Here we are exploring one of the very good reasons for the Earth Holocracy Proposal’s advocacy for whole system change: Systemic Global Militarism.
Here we bravely fix our gaze upon the black, inky depths, the unconscionable nature, of modern global militarism. This is the ugly “fist” of the neoliberal hegemony whose radical “free market” policies are in such direct opposition to the interests of the masses of the world’s people, its imperial domination has to be implemented by force.
Here we are exploring the various articles that compose the Earth Holocracy Proposal’s Volume Six: Why Whole System change is Necessary”:
Part Two: “Systemic Global Militarism: The Psychopathy, Trauma and Destruction of Ceaseless Warring”
Foreword to the Articles
The first article in Part Two traces the history of the 20th and 21st centuries’ “disastrous rise of misplaced power” (quoting US President Eisenhower’s warning in 1961) to the modern era of “unending war” – as US-led global militarism rampages, illegally violating national sovereignty and human rights the world over, while perching humanity collectively upon the apocalyptic brink of World War Three:
“I know not with what weapons WWIII will be fought, but WWWIV will be fought with sticks and stones” (Albert Einstein).
In our first article, we trace the intensive history of illegal U.S. foreign interventions and invasions, and the US/CIA fomenting, training and arming of terrorist organizations. We take note of the information leaked by former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, revealing “that the British and American intelligence and the Mossad worked together to create the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)”, and that the ‘hornet’s nest’ policy – a policy which aimed “to protect the Zionist entity by creating religious and Islamic slogans” – had been implemented, it being considered that ‘the only solution for the protection of the Jewish state’ “is to create an enemy near its borders” (www.GlobalResearch.ca).
The startlingly succinct and pointed analysis of ‘America’s Permanent War Agenda’ by Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization, Stephen Lendman, is presented in this first article: an example of Lendman’s sharp pen:
America glorifies conflicts and the righteousness of waging them, packaged as liberating ones for democracy, freedom, justice, and the best of all possible worlds. Obama [like any US President] is just the latest in a long line of warrior leaders promising peace by waging war, justifying them by bogus threats, and calling pacifism unpatriotic to further an imperial agenda for greater wealth, power, and unchallengeable global dominance.
U.S. militarism (which incorporates all its allies) violates the express purposes of the United Nations which are “to maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace… in conformity with the principles of justice and international law”.
Conspiratorially with NATO and Israel, America willfully and repeatedly violates international and US laws, punishes its victims, absolves itself, and since WWII has directly or indirectly murdered millions of people globally, mostly civilian non-combatants.
Clinton’s bombing and dismemberment of Yugoslavia was aptly described by playwright Harold Pinter as “barbaric and despicable”, “another blatant and brutal assertion of US power using NATO as its missile” to consolidate the “American domination of Europe”.
Long before 9/11, Middle East restructuring plans were based on bogus [emphasis added] terrorist, rogue state, and “clash of civilizations” threats… September 11 assured limitless allocation of public funds to the military-industrial complex – as Michelle Ciarocca of the Arms Trade Resource Center (in September 2002) affirmed: “The whole mind set of military spending changed on Sept. 11. The most fundamental thing about defense spending is that threats drive (it). It’s now going to be easier to fund almost anything”.
The growing role of private contractors – observes investigative researcher Hossein-Zadeh – has disastrously augmented a “built-in propensity to war that makes the US military-industrial complex a menace to world peace and stability, a force of death and destruction”
U.S. global militarism (integral to U.S. economic imperialism) impacts its own domestic population / citizenry with a burgeoning national debt, loss of civil liberties and democratic freedoms, erosion of social services, collapse of the dollar, an America already in decline, its coming loss of pre-eminence as a world power, its potential bankruptcy, perhaps demise in its present form, and the possibility of WW III.
The problem for the world is that the United States [quoting Edward Herman] “is now in the business of aggression and its commission of the ‘supreme crime’ is standard policy, thereby bringing the ‘scourge of war’ across the globe in direct violation of the UN charter”.
To conclude this first article, we note various observations and analyses offered by the U.S. Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) in their Memorandum to the President (August 3, 2010) titled “War With Iran”:
“During the emerging Middle East crisis in the spring of 1967, some of us witnessed closely a flood of Israeli surprises and deception, as Netanyahu’s predecessors feigned fear of an imminent Arab attack as justification for starting a war to seize and occupy Arab territories.
Israel had, in fact, prepared well militarily and also mounted provocations against its neighbors, in order to provoke a response that could be used to justify expansion of its borders.
Netanyahu believes he holds the high cards, largely because of the strong support he enjoys in our Congress and our strongly pro-Israel media.
Israeli leaders are particularly confident of the power they and the Likud Lobby enjoy on the American political scene.
Netanyahu bragged about how he deceived President Clinton into believing he (Netanyahu) was helping implement the Oslo accords when he was actually destroying them.
