Category: war

politicalsci 2018-05-01 22:39:00

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“Aggression has a meaning, but that meaning do…

“Aggression has a meaning, but that meaning doesn’t apply to us. For US
leaders, aggression means resistance. So, anyone who resists the United
States is guilty of aggression. And that makes sense if we own the
world. So any active resistance is aggression against us. So when the US
invaded South Vietnam in the early 1960s under Kennedy, Kennedy said we
were defending ourselves from what he called “the assault from within.”

In other words, that’s the framework of reporting. Reporting
must be cheering for the home team. Nothing else is conceivable because
of the depth of these principles which are instilled into people in the
educational system and propaganda.
You can’t see the world in any other
terms. So it’s “neutral, objective reporting” to say we’re cheering for
the home team.

But notice that it makes not the slightest difference what the people
of the world or the Middle East think. That’s not relevant… And what do people think?
Well, what people think, we know from international polls that are
regularly taken. They think that the United States is the most
frightening, dangerous country in the world. And
there’s overwhelming opposition to US force, almost everywhere. It’s
also true of the Middle East. And there’s nothing new about it.” – Noam Chomsky [x]

politicalsci 2018-04-15 22:54:57

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War is a racket. It always has been. “It is po…

War is a racket. It always has been.

“It is possibly the
oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the
only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits
are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best
described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the
majority of the people.

Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is
conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very
many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.” – The late United States Marine Corps Major General Smedley D. Butler 

politicalsci 2018-04-15 20:47:57

“I wonder now how the foreign policies …

“I wonder now how the
foreign policies of the United States would look if we wiped out the
national boundaries of the world, at least in our minds, and thought of
all children everywhere as our own. Then we could never drop an atomic
bomb on Hiroshima, or napalm on Vietnam, or wage war anywhere, because
wars, especially in our time, are always wars against children, indeed
our children.” 
Howard Zinn

politicalsci 2018-04-14 21:09:33

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