Remember the Iraq war? It’s happening again
Like George W. Bush said, “Fool me once, shame on…shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” America beating the drums of war again, this time against China. Don’t get fooled again.
I remember early in the Iraq war when Americans pointed out the obvious evils of Saddam Hussein. It made sense. Uday and Qusay Hussein were monsters, I read about it, I got all riled up and thought the Husseins had to go. But what was underneath was worse. The Americans were worse. They were the baddies.
It’s happening again.
Today, Americans are pointing out the obvious evils of China, which are many. China is committing genocide against the Uyghur people. They are a creepy surveillance state. But we should have learned by now. It is entirely possible to be pro-Uyghur, pro-freedom and anti-whatever-the-fuck-America-is-doing. In fact, it is absolutely