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Fighting The Vampires Within

Murder is not an anomaly in war- Chris Hedges

Early warriors massed on bloody battlefields with everything from sticks and screams to swords, bows and arrows, muskets and cannons. That scene remained both disgusting and ridiculous.


The grim reaper heard the call of wild, raging bloodthirsty troops who could never get enough of head-slicing swords and cannon fodder.


If that description of what goes on in battle is heinous and upsetting, waken to the reality that we encourage at a distance, nourish and sponsor and celebrate when the young–willingly sacrificed–return in body bags for burial.


It’s not only the buried dead who rattle the Gatling guns of our souls. Listen to the unforgiving voice of ex war correspondent Chris Hedges:


If we really saw war, what war does to young minds and bodies, it would be impossible to embrace the myth of war. If we had to stand over the mangled corpses of schoolchildren killed in Afghanistan and listen to the wails of their parents, we would not be able to repeat clichés we use to justify war.


Warfare has now reached the psychotic stage of comfortable blood-letting at a distance with remote controlled predator drones.


Comments Glenn Greenwald, “The military slang for a man killed by a drone strike is ‘bug splat’, since viewing the body through a grainy-green video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed.”


How psychotic it is when a warrior sits comfortably at a computer guiding an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) hundreds of miles from his target to a “bug splat”.


Instead of growing up, maturing after centuries of mass murders at the whim and fancy of bloodthirsty madmen, we satisfy our murderous desires at a safe distance from the exploding bodies that splat like bugs!


America’s drones are nothing more than a clever attempt to distance America’s vampires from their bloody victims.


In the past decade 30 countries have been involved in one kind of war or another–from America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to separatist movements, civil unrest, insurgencies and uprisings, religious and ethnic conflicts.


After WWII, the United Nations was founded to avoid further catastrophic wars. But there have been more conflicts in the world since the founding of the UN than during any previous period in history.


In any war, nightmarish atrocities become commonplace. People get used to hiding and running in fear, to refugee camps, secretly hating the blood-letting violators of decency.


 War is always about betrayal,” says Hedges, “betrayal of the young by the old, of idealists by cynics and of troops by politicians.”


Those who bleed, those who bear excruciating pain, and those who struggle to take their last breath have all been betrayed.


As Hedges reminds us, “The violence of war is random. It does not make sense. And many of those who struggle with loss also struggle with the knowledge that the loss was futile and unnecessary.”


That the people of 30 countries continue to struggle with the futility of war doesn’t seem to faze any but a few idealists with no control over their own fate, much less that of others.


Unable to control their bloodletting urges, America, Iran and Israel are sabre-rattling to prepare for yet more murder and maiming sessions of missile madness.


Netanyahu’s government reserves the right to strike directly at Iran if it doesn’t believe Washington and others are doing enough–through diplomacy or sanctions–to stop it going nuclear.


When are we going to reach the stage where useful energy replaces the vampire within and empathy replaces violence?


9 Responses to Fighting The Vampires Within

  1. who_me July 24, 2012 at 4:36 am #

    “Unable to control their bloodletting urges, America, Iran and Israel are sabre-rattling to prepare for yet more murder and maiming sessions of missile madness.”

    i wasn’t aware of iran being a warmonger state like israel and the usa.

  2. Ariadna Theokopoulos July 24, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    This is a seminal article, like all others I remember reading by this author.
    He first demonstrates with convincing quotes that war is bloodletting, sometimes catastrophic.

    He then states that America, Israel and Iran are unable to control their “bloodletting urges.”
    Someone who calls a spade a spade by boldly acknowledging that America and Israel are war mongers has established his credentials as an unbiased observer and analyst and thus can be trusted when he adds Iran to the list.

    Only those with pathetically linear thinking and binary vision would fall prey to the faulty logic that just because Iran has not attacked any country in 300 years it does not want to do that now, unprovoked.
    In fact it stands to reason to assume that the pent-up desire for bloodshed, withheld for 300 years, is about to break the dams of self restraint. Additionally you have to be pathetically poorly informed not to know that Iran is swarming with shias. To the wise not much more information is needed.
    Great article. Now if only intelligent commentary about the religion, nay cult, of those blood-thristy Persian warriors would be forthcoming, this site could rock the internet.

    • Dr. Paul J Balles August 4, 2012 at 4:34 am #

      Before making nasty sarcastic comments, you might make an effort to understand what you read.

      You complain about the following:

      “Unable to control their bloodletting urges, America, Iran and Israel are sabre-rattling to prepare for yet more murder and maiming sessions of missile madness.”

      Then you carry on with an attack revealing that you haven’t a clue about the meaning of sabre-rattling.

      To anyone with an IQ somewhere above room temperature, a threat to respond to an attack (Iran) rattles as many sabres as those who threaten an unprovoked attack(Israel and the US).

