Obama’s War On Terror is Orwell’s Never Ending War Of Terror

What started as a War on Terror in Afghanistan has now become the front for an Orwellian never ending War of Terror which is rapidly draining the heart, resources and spirit of America

 

by Allen L Roland

 

 War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it. ~ George Orwell


 Wikipedia defines Perpetual war as such “Perpetual war refers to a lasting state of war with no clear ending conditions. It

also describes a situation of ongoing tension that seems likely to escalate at any moment, similar to the Cold War.”

 The obvious goal of Obama’s perpetual war on terror is economic control and manipulation which has been more than borne out by the neo-colonialism war of terror being waged by the west in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and eventually Iran with the obvious intent of Regime Change.

As Peter Symonds correctly points out in WSWS ~ “Afghanistan has been the testing ground for 21st Century neo-colonialism. The occupation has set the pattern for US-led operations in Iraq, Libya and now Syria, as Washington seeks to extend its economic and strategic dominance in the energy-rich regions of the Middle East and Central Asia.

In the landmark George Orwell novel Nineteen Eighty Four, Eurasia is described as having “always been at perpetual war with Eastasia” ~ a fictional super state in Orwell’s novel but far from fictional in America’s current war of terror in the Middle East.

Obviously, the model for 21st century neo-colonialism is Afghanistan ~ America’s current longest standing occupation and so-called 12 year war on terror. Claims that the US occupation will end in 2014 are most certainly refuted by obvious plans for an indefinite American military presence in Afghanistan.

According to the New York Times, ” General John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, has submitted three options to the Pentagon for the period after the supposed withdrawal of “combat troops” at the end of 2014. One is to maintain US troop levels at 6,000, another calls for 10,000 soldiers, and the third is based on a force of 20,000. As explained by unnamed defense officials, central to all three proposals is the continued presence of “Special Operations commandos who would hunt down insurgents.” Additional US forces would be used to bolster the Afghan security forces through air support, logistics and training. All of this continues to be justified on the phony pretext of the “war on terror.” In reality, over 12 years of relentless, bloody war, Afghanistan has served as a base of operations for the projection of American influence and military force throughout the region.”    See WSWS article

The object of this perpetual war, as Orwell describes, is to keep a society or ‘Our Way of Life’ intact ~ The war in actuality is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society or the status quo intact. 

 Who can ever forget Tony Blair justifying the Iraq war and occupation as “protecting our way of life” ~

War criminal Blair wearing Yarmulke

The very word ‘war’, therefore, has become misleading. It would probably be accurate to say that by becoming perpetual and continuous ~ war has ceased to exist.

From the book 1984 ~

” The economy of many countries was allowed to stagnate, land went out of cultivation, capital equipment was not added to, great blocks of the population were prevented from working and kept half alive by State charity. But this, too, entailed military weakness, and since the privations it inflicted were obviously unnecessary, it made opposition inevitable. The problem was how to keep the wheels of industry turning without increasing the real wealth of the world. Goods must be produced, but they must not be distributed. And in practice the only way of achieving this was by continuous warfare. “The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent. Even when weapons of war are not actually destroyed, their manufacture is still a convenient way of expending labor power without producing anything that can be consumed. A Floating Fortress, for example, has locked up in it the labor that would build several hundred cargo-ships. Ultimately it is scrapped as obsolete, never having brought any material benefit to anybody, and with further enormous labors another Floating Fortress is built. In principle the war effort is always so planned as to eat up any surplus that might exist after meeting the bare needs of the population…”

However, the American Killing machine most certainly still exists and now we have Nick Turse’s new book, Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam  to confirm this obvious truth ~ “No one has ever described the American killing machine in that country the way he has; nor, as he did, tracked down Americans charged with war crimes by the U.S. military in that era, nor tramped through distant rural Vietnam to hear what it felt to be on the other side of massacres or experience the American-imposed “system of suffering” in those years. A decade in the making, it is a book that should reshape in fundamental ways how we remember the Vietnam War.

Afghanistan excerpt: Untold numbers of Afghans have also died of everything from lack of access to medical care (there are just 2 doctors for every 10,000 Afghans) to exposure, including shocking reports of children freezing to death in refugee camps last winter and again this year.  They were among the hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have been internally displaced during the war.  Millions more live as refugees outside the country, mostly in Iran and Pakistan.  Of the women who remain in the country, up to 2 million are widows.  In addition, there are now an estimated 2 million Afghan orphans.  No wonder polling by Gallup this past summer found 96% of Afghans claiming they were either “suffering” or “struggling,” and  just  4 %  just “thriving.”      See article:

So there you have it, The Cheney/Bush/Obama War on Terror is a never ending war of terror and no one understood the implications of this perpetual war better than George Orwell.

“I guess every generation is doomed to fight its war…suffer the loss of the same old illusions, and learn the same old lessons on its own.” – Phillip Caputo


About the AuthorAllen L Roland is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his web site at AllenRoland.com. He also guest hosts a Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations via email at [email protected].

