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The True Costs of America’s All-Consuming War-Culture

This country has sacralized its version of global war and now the world is reaping what we sowed.
[The U.S. Army / CC BY 2.0]

By Kelly Denton-Borhaug / TomDispatch

Lately, random verses from the Bible have been popping into my mind unbidden, like St. Paul’s famous line from Galatians, “A person reaps what they sow.” The words sprang into my consciousness when I learned of the death of the 95-year-old Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, who helped encourage Martin Luther King to declare his opposition to the Vietnam War so long ago.

For decades, I’ve been moved by Hanh’s witness and his writings, which shined such a light on the destructive consequences of our country’s militarism. As he said, “To prepare for war, to give millions of men and women the opportunity to practice killing day and night in their hearts, is to plant millions of seeds of violence, anger, frustration, and fear that will be passed on for generations to come.”

We reap what we sow. It seems so obvious, but in these endless years of U.S. war-making across the globe, this simple truth seems to have escaped most Americans.

Why? It’s not as if no one’s noticed that the U.S. has, in so many ways, become a more violent society. Many public intellectuals (progressives and conservatives, too) are wringing their hands regarding the dangerous uptick in social violence of all sorts in this country, including voluminous gun purchases, distrust and anger, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, rising deaths from avoidable causes like refusing to be vaccinated — and the list only goes on.

But a thinker like Thich Nhat Hanh stands out from the rest. His insights differed from the norm because he saw so clearly how the seeds of violence in war-culture sprout into a kind of invasive kudzu vine capable of spreading across every aspect of life, while crushing, asphyxiating, and killing so much along the way.

War-Culture as an Invasive, Destructive Vine

I wonder why the media haven’t more thoroughly investigated the psychology that enables our congressional representatives almost unanimously to approve outlandish, ever larger military budgets, no matter how poorly the U.S. military may be doing in the world. The violent infrastructure of this nation is like a noxious vine with destructive results for us all, but few connect this to other rising forms of violence in the U.S. For instance, our leaders couldn’t find it in their hearts to approve an extension of the child tax credit, even though it played a role in lifting 4.6 million children out of poverty. One study even showed how such cash stipends and tax credits, when provided to poor mothers with babies in the first year of life, resulted in changed brain activity in their children and improved cognitive development.

But West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (along with all the Senate Republicans) refused to support continuing that program, while, like almost every one of those Republicans and most of his Democratic colleagues, he had no problem whatsoever approving an astronomical defense budget, even in the wake of the Afghan withdrawal. Parents, he insisted, should have to work to receive any assistance for their children, but the military doesn’t have to work for that $738 billion dollars to be approved. There’s no requirement for a financial accounting or any demand for evidence that the U.S. military solves “national security” problems of any sort.

And it’s not only Manchin. That budget passed in the Senate by a staggering vote of 88 to 10. (The dissenting lawmakers were Senators Cory Booker, Michael Braun, Kirsten Gillibrand, Mike Lee, Ed Markey, Jeff Merkley, Alex Padilla, Rand Paul, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren.)

While at least $6 trillion dollars were spent on this country’s post-9/11 wars, crucial issues like climate change and medical care for the elderly and the rest of us are treated with a bake-sale mentality by our lawmakers, with precious little questioning of that reality. Are our leaders afraid of the weapons-making titans of the military-industrial complex (of which they are increasingly a part)? Do they really believe that this is the way to build a more secure world? The 3.7 million children whose families just fell back into poverty as a result of the heartless erasure of the Child Tax Credit are only less safe as they fall asleep tonight. What about our nation’s responsibility to them?

And here’s another all-too-relevant question: Why don’t the rest of us step up to make it stop? Where has the anti-war movement and a movement against that military-industrial-congressional complex been all these years? So many of us are easily distracted, pay too little attention, and focus on our private business, while passing on the seeds of violence, anger, frustration, and fear to each new generation.

Worse yet, in our culture, the military budget is widely viewed as a social, even global good, though both Thich Nhat Hanh and Martin Luther King would have considered this a lie of the first order. The hum of the continuing violence embedded in and eternally reinforced by this country’s war-making structure is so constant that most of us don’t even notice or question it. The structural violence of a nation that puts more money into its military than the next 11 military spenders combined — yes, that’s right, combined — is intolerable, especially because it’s guaranteed to undermine both democracy and public health here and in the wider world. It shouldn’t surprise us that people outside the United States now see us as one of the “main threats to world peace.”

