LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS – WAR NEWS BLUES
America is waging war on 49 nations who did not attack America.
This is untenable and cannot continue.
“At home, militarized police departments allow officers to kill unarmed citizens at will w/ zero accountability, two weeks paid vacations and get out of jail free cards. And our leaders export this aggression overseas with illegal drones known to kill an average of 50 innocents per strike.”
The cost of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan are estimated at 225,000 lives and up to $4 trillion in U.S. spending, in a new report by scholars with the Eisenhower Research Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.
Wars of choice are surrender. Peace is victory.
The group’s “Costs of War” project has released new figures for a range of human and economic costs associated with U.S. military aggression about extraction, exploitation and extortion.
The U.S. War in Afghanistan
1999 – 2021 https://www.cfr.org/timeline/us-war-afghanistan
And there are also significant numbers of private security contractors working for the US in Afghanistan. (America not only uses the CIA, but also uses the Pentagon and 16 more intelligence agencies, services, contractors and mercenaries) This included as of the last quarter of 2020 more than 7,800 US citizens, according to US Congress research.
For the fourth quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2020, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) reported 43,809 contractor personnel working for DOD within its area of responsibility, which included 27,388 individuals located in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. From FY2011 to FY2019, obligations for all DOD-funded contracts performed within the Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan areas of operation totaled approximately $187 billion in FY2021dollars. These figures are NOT complete.
Extraction in Afghanistan:
Illegal Extraction of Minerals as a Driver of Conflict in Afghanistan:
.. By 2050, the US expects to import more than 80 percent of its petroleum from this region and much of that oil would be extracted from beneath the deserts of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Afghanistan: It’s About Oil
“From the US standpoint,” Brown University anthropologist William O. Beeman observed, “the only way to deny Iran everything is for the anti-Iranian Taliban to win in Afghanistan and to agree to the pipeline through their territory.” That is exactly what happened – thanks to the CIA.
American Exploitation in Afghanistan:
The Plan to Exploit Afghanistan for Its Resources Is a Really Bad Idea
A contractor and mercenary-led role in Afghanistan confirms the fact that America wants perpetual warfare in order to rob the country of its riches. This 22 year long war crime continues.
American Extortion in Afghanistan:
Unfortunately, the incentives and dynamics all seem to favor more, not less, industrial-scale looting
The consequences of this rape of Afghanistan:
Afghanistan’s Children: The Tragic Victims of 30 Years of War (actually 39 years)
From 2012: “as many as six million Afghan children are acutely vulnerable. They are not attending school. They are searching for work on urban streets and in fields. And they are at risk of exploitation, poor health, severe injury, and needless death. They are the tragic victims of war in a society whose institutional support systems had been weak or nonexistent prior to the outbreak of conflict 30 years ago, and which have been nearly impossible to rebuild since. A society where the traditional social networking and customs once offered protection has all but disintegrated. Peace is the first prerequisite for the long and arduous task of rescuing Afghanistan’s children from this tragic plight.”
Today, this is much worse….
War is the problem, peace is the cure. The war parties are NOT WORKING. Vote for peace.
“You’ve got to learn to leave the table When love’s no longer being served”
― Nina Simone …
“Establish a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, and human rights. End the wars and drone attacks, cut military spending by at least 50%, dump the chumps, secure the peace and move on …
48 unprovoked wars… Impeachment would be prudent.
“Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.”
― George Carlin
Corporate wars and profiteering have already bankrupted the nation. The solution is found in activism, alternative media, creative synthesis, education, end war, freedom, human rights, justice, liberation and revolution
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The next publication in this series will deal with the corporate American war on Algeria
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America is fighting at least 48 unprovoked and avoidable corporate-American wars (economic and military aggression ranging from sanctions to contractors, mercenaries, troops and bombs) in Afghanistan, Algeria, Belarus, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gaza, Gulf of Guinea, Hong Kong, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Nicaragua, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Russia, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela, the West Bank, Yemen and Zimbabwe.
These unnecessary wars impact more than 500 indigenous nations across the Americas.
None of these nations attacked the United States.