Iran - The Next War
Robert C. Koehler
"I'm going to be killing people. I'm actually joining the Marines and will be doing this in real life."
War springs eternal. Compare the words of the 18-year-old boy quoted above by
"We cannot afford to wait indefinitely to determine the effectiveness of diplomacy and sanctions. . . . Instead, the administration needs to expand its approach and make clear to the Iranian regime and the American people: If diplomatic and economic pressures do not compel
We're running out of time to act, they add, turning the fear crank, ratcheting up the pressure like good used car salesmen.
Missing, of course -- of course! -- in any discussion of a no-nonsense military solution to
Instead what we get is the grown-up, Ph.D.-level equivalent of the naive 18-year-old Marine wannabe playing war at the
But more worrisome to me than neocon op-eds is the sense of inevitability -- indeed, reverence -- that accompanies "impartial" mainstream reportage of war, especially the war that hasn't been fought yet. The unspoken understanding is that war is a high-level, classified decision made in the public's interest but utterly divorced from its input or wishes.
In an essay published on
I fear he's right. The military-industrial consensus has no interest in democratic input. Consider the helplessness even of
A little-discussed adjunct to the military-industrial complex is the entertainment industry, which, in the 50 years since Eisenhower issued his plea for awareness, has burrowed deep into the American and global psyche, turning violence into an ever more exhilarating abstraction. Thus the announcement of each virgin war generates a wave not of horror but excitement.
"A culture of killing and violence has become embedded in human consciousness," writes Michel Chossudovsky. This means that World War III, perhaps set off by a U.S. invasion of
But there is a latent counterforce to all of the above. The industrial wars of the last century have created an extraordinary blowback problem for the global war profiteers. In
My fervent hope is that this happens sooner rather than later -- that the mere threat of an invasion of
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(c) 2010 Robert C. Koehler