2015 has become a year of living dangerously. Wars are spreading across the globe. Wars are escalating as new countries are bombed and the old are ravaged with ever greater intensity.
Countries, where relatively peaceful changes had taken place through recent elections, are now on the verge of civil wars.
These are wars without
victors, but plenty of losers; wars that don’t end; wars where imperial
occupations are faced with prolonged resistance.
never-ending torrents of war refugees flooding across borders.
Desperate people are detained, degraded and criminalized for being the
survivors and victims of imperial invasions.
Now major nuclear
powers face off in Europe and Asia: NATO versus Russia, US-Japan versus
China. Will these streams of blood and wars converge into one radiated
wilderness drained of its precious life blood?
Living Dangerously: The Rising Tide of Violent Conflicts
There is no question
that wars and military threats have replaced diplomacy, negotiations
and democratic elections as the principal means of resolving political
conflicts. Throughout the present year (2015) wars have spread across borders and escalated in intensity.
The NATO allies, US,
Turkey and the EU have openly attacked Syria with air strikes and
ground troops. There are plans to occupy the northern sector of that
ravaged country, creating what the Erdogan regime dubs a ‘buffer zone’
cleansed of its people and villages.
Under the pretext of ‘fighting ISIS’, the Turkish
government is bombing Kurds (civilians and resistance fighters) and
their Syrian allies. On Syria’s southern border, US Special Forces have
accelerated and expanded operations from their bases in Jordan on
behalf of the mercenary terrorists – funded by the monarchist Gulf
Over 4 million
Syrians have fled their homes as refugees and over 200,000 have been
killed since the US-EU-Turkey-Saudi-sponsored war against the secular
Syrian government was launched four years ago.
Dozens of terrorist,
mercenary and sectarian groups have carved up Syria into rival
fiefdoms, pillaged its economic and cultural resources and reduced the
economy by over ninety percent.
The US-EU-Turkish military intervention extends the war
into Iraq, Lebanon and…. Turkey – attacking secular governments, ethnic
minority groups and secular civil society.
The feudal, monarchist Saudi Arabia and
the United Arab Emirates have invaded Yemen with tanks, launching air
strikes against a country without any air defenses. Major cities and
towns are devastated. Saudi ground troops and armored carriers are
killing and wounding thousands – mostly civilians. The brutal Saudi
air and sea blockade of Yemen’s ports have led to a humanitarian crisis,
as ten million Yemenis face starvation deliberately imposed by a
grotesque and obscenely rich monarchy.
The Yemeni resistance fighters, driven
out of the major cities, are preparing for prolonged guerrilla warfare
against the Saudi monsters and their puppets. Their resistance has
already spread across the frontiers of the absolutist Saudi
The brutal Israeli occupation troops, in collaboration with armed
‘settler’ colonists, have accelerated their violent seizure of
Palestinian lands. They have stepped up the ethnic cleansing of
Palestinians, Bedouins, Druze and Christian inhabitants replacing their
communities with racist ‘Jews-only’ colonial settlements.
Daily assaults against the huge ‘concentration camps’ of Gaza
accompany an armed blockade of land, air and water, preventing the
reconstruction of the tens of thousands of homes, schools, hospital,
factories and infrastructure, destroyed by last year’s Israeli
Israel’s continued annexation and ethnic cleansing of Palestinian
territory precludes any diplomatic process; colonial wars have been and
continue to be Israel’s policy of choice in dealing with its Arab
neighbors and captive populations.
Africa’s wars, resulting from earlier US-EU interventions, continue
to ravage-the Continent. Somalia, Sudan, Kenya, Libya are riven by
bloody conflicts between US-EU backed regimes and armed Islamic and
nationalist resistance movements.
Throughout North and Sub-Sahara Africa, US-EU backed regimes have
provoked armed upheavals in Libya, Nigeria (Boko Harem), Egypt (ISIS,
Moslem Brotherhood et al), Chad, Niger, South Sudan, Somalia and
Imperial client Egyptian and Ethiopian dictators rule with iron fists – financed and armed by their EU and US sponsors.
Imperial wars rage throughout the Middle East and South Asia.
Hundreds of experienced Baathist Iraqi military officers, who had been
expelled or jailed and tortured by the US Occupation army, have now made
common cause with Islamist fighters to form ISIS and effectively occupy
a third of Iraq and a strategic swath of Syria.
There are daily bombings in Baghdad undermining its US client.
Strategic advances by ISIS are forcing the US to resume and escalate its
direct combat role The
US-Baghdad retreat and the defeat of the US-trained Iraqi military in
the face of the Baathist-Islamist offensive is the opening salvo of a
long-term, large-scale war in Iraq and Syria. The Turkish air-war
against the Kurds in Iraq will escalate the war in Northern Iraq and
extend it into southeast Turkey.
Closer to ‘home’, the EU-US-backed coup (‘regime change’) in Kiev and
the attempt to impose dictatorial-pro-West oligarchic rule in Ukraine
have detonated a prolonged civil-national war devastating the country
and pitting NATO’s proxies against Russian-backed allies in the Donbas.