 

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20 Responses to "Obama’s War On Terror is Orwell’s Never Ending War Of Terror"

  1. Allen L Roland  January 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Regarding the diminishing popularity of Congress ~ According to a recent
    poll, the US Congress is: MORE popular than meth labs and playground
    bullies, but LESS popular than cockroaches and root canals
    For real as reported on Hardball ~ 3 minute Video:

    http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/21880.html

  2. taosword  January 10, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Allen, thanks for the George Carlin link. I saw that show live. He was one of my favorite cynics/comedians/satirists. Its so right on. On the terror thing, when I was in Vietnam in 1968 as a grunt, we were taught to be terrorists. What that means for those who were not there is this. We were given orders to “Search and Destroy” in a “Freefire Zone” and to shot to kill and ask questions later. In reality this meant that all Vietnamese people in that sector were enemy and free game. Our particular infantry company had enough moral intelligence to know that these were illegal and immoral orders, but were kept vague enough so the upper chain of command could cover their ass. What we did was go in and only fire at what we took fire from and would round up the people who for many reasons didnt leave when the phamplets were dropped to them telling them to leave or face the consequences. We would have them interrogated if necessary and relocate them and their few possessions and farm animals to a safer location where they would be protected. Usually their would be a dozen or less of them in a village area. If we would have decieded to kill them all we most likely could have gotten away with it since they werent suppose to be there. What alot of us had in my unit was too much moral integrity to commit an illegal and immoral act, even though we were angry and took casualties in that sector before. Many units were not like us and did things according to these illegal orders. So from basic training on we were taught to be terrorists to the Vietnamese, to dehumanize them, to see them as ignorant lesser humans. This is how American terrorism works. Many of our helicopter gun ships did much worse terror to the people on the ground. So when the Vietcong did their terrorism, it was on a smaller scale then ours and was bad also. But alot of the US military were just as bad. And the air strikes, especially the B-52 strikes. Many times they hit 100s of inocent people and terrorized many and killed many in the name of “We will show you what happens if you feed the Viet Cong Communists. Now since so many in this country, leaders and followers have not learned any Moral Lessons from Vietnam, we have the Drones and the Bush/Obama/Congress/Military/Industrial Complex with new devices of torture. Waterboarding is nothing compared to these new American Toys. And so many American people either support this crap or feel sad, angry and helpless about it. J. Krishnamurti said that Nationalism and patriotism were zealous ignorance that caused alot of violence in the world.

  3. Gary Walker  January 10, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Thank you Allen for telling it like it is. Dick Cheney in fact announced to the world that they were giving us a war without end. How magnificent.

    “War is peace.
    Freedom is slavery.
    Ignorance is strength.” – Big Bro

    None of this could come to fruition without the Zionist CorpoRat media’s relentless lies. Winston Smith
    (in 1984) worked at the ministry of truth. That ministry is now centered in Tel Aviv. So Sad.

    Agape,
    Infidel

  4. Chandler  January 9, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    So, America is having a war on terror. I guess “their” war on terror means they can create as much terror as they want as loing as the duped of America pays the tab. Madeleine Albright says the killing of over a half million babies is worth it, although I don’t know what this mass murder costs but I find it a little macabre to say the least. But this is the mentality of the people who have gotten a grip in the controls of this country and they are not letting loose of them any time soon. If the cost of killing is so worth it, I would like to see what where we haved profitted. Orwell was way ahead of his time. When everything is based on honesty and integrity, it is easy to see why our country finds itself being destroyed. But the terror it takes to destroy and country cannot come from external forces. They can be seen and defended. Our terror comes from internal subversion which is difficult to combat because it is subjective, fleeting and invisible. All it took was for one family to sell out. The same family that tried to overthrow FDR in 1932 and 33. Orwell wrote a masterpiece way before its time. I only wish he could;’ve lived to see who it has developed over the past 24 years, and how they’ve done it. Imagine how the world now looks at us. Just remember how upset we are supposed to be over the killing of our children in such small numbers compared to the 1/2 million our tax money has financed. War! What a concept. I just leaders had to fight their own wars all by themselves. Mr. Orwell, the moneyed class has profited from these hideous false-flag wars, and guess who those people are? Perpetual war for perpetual profit, at the expense of the perpetual youth (other people’s youth of course.)

  5. blakehamilton  January 9, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Great quote from Orwell.

  6. Allen L Roland  January 9, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Avatar, it’s the typical Obama shuffle ~ Hagel is a peace offering to his so-called base and a diversion for CIA chief Brennan ~ whose torture and rendition stained hands is catnip for the far right .

  7. stephanaugust  January 9, 2013 at 10:08 am

    “Afghanistan has been the testing ground for 21st Century neo-colonialism”

    That is what it is called but the real purpose of America playing Team World Police is to weaken America by overheating America. Maybe it is written somewhere in the Protocols.

  8. Charlotte NC Bill  January 9, 2013 at 8:08 am

    And of course we have to start sending large numbers of troops into Africa to ” chase muslim extremists” when, in fact, we’re just trying to undo China’s economic investments and partnerships in Africa…..AFRICOM is all about chasing oil/diamonds/gold and securing the continent for western multi-national corporations…

  9. Robb  January 9, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Orwell was a socialist, just like his contemporary, H.G. Wells. He’ll have almost certainly read Lenin, though he ended up despising communism (and totalitarianism in general) because of his experiences during the Spanish Civil War.