Creating synthetic fear of Iranian nuclear weapons is simply the best way to “justify” bringing about regime change [in Iran]: Worked well for Iraq, no?
Politicization of intelligence analysis did not end with the departure of Bush and Cheney… the problem is acute even at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research…
We had been watching how our profession was being corrupted into serving up faux intelligence that was later criticized (correctly) as “uncorroborated, contradicted, and nonexistent”
Dissenting voices [are blocked from being] heard.
The second article is titled “End of Zionism Equals Peace”.
This article begins with the explanation given by former Zionist Israeli leader Dr. Nahum Goldmann (at the 7th meeting of the Canadian Jewish Congress in 1947) for choosing Palestine as the location of the new state of Israel: “We insisted on Palestine not because of religious, historical or sentimental reasons, but because Palestine is a turning table of three continents and in the military, political, and strategic sense it is the world’s Center. Besides, the oil reserves in this area are much higher than on the whole American continent.”
Looking at the Statement of the 3rd International Trade Union Confederation World Congress in May 2014, we might join in a collective “sigh of relief” as the Israeli stranglehold on global mainstream journalism begins to break asunder, and humanity’s awareness and solidarity for justice gain strength:
THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION:
We denounce the occupation of Palestine by Israel.
We call for an end to the construction of illegal Israeli settlements and removal of existing settlements; Israel’s withdrawal from all Palestinian lands, in line with the 4th of June 1967 borders; and the dismantling of the illegal separation wall.
These demands will support equity, justice and the achievement of a comprehensive peace, confirming the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and the establishment of a free and independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
International Trade Union Confederation, May 2014, Strategies for Building Workers’ Power, Congress Statement, 3rd ITUC World Congress, 18-23 May 2014, Berlin
We look closely at how, despite global condemnation of Israel, the United States continues its close relationship – for example, maintaining Israel’s favor as the top recipient of U.S. military and economic assistance.
“Go figure”: we note how lobbyists from two of the United States’ largest established Jewish pressure groups, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, refused to support an amendment to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have forbidden US assistance, training and weapons to neo-Nazis and other extremists in the Ukraine – and would have explicitly barred those found to have offered “praise or glorification of Nazism or its collaborators, including through the use of white supremacist, neo-Nazi, or other similar symbols” from receiving any form of support from the US Department of Defense. Max Blumenthal concludes his article, ‘How the Israel Lobby Protected Ukrainian Neo-Nazis’, noting that “the American supply line remains intact”.
This distasteful article concludes with Palestinian civil society’s call for a comprehensive and immediate military embargo on Israel. The reasons for this call include:
THE BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS MOVEMENT:
Israel is only able to carry out brutal massacres and deliberately kill Palestinian civilians because of the willingness of governments, institutions and companies around the world to cooperate with Israel’s military and weapons companies.
Military assaults on Palestinians are used by Israeli military companies to test and market new weapons and military technology. Israeli weapons companies market their products as “field tested”, by which they mean that they are tested on the bodies of Palestinians.
In 2014, Israel launched its third major attack on Gaza in just five years. More than 2,200 Palestinians were killed, including more than 500 children. Entire families were annihilated in their homes.
The Israeli military has adopted the Dahiya Doctrine, named after a Beirut neighbourhood devastated during the 2006 war, which calls for the deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure as a way to deter all forms of resistance to its oppression. The UN and human rights organizations have repeatedly documented how Israel has carried out war crimes.
Israel has recently adopted new “rules of engagement” that allow its occupation forces to “shoot to kill” Palestinian protesters, including children and youth. Israel has been documented as using banned weapons including cluster munitions and white phosphorus.
Israeli military companies such as Elbit Systems are key drivers in the proliferation of both drones, and a ruthless model of securitization and militarized repression to the world.
The functioning of this system depends on the willingness of governments and companies around the world to cooperate with Israel’s military, weapons industry and military research institutions.
BDS Movement, https://bdsmovement.net/military-embargo
The third article of part Two, “Long Live the People of Rojava“, is the Proposal’s STOP PRESS red-alert article – one that, in the heart of the Proposal’s developer, headlines the entire proposal: she just wants the bombs to stop falling (now), and she wants them to stop falling (now) on the people of Rojava, people who are simultaneously 1) championing possibly the closest working model of the decentralized, participatory democracy advocated by the Earth Holocracy Proposal, and 2) being bombed off the face of the earth by the US-backed “war of terror”:
“As the imperialist, bloodthirsty vampires of capitalism help each other destroy Syria and Rojava, bombing children into terror and trauma, we rebuild. We take in the hungry, the weary, the displaced and dispossessed. We take in the very people who were responsible for our torture, rape, massacre and oppression not so long ago – and place the warmth cloth of inclusive democracy on their tired, hunched shoulders.
