Wars No More


Blase Bonpane

Just

as a battered spouse who enables her partner to continue his abusive ways, so

we, the people of Americas continue to enable the United States to be an

incurable serial killer. The victims of the holocaust of the Third Reich have

rightfully taken the position, "Never Again". Why cannot we, restrain

the hand of our bloodthirsty and fascistic foreign policy?

Little

is said after each holocaust perpetrated by the United States. Oh, yes, Vietnam

was a tragic mistake, our government killed three million people, mostly

civilians. And El Salvador, yes, that was a tragic mistake, the United States

was in command and control of the Salvadoran Military and its adjunct death

squads. Our government denied its role in every atrocity from raped and killed

religious women to massacres of entire villages. Exposes of our direct role in

such massacres filter out to the established press some twenty years later (El

Mozote) and many respond with, "My, my, isn’t it awful?"

And

the Iran/Contra Scandal was a tragic mistake, sometimes called a

"caper". This caper of hiring any unemployed rapists and murders as

mercenaries (President Reagan thought they were our Founding Fathers) took

40,000 Nicaraguan lives. A slap on the wrist to a few obedient functionaries and

it was all over. A tragic mistake.

Can’t

you just hear the abusive spouse saying that every one of his beatings was a

tragic mistake on his part. Can’t you just hear the enabling wife say she is

sure he will never do that again? We, the enablers, continued to tolerate the

serial killing. In Guatemala it began in 1954 and continued well into the

1990′s. Our Embassy knew about all the torture, all the summary execution, all

the ethnic cleansing. Some 200,000 people were eliminated in Guatemala as part

of our on-going global holocaust. And suddenly, on a recent visit, our President

decides to apologize to Guatemala. This certainly was a unique act for a U.S.

President. In the spirit of Manifest Destiny, apologies are few or never.

Honduras,

of course, was the base for so many of our aggressive acts into the rest of

Central America. The Central Americans called Honduras, The Aircraft Carrier

because it was a permanent base for tens of thousands of U.S. troops ready for

action in all directions. Our officials were completely aware of the murderous

Battalions of Hondurans troops including the so-called "Cobras" or

special forces. Our government not only knew about these atrocities but eagerly

paid the bill with money that should have gone for educational and medical needs

in the United States.

The

Social Security Trust Fund was dumped into the U.S. treasury as if it were part

of the general fund from U.S. tax payers. It is not. Social Security is a bank

account into which our citizens pay and from which they expect a return. This

co-mingling of funds simply gives our citizens the impression that military

spending is a smaller portion of the actual budget. When Social Security is

maintained as a separate fund, as it should be, citizens can see the actual

military budget representing about half of the budget of the United States.

William

Blum’s book, "Killing Hope", documents an endless series of

pre-meditated violent acts by our country designed to stop creativity or

autonomy by other countries. Need we mention our role in the overthrow of the

government of Chile in 1973? The military figure who lead that crime, Augosto

Pinochet Ugarte was considered our friend. The fact that he was a genuine and

bona fide Nazi was not considered to be a problem by Henry Kissinger.

And

such was our friendship, perhaps it should be called fiendship with a litany of

tyrants, one worse that the next; Somoza, Papa Doc, Baby Doc, Stroessner, Videla,

Banzer, Trujillo, and it continues with our love for the terrorist state

developed by Fujimori in Peru. But vital national interests are involved here.

And what might those be? Corporate profits, multiple military bases, repayment

of debts incurred by the wealthy and repaid on the backs of the poor of Peru.

Perhaps

we forgot to mention the Christmas attack on Panama in 1989. The barrios of San

Miguelito and El Chorillo were leveled in an attempt to kidnap Manuel Noriega.

Hundreds of Panamanians were killed so we could capture their leader, who had

been previously paid as a CIA asset but who now refused to cooperate in the

overthrow of the Nicaraguan government. This must have also been a tragic

mistake and surely our government would never do anything like this again.