    “But capitalism only became capitalist IMPERIALISM at a definite and very high stage of its development, when certain of its fundamental characteristics began to change into their opposites, when the features of the epoch of transition from capitalism to a higher social and economic system had taken shape and revealed themselves in all spheres. Economically, the main thing in this process is the displacement of capitalist free competition by capitalist MONOPOLY.” – Lenin (from “Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism”).

    Kick the banksters, the corporations, and the money men in general out of politics. Keep them out. I’m fine with hanging the lot of them for TREASON against the state. And the wars will end. Because…
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_is_a_Racket

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT6CXwqzucY

    • DaveE  January 9, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Real socialism was what the Native Americans practiced and it worked for a long time. Bolshevik communism or Marxist socialism are not what they claim to be. They have nothing to do with “power to the people” or “power to the working man.”

      They both fight for “Power to the Jews” under the guise of some altruistic garbage. I’m agreeing with you, but I think we should start calling a spade a spade and remember what the Jews did to Russia.

    • DaveE  January 9, 2013 at 9:26 am

      Real socialism was what the Native Americans practiced and it worked for a long time. Bolshevik communism or Marxist socialism are not what they claim to be. They have nothing to do with “power to the people” or “power to the working man.”

      They both fight for “Power to the Jews” under the guise of some altruistic garbage. I’m agreeing with you, but I think we should start calling a spade a spade and remember what the Jews did to Russia under the guise of trying to “help” the working man..

    • wolf  January 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      well said

  10. OrdinarySerf  January 9, 2013 at 7:00 am

    A good read Allen, many thanks.

    The ‘War on Terror’ is (by definition) a never ending war because there is no specifically defined enemy…..very convenient for the cabal methinks.

    “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever” (George Orwell)

  11. Charlotte NC Bill  January 9, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Yes, the duplicity is much like 1984-or worse…OBL was a trusted CIA asset all his adult life but when some critical comments of our foreign policy became public they built a narrative around him and made him the leader of a mythological terror org and the patsy for 9-11….Much like the “5 mins of hate ” in 1984 we spent a decade hating a guy who died in Dec ’01 and had nothing to do with 9-11…
    Now whenever we want to overthrow a foreign govt and control it we fund Wahabi sunni mercenaries and terrorists to help us…However if these same people threaten a puppet govt ( Yemen ) we call them “Al-Quaeda ” and begin droning them..

    • Allen L Roland  January 9, 2013 at 8:05 am

      “Much like the “5 mins of hate ” in 1984 we spent a decade hating a guy who died in Dec ’01 and had nothing to do with 9-11…”

      Great comment, Bill ~ and then Hollywood ( with full pentagon backing ) makes a film ZERO DARK THIRTY celebrating this scam or better yet bamboozle !

  12. K7KTR  January 9, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Good Article Mr. Roland,

    This is like watching all the World’s Media trying to re-write History in repeatedly saying “Syria’s Civil War”. I guess they believe it if saying it enough times?

    When in fact, These are the (Actual Headlines) from around the world.

    US Arms for Al Qaeda in Syria seized in Lebanon.

    US and Al Qaeda in full agreement on Syria.

    US say’s it can use Al Qaeda in Syria temporarily.

    CIA sending Arms to Al Qaeda rebels in Syria.

    Al Qaeda joins the Syrian Rebel’s.

    Adopt a Syrian Rebel. Yes, You too for a $1.00 a day can do so.

    Al Qaeda urges Muslim’s to join Syrian Rebel’s.

    Yes, Syria is anything but in a “Civil War” when the Regime of Obama has since day one been arming the very “Al Qaeda” Terrorist’s/Thug’s/Murderers in direct violation of the NDAA and Patriot Acts which are now being used against the American People. I actually wonder why American’s don’t speak out about this “TREASON” used as a Premise on the War on Terror but now used to take down all in opposition to U.S. Empire building and at the cost of 50,000 lives in Libya, 30,000 – 60,000 in Syria and 1,000,000 in Iraq.

    Are American’s that Dumb?

    Can’t American’s see that the same laws used in the War “of” Terror around the world that this Regime its self breaks those laws?

    While the U.S. Arms Mexican Drug Cartel’s, Arms Terrorist’s in Syria, Somalia, Uganda and the list goes on and on… Just Google: US Sends Arms to… And see for yourselves WHO the U.S. is Arming. Then.. To top that off, later they send U.S. Boy’s into Disarm the very ones they Armed in the first place causing the deaths of countless thousands of American Boy’s.

    The U.S. get’s a BIG “F” and that doesn’t stand for FAIL in their foreign policy and now… Now it’s Domestic Policy. Remember Admiral Yamamoto? Why he said the American Mainland wasn’t attacked? “Because there was a Rifle behind every blade of Grass” and now… Now the Obama Regime wants to “Mow the Lawn” after Arming the World with Billion’s of Dollars in Weapon’s. “F!”

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