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War Is Not A Fucking Video Game

The degenerate sick-fuck right-wing scumbags that have been running this country into the fucking gutter for the last forty years have used war as a powerful tool for enacting their greedy depraved neo-feudal schemes. Unfortunately for the normal human beings who have to share the globe with these pieces of shit, war has some pretty fucking horrible consequences, some of which Revere and Alicia Morgan (among many others, of course) have recently been focusing on.

Follow those links to see what I’m talking about, because I am not going to focus specifically on the horrors of war in this post. Rather, I want to say something about right-wing war propaganda.

In one of Alicia’s posts I linked to above the fold, she wondered why her posts on the unimaginable psychological destruction war wreaks on soldiers seem to be ignored by her readers:

This latest post “Worse Than Dying”, however, seems to be scaring people away. I’ve gotten about a quarter of the number of reads as is usual for me, and only two comments.

Why are Alicia’s posts on this topic shunned? These kind of analyses are very disturbing to people because the sick-fuck warmongering right-wing oligarchy has been so incredibly effective with their propaganda campaign conflating “supporting the troops” with “cheering on war”. They have been working feverishly at this sick depraved mind-control project since the 1960s.

People have been successfully programmed to interpret the slightest hesitation at sending ill-equipped troops off to die in wars of aggression that benefit no one but a global ultra-rich corporate oligarchy as traitorious and “disrespecting the troops”. This is why people find it so difficult to read what Alicia, and others, have written so powerfully on this topic.

The corollary aspect of this propganda onslaught is that people have been programmed to see war as some kind of nice clean video game. This is, of course, why the Bush regime brings home the coffins of dead soldiers in secret and does not allow any press coverage. Again, anything people write that powerfully challenges this sick depraved sick-fuck right-wing programming that has been hammered into people’s minds makes them very uncomfortable.

One major task of a Democratic president should be to heal our nation of the deep pernicious effects of decades of this propaganda attack. We need to relearn as a nation the indisputable objective fact that mindless support of wars of aggression that benefit no one but a bunch of global corporate oliharchs is not “patriotic” and does not “support the troops”.

As Alicia put it so eloquently:

The America I believe in does not attack another sovereign nation that presents no danger to us. The America I love is an example of the best we can be as humans, not a thug to be feared and despised. And the America I am working towards is one that will not defile its military of which it is justly proud by allowing it to be used as a tool to further the greed and power-lust of amoral sociopaths who will steal our future as well as our present.

Comments

  1. says

    Thanks, pp, for getting it. We do treat war like a video game or a movie – you get the adrenaline rush but it’s removed from the actuality so there are no consequences – only the ‘reward’ of the rush. It’s a type of addiction.

  2. says

    Maybe the war should be the lead story of every newscast, with a liberal number of images of the dead, the dying, the wounded, the blood, everything.

    Okay, not maybe, the war should be the lead story of every newscast, of every media, and also include a liberal amount of the sounds that go with the images. Too bad it’s not possible to broadcast the smells, the filth, the dirt, the fear, as well.

    Of course, that would mean the news would have to remember how to be the news and not some tool for that same “global ultra-rich corporate oligarchy.”

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