Door wie en waarom worden we in fataal contra-productieve oorlogen geluisd?

Hoe – en door wie en waarom – zijn ‘we’ in de fataal contra-productieve oorlogen in Irak en Afghanistan geluisd? Die vragen rijzen temeer n.a.v.

WikiLeaks’ onthullende ‘Afghan War Diary, 2004-2010’

 Volgens Simon Jenkins van The Guardian is dat te wijten aan de te grote invloed van het militair/politiek-industriele complex in zekere landen (lees: de VS en het VK). Ik voeg daaraan toe: de te grote macht van de zionistische (Groot)Israel lobby. Deze twee lobbies dringen nu aan op het ‘preventief’ aanvallen van ‘nucleair’ Iran..

A history of folly, from the Trojan horse to Afghanistan

By recording failure in meticulous detail, the leaked warlogs bear devastating witness to our incompetence

…The war logs are not so much sensational as relentless. Most of the material was known. It is the detail that bears devastating witness. Afghanistan 2001 now enters firmly into the pantheon of folly, from the wooden horse to Napoleon in Moscow to Vietnam. Indeed it bears the added crassness of coming two decades after the Russians committed the exact same folly in the same place.

In 1971 the Pentagon papers revealed the deception of the Johnson and Nixon governments during the Vietnam war. The papers were credited with collapsing US morale as the war drew to a close. The Afghanistan logs convey a different message. They show George Bush, Tony Blair and their generals to be so dazzled by their massive military (and intellectual) firepower that they thought they were invincible against a tinpot Taliban.

Anyone who visited Kabul in the past eight years knew that a western war of occupation would end in tears. The Taliban were a concept, not an army. Al-Qaida was an unwelcome guest, but only the Taliban were likely to expel it. Mujahideen would ooze from the rocks if provoked and never stop fighting until the infidel was expelled. Pakistan, long holder of the key to the Afghan door, had a powerful interest in backing the Taliban, an interest promoted and financed by the CIA in the 1980s. All this was known – and is now confirmed.

What could not have been predicted is that Nato, the Pentagon and Britain’s defence ministry could so ignore past history and current intelligence as to invade with main force, seek to pacify the Pashtun and then "build a nation" in a medieval land along western democratic lines – all with such incompetence. We could not have predicted, back in 2001-2, that this adventure would become the apotheosis of liberal interventionism, a good war, a righteous war, a New Labour war…

I cannot avoid the conclusion that, just as the Pashtun are said to be "hardwired to fight", so now are certain western regimes. War is about sating the military-security-industrial complex, a lobby so potent that, long after the cold war ended, it can induce democratic leaders to expend quantities of blood and money on such specious pretexts as suppressing dictators in one country and terror in another.

Like puppets dancing to manufactured fears and dreams of glory, these leaders have lost their grip on Plato’s "sacred golden cord of reason". Until that grip is restored, the folly revealed by the war logs will continue.


Inside Top Secret America

A major investigation reveals the extent of America’s vast and heavily privatized military-corporate-intelligence establishment.

10 Needed Steps for Obama to Start Dismantling America’s Gigantic, Destructive Military Empire

The failure to begin to deal with our bloated military establishment will condemn the U.S. to devastating consequences.

Obama’s Tricky Battle with the Military-Media Complex (AlterNet, 30/8)

Will the powerful military-media complex allow Obama to remove ‘all US troops from Iraq’ by the end of next year?..

Given that Obama has delivered on his promise in Iraq, why should we doubt next year’s pending pullouts from both Iraq and Afghanistan? Simple: high military officials and their accomplices in the media ardently oppose both – and the president is either unwilling or simply unable to confront them…

Economics of U.S. Military Interventions, Part 1 (TheStreet, 13 Aug 2010)

Editor’s note: This is the first of two parts on the economics of U.S. military interventions.

A significant portion of the U.S. GDP goes to overseas military interventions. This first will provide data on these interventions, while the second will focus on the effectiveness of the most recent invasions.

Economics of U.S. Military Interventions, Part 2 (TheStreet, 24 Aug 2010)

This is the second in a two-part series on the economics of U.S. military interventions. Thefirst part provided cost and fatality numbers of past and current wars. This one focuses on the most recent interventions: Afghanistan and Iraq. It asks whether these wars have contributed to achieving America’s global strategy objectives.


4 thoughts on “Door wie en waarom worden we in fataal contra-productieve oorlogen geluisd?

  1. Goed zo, Jan Willem, hou het vuurtje over de zinloze oorlog in Afghanistan warm. Tenslotte was het issue belangrijk genoeg om een Nederlands kabinet over te laten struikelen.
    En met het komende kabinet (eigenlijk kabinet Wilders) kan de Nederlandse betrokkenheid in Afghanistan weer flink aanwakkeren.

  2. Als de VVD terugkeert naar een houding die ooit door VVD-kopstukken werd aangeduid met het Duitse woordje REALPOLITIK is er wat oorlogshetzerij betreft weinig aan de hand in ons kleine koopmansland…

  3. Als je nou als moordenaar of dief zeven jaar na de daad in de rechtbank zegt: Met de inzichten van vandaag had ik, achteraf gezien, zeven jaar geleden niet moeten doden/stelen…Dan geeft de rechter je toch alsnog wèl een veroordeling/straf?

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