“War is hell” William Tecumseh Sherman.
War on terror. Class war. The war to end all wars. War on drugs. War on poverty. Remember that in the end the “pen is mightier than the sword”.
Let me ask you a very straight forward question, “Why was Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan defeated in about six years while the war in Afghanistan has been fifteen years with no end in sight?”
Afghanistan has no air force or a navy. They don’t have tanks or even a mighty army. What they do possess is a very difficult terrain and a collective strength based on a collective community. I predict that the war in Afghanistan will wind up just like the war in Vietnam, except Vietnam was never a war.
When I was in high school I was taught that the United States had never lost a war. The underlying, unsaid implications was that fact led to our superiority. Korea in all honesty was a draw. Vietnam was an extremely humiliating loss. In fact the only way the United States could have won was by using nuclear weapons, something some in power were prepared to do.
I am a pacifist. I understand that a war is not won by flesh and blood but through the spirit in the realm of ideas. The Civil War of the United States has never come to a satisfactory end in all reality. The rebel flag still flies proudly in the South and more importantly the ideas and philosophies of the South remain in tact in many of their citizens. I’ll say it with full conviction that the civil rights movement of the nineteen sixties did more to defeat the racist attitude that the South held then any military conflict that had taken place.
I wage a war on war. I am always on the side of the oppressed trying to hold no malice for the enemy. I am a firm believer in class warfare. My wife used to do child care and I would sometimes stay with her in these big houses. In fact one house had a room bigger than our whole apartment. Yet I treated those children as if they were my own flesh and blood. I firmly believe that the battle is won or lost in the mind.
Things are digressing in the United States. The disparagement of wealth between the rich and the poor is growing. The middle class is drowning and disappearing in the waters of greed. With every store closing, with every family bankrupted by medical tragedies, with every job shipped overseas, the ranks of the revolutionary force grows. A lot of these people are very angry and anger leads one down the convenient path of violence.
If one knows their history they will clearly understand that the rich only capitulates because of fear of losing what they have. This is the lesson of FDR. Not that FDR was benevolent but rather the forces of sedition were real and powerful. As such, like letting out some steam before the pot explodes, reforms and concessions were made to the average man. This partial surrender by the rich was not done out of good will but out of survival. As soon as the benefits were acquiesced the rich began to plot ways to take them back.
So in the spirit of practicality and effectiveness the best strategy is one that demands that all resources be shared equally for the benefit of the people. Exactly what is called ‘North America’ had before 1492. The rich people will of course call that a ‘theft’ conveniently forgetting their very own origins.
So power to the people and all that stuff. Please check out my revolutionary book of poetry “Poet To The Poor, Poems Of Hope For The Bottom One Percent”. http://bit.ly/2FwkYR7