Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Mumia Speaks: LESSONS LOST

[col. writ. 5/25/10] (c) '10 Mumia Abu-Jamal

    It's been generations since the Vietnam War, or what may be called 'the war most Americans want to forget.'

    In part, that's because the U.S. lost to Vietnam. At the time, it was unthinkable:  how could a tiny, poor, Third World country best a global super-power?

    Their secret was simple: the Vietnamese refused to lose.

    Years ago, former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara was a hawk at war, who advocated incredible tonnage of bombs against the nationalists trying to unify the country.

    Years later, after a lifetime away from the heady halls of power, McNamara decried the destructive martial fervor of those years of imperial war.

    In the documentary, "The Fog of War", McNamara, speaking of the carnage of World War II, said, " We burned to death 100,000 Japanese civilians in Tokyo." He added, "[General Curtis] Lemay recognized that what he was doing would be thought immoral if his side had lost." McNamara asked, "But what makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win?"*

    Vietnam was an imperial war, created and sustained by lies.  Sound familiar?

    An empire wages war to save face, and to extend its influence.

    It's not about democracy, or terrorism, or good governance, or even drug control.  These are mere pretexts.

    It's about power and global spheres of influence -- period.

    Today, Afghanistan is a narco-state- something that the dreaded Taliban wouldn't tolerate.

    It's as far from democracy as possible.

    And both Iraq and Afghanistan have governments based on stolen elections.

    Is this worth the lives, health or sanity of your loved ones?

--(c) '10maj

[Source: Lippman, T.W., "In the Shadow of Vietnam: Robert McNamara will be remembered for his handling of a 'terribly wrong' war", Washington Post, 7/13-19/09, [Nat'l Wkly. Ed.], pp.10-12]

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