“Because we want the peace with half a heart and half a life and will, the war, of course, continues, because the waging of war, by its nature, is total — but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial.” – Dan Berrigan.
The United States is engaging in unconventional wars in the Middle East. This is not ‘total war’ nor is it cold war. Currently, engagement is against Iran and Russia. There is also a trade war against China.
The protagonists are not fighting these unconventional wars on home soil. In the Middle East they are being fought in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and the Gulf. The US proxy, Israel, is fighting a war in Gaza against defenceless Palestinians. They have repeatedly bombed military targets in Syria and Iran. They want escalations of the conflict. But the US has said no, so far.
These conflicts appear to have no end in sight.
The US-Iran crisis has been reigned in. Or so they say.
Even if it has, who knows for how long?
Both sides are planning their next move.
It is as if a contract has been agreed to.
But all the signatories are mad.
The contract contains known unknowns.
Here is the scenario between the parties:
If we kill Iran’s Major-General Soliemani, then you can bomb US bases in Iraq.
Ok, we’re square.
Oh, you shot down a Ukrainian passenger airliner with 176 people on board.
You say it was an accident?
Here’s the deal.
We will reign in Trump’s war powers if you will allow oil to pass through the Gulf and allow Israel to have Jerusalem and the settlers to have the West Bank.
All of this is confused by leading Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr going to Iran to meet with Iraqi Shia groups to “to unite and coordinate forces to fully liberate Iraq from US forces.”
What do you reckon?
Is Trump the main instigator to this contract on the US side?
Who are the war-hawks are whispering in Trump’s ear?
What would Hillary Clinton’s mob have done?
Will there be any less likelihood or more likelihood of overt world war with a different US president?
War is not total
Ah, so Trump wants the war to be overt that’s why he authorised the drone to kill Iran’s Major-General Soleimani?
And Trump did sign the Jerusalem agreement with Netanyahu.
Who will go along with that?
The world was doomed with Hilary Clinton at the helm.
With Trump it’s just unpredictable.
What’s to be done?
There are no simple answers. Australia is a backwater and will continue to be one while it serves US interests. We have 300 troops in Iraq and a frigate. If war breaks out all will be lost. Why? Because we lack an independent foreign policy.
There are already uprisings going in Baghdad and Iran against their own governments. And in Gaza against their jailors, the Israelis.
What do we do when the war is not total?
And the waging of peace is partial.
Where war is a sideline to bigger national questions like bushfires, drought, custodianship of the land or global questions like climate change?
Yes, maybe everything is linked.
Perhaps climate change did drive the civil war in Syria? But how is there a link between bushfires with an escalation in conflict between Iran and the US? I can see none. Yes, people wish to have the peace movement here grow but to piggy-back on the environmental crisis here is wrong.
Trust in politicians is at a low ebb. So is trust in all institutions like the banks, religion, marriage, and so on.
But we do have a history of struggle to guide us and some pretty good ones at that. The aboriginal struggle against colonisation, a rebirth of their languages and culture. The democratic rights struggle in Queensland that fought for and won our right to rally and march without a permit system. Women’s liberation struggles. Anti-Vietnam war movement. Anti-uranium and anti-nuclear movements. Bringing down the Berlin wall and stopping the cold war. Anti-conscription campaign in Australia during WWI. Cuba’s struggle against the US economic blockade. To name a few.
And, of course, the international struggle of workers everywhere.
We have to invent new ways to conduct these struggles and to avoid focussing on just replacing one President or Prime Mnister with another who is just as bad or worse. The world was doomed with Hilary Clinton at the helm. With Trump it’s just unpredictable.
Workers of all countries unite!
Please Note I have received this message from
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network
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“This coming Thursday 16th January 2020
6:00 pm at Qld Council of Unions
TLC Building, 2nd Floor at 16 Peel Street, South Brisbane
A meeting to help organise a rally for the following Saturday 25th January on the theme “No War on Iran“. This will be part of a global day of protests against war on Iran.“
16 Jan 2020