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What good is the ‘War on Terror’ really doing?

Written by Fatima Khan

War on Terror, something we so frequently hear every time there is a mention of the world’s leading terrorist organizations; however, if one is truly unbiased, one cannot fail to see the double standards when it comes to describing ‘terrorism’ and the apparent war to dispose it, the sheer hypocrisy when it comes to mourning for one nation’s loss and the complete apathy towards another nation’s (or whatever is left of it) never-ending carnage.

The United States of America, seemingly a self-appointed, self-proclaimed guardian and upholder of “democratic principles” and “stability” of all other nations, has its own set of ideologies so obscure and exclusive to its own actions. The toppling of a lawfully elected government, to impose a life that is no less than living under constant bombings and beheadings is termed as “liberation” by the US. Sure, Saddam Hussein was a violent, tyrannical dictator, but the life of an average Iraqi seems like it was almost utopian under his rule, compared to what it is now. What happened after the execution of Hussein, was the creation of a vacuum of power. That vacuum gave rise to the rebel groups, eventually leading to the formation of the notorious- ISIS.

Angela Keaton, founder of anti-war.com says, “ISIS is an entirely a creation of the United States’ behavior in Iraq. That’s how we got to where we are, because of war, occupation and torture.”

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Why is it that when the US government decides to instigate conflict, bomb, kill, unreasonably obliterate another country, it’s called a ‘war on terror’, and when the victims of those unwarranted attacks decide to fight back, it’s termed ‘terror’? The US invades another country, euphemizing it by flippantly using the term “stabilization”, and when it leads to radicalization of the countless victims, they become the “insurgents”. The millions of innocents who died due to the quest for nuclear weapons in Iraq, which were never found, by the way, are somehow, very conveniently termed as collateral damage. It isn’t collateral damage if they’re the only ones suffering, honestly.
Not to mention, “One man’s collateral damage is another man’s son.”

Why do we have such false and hypocritical definitions of ‘liberation’ and ‘terrorism’? Our selective sense of morality is what stirs up the trouble. White supremacy seems to be so intrinsic to our very nature.

Currently, the US military is conducting air strikes in Iraq once again, only 3 years after the war on Iraq was declared over. Former Defense Secretary of the US, Leon Panetta, believes that this war could last for possibly three decades. Have we learned no lessons at all? War is never the answer.

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Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul institute for Peace and Prosperity, believes “the US is a hostage to its own regime change philosophy. The US is very good at blowing things up and destroying societies but it is very bad at putting them back together.”

The idea here, is not to justify or validate any acts of terrorism, but to be able to uproot the very genesis or causal agent of what led to such perversity in the first place. For that to happen, one must be able to deal with such incidents without prejudice; call a spade, a spade. A terrorist activity should be called so regardless of who commits the heinous crime, whether it’s the jet pilot flying through a tower, or the world’s biggest superpower annihilating an entire nation.

The important question we must ask ourselves here, is that is the supposed “war on terror” ever meant to end? As much destruction war causes to the ordinary man, it is extremely lucrative to others. Think about it: The bankers want war so they can lend money at interest to governments on both sides. The bigwig corporations want war so they can sell their military products to the governments on both sides. The governments on both sides want war so that the above will keep them employed and in power. Doesn’t it mean wars are actually nothing more than a big business enterprise? A business manufactured by the elites and bore the brunt of, by the common man.
“When the rich wage war, the poor suffer.”

As responsible citizens, it is our duty to not fall for this false bravado and fanfare attached to war, and to be able to see terror activity free of the furnishings the media usually dolls it up with.

About the author

Fatima Khan

Fatima Khan is a pursuing English Honors from University of Delhi. She is an expressive and rapturous person. She hopes to become a Journalist in the near future, but leaves rest to fate.
Catch her at [email protected]

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