The drums of war, again

By Robert Mann

Hear that? It’s the sound of beating drums. They’re war drums, to be precise. Our political percussion section loves to play these familiar tunes. It practices its bellicose beats at every opportunity.

It’s remarkable how eager we are to dance to those ancient rhythms. Want to persuade Americans to support another war? Easy. Show videos of brutality against Americans by a violent group nobody knew about six months ago and scream that they’ll soon attack us on American soil. In short order, we will whip ourselves into a mad frenzy and march off to another war.

The latest existential threat is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS. The ruthless group not only killed American journalist James Foley, it controls large swaths of Middle East territory. Now, a growing chorus of hawks believes we must bomb them.

Perhaps we can destroy them from the air. If not, however, we might find ourselves inextricably drawn into another ground war.After more than a decade of hopeless, tragic fighting in that region, are we seriously thinking of rushing back in? Have we lost our collective minds?

Among those using the ISIS threat to goad us into another war is Gov. Bobby Jindal, who questioned President Barack Obama’s mettle in an op-ed on the Fox News website. “The murderous fools who cut the heads off of Americans must be destroyed, and sent to their reward, such as it is, in the next life,” Jindal wrote.

It’s not only Jindal.

Continue reading on NOLA.com at this link: http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2014/08/the_drums_of_war_are_beating_a.html

 

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5 Responses to The drums of war, again

  1. Stephen Winham says:

    “…we have a president who is disturbingly naïve and holds a dangerous utopian view of the world and the dangers therein.” – The clearest in a series of statements Governor Jindal has made about President Obama that apply much more accurately to himself, although it could be argued “dystopian” might better describe Governor Jindal’s view.

    How can engaging in war against ISIS on their home ground do anything to prevent terrorist attacks here? The national news reports ISIS operatives and sympathizers are already here (I don’t know what FOX says, since I don’t watch it, so I’m basing this on CNN and major broadcast networks). If that is true, wouldn’t involving ourselves over there be more likely to encourage terrorism here?

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  2. earthmother says:

    Since time out of mind, conflicts are rich men’s war and poor men’s fight. The chickenhawks have no blood committment in wars, just economic interest. Thanks to Cheney, draft dodger extraordinaire, Iraq enriched his company, Halliburton, and destroyed countless American and Iraqi lives. Wish the World Court in The Hague would make things right.

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  3. CJ says:

    Courageous position to take in a country economically and almost even spiritually now addicted to perpetual war.

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  4. Daniel Stockton says:

    Someone described the current era as “a new dark age of perpetual warfare” back during the Bush administration. It looks more like the golden age of corporate colonialism as we are by treaty and drone allowing our wealth owners to occupy and control other countries.

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  5. Rome, too, fell once it was virtually in a perpetual state of war.

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