The ‘enemy’ is always an abstract concept and so who really cares if millions of civilians get slaughtered in the process of war?
The Independent Voices
Apocalyptic-grade stupidity comes easily to Donald Trump, but his latest words about the ongoing war in Afghanistan were as monumentally macabre as they were moronic. In comments filmed in the Oval Office during a meeting with Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan on Monday, the commander-in-chief of America’s armed forces suggested that the near two decades long conflict could be resolved with a Muslim holocaust.
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan could be “wiped off the face of the Earth”, Trump blustered. He first said that killing 10 million people out of a population of just under 35 million would take 10 days, and then a week.
Given that there are currently, at most, 200,000 Taliban-led fighters involved in the insurgency in Afghanistan, this would mean at least nine and a half million innocent men, women, and children being killed if Trump went down this “route”, as he called his genocidal strategy for victory.
Trump qualified his plan by saying that he was far more interested in extricating himself from the conflict, but even that claim rings very hollow. The longest war in America’s history started with a US invasion in 2001 when a neocon administration wanted to be seen to be doing something following the horrific 9/11 attacks.
This desire for continual offensive action persists, with Trump’s closest military advisers outlining compelling reasons for keeping the war in Afghanistan going indefinitely. Never mind that the so-called War on Terror, a catch-all conflict enabler, has claimed millions of lives, and led directly to an inordinately sharp rise in terrorism. It is a perfect vehicle for the most ruthless type of speculator.
Afghanistan – as with Iraq, Palestine and Yemen – is a place where the west’s military-industrial complex can derive massive profits from a state of permanent conflict. Those involved in arms sales and testing make billions of dollars, not just through supplying conventional armies, but also the related security industry that is now one of the biggest businesses in the world.
The Israeli war machine is one of the best funded in the world because many foreign-policy hawks consider the never-ending and wholly asymmetrical combat against Palestine to be eminently desirable. The latest western tech assists with illegal landgrabs and occupation, and then it is turned on Palestinian civilians and their property at the first sign of resistance. The Palestinian arsenal ranges from outdated ordnance to slings – the Israelis are confident that they will always win their eternal war.
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