War,” since the whole fracas is basically a hillbilly family feud,
with George W whining on about how Saddam tried to kill his pappy.
But while it’s the Bush family’s feud, it’s not their war.
They aren’t going to fight it. Their
kin aren’t going to die in it. They
don’t fight wars. They order other
people to fight and die. This means
the children of the poor, for whom military service was the only option for
education or employment. That’s
why Charles Rangal and Ron Dellums, members of the Congressional Black Caucus,
are calling to reinstate the draft: perhaps if the children of the middle class
wound up having to fight and die, they and their parents would be less likely to
frivolously send our armed forces into battle on behalf of the Bushes and their
friends and family in the oil industry.
For the American media, the war is a done deal.
Despite a second wave of UN inspectors unable to find weapons of mass
destruction, American “reporters,” rather than focus on the lack of reason
for this war, are focusing instead on the logistics of the war, as if it were a
sporting event. The massive American
and international anti-war movements, by contrast, are invisible.
The situation is so bad that the normally staid Columbia
Journalism Review (CJR) recently blasted The
Post, The New York Times and other
corporate papers for downplaying or outright ignoring massive anti-war
demonstrations. They slam The
Post for ignoring the September 28th rallies in
, which drew, by the most conservative legitimate estimates, many hundreds of
thousands of people. It was only
after many complaints, that The Post
gave the story minimal coverage a few days after the event.
CJR slammed The New York Times for their October 27th coverage of the
anti-war rally. Organizers hoped
for 20,000 attendees, but were overwhelmed with 200,000.
The Times, however, reported
that “fewer people attended than organizers had said they hoped for.”
They then went on to speculate about why the rally failed.
NPR, as reported here, joined in disseminating misinformation, reporting
a mere 10,000 participants. All of
these “news” outlets, while censoring the peace movement, have continued to
bang the drums of war with regards to
is another story. They recently
went public, declaring that they are indeed doing exactly what the Bush
administration has failed to prove
is doing: building nuclear weapons. This
development of course begs the question: if unfounded suspicion of building
American-style weapons of mass destruction mandates war against
, what about North
The answer is simple. The
is not going to war against
precisely because they DO have weapons of mass destruction.
It goes like this: we can attack
for having weapons of mass destruction because in all likelihood they don’t
actually have them, while we can’t attack
for having them since they have them and, hence, can use them.
The impending escalation of the ongoing
war opens up a new chapter in the history of warfare.
The invading forces get unlimited access to go on the ground to identity
and inventory all of their enemy’s weapons, military installations and command
bunkers before launching their attack against those facilities.
They will also know beforehand what their enemy’s defense capabilities
are so that they can game the whole war out before firing a shot, thus leaving
no aspect of victory to chance.
The Iraqi war games out as a victory while a potential Korean war promises
a thermonuclear and biological holocaust. The
other key reason the Bush regime isn’t pushing for a new Korean war is that
doesn’t have oil. Of the dozen
nations that the U.S. Department of Defense argues are building nuclear weapons,
has massive oil reserves.
, by contrast, has nothing that we want. In
fact, their continued existence as an “enemy” state is necessary to justify
’s military presence in
military presence becomes transparent, defending corporate interests and a
hegemonic economic order in the sweatshop and timber regions.
It’s not about
. It’s about Wal Mart.
But what about these North Koreans? Why
are they suddenly rattling nuclear sabers? Conventional
wisdom says they’re nuts, but their actions are actually quite predictable.
It’s been one year since George W declared
“evil.” During that year, the
Bush administration announced that North Korea would be eligible to receive a
“pre-emptive” nuclear first-strike from the U.S.
Couple this with the Bush administration’s $60 billion
“missile-defense” program, which they argue would be used in a war against
, and we begin to see why the North Koreans are nervous.
Bush also put the kabosh on
’s reunification plans with the north, thus guaranteeing the continued
and the continuation of hostilities between that nation and ours.
In light of all of this,
’s weapons program seems like a predictable and even rational response.
They still claim that they are willing to stop the program, but only in
exchange for a
promise not to launch a first strike attack against their country.
The Bush regime won’t make that commitment, reserving its right to
attack any nation at any time, with or without provocation.
In the case of
, however, it’s more about keeping a paper war alive, even at the risk of a
real nuclear war.
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