Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
With Predator Drones, Warfare has Reached a
By Paul Balles
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July 23, 2012
Fighting the Vampire Within
Murder is not an anomaly in war
- Chris Hedges
Early warriors massed on bloody battlefields
with everything from sticks and screams to swords, bows and arrows,
muskets and cannons. That scene remained both disgusting and ridiculous.
The grim reaper heard the call of wild, raging bloodthirsty troops
who could never get enough of head-slicing swords and cannon fodder.
If that description of what goes on in battle is heinous and upsetting,
waken to the reality that we encourage at a distance, nourish and sponsor
and celebrate when the young--willingly sacrificed--return in body bags
It's not only the buried dead who rattle the Gatling
guns of our souls. Listen to the unforgiving voice of ex war correspondent
If we really saw war, what war does to young minds
and bodies, it would be impossible to embrace the myth of war. If we had
to stand over the mangled corpses of schoolchildren killed in Afghanistan
and listen to the wails of their parents, we would not be able to repeat
clichés we use to justify war.
Warfare has now reached the
psychotic stage of comfortable blood-letting at a distance with remote
controlled predator drones.
Comments Glenn Greenwald, "The
military slang for a man killed by a drone strike is 'bug splat', since
viewing the body through a grainy-green video image gives the sense of an
insect being crushed."
How psychotic it is when a warrior sits
comfortably at a computer guiding an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
hundreds of miles from his target to a "bug splat".
growing up, maturing after centuries of mass murders at the whim and fancy
of bloodthirsty madmen, we satisfy our murderous desires at a safe
distance from the exploding bodies that splat like bugs!
drones are nothing more than a clever attempt to distance America's
vampires from their bloody victims.
In the past decade 30
countries have been involved in one kind of war or another--from America's
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to separatist movements, civil unrest,
insurgencies and uprisings, religious and ethnic conflicts.
WWII, the United Nations was founded to avoid further catastrophic wars.
But there have been more conflicts in the world since the founding of the
UN than during any previous period in history.
In any war,
nightmarish atrocities become commonplace. People get used to hiding and
running in fear, to refugee camps, secretly hating the blood-letting
violators of decency.
“War is always about betrayal," says
Hedges, "betrayal of the young by the old, of idealists by cynics and of
troops by politicians.”
Those who bleed, those who bear
excruciating pain, and those who struggle to take their last breath have
all been betrayed.
As Hedges reminds us, “The violence of war is
random. It does not make sense. And many of those who struggle with loss
also struggle with the knowledge that the loss was futile and
That the people of 30 countries continue to struggle
with the futility of war doesn't seem to faze any but a few idealists with
no control over their own fate, much less that of others.
to control their bloodletting urges, America, Iran and Israel are sabre-rattling
to prepare for yet more murder and maiming sessions of missile madness.
Netanyahu's government reserves the right to strike directly at
Iran if it doesn't believe Washington and others are doing enough--through
diplomacy or sanctions--to stop it going nuclear.
When are we
going to reach the stage where useful energy replaces the vampire within
and empathy replaces violence?