‘The War’ is all over the news this morning- the war that most Americans have forgotten about and which seldom comes to mind during our busy shopping, leisure and vacation days. Oh, THAT war, off in some distant god-forsaken mountainous pile of rocks. The one whose enemy doesn’t wear a uniform but seems to have an endless supply of men and weaponry.
Wikileaks.org has so many hits this morning that my browser cannot access it. That’s the site that published the ‘secret documents’ detailing just how poorly this Afghanistan War is progressing [or regressing] as if those of us paying attention didn’t already know. By the way, when DO wars go well?
Many Americans are ‘shocked’ this morning with the news leaked by this website. These are the same people who often miss the subtleties of politics and are easily led by slick propagandists. Many societies have poorly-informed citizens- but they generally are Third World countries where the people scrape to make a living and have neither the time or energy to pay attention to their rulers.
We Americans, on the other hand, hardly are scraping through life. Yet, we are often just as uninformed as those living at the end of some dusty trail in the mountains of Afghanistan. We are too busy with our complex lives to have the time to explore our war mission and its goal. We know as much about them as they do about us: they are ‘the enemy.’
We Americans can easily spout off ‘9/11’ when asked about our involvement in Afghanistan, but not anything more deep or significant. Rather, we choose to wrap ourselves in the Flag and feel that this war is ‘making us more secure.’ It brings to mind that propaganda line that the Bush Administration used in promoting its war on Iraq- “We’re fighting them over there so that we won’t have to fight them over here!”
The website, CostofWar.com tallies the Afghanistan war at $286,000,000.000. That’s about a thousand dollars per person- children included- to fund this war. And the politicians are griping about the cost of health care and financial stabilization of our banks? How much good could have beenaccomplished for the citizens of this nation with that quarter of a trillion dollars? How many new roads, bridges, water and sewer lines? How many new schools, libraries, health clinics could have been built?
Money down the drain. Gone forever, in the pockets of the military industrial complex. And for what purpose? To make us more safe? Or to make us think that we are more safe? The pathetic, never-ending story of war continues…