10 years of fighting a noun
So 10 years of fighting a noun, and what do we have? A cost in excess of $3Trillion and a loss of civilian life that is somewhere over a million.
That's a million dead with a $3 Trillion price tag, someone got paid and someone got slayed, welcome to global capitalism as run by the military industrial complex.
I remember the days of argument as the US attempted to justify their illegal invasion of Iraq, the glorious lies they spun that were regurgitated by the war nuts in this country.
Remember the lies? Saddam and Al Queda working together? Trying to buy yellow cake? Trying to build reactors? Remember the WMDs? How about the imminent threat?
Oh the lies that our mainstream media so readily burped out as the National Party berated Helen Clark for not going in with our mates, giving the war in Iraq all the moral authority of a pack rape.
I remember when the lies and true horror of what we had unleashed on the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, and any number of the drone strike proxy wars the West wages with playstation glee, started to sink home. How those who were so loud in using September 11 as a justification for exporting democracy from 30 000 feet went ever so quiet once the impact on hearts and minds was those hearts and minds blown apart.
The American over reaction was not the triumphant crescendo of the New American Century as the neo cons had hoped, what it showed was the fragility of hard power. The cost of these ridiculous and needless wars bankrupted America not just financially, but they lost the Washington Consensus hegemonic dominance as China rises ever so brightly.
The South Pacific will become the new cold war zone as the US and China slug it out for influence and dominance (hence the draconian fish hooks in the free trdae agreements with both nations).
This perpetual war of terror, borne mostly by the poor caught up as collateral damage should be seen as merely another bleak chapter in our ongoing cycle of violence fed by a Military Industrial complex with a profit motive in destruction.
This has always been a war of terror.