What’s the point of the “War on Terror”?

It is no measure of health to be sane in an insane society.” Krishnamurti.

I had a small revelation yesterday. I was listening to the news when I heard the report about the growth of Islamic terrorism in Mali.

Now hang on, I thought. Wasn’t the point about the War on Terror that it was supposed to get rid of terrorism?

If you look at a map you’ll see that Mali lies to the west of Algeria, just across the desert from Libya, where the War on Terror had it’s last public outing before Syria, and where violent jihadists, armed and funded by the United States, then turned around and murdered the American ambassador.

That’s when it struck me.

They started the War on Drugs in the 1970s, and now there’s MORE drugs than there used to be. They started the War on Crime back in the 1930s, and now there’s MORE crime. They started the War on Terrorism in the last decade, and now there’s MORE terrorism.

Is anyone starting to notice a pattern here? You might almost imagine that someone intended it this way.

The disinformation piles up like dirty washing in the laundry basket and no one seems to notice how offensive it is.

We bombed Libya in order to stop a massacre, and then went on to massacre pro-Gaddafi loyalists.

We are backing foreign fighters in Syria in order to overthrow a dictator, using arms supplied by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, two of the most corrupt dictatorships in the region.

In Mali and Yemen and Pakistan we are against Al Qaeda. In Syria we are arming them.

We allow Israel to hold massive stockpiles of nuclear weapons while imposing sanctions on Iran, which has none.

We are fighting wars all over the planet in order to bring about World Peace, it is suggested, and no one seems to notice how absurd this is.

Albert Einstein said: “the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results.”

How sane do you think our world is right now?

From The Whitstable Gazette.
The editor welcomes letters on any topical subject but reserves the right to edit them. Letters must include your name and address even when emailed and a daytime telephone number. Send letters to: The Editor, Gazette House, 5-8 Boorman Way, Estuary View Business Park, Whitstable, Kent CT5 3SE, email kentishgazette@thekmgroup.co.uk

Published by christopherjamesstone

CJ Stone is an author, columnist and feature writer. He has written six books: Fierce Dancing: Adventures in the Underground (Faber & Faber 1996); The Last of the Hippies (Faber & Faber 1999); Housing Benefit Hill & Other Places (AK Press 2001); The Trials of Arthur (with Arthur Pendragon: Thorsons/Element 2003); The Trials of Arthur Revised Edition (with Arthur Pendragon: The Big Hand 2010); & The Empire of Things (Gonzo multimedia 2013). He is currently working on his seventh. From 1993 till 1998 he was a regular columnist with the Guardian Weekend in the UK. His column Housing Benefit Hill was a runaway hit, observing life on a run down housing estate in a small town in England, while his travel column CJ Stone's Britain took a wry look at the state of Britain in the 90s. From 2003-2008, he ran a column for Prediction magazine. Other columns include a fortnightly column for The Whitstable Times and columns for Mixmag & the Big Issue. Currently he writes a fortnightly column for The Whitstable Gazette and makes regular contributions to the Guardian on-line, the London Review of Books and Kindred Spirit magazine.

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