Malignant Normality: Serving the “Pentagod”

What makes such widespread obliviousness to, apathy about, and denial of our addiction to violence so invisible to so many of us? Here, I have to point to one of the moral touchstones in my own life: Jon Sobrino, a priest, writer, and activist who survived the massacre of eight other Jesuit priests and women domestic workers at the José Simeón Cañas Central American University on the outskirts of El Salvador’s capital in 1989. His housemates and colleagues were murdered in cold blood by the Salvadoran Army (backed at the time by Washington) because the priests were calling for social justice, ministering to people caught in war zones, and encouraging those who were too afraid to speak up. Sobrino himself escaped death only because he happened to be out of the country, lecturing, when the slaughter took place.

His spiritual starting point is one I try to adopt in every project I undertake. The first step, he insists, is always to demonstrate “honesty toward reality.” Now, Sobrino may be a theologian, but his approach applies to us all. We simply can’t assume honesty in this dishonest world. We must work for it. And Sobrino takes this further, because his own life experience taught him that being truly honest about our world is difficult indeed, given that violence and injustice are so often “concealed.”

This is where I find his insights so compelling. Being honest about our all-American reality is challenging indeed since the destructive seeds of violence slip so easily and comfortably under the surface of things. This not only makes it difficult to see them clearly, but also much harder to hold accountable those who mischaracterize such incipient, well-funded violence as good, not evil.

Social psychologist Robert Jay Lifton described this as “malignant normality,” the imposition of destructive or violent behavior on Americans as a built-in part of everyday life. Lifton studied the practices of Communist Chinese “thought reform” (once known here as “brainwashing”) and the work of doctors in the Nazi regime to try to understand how people turn away from reality and get caught up in worlds of dishonesty that sow the seeds of harm and destruction.

In this context, I continue to listen to the voices of military servicemembers and veterans who have opened themselves to the uncomfortable truths about how this country is now reaping what its war-culture has sown globally. They have experienced its lethal growth, destruction, and death all too personally. They know in a way the rest of us often don’t what it means to be acculturated to “malignant normality.” Take, for example, retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel William Astore who recently wrote a piece for TomDispatch about “the Pentagod” he so faithfully served for 20 years. Stationed in “a cathedral of military power,” a more or less literal “temple of doom” under tons of granite in Cheyenne mountain, Colorado, he ministered, he wrote, to the “jealous and wrathful god” of the nuclear-industrial complex.

Eventually, however, he lost his faith in the American god of war, who “always wanted more.” The bottomless craving of today’s Pentagod is behind more than just the soaring military budget. Remember that, among the latest insanities of that complex, are plans to “modernize” this country’s vast nuclear arsenal at a cost, over the next three decades, of nearly $2 trillion. That includes Northrup Grumman’s $264 billion “potential lifecycle” price tag on a new set of land-based nuclear missiles that will be siloed in heartland states like Wyoming and North Dakota. And we call this “good”?

Last December, I was privileged to hear veterans from the Moral Injury Program at Philadelphia’s Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center testify publicly at a “healing ceremony” about their own encounters with the god of war, the malignant normality of this country’s war-culture, and the seeds of violence it sowed so deeply and painfully in their own lives. One of them was Matthew Abbadusky, who shared a public letter he wrote explaining why he resigned his commission as an Army National Guard chaplain. Its telling first sentence was: “Honesty is the beginning of spiritual life.”

Like Astore, he was no longer willing to serve the U.S. god of war.“I cannot, in good conscience, lend religious and ethical support to a military institution that primarily benefits an economy of corporate, expansionist greed and inconspicuous lust for destruction,” he wrote. His experiences as an infantryman in the 10th Mountain Division, including a 15-month deployment to Iraq and later his work as a military chaplain stateside, “enabled me to arrive at this waypoint on my journey.”

He spoke with passion about “the lifelong visible and invisible wounds” borne by so many of his compatriots in the armed forces:

The morally confounding circumstances a soldier faces on the battlefield are a manifestation of political and corporate moral bankruptcy. The plight they face often places their lives into extreme danger and requires them to make unfathomable decisions, wreaking destruction without, and confusion and chaos within.

Digging Out

To dig ourselves out of the dishonesty, complacency, apathy, and lies of American war-culture, we’re going to need greater honesty about the way Christianity has been weaponized and manipulated to support our society’s malignant normality. It’s time, for instance, to call out the dishonesty of using certain verses from the New Testament to sacralize war.

