Knocking back progress: pacifying the tribes
Israel's army chief of staff, General
Dan Halutz, put it bluntly to Hezbollah - Return the 2 soldiers or
our military will hit your infrastructure so hard that it will "turn
back the clock in Lebanon by 20 years".
So Israel followed the US/UK example of Iraq, devastating the civilian
infrastructure. In the name of progress, to reduce terror, in the spirit
of democracy, bridges were destroyed, 1300 people were killed and bunker
busting nukes were rushed
from the US to Israel via the UK.
Does that sound like diplomacy at work?
Four weeks later, as bodies continue to be dragged from the rubble
in Southern Lebanon, the estimates are that it will take up to 5 years
to rebuild its bombed bridges (120 of those!), runways, fuel containers,
substations, homes, TV stations, schools, sports clubs, health centres
and the country's largest dairy farm.
Bombing is 'progress'?
Earlier this year Tony Blair said of the war on terror: "It is
the age-old battle between progress
and reaction". "The war on terror is a battle for the future
Cheney said in April 06. "The daily work of democracy itself is the
path of progress."
said Bush back in 2003, adding that "It teaches cooperation, the
free exchange of ideas, and the peaceful resolution of differences."
In Iraq, Afghanistan and Southern Lebanon there is no disputing that
our actions (in particular, sanctions in Iraq) have sent the standard
of local living spiraling backwards.
So, we haven't brought any recent progress to these places and, in
fact, WE are the reactive ones. War in the Middle East is OUR reaction
to finding ourselves competing for depleting oil and gas. This is us stuck
in the colonising mind set of securing the free flow of cheap natural
resources (oil, land, water) to our companies, treasuries, investors and
speculators. This is us feeding the monster called civilisation - economic
growth ad nauseum - and "to hell with those we trample over en route".
50 years ago, they'd probably have called what we're doing in the Middle
East 'pacifying the tribes'. Today our leaders want us to believe that
this is 'progress'.
Ends | 21 Aug 2006 | The Leg