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Standing by as wars rage

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What is happening to humanity? Wars waged on the weakest people on Earth for resources have created a climate of hatred that will keep the warmongers and armaments manufacturers in work for decades to come. Remember George W Bush telling us ‘The war on terror will be a long war’.

Now ten years later Australian troops continue to kill people in Afghanistan under the all-encompassing lie spread still by PM Gillard that they are keeping us safe from the bogeyman wearing a beard and turban. The so-called terrorists. Who does she think she is kidding?

Our hands are soaked in innocent blood and the best this foolish woman can conjure up is the same fears that Howard did. This is the longest war America and Australia have ever been involved in and there is no end in sight.

In fact it is spreading across Africa with the US mooted to be planning an invasion of 35 African nations under the pretense of the bogus war on terror. Obama keeps telling us drones will make it a more surgical and precise killing spree, yet we hear that for every ‘suspected’ terrorist killed, in what was once known as extra-judicial killing, between five and ten innocents are blown away, Rumsfeld’s ‘collateral damage’.

Imagine you are at home in Pakistan, just returned from feeding the animals or fetching water, when a drone hovers overhead and the next thing you see is a flash and the next you hear is a boom. After that you become another statistic, a piece of collateral damage.

What the hell has happened to our humanity? Where are the street marches condemning this war for an oil pipeline and strategic dominance across Eurasia?

Is the current young generation so busy playing with their iPhones and worrying abut their hair and getting whacked off their little brains that they have totally lost contact with their humanity and the plight of the weakest on Earth?

When I was 15 we marched against the Vietnam war. The only marching you see these narcissistic brats do is to the pub or nightclubs and then they play the victim when their behaviour lands them in trouble with the police. Here is an idea. If you are going to get into trouble with the police make it worthwhile. March against this murderous and immoral war before you too become ‘collateral damage’.

Use that amazing tool nature gave you, your mind, and apply it to doing something decent instead of stumbling around drunk and stoned. Otherwise the world you will inherit will be one of perpetual war and perpetual hatred.

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  1. ‘Bogus war on terrorism’? Tell that to the people of Mali, Nigeria and Somalia to name only the more prominent victims of Islamic jihadis. Mali is becoming the new Afghanistan being established as a launch-off point for attacks on the rest of Africa and probably Europe.
    I’m no lover of French foreign policies but it was a relief to see their troops going into Mali at last to put down the jihadis. I just hope that jihadiism dowsn’t take a hold in Indonesia or we’re going to be sending Aussie troops in there.

  2. Well said, M Mizzi, you’re absolutely right. While the dumbed down, brainwashed, apathetic masses are reveling in their media induced fantasy bubble, the real world is going to hell in a handbasket.

    The incisive clarity with which you decry the shallow, myopic, self-absorbed mindset of contemporary society, is just the sort of critique we need to prick the conscience and rouse the passion of conscientious citizens.


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