War torn Lebanon.
The above image shows us the beautiful world that results from a United States perpetual war policy brilliantly designed to further enrich and empower the U.S. oligarchy. Muslim anger and backlash from Trump’s announcement to the world that there will be a Muslim ban doesn’t come close to the radicalization and hatred that is provoked by America’s Middle East interventionist policies of regime change, drone attacks, and ensuing perpetual war. President Obama also had a very strict U.S. Policy on Muslim immigration.
What does not benefit our position in this war of East vs West ideologies is that Trump shined a spotlight on the fact that there is a growing movement in the U.S. against Muslim immigrants. What we don’t want to do is allow Isis to spin a muslim ban into an anti-American propaganda campaign and a call to arms as they perpetuate and strengthen Sharia law. It is well known that Isis is nothing more than a revolving door of constantly changing groups that are using Islamic faith to further their own political ambitions. Instead, what we really need to do is support the moderate Muslims who can change caustic Islamic beliefs from within; such as the adherence to Sharia Law. Imagine our planet in 20 years. Either the Middle East will have become even more radical, or Sharia law and hatred for the United States will have diminished. One of those two outcomes is assured. So how our country approaches this is incredibly important moving forward considering that there are billions of people with Islamic faith.
Of course the most important thing we can do is discontinue the Bush and Obama policy of using our military for regime change in Muslim countries. And as it was with Hillary Clinton’s decision to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi in Libya in 2011, it always ends in perpetual war. A power vacuum is created which is then filled with a multitude of extremist groups fighting for control of the country, which is also exactly what we saw in Iraq in 2000. What we have seen since then is the United States involved in Perpetual War as the consequence of these interventionist policies. An ideology adored by the neoconservatives and liberal interventionists who passionately believe it’s in the interest of spreading American values.
James Joyner of the Atlantic:
“Neoconservatives of both parties urge war to spread American ideals, seeing it as the duty of a great nation. Liberal interventionists see individuals, not states, as the key global actor and have deemed a Responsibility to Protect those in danger from their own governments.”
Even realists are persuaded of interventionist ethicacy because they believe that we are actually there to help people… we are not. What corporate media hides from people is that the corporations which comprise our military industrial complex benefit from perpetual war. They contribute enormous amounts of money to the campaigns of our elected officials. Those elected officials therefore find it in their own self interests to continue to support perpetual war and therefore the profits of the military-industrial complex. It’s a circular problem. We also know that as of this year renewable energy such as wind farms and solar power are less expensive than energy created with fossil fuels. There is no reason for the United States to be in the Middle East unless we want to help them make their lives better. That’s how we make progress on what is in essence an ideological war.