The U.S. Addiction to Violence Equals Endless Suffering and Death

President Trump and his administration unleashed fifty nine Tomahawk land attack missiles (TLAMs) on the Shayrat Airbase in Syria April 7th. This further unleashing of U.S. military violence is under the premise that it was in retaliation for a nerve gas attack in Syria April 4. The certainty of Assad’s responsibility was and is being strongly disputed and enough evidence provided that a global superpower like the U.S. should have shown greater discretion before acting without sufficient evidence.


U.S. intelligence agencies and their reports, an oxymoron, have continuously been wrong or used as propaganda to fan the flames of war and U.S. led regime change. The most recent colossal blood soaked failures being Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya (Hilary Clinton’s favorite), Yemen, and Somalia. These examples and the ongoing U.S. support of Israel’s brutalization and apartheid regime of the Palestinians just cannot deter America’s hunger for violence and empire. It thunders on: shattering lives and countries every step of the way. Author and journalist Max Blumenthal  correctly states the impending doom that waits in this suicidal mission in Syria. “If Syria is finally smashed apart we will see the release of the monster of all monsters.”

Young will die for our sins. He will die for a war that should never have been fought. He will die for the lies of politicians. He will die for war profiteers. He will die for the careers of generals. He will die for a cheerleader press. He will die for a complacent public that made war possible. He bore all this upon his body. He was crucified. And there are hundreds of thousands of other crucified bodies like his in Baghdad and Kandahar and Peshawar and Walter Reed medical center. Mangled bodies and corpses, broken dreams, unending grief, betrayal, corporate profit, these are the true products of war. Tomas Young is the face of war they do not want you to see.

The Crucifixtion of Tomas Young

Chris Hedges

Voices like those of the late Tomas Young, an Iraq war veteran who publicly spoke out against war, is an example of voices that those in power want marginalized. The faux patriotism of “thank you for your service” and “support the troops” has been a field exercise in the art of mendacity. It relegates citizens to be war cheerleaders in the stands leaving political and military leaders to go unchecked as they go on one rampage after another. Those in this country that will suffer in the most profound ways are those in uniform.

Retired Army Veteran and Boston University Professor Andrew Bacevich stated “To this, basic relationships are pervaded by dishonesty. Historically we all support the troops. In practice, collectively, we allow the troops to be subjected to serial abuse as authorities in Washington commit the troops to needless and unwinnable wars.” It has allowed this lust for violence in America to prosper and has made it the most violent country internally and externally on the planet while establishing a worldwide torture regime.

If anything else is true, the words of Martin King’s Beyond Vietnam speech  http://kingencyclopedia   applies more now than ever. In King’s bold anti-Vietnam speech he courageously and correctly stated that the United States was the “worlds’ greatest purveyor of violence.” Five decades later this country has learned nothing from the Vietnam experience except perfecting it’s tactics to be more brutal, merciless, and horrific against defenseless people around the world. This methodology of brutality and punishment is currently being brought back to the U.S. soil after a trial run in failed war after war and failed occupation after occupation. The words of Malcom X return to our current condition: “The chickens have come home to roost.”

“It was, as I saw it, a case of ‘the chickens coming home to roost.’ I said that the hate in white men had not stopped with the killing of defenseless black people, but that hate, allowed to spread unchecked, had finally struck down this country’s Chief Magistrate.
Malcolm X (On his comments pertaining to Pres. Kennedy assassination)
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley (1964)

Administrations from Nixon to Trump all have played a part along the way. The war on whistleblower’s and the press, a firewall of protection to citizens and the only industry mentioned in the Constitution and its’ protection, is being attacked and is trying to be made impotent by the national security state. President Obama used The Espionage Act to prosecute more leakers than all prior presidents combined. President Obama has now handed this to President Trump whose hatred for news and journalists has now set the CIA  after Julian Assange of WikiLeaks.

One needs to look no further than the military influence and the maniacal militarization of our police  as evidence to the linkage between the U.S. playbook for conquest, abroad and at home, including attacking non- violent protestors across America as if we are living in a demilitarized zone. We have implemented what Legal scholar, author, and activist Michelle Alexander has precisely deemed The New Jim Crow  .We lock human beings in cages in numbers that shatter the intellect. Law Professor Glenn Loury states “The American prison system has grown into a leviathan unmatched in human history.”

Free quality health care and education are available in almost every industrialized country on the planet. They are the staples of a healthy society and democracy A further widening economically of the haves and have nots as the number of citizens living in poverty increases and more people have to work multiple jobs just to approach a living wage. The debt peonage of college tuition is another form of corporate control and a reinvention of the master slave relationship. We can speak concern of women not being able to drive in Saudi Arabia while women in the U.S. are experiencing a rape crisis from cities, colleges and universities  and the military.

The present condition we live in America and the idea of giving our children a better life is over: presently these young lives and their dreams will be shattered. Our present condition has rendered us callused and removed, indifferent to exhibit any empathy to the suffering and conflict around us. We have become our own brand of Isis internally as the violence (physical, economic, and social) rips the social and democratic fabric further apart. We have become a moral abomination unwilling to address our failures and if not reversed will propel us into to our own extermination.

Filed under: Uncategorized


Leave a comment
  • So many points here...

    This is so obvious to see: the United States is the aggressor in the world, and if it didn't exist, or laid down its arms and protections and welcomed all, peace would break out. Isis would put flowers in the guns and shove their beheading swords into the ground to till community gardens.

    And if only Israel, the only democratic nation in a land that festers with Jew haters and American haters would only just vanish or shrink to a city-state of some kind, the fanatical inspired Islamo-Nazi's would suddenly reform stop the killing.

    And as with the police just tossing aside the para-military gear they sometimes need for some of the above fanatical Islamo-Nazi attacks in the streets and they too offered tea and dates to the shahid in the bomb vest, it would end with a whimper and not a bang.

    Why, even the south-side of Chicago, where kids kill kids would see this ramping down of violence and instead of trying to shoot each other and hitting innocent children, they too would join in the community garden and peace and harmony would be the norm.

    So many point: so many focused on the wrong people to blame, from Nixon to Trump, with nary a Democrat included. May I remind you who it was that either got the US involved in almost all the wars of the 20th Century or ramped them up to mass carnage. Yes, Wilson, Roosevelt, Truman, JFK and LBJ. Ahhh, but little does that matter.

    What about GWB? A Democrat in disguise. Nation building is for the gods, not guys who once had an interest in a sports team.

  • In reply to Chef Boy RD:

    Actually Presidents from Nixon to Trump does include TWO Democratic Presidents. President Obama's administration included a troop surge in Afghahnistan, the hideous introduction of the drone bombing program, and illegal bombing of Libya. Also, the piece includes one of the biggest war mongering Democrats Hilary Clinton. Yes there is plenty of blame to go around.

    Israel is an example of a democratic land? Not entirely, Considering its decade long brutal occupation, genocide, and apartheid rule over Palestine. The state of Israel must be held accountable in their ongoing slaughter of the Palestinian people.

Leave a comment