US, England, Poland and other NATO powers are deeply committed to pushing war right up to Russia’s borders.
There is a new Cold War, with the imposition of wide-ranging US-EU
economic sanctions against Russia and the organizing of major NATO
military exercises on Russia’s doorsteps. It is no surprise that these
provocations are met with a major counter-response – the Russian
military build-up. The NATO power grab in Ukraine, which first led to a
local ethnic war, now escalates to a global confrontation and may move
toward a nuclear confrontation as Russia absorbs hundreds of thousands
of refugees from the slaughter in Ukraine.
The US puppet regime in Afghanistan has faced a major advance of the Taliban in all regions, including the capital, Kabul.
The Afghan war is intensifying and the US-backed Kabul regime is in
retreat. US troops can scarcely advance beyond their bunkers.
As the Taliban military advances, its leaders demand total surrender
of the Kabul puppets and the withdrawal of US troops. The US response
will be a prolonged escalation of war.
Pakistan, bristling with US arms, faces a major conflict along its
borders with India and permanent war in its semi-autonomous Northwest
frontier states with Islamist and ethnic Pashtu guerrilla movements
backed by mass regional political parties. These parties exercise de facto control over the Northwest region providing sanctuary and arms for Taliban militants operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Armed ethno-religious conflicts persist in western China, Myanmar and
northern India. There are large-scale popular resistance movements in
the militant northeast Thailand opposed to the current
military-monarchist dictatorship in Bangkok.
In the 21st century, in South and Southeast Asia, as in
the rest of the world, war and armed conflicts have become central in
resolving ethnic, social, tribal and regional differences with central
states: diplomacy and democratic elections have been rendered obsolete
and inefficient. Latin America – On the Verge
Burgeoning violent extra-parliamentary right-wing movements, intent
on overthrowing or ‘impeaching’ elected center-left Latin American
governments face major confrontations with the state and its mass
Ecuador, Venezuela and Brazil, US-backed opposition groups are engaged
in violent demonstrations, directed toward ousting the elected regimes.
In the case of Ecuador, ‘popular sectors’, including some indigenous leaders and sectors of the trade union movement, have called for an ‘uprising’ to oust President Correa. They seem oblivious of the fact that the hard-right oligarchs who
now control key offices in the three principal cities (Guayaquil, Quito
and Cuenca) will be the real beneficiaries of their ‘uprisings’.
The resurgent Right envisions violent ‘regime change’ as the first step toward ‘wiping the slate clean’ of a decade of social reforms, independent regional organizations and independent foreign policies.
‘Civil war’ may be too strong a word for the situation in Latin America at this time – but this is the direction which
the US-backed opposition is heading. Faced with the mess and
difficulty of dislodging incumbent regimes via elections, the US and its
local proxies have opted for the choreography of street violence,
sabotage, martial law and coups – to be followed by sanitized elections – with US-vetted candidates.
War and violence run rampant through Mexico and most of Central
America. A US-backed military coup ousted the popularly elected,
independent President Zelaya in Honduras. The ensuing US-proxy regime
has murdered and jailed hundreds of pro-democracy dissidents and driven
thousands to flee the violence.
The 1990’s US-brokered ‘Peace Accords’ in El Salvador and
Guatemala effectively blocked any agrarian reform and income
redistribution that might have led to the rebuilding of their civil
societies. This has led to over two decades of mass disaffection, the
rise of armed ‘gangs’ numbering over 100,000 members and an average of
six to ten thousand homicides a year with El Salvador becoming the
‘murder capital of the hemisphere’ on a per capita basis. The annual
murder toll under the US-brokered ‘Peace Accords’ now exceeds those
killed each year during the civil war.
The real ‘carnage capital’ of the hemisphere is Mexico. Over 100,000 people have been murdered during the decade-long, US-backed ‘war on drugs’ – a war which has become a state-sponsored war on the Mexican people.
The internal war has allowed the Mexican government to privatize and
sell the crown jewels of the national economy – the petroleum industry.
While thousands of Mexicans are terrorized and slaughtered, the US and
EU oil companies are curiously shielded from the drug lords. The same
Mexican government, its police, officials and military, who collaborate
with the drug lords in dividing up the billions of drug dollars, protect
foreign oil companies and their executives. After all, narco-dollars
are laundered by banks in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and London to
help fuel the speculation! From Regional to Nuclear Wars
Regional and local wars spread under the shadow of a looming world
war. The US moves its arms, planes, bases and operations to the Russian
and Chinese borders.
Never have so many US troops and war planes been placed in so many
strategic locations, often less than an hour drive from major Russian
Not even during the height of the Cold War, did the US impose so many economic sanctions against Russian enterprises.