“And this is the greatest weapon, the greatest threat, the greatest explosive device of profound change and humanity that they are trying to suffocate with their terrorist tactics.
“They do not even know what they are fighting with their war-producing, bomb- manufacturing based alliances: you can kill people, destroy buildings made out of the toughest reinforced cement and metals, but you cannot destroy ideas and free minds.”
Hawzhin Azzez, a women’s rights activist, former politics lecturer at Newcastle university and member of Kobane Reconstruction Board in Rojava (Green Left Weekly, Australia, August 30, 2016)
The fourth article takes a tiny look at the vast “U.S. Global Military Command”, highlighting the Command’s standard use of so-called “unconventional warfare” – the more covert side of war which specifically targets civilians and demoralizes the enemy – by such means as UN Sanctions that deprive people of their means of subsistence, causing mass genocide (as witnessed in Iraq in the long, tortuous build-up to the illegal military invasion of the US-led “Shock and Awe” campaign); and “psy-ops”, psychological operations, that flood the target nation with propaganda – lighting fires of ethnic and sectarian strife in order to destabilize and eventually topple the government. Sprinkled throughout the volume are numerous reports of these “unconventional”, “covert” war tactics in action.
The fifth article reproduces an address made to the United Nations General Assembly in March 17, 2009 at the Millennium Development Goals Awards Ceremony by Jonathan Granoff, then President of the Global Security Institute. In his address, Granoff notes:
“The best estimates are that a ten-year commitment of around $76 billion per year, less than 7% of military expenditures, would lead to the MDG’s fulfilment”. The MDGs (Millennium Development Goals), the reader might recall, included eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; achieving full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people; halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger; ensure environmental sustainability; integrating the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs; reversing loss of environmental resources; reducing biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss; halving, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation; and so much more. Ahem.
The sixth article presents the reasons why Denis Halliday, 34-year veteran of the UN, resigned in 1998, in his own words: “I was driven to resignation because I refused to continue to take Security Council orders, the same Security Council that had imposed and sustained genocidal sanctions on the innocent of Iraq. I did not want to be complicit. I wanted to be free to speak out publicly about this crime. And above all, my innate sense of justice was and still is outraged by the violence that UN sanctions have brought upon, and continues to bring upon, the lives of children, families – the extended families, the loved ones of Iraq.”
The seventh article, ‘The Willful Destruction of Iraq’ presents a selection of book reviews of Cultural Cleansing in Iraq: Why Museums Were Looted, Libraries Burned and Academics Murdered (2009), edited by Raymond Baker, Shereen T. Ismael and Tareq Y. Ismael.
The reviews have been selected from the Brussel’s Tribunal compilation sub-titled ‘The Willful Destruction of Iraq — State-ending as US Policy Objective’. A few excerpts convey the extreme and unconscionable nature of this illegal invasion:
“The 13 authors of this work say the US set out to destroy Iraq’s national identity, reduce and marginalize the educated class and wipe the Iraqi slate clean in order to build from ground zero a weak state which would be dependent on the US. This experiment in “state ending” has left a black hole at the heart of the eastern Arab world.
“The editors of Cultural Cleansing in Iraq write that the destruction of the Iraqi state has killed over a million civilians, displaced some four million refugees abroad and internally, and led to the targeted assassination of more than 400 academics and professionals. All of these terrible losses are compounded by unprecedented levels of cultural devastation, attacks on national archives and monuments that represent the historical identity of the Iraqi people. Al-Takriti surveys the huge toll looting, burning and flooding has taken on the precious collections of documents in the Iraqi National Library and Archives (INLA), the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs Central Library (Awqaf Library), the Iraqi House of Manuscripts, the Iraqi Academy of Sciences, the House of Wisdom and the Iraqi Jewish Archive. Philip Marfleet, Reader in Refugee Studies and Director of the Refugee Research Centre at the University of East London, warns that the scattering of Iraqi intellectuals worldwide has left “a gaping hole in its human resources. A loss of this magnitude will certainly affect the wider society for generations to come.”
A companion piece to the preceding article, the eighth article is titled ‘The Anglo-Americanization of Iraq: The 25 Most Vicious Iraq War Profiteers’. Listed herein are the 25 corporations that “wiped the Iraqi slate clean in order to build from ground zero” – in an extreme manifestation of the neoliberal “shock doctrine”. In combination, the sixth and seventh articles graphically teach us the meaning of the term mnemocide: the destruction of a people’s cultural memory. They also lend credibility to projections made by Rudolf Steiner regarding “Ahrimanic” Anglo-American imperialism and its designated role in the Middle East: please see the second article in Part Three of Volume Six.
The ninth article, Say No to the new war drive leads to …
The tenth and final article in this Part of Volume Six: No More War Equals No More Refugees.