Remember all of the attacks mentioned here are actions of the strong against the

weak. There is no question of a fair fight, whatever that might be. 250 million

enablers are lulled into thinking that the serial killing might now stop. The

mass media which is the loudspeaker for corporate capital creates a shabby

rationale for why these massacres were…necessary. Remember Grenada? The slogan

of that stupid attack was, "We got their just in time!" Isn’t that

impressive? Sounds like a John Wayne Western. Grenada has a smaller population

than Santa Monica, California. But some Cubans were working on their airport.

And the abuser was at it again.

And

that brings up the Cuban reality. Nine presidents have done their best to choke,

kill, demonize attack and discredit Cuba Apparently they don’t want it known

that Cuba has guaranteed health care for all and we don’t. They have rewarded

people arriving from Cuba with instant legality while they have slammed Haitian

refugees into Federal lock-ups.

Why

do we put up with the abuse of our brothers and sisters all over the world? Why

do we allow our intelligence to be insulted on a daily basis by a corporate

censored media? I suppose it is because this is our Daddy, this is our

Fatherland. But mature offspring must not tolerate Daddy’s abuse. It is time for

us to confront the abuser. The nation is in the final stage of its psychotic

militarism. A CIA without any credibility is pointing in all directions saying

to nations large and small, "You might have a nuclear bomb!" Billions

go into programs to catch the bombs from other nations in mid-air. Terrorist

bombs, however, would most likely delivered by truck. And after searching for

enemies throughout the world and behaving as a serial killer, should we be

surprised by such attacks?

We

have been attacking a burned out ash called Iraq for some nine years. This is

the country we supported in one of the most serious conflicts of the 20th

Century, the Iran/Iraq War. We have recently destroyed Serbia under the banner

of Humanitarian Bombing. Even the liberals were enablers.

We

need to completely change our way of thinking. The children can help us,

especially the children of Colombia. It was a privilege to meet these Nobel

Prize Nominees. They spearheaded a Children’s Vote for Peace in Colombia. 2.7

million Colombians between the ages of 7 and 18 turned out to affirm the

Children’s Mandate for Peace and Rights. This magnificent vote took place in

October of 1997. It was a cooperative effort between UNICEF, a host of civic and

religious non-governmental organizations and most importantly, the children of

Colombia. When both the rebels and military agreed to honor the safety of the

children, the national referendum became a reality. The children were nominated

for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 but they did not win. The children have

continued their campaign of "constructors of peace" by directing their

attention to street violence, gang wars and creating youth, parent and police

dialogues. CNN has produced a documentary film about the Colombian Children,

"Soldiers of Peace". The premiere showing was in Culver City,

California as part of A Season for Non-Violence, Peace Jam in Los Angeles. The

documentary will air internationally this Fall.

Flying

in the face of the hopes and desires of the Colombians are various spokespeople

for the military/industrial/prison and gun complex in the United States. Here

are words of General Charles Wilhlem to the U.S. Congress:

I’m

convinced that the Government must strengthen its negotiating position, and I

believe that increased leverage at the negotiating table can only be gained on

Colombia’s battlefields.

It

is truly disgusting for a foreign militarist to propose a ground war in a nation

where both adults and children are begging for peaceful negotiations.

While

in Colombia I found the United Nations ready and willing to act as mediator in

such negotiations. Our country used the philosophy of General Wilhelm in Central

America and hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians were massacred. It was

only the United nations that successfully moderated peace talks in Nicaragua, El

Salvador and Guatemala. We simply cannot continue to function intelligently

outside of history.

Generals

take note, at the beginning of the 20th century 15% of the casualties of war

were civilians. At the end of the twentieth century 90% of the casualties of war

are civilians. It would be good for General Wilhelm to know that battlefields

went out with the Civil War. The twentieth century has been a century of

holocausts.

Now

is the time to urge President Clinton and President Pastrana to invite the

United Nations to serve as mediator for peace in that tortured nation.

 

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