War: What It's Good For

Now that Israel and Lebanon have taken a breather from their strikingly asymmetrical war, why not catch up on what the hell all that was about anyway? I still think the one person who really has a clue is Michael Chossudovsky, but Sy Hersh, as usual, is well worth perusing. And now John MacArthur has a piece in Harper's detailing the interesting realpolitik(al?) relationships between the US, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudia Arabia way back when George I was busy covering up for the CIA's and Reagan's monumental crimes.

I've been wondering lately, as I've often wondered about other wars, how all these different views and sources fit together. To some extent, they just don't, in part (I guess) because half of what insiders tell reporters are either outright lies or are cover stories that they may have been told and actually believe. I think the key to understanding why most wars get started is best viewed through what Paul Wolfowitz said about the latest adventure in Iraq:
The truth is that for reasons that have a lot to do with the U.S. government bureaucracy we settled on the one issue that everyone could agree on which was weapons of mass destruction as the core reason.
As Noam Chomsky told Bill Maher, "There are lots of reasons to go into Iraq." I can think of several right away. In any case, I think that's true of most wars, and the case of Israel's war on Lebanon is no different. While Chossudovsky put his finger on the biggest reason--energy and security cooperation with Turkey which would do an end run around China and Middle Eastern oil--the infamous Clean Break document had to be a factor too, as did the Administration's desire to test their Iran plan in miniature, as did Israel's desire to decimate Hizbullah. As with Iraq, if you're a callous geostrategist, there are so many reasons to go to war that it's practically impossible to resist. Again, to a certain type of mind that non-sociopaths find hard to comprehend. We must comprehend it, and anticipate its moves, if we're ever to stop this global madness.

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