One of the few bipartisan issues in Washington is terrorism. Unfortunately due to overt propaganda I do not have to specify what type of terrorism I am referring to. There are many types of terrorists that are simply labeled as “mentally ill” or “having a troubled past”. Stabbing people on trains because of the way people talk and look… nope… not terrorism, mental illness. Shooting cops in Oklahoma… nope, just a troubled past. Shooting politicians specifically because of their party affiliation… nope, still not terrorism… mental illness. It seems the media, both corporate and right wing propaganda reserve the word “terrorism” for only those of a specific variety. No longer do people think of Timothy McVeigh when they hear the word, immediately the mind jumps to a Muslim male holding an AK-47 or scimitar. Maximum fear is achieved. With fear comes obedience. We must stand united against…”the other”.
President Trump as well as former President Obama and the President before him all vowed to defeat this threat at all costs. In 2001, 16 years ago, the “War on Terror” began. What started in Afghanistan, moved to Iraq (for no valid reason), then to Libya and Syria. Wait.. what about Saudi Arabia? Surely we went to war with them considering that 15 out of the 19 September 11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. Right? No, not even close. George Bush was seen holding hands with the Saudi prince in 2005, four years after the 9/11 attack. Trump, Mr. “America First” was found doing something even stranger.
Bush proposed a $20 Billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia, both Obama and Trump proposed a $110 Billion arms deal. Now lets consider… Saudi Arabia not only harbors terrorists, trains Al Qaeda, backs Sunni (ISIS) forces in Iraq, as mentioned before, was the home of a great majority of the 9/11 hijackers, but also was the home of Osama Bin Laden whose ultra wealthy family had close connections with Saudi Royalty. Why on Earth would we want to sell weapons to a country so closely tied to Islamic fundamentalist terrorism?
The answer is obvious and anti-climatic. It’s all about the money. The government does not care about unorganized militant groups in the Middle East. They care about money, specifically in this case money that goes to military arms manufactures, which in turn is given to the politicians in the form of campaign contributions and PAC donations. Did you know that these “moderate rebels” that the US is backing in Syria is none other than Al-Qaeda itself? Yup, all in order to oust Assad so they can do as they please in their money making ventures in the region.
President Trump accused Qatar of funding terrorists only to sell them over $12 Billion in arms a few days later… This is truly remarkable. If this doesn’t prove my point, I don’t know what does. The American leaders do not care about terrorism, they will stoke fear so we continue our support for their “war”, which is nothing other than a colossal cash making scheme that not only depletes our national treasure, but keeps us in endless, useless wars in which America’s sons and daughters are killed in vain as the politicians and military contractors laugh their way to the bank.
“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.” – Major General Smedley Darlington Butler