Having created a festering pit of ungovernable nations in the heart of the Middle East Joe Biden has signalled that the so-called nation-building concept has been abandoned. Going into nations guns blazing, bombs falling and missiles flying is now apparently history as a policy.
Has he adopted the ethos behind John Lennon’s famous peace campaign, ‘WAR IS OVER’?
America has learned the hard way that its gung-ho, jingoism-fueled arrogance and self-confidence ends in failure. What they have learned was at the expense of hundreds of thousands of lives and the destruction of the way of life of many more. All this is in addition to creating an even more conducive environment for international terrorism. Lost livelihoods and unstable governments make for poor locations where some form of democracy can grow, the greater likelihood is for continued poverty, poor life chances, a chaotic and criminal desperation and the rise of brothers in arms. Brothers in arms against everything the West stands for.
Hopefully, America has indeed learned that the massive costs in terms of their own blood and treasure and those of others were indeed not ‘worth it’ and indeed was wholly counterproductive.
But does this mean that America’s war against the world is over?
It will use at the very least another two ways to wage that war.
One will be waged primarily through its intelligence agencies, its mass media and its special forces. Targeted nations will be subject to undermining in every possible way through the use of internal activism, cyber espionage and sabotage, campaigns of misinformation and propaganda, the use of the criminal and the self-interestedly ambitious along with the hopelessly naive to bring down governments and sow chaos in any way they can.
The second of the three ways the USA has chosen to wage war on the world is through economic sanctions and financial restrictions. Using its power to coerce other nations to strangle targeted economies along with its own abilities in this regard it is able to impoverish a nation and its population by destroying its economy. Nations who attempt to help those nations are treated by the USA as criminal entities and they too become targeted. Venezuela, Syria and Cuba are currently the three primary targets for the waging of this kind of war.
Of course, these last two forms of warfare, or state terrorism if you like, are also lethal forms of warfare. Not as dramatic and largely out of sight, but lethal nonetheless. Tens of thousands have died in Venezuela due to the economic sanctions and financial restrictions placed on it. During the long years of sanctions on Iraq before the hot war began, it is known that many thousands of children died due to the merciless sanctions applied at that time.
Afghanistan may have rubbed America’s face in the shit it creates when it goes to war… but be under no illusions, the USA is still fighting its war against the world and it is still having a lethal effect. The hot wars have created the crucible for endless terrorism and instability to come, both within those nations destroyed and within those who destroyed them. The two forms of warfare that are applied in tandem with the first continue relentlessly. The USA, in its arrant stupidity and arrogance, has set the world on a course that cannot help but be riven by continuing instability and war.
Unless that is, wiser heads of the East can now prevail, making the most of the West’s bloody defeat. Only this prospect can ameliorate the devastation caused by the USA and the attempted devastation through its secondary forms of war which it will now seek to expand to achieve its utterly misguided goals.