In Asia, Washington is organizing major trade, military and
diplomatic treaties designed to exclude and undermine China’s growth as a
trade competitor. It is engaged in provocative activities comparable
to the boycott and blockade of Japan which led to the Second World War
Open ‘warfare by proxy’ in Ukraine is perhaps the first
salvo of the Third World War in Europe. The US-EU-sponsored coup in
Kiev has led to the annexation of Western Ukraine. In response to the
threat of violence toward the ethnic Russian majority in Crimea and the
loss of its strategic naval base on the Black Sea, Russia annexed
In the lead-up to the Second World War, Germany annexed Austria. In a
similar manner the US-EU installed a puppet regime in Kiev by violent
putsch as its own initial steps toward major power grabs in Central
Asia. The military build-up includes the placement of major, forward
offensive military bases in Poland.
Warsaw’s newly elected hard-right regime of President Andrzej Duda
has demanded that Poland become NATO’s central military base of
operation and the front line in a war against Russia. Wars and More Wars and the Never-ending Torrents of Refugees
The US and EU imperial wars have devastated the lives and livelihoods
of scores of millions of people in South Asia, North and Sub-Sahara
Africa, Central America, Mexico, the Balkans and now Ukraine.
Four million Syrian refugees have joined millions of Afghan,
Pakistani, Iraqi, Yemeni, Somali, Libyan, Palestinian and Sudanese
refugees fleeing US-EU bombs, drones and proxy mercenaries ravaging
Millions of war refugees escape toward safety in Western Europe, joining the millions of economic refugees
who have fled free market destitution in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia,
Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, the Balkans and other EU satellites.
Panic among the civilian population of Western Europe sets in as
hundreds of thousands cross the Mediterranean, the Aegean and the
Droves of refugees perish each day. Tens of thousands crowd
detention centers. Local labor markets are saturated. Social services
The US builds walls and detention camps for the millions trying to
escape the harsh consequences of imperial-centered free markets in
Mexico, narco-terror and the fraudulent ‘peace accord’-induced violence
in Central America.
As Western wars advance, the desperate refugees multiply. The poor
and destitute clamber at the gates of the imperial heartland crying: ‘Your bombs and your destruction of our homelands have driven us here, now you must deal with us in your homeland’. Fomenting class war between
the refugees and ‘natives’ of the imperial West – may not be on the
agenda . . . for now, but the future for ‘civil’ society in Europe and
the US is bleak.
Meanwhile, more and even bigger wars are on the horizon and
additional millions of civilians will be uprooted and face the choice of
starving, fleeing with their families or fighting the empire. The
ranks of seasoned and infuriated resistance fighters are swelling in
Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Ukraine and elsewhere.
The US and EU are becoming armed fortresses. US police deal with the
marginalized citizenry as an occupying army, assaulting
African-Americans, immigrants and dissidents – while looting poor
communities . . . and protecting the rich… Conclusion
War is everywhere and expanding: No continent or region, big or small, is free from the contagion of war.
Imperial wars have spawn local wars . . . igniting mass flights in a
never-ending cycle. There are no real diplomatic success stories!
There are no enduring, viable peace accords!
Some pundits may protest this analysis: They point to the recent US – Cuba rapprochement as a ‘success’. They conveniently forget that the US is still subverting Cuba’s biggest trading partner, Venezuela; that Washington’s major regional proxies are demanding regime change among Cuba’s allies in Ecuador, Brazil and Bolivia and that Washington is increasingly threatening Cuba’s alternative markets in
Russia and China. The vision of the US flag flapping in the breeze
outside its embassy in Havana does little to cover Washington’s iron
fist threatening Cuba’s allies.
Others cite the US – Iran peace accord as a major ‘success’.
They ignore that the US is backing the bloody Saudi invasion of
neighboring Yemen and the massacre of Shiite communities; that the US
has provided Israel with a road map detailing Iran’s entire defense
system and that the US and EU are bombing Iran’s Syrian ally without
As for the US – Cuba and Iranian agreements– are they enduring and
strategic or just tactical imperial moves preparing for even greater
The war epidemic is not receding.
War refugees are still fleeing; they have no homes or communities left.
Disorder and destruction are increasing, not decreasing; there is no
rebuilding the shattered societies, not in Gaza, not in Fallujah, not in
the Donbas, not in Guerrero, not in Aleppo.
Europe feels the tremors of a major conflagration.
Americans still believe that the two oceans will protect them. They
are told that placing NATO missiles on Russia’s borders and stationing
warships off China’s shores and building electrified walls and laying
barbed wire along the Rio Grande will protect them. Such is their faith
in their political leaders and propagandists.
What a packet of lies! Inter-continental missiles can ‘rain down’ on New York, Washington and Los Angeles.
It is time to wake up!
It is time to stop the US – EU headlong race to World War III!
Where to start? Libya has been irrevocably destroyed; it is too late
there! Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are aflame. We are being plunged
deeper into war while being told we are withdrawing! Ukraine sucks in
more guns and more troops!
Can we really have peace with Iran if we cannot control our own
government as it dances to the Israelis tune? And Israel insists on war
– our waging war for them! As the Israeli war criminal General and
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon once told some worried American Zionists: “Trouble with the US? We lead them by the nose…!”
Just look at the terrified families fleeing carnage in the Middle East or Mexico. What is to be done? When will we cut our losses and shake off the bonds of these war makers – foreign and domestic?
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