For example, not just chaplains and religious leaders but military commanders, military families, and everyday citizens regularly valorize what soldiers do by referring to the Gospel of John: “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

It is indeed a beautiful, evocative verse that holds so much meaning for so many people. But there’s a long history of dishonesty surrounding its use in the context of war-culture. Especially on occasions like Veterans Day or Memorial Day, you’ll hear this verse in political speeches, commercials, public-school programs, and ceremonies of all sorts. Exploiting citizens’ honest desire to care for veterans, the militarized use of such words hides the truth about how our soldiers have labored at the forefront of this murderous society.

In this way (and there are so many similar examples, religious and otherwise), war is covered with a sacred sheen, while its seeds of violence are normalized and slip ever further from our consciousness. But being honest requires that we face reality and the truth about the consequences of war. As scholar and activist Khury Petersen-Smith of the Institute for Policy Studies put it, “Military violence always requires dehumanization and the denial of rights — and this inevitably corrupts any notions of democracy.”

Despite the regular hijacking of that verse from John to soften and conceal the ugly violence of American-style war, those words are part of Jesus’s teaching about nonviolent service to others. In fact, biblical scholars agree that the historical Jesus rejected militarized violence. And don’t forget that, in the end, he was executed by the Roman imperial power structure.

It’s worth asking: Who exactly benefits from making the violence of war into something sacred? Do veterans? Countless times I’ve heard them testify that such super-valorization and sacralization of war silences any honesty about the reality they experienced. And that’s true not only of people who participated in the violence of the battlefield, but also those like Astore and Abbadusky who struggle to reckon with the roles they played in the structural violence of war-culture, sowing the seeds of destruction and bearing witness to the consequences.

And what do they need from the rest of us? At the very least, we, too, can strive for deeper honesty regarding this country of ours, which is visibly in trouble and still focused on future wars as the best way to address our fears about the threats that face us. We seem to be unable to think any differently, despite evidence that more war will only make matters worse for the world, as well as for the United States.

Maybe, if we stopped making war and militarism into a sacred enterprise, we’d be more successful in demanding that our political leaders cease their thoughtless approval, year after year, of destructive, ever more gigantic Pentagon budgets.

Maybe, if we began listening more deeply to veterans, our understanding of the true costs of the war-culture that’s engulfed us so disastrously through the first two decades of this century would deepen. And maybe our ability to resist complicity with the way it’s been endlessly sowing the seeds of violence, anger, frustration, and fear, generation after generation, would begin to grow.

Copyright 2022 Kelly Denton-Borhaug

Kelly Denton-Borhaug, a TomDispatch regular, has long been investigating how religion and violence collide in American war-culture. She teaches in the global religions department at Moravian University. She is the author of two books, U.S. War-Culture, Sacrifice and Salvation and, more recently, And Then Your Soul is Gone: Moral Injury and U.S. War-Culture.

26 comments

  1. “rising deaths from avoidable causes like refusing to be vaccinated”. You just had to get that in. I quit reading after that. nice you gave Thay a shout out

      1. I kept reading too – well worth it, just like getting a vaccine to perhaps save my life and the lives of those around me. Well worth it.

    1. yup, Michael. struck me false too. maybe the editor threw it in, current ‘hook’ for today’s media landscape.

    2. Same here. Why was that inflammatory statement necessary to this article? Makes it feel like a propaganda article for big pharma.

      Whatever. I’m young, healthy, pretty much keep to myself because *lockdowns* no comorbidities, etc. low risk of dying if I get Covid. I know a lot of people who have had Covid over the past 2 years, vax and unvaxxed, no deaths. No long Covid. I think it’s reasonable to be skeptical of the vaccine claims and motivations of big pharma. If your vaccines work so great you shouldn’t be so terrified of the unvaccinated.

      Next time could you try and write without weaving in your vaccine propaganda?

    3. Prakash Nanda, Feb 27, in Eurasian Times, listed many reasons why Russia could no longer tolerate Nato advancements when they agreed not to. De classified documents clearly shows the promises.

      1. Many, many thanks for the Eurasian Times piece. Brings home just how duplicitous the west and its NATO lackeys have been in dealing with the former Soviet Union and now Russia in modern times.
        Violating treaties and agreements they force others to sign is the west’s MO. Just ask Native Americans.

