Whenever I hear anyone mention “the war,” I’m not sure whether to cringe or roll my eyes. It isn’t “the war.”. It’s “the wars”. Not only have we invaded, destroyed, and attempted to occupy and prop up a US-friendly government in Iraq, we’ve done the same in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is far away and exotic, granted, but it is a real country with real people in it, too. There is one difference about the invasion, etc. of Afghanistan. It was, as the saying goes, pre-destroyed. Much of the pre-existing destruction was paid for or instigated by the US.
This leads me to how the dumbing down of the US enters into the causes of the wars. The average American, college educated or not, gets most information frlom TV, and a whole chunk of that from sitcoms, reality shows, and talk shows. Here we are in a country with one of the highest literacy rates in the world (number 15, according to a UN survey), access to unlimited information in free libraries and low-cost Internet access, but few people seem to have bothered to learn the facts about the wars and those profiting from them.
Are you one of the know’s, or the know-not’s? If you don’t know about these organizations, why not spend a little time searching online and reading about them: PNAC (Project for a New American Century), Blackwater, Carlisle Group, Halliburton.
If you know all about these organizations and are someone who still believes we have a humanitarian mission in either Iraq or Afghanistan, please explain it to me.