- Posted September 14, 2013 by
Watertown, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
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America's 'Long War' Crusades- The Clash of the Islamic and Western Civilizations
“The apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less.” -Arthur Miller
"The United States is currently engaged in what has been characterized
as the “long war.” The long war has been described by some as an epic
struggle against adversaries bent on forming a unified Islamic world to
supplant Western dominance, while others characterize it more narrowly
as an extension of the war on terror. But while policymakers,
military leaders, and scholars have offered numerous definitions of the
long war, no consensus has been reached about this term or its implications
for the United States. To understand the effects that this long war
will have on the U.S. Army and on U.S. forces in general, it is necessary
to understand more precisely what the long war is and how it might
unfold. To address this need, this study explores the concept of the
long war and identifies potential ways in which it might unfold as well as the implications for the Army and the U.S. military more generally."
Yes, the United States is engaged in the 'Long War".
The 'Long War Strategy' was designed shortly after 9/11 and has been being implemented since then in a clandestine method by mostly Western Democracies.
This War requires the funding of Congress and the tacit support of the media. It also requires that all information be under the absolute control of the United States Government.
This is why journalists such as Glenn Greenwald and the Edward Snowden issue, and Michael Hastings, who was killed in a car accident before he could report on our C.I.A. have presented such a problem to the current and past administrations.
Bradley Manning is serving 35 years for giving the American people a glimpse under the 'Long War's skirt and diplomatic communications from our State Department which indicated how they manipulate foreign governments and officials.
These are events that our government wants to keep secret from us. Then there's the latest revelations about the NSA and the spying programs they claim 'keep us safe'.
“Few of us can easily surrender our belief that society must somehow make sense.
The thought that the state has lost its mind and is punishing so many innocent people is intolerable. And so the evidence has to be internally denied.” - Arthur Miller
How do we reconcile the ideals we have for our country with those that are being decided for us by our government? We need to dig deeper for the truth and demand from our government that this strategy of the 'Long War' ends. We need a foreign policy that engages people in other nations and educates them without the current coercions.
Then, we begin to focus on a domestic policy that helps our own people to have the hope of the American Dream. We can change course from one hell bent on revenge since 9/11 to one of peace and prosperity. We can change an era of war to one of remembrance and peace.
“An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted.” - Arthur Miller
The Clash of Civilizations
Unfolding the Future of the Long War by the Rand Corporation
Syria intervention plan fueled by oil interests, not chemical weapon concern
Massacres of civilians are being exploited for narrow geopolitical competition to control Mideast oil, gas pipelines
When Conspiracy Theories Obstruct Justice