      • Roy Bard August 4, 2012 at 8:01 am #

        Who’d have thought that would employ a lexicographer suffering from mental retardation?
        a show or threat of military power, especially as used by a nation to impose its policies on other countries.”

        As all three countries are bundled together indiscriminately, Iran neatly plonked in the middle, it seems to say this:

        “Unable to control its bloodletting urges, Iran is sabre-rattling to prepare for yet more murder and maiming sessions of missile madness.”

        At the risk of exposing my own mental retardation, I have to say this led me to me make the same mistake as Ariadna, and to see this as suggesting that Iran is as violent and bloodthirsty as Israel and America.

        Of course, had I been a little more intelligent, I would have realised that any threat of self-defence by a party that hasn’t been engaged in endless wars for the past 6 decades or so, makes it as aggressive as those countries preparing to attack it, who have.

        I am grateful to have been shown how things would look if I was a lot brighter.

        • Ariadna Theokopoulos August 4, 2012 at 9:46 am #

          You’re wrong, Roy, as I was. I am going to apologize. You may reconsider too. Here’s what I understood:
          It’s not about “saber-rattling” but about RATTLING, which can be done with other tools as well.
          By saber-rattling, Iran has RATTLED Israel and the US.
          So Iran started it and now there’s no telling what the rattled ones may do. They all, sadly, have the same phlebotomy urges: why else would Iran saber-rattle, why would the others become rattled?
          Iran is Robert De Niro in the Taxi Driver, shouting at Israel and the US:
          You’re talking to me?
          You’re talking to ME?!
          YOU’re talking to me?!
          YOU’re talking to ME?!
          You’re wrong about the last war provoked by Iran too–the one you quote was started by Iraq,–so the pent-up phlebotomy urge in Iran is centuries old. No wonder they’re spoiling for a big one now.

          • Roy Bard August 4, 2012 at 9:53 am #

            “You’re wrong about the last war provoked by Iran too–the one you quote was started by Iraq,”

            It must be my lack of intelligence that prevents me from expressing myself properly. I meant to say that whilst Israel and the USA have been involved in endless wars of aggression for the past 6 decades, Iran has not.

            Sorry! It’s no wonder I never got a PHD. 🙁

          • Ariadna Theokopoulos August 4, 2012 at 10:12 am #

            No, not “lack,” don’t exaggerate, just ‘room temperature.’
            No need to take the walk to Canossa now–hair shirt, ashes on your head and barefoot.
            If you have a fault it’s this fanatical streak I’ve noticed in you, jumping to extremes, intemperate, flying into rages and then falling into abject penitence. More calm and balance, Roy.

      • Ariadna Theokopoulos August 4, 2012 at 10:04 am #

        “Before making nasty sarcastic comments, you might make an effort to understand what you read.”

        I always strive to make only the nicest sarcastic remarks but some times they come out less than well turned out.
        Of course I make an effort to understand what I read, you think I don;t? I go to a quiet place where I don’t bother anyone and sound out all the hard words. Nevertheless, as you pointed out it’s that room-temperatire IQ that makes it hard work.

        If you took the time to write out footnotes to your articles explaining what you mean, just as you kindly did in this post to me, people like me would not misunderstand you.
        I got it: I made a ditty for myself to remember it:
        “Sanctions and nukes, like old sabers and swords
        Do some damage but can’t hurt as badly as words”

        It’s visual rhyme–easier at room temperature.
        Thanks again

  3. who_me July 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    a well done demolition:

    Reality Denial : Apologetics for Western-Imperial Violence
    Review of Steven Pinker’s Book

    “It is amusing to see how eagerly the establishment media have welcomed Steven Pinker’s 2011 tome, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined,[1] which explains not only that “violence has been in decline for long stretches of time,” but that “we may be living in the most peaceful era in our species’ existence.”[2] A professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University since 2002 and a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist in the general nonfiction category,[3] Pinker’s lovable theme coincides with the Nobel Peace Laureate’s current engagement in wars on at least four separate continents (Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America); his regretful partial withdrawal from invaded and occupied Iraq; his victorious termination of the 2011 war in Libya; his buildup and threats to engage in even larger wars with Syria and Iran, both already underway with aggressive sanctions and an array of covert actions;[4] his semi-secret and ever-widening use of remote-controlled aerial gunships and death squads in global killing operations;[5] and his declaration of the right to kill any person anywhere for “national security” reasons—officially making the entire world a U.S. free-fire-zone.[6] The Barack Obama regime, and before it the Bush-Cheney regime, have also supported and protected Israel’s escalated ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, and the hostile U.S. actions and threats involving Iran and Syria are closely geared with those of Israel…”