The Islamic State’s latest atrocities are a calculated effort to bring the war in Syria home to the countries participating in it
By Peter Certo
“Hillary Clinton declared that ISIS “must be destroyed” with “all of the tools at our disposal.” Ted Cruz called for “overwhelming air power” and condemned the Obama administration for having insufficient “tolerance for civilian casualties.” Ben Carson called for “boots on the ground,” while Donald Trump swore he’d “bomb the s – out of” ISIS-controlled oil fields and hand them over to ExxonMobil.”
What’s propped up as viable leadership is always a call to war, violence, and aggression.
Gandhi wisely reminded that the call of vengeance in the form of “an eye for an eye” would only succeed in making the world blind.
This is accurate:
“When your government answers every problem in the world with military force, war begets war. And eventually there’s nowhere left to hide from it.”
Dictionaries are alive as organic extensions of changes in language. For instance, when a new phrase becomes adopted, it will typically find itself in a modern dictionary.
I think it’s time for some new definitions.
For instance, the paradigm that holds the warrior responsible for “national security” must be revisited. What – at essence – is National Security? If it’s which nation has the biggest bombs, then clearly the definition is flawed.
Another word that needs to be reassessed is the idea of leadership. For if leaders ONLY traffic in war fervor (and fever), how could the peace that most citizens want be attained?
After 911, few to no pundits for peaceful diplomacy were given any air time. Instead, the media outlets were packed with generals…. then as now.
But those who see the world primarily through the frame of attack and response, are not equipped to envision any solutions outside of this insidious box. It is the box of HIS-tory, the sins of the FATHERS visited upon the sons as so much in the way of life is presented as battle, as the need mostly for males to prove their manhood through a show of arms.
It’s no accident that very few governing boards and bodies have more than a token woman or two, if that. And the few let in are on-board with the militarists… or else they would not be there.
Deconstructing the paradigm that Mars rules built comes from not seeing the world through simplistic bifurcated frames, or lending one’s name – and thus consent – to unending calamitous inanities like war.
Another word to revisit is Terrorist. After all, if those enacting wars of aggression are not fitted with that title, and rather it’s reserved for those who respond – on their own home turf – to brutal invasions, then how accurate can such a terminology be?
Read more by Peter Certo
- People Who Care About Democracy Don’t Plot Coups Abroad – February 4th, 2019
- Does the Super Bowl Feel Too Political? Thank Militarism – January 31st, 2019
- It’s Good to Argue About Dead Presidents – December 6th, 2018
- There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria – April 20th, 2018
- A US Soldier Died in Niger. What on Earth Are We Doing There? – October 25th, 2017