      2. @Bernard Julian
        The evils of empire are universal. The U.S. is currently the evil empire on the planet, but my grandmother lived under the old Russian empire (before the 1917 revolution) and had nothing good to say about it. All empires suck, and so do all large countries. The U.S. was founded on genocide of the native population, so it’s worse in that respect. The only solution is to lower our population and live in much smaller groups where everyone knows each other, but that’s a very long-term solution.

  2. Americans were given a powerful choice to monetize their own personal market gold and use it as money along with market pricing starting on Dec 31, 1974. See Executive Order 11825. They didn’t respond and haven’t responded well since. Did they fall asleep or just get too comfortable with distributing IOU’s to each other???

    Now we’re all going to pay the price if the free market doesn’t pull itself together because precious metals can be monetized and fairy used but this can only be legally, safely and sanely accomplished from the grass roots where the consumer now has the monetary stage. The elite, given that we have a real-time pricing model now, have no way to safely accomplish this monetary introduction from the classical apex of power.

    We must be as wise as serpents yet as gentle as doves. The Word is clear.

    https://members.lode.one/register/joinwith/1130057960/link

  3. What is scary is the demands of the present administration to turn any dissent into “domestic terrorism”. Rather all Americans should be good citizen soldiers eager to take up arms and slaughter the Other over there, “so we don’t have to fight them here”, as Adam Schiff put it. Psychopaths run our country, and some of our population glorifies them.
    We heard so much during the end (good) of the Afghan War, during the bungled withdrawal (horrid) about The Women. These were the same Afghan women and girls that the US threw to the Wahhabi fundamentalists starting in 1979, when a modernized, secular Afghanistan was destroyed by the US to fight a proxy war against Russia. The scars of those 40 years will not go away in Afghanistan.
    Now we hear gushing jingoistic, chauvanistic support for a similar proxy war with Russia. It is insane. Yes, we know that Russia has more natural gas than almost any country, and yes we know we can provoke War in Ukraine and maybe seize and corner the gas market as a result. We have already destroyed Russia once (under Clinton) and can probably do it again. Ukraine went from a typical border nation (like Finland), reaping the benefits of go-between for Russia and the EU, to being dismantled by Biden corruption (ukrainegate.info), leading to the Maidan “insurrection”. Yanokovych, elected president adroit at playing Russia against the EU, was of course overthrown by Biden, Nuland, Pyatt, Vindman (and a host of other Ukrainian Americans who hate Russia) by the Azov NAZIs; similar to the ISIS in working for CIA (American) goals. It doesn’t matter that Ukraine is much worse off than before 2014, and may end “fighting to the last Ukrainian”. They refused to accept the Minsk Accords they had signed, BECAUSE Biden demanded they not give the Eastern provinces the agreed autonomy. The US never honors its treaties; why should Ukraine? Or Russia?

  4. Like the police, the military serves the rich & powerful first and foremost. The rich & powerful will spend a billion dollars of YOUR money to make one dollar for themselves. They can live in their fortified (gated) communities and be protected by private security, so these concerns are not their concerns. Their attitude about this is foolish to the extreme, but that’s why this goes on. The military/intelligence/industrial complex makes a lot of money for these people, both by selling weapons and by maintaining and expanding the empire from which they profit immensely. As Goering pointed out, the average person doesn’t want war (though they’re easily brainwashed into supporting it), but the rich & powerful do. Again, totally foolish because the consequences of these wars make their lives worse too, but they’re too self-centered and myopic to see that.

  5. There again the Leitmotif of the Hedges- illuminated world of hyper-masculinity, the commentary by Michael O Malloy claiming the freedom from vaccination. Maybe Kelly Denton-Borhaug did have to get this in to save another life.
    It seems increasingly the case that the trafficking of sons and occasional daughters into the military is like trafficking your daughters ( or occasional sons ) into prostitution. They delegate their moral conscience to those who pimp them out for profit. Like being “on the game”, war is a racket and a gamble with life itself. The author nicely reveals that laying down your life should be laying down YOUR life as a gift, not taking people with you when you go. To be at peace you have to do peaceful things, as it is said. Our government in Britain has allowed sales of weapons to Ukraine doubtless underwritten by the taxpayer, and generally behaved like addicts trying to get into a party even though the Ukrainians have been, e.g., creating artificial drought in rebel regions and banning all tourism to the Crimea, both seriously deleterious actions for the the health and wellbeing of the people there. But just as Formula One has to know which of their cars goes fastest in Bahrain despite the human rights groups begging them not to go there, governments need to know that their weapons have been used to good effect, so that they have a good pitch for the next buffer state to our old enemy that might want “a shot at the title.”

  6. MLK: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom”.
    Rose bowl B52 Flyover 1-1-2011
    Why am I appalled and not enthralled to know
    That a B52 bomber from Missouri has flown
    With intricate precision to appear at exactly 8AM Just as the Rose Bowl Parade begins?
    A hundreds of million $ lethal killing machine that holds
    Five hundred # bombs or nuclear weapon loads
    How much did this cost in the current age of austerity
    When we are dismantling the economic future of our posterity?
    How much to fly across 2/3 of our country?
    Worse, who will even think to question?
    Has the military become so ingrained they are just
    Part of our national experience and accepted as us?
    Howard P. Charman, MD 1-1-2011

  7. How can we expect to constantly prepare for war and act it out abroad without it affecting our behavior at home. We cannot live with diametrically opposite sets of values we can only follow one – we have chosen killing, cruelty and violence.

  8. Michael,
    Is it possible that people who only read stuff that they know they will agree with Don’t learn much?

  9. I was so looking forward to reading this piece. The first couple of paragraphs so very right on. And then the author couldn’t resist equating the refusal by many to be violated by an untested injection with the level of domestic violence and international bullying we are now witnessing.

    Unbelievable.

    I stopped reading.

  10. USA #1 violent, non violent crime, rape per capita all nations despite tat experts claim more than half not reported, fewer than 25% rapes reported

  11. “The truth shall set you free.” That’s a biblical verse from the gospel of John (8:32b) which keeps echoing in my mind these days, along with Greek tragedian Aeschylus’ “In war, truth is the first casualty.” We’re in a war, only the lies of the psychological warfare have been so total as to leave many bound by blindness to there being one.

    As with this author, who associates violence with refusal to be vaccinated as a cause of death, recalling the “pandemic of the unvaccinated” promoted by the propaganda system from the president on down the chain of command in the war of bioterror. Apparently, like the rest of the covid cult, she hasn’t heard, or doesn’t care to know, of the deaths falsely attributed to this false pandemic, nor of the deaths which keep mounting, alarmingly, from what’s falsely called vaccines.

    Such blind following of the false and idolatrous Science which has overtaken the world is all too normalized among educated fools (“progressives and conservative, too”) manufacturing consent to its lies, doing their duty as professional class servants in ruling class institutions as the blind leading the blinded into the pit (cf. Matthew 15:14). As testimony to the pride that goeth before the fall, you can almost hear from this false prophet of Pharma the word “deplorable” on her lips (compliments of Killary) as she also associates violence with corresponding stereotypology of “gun purchases, distrust and anger, racism, xenophobia, misogyny.” As if her own class kind of “public intellectuals…wringing their hands” over the unruly mob have no blood on their hands, presuming their enlightened innocence of the pitfalls of the common rabble.

    Yet professional Eichmanns just doing their jobs of promoting the ruling ideas of the age are particularly those who Robert Jay Lifton had in mind when referring to “malignant normality,” like the Nazi doctors whose psychic numbing/doubling/splitting provided a model for the mass psychosis of genocide following the Science of eugenics and (de)population control into the pit of radical evil. Much of the institutionalized violence we reap has been sown by these middle managers of class rule. God save us from experts, we might pray, were it still not for religious as well medical institutions serving the ruling class’ present plandemic agenda of culling the herd with (false) cures worse than any (false) disease (as the Reverend Hedges exemplifies here in this publication). Yet among many in their ranks we find the modern equivalent of Pharisees denounced by Jesus or the Temple merchants whose tables he overturned, those who blind and bind people to the lies of power.

    The malignant normality of war in the beast of Babylon that is Pax/Pox Americana has a lot to do with the professionalization of ‘our’ society, such that ‘we the people’ have become desenstized by the numbing/doubling/splitting of expertise officiating over most every captive compartmentalization of ‘our’ living, and dying. There was a time when more independent working class consciousness and culture revolted against the wars of the rich, among other ruling class depredations. Now passive consumers in the marketplace of ideas take their cues from bureaucrats, “specialists without spirit” (Max Weber), from the Pentagon to public health agencies, failing to see how the imperial war state has extended its death-dealing means of domination from conventional bombs and bullets to bioweaponized arsenals of next generation kill shots and so many other abominations of advanced warfare (e.g., Is Mankind Able to Prevent Abuse of New Technologies Against Democracy and Human Rights? https://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=AwrTLaA0DhdifLkAvghXNyoA;_ylu=Y29sbwNncTEEcG9zAzEEdnRpZAMEc2VjA3Ny/RV=2/RE=1645706932/RO=10/RU=https%3a%2f%2fwww.expandingawarenessrelations.com%2fis-mankind-able-to-prevent-abuse-of-new-technologies-against-democracy-and-human-rights%2f/RK=2/RS=oX27ANEP7PKuVGdCCrWUWGh_9tI-).

  12. The rest of the world has a long time ago realized that USA has a war economy and a war culture.
    Your discovery for this ideology is not earth shattering. Americans worship the Gods of war and money and Imperialism which provides an unearned very good standard of living. Today’s Middle ( muddled) class is in revolt, and turns to Trumpism, to regain its previous high living style.

    Greed, Lust and Envy of power are the sins that drive our propaganda machines ( Facebook, Murdoch Media Empire, Twitter, NYT, Fox News etc.) to brainwash everyone to be ‘sepoys’ to the weapons manufacturers. Even record breaking crimes and shootings and murders are acceptable for a war culture as it is survival of the fittest.

    Our war culture traps many into its no exit strategy as it provides employment, advancement, careers, benefits and pensions that would otherwise be unattainable. Much like the ole ‘ company store’.

    There can not be any retreat from war culture and war economy as the whole American society will collapse. There will be more of ‘ Right or wrong’ America must War!
    Only if the nation fractures/ split up of Red MAGA from Blues, then there should be a significant change.
    But likely USA would endure an uprising much like the Irish revolt in the UK.

  13. Bringing Thich Nhat Hanh and Martin Luther King into a conversation about USA’s war machine, inhereited from the UK, and adopted by Nato and EU, it is more than discordant.

    Two different spheres of thinking, and we are in a time of Capitalism on Steroids, AI, on FIRE (finance insurance real estate) to kill the average person, the 80 Percent, with fines, tolls, taxes, penalties, forced arbitration clauses, non-disclosure agreements, right to work, same day 300 percent loans, evictions, foreclosures, code violations, tickets, fees foe early withdrawl, fees for having an account, fees fees triple taxation triple taxation after another.

    We then have these war animals, the MIC tied to almost every aspect of US capitalism. The $6.6 trillion, or is that $20 trillion, unaccounted for in the DoD? This is rape on a daily nanosecond by nanosecond basis. From both sides of the political manure pile. And the capitalists make bank. Forget about whimpy Naomi and disaster capitalism or surveillence capitalism or Holly-Dirt’s connection to war, army, miliary, CIA. This system is rottening, and it works for the One Percent, the Point Zero Zero One Percent and the 19 Percent Eichmann’s.

    Then, this narrative on Ukraine — what a microcosm of the dirty work of capitalism a la USA-UK-Australia-EU.

    Get educated about the war machines. MLK and a Vietnamese monk have no weight in this world of zeros and ones, rampant climate disaster, resource thieving, pollution, lobbies who get more pollutants in little Jane’s diapers, bodies and mouths.

    Think about where the Ukraine CIA thing is going, and that’s Capitalism. And MLK and a Vietnamese monk now, young, if alive, would be cancelled and shut down and put on Facebook timeout and even set up to be what they are not.

    Here, Ukraine?

    Read Whitney Webb,

    The eruption of war between Russia and Ukraine appears to have given the CIA the pretext to launch a long-planned insurgency in the country, one poised to spread far beyond Ukraine’s borders with major implications for Biden’s “War on Domestic Terror”

    https://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/ukraine-new-al-qaeda/

    Or, Unbalanced Evolution of Homo Sapiens,

    Confirmed: US imperialists wanted to drag Russia into a war with Ukraine since at least 2019

    http://failedevolution.blogspot.com/2022/03/confirmed-us-imperialists-wanted-to.html

    1. There are necessary evils in this “script” that have vital roles in USD hegemony and must be there. They follow it.

    2. As usual, thank you, Paul.
      I spent the past weekend hanging out with a couple dozen whitetail deer, and some wild turkeys, who momentarily mistook me for momma.
      And, an assorted collection of bipeds, who had more interest in doing for, than doing to.
      The killing went on, unabated, before, during and after my excursion.
      Yet not one mention of war for three glorious days.
      I worry what your awareness is doing to you.
      But, I am grateful for the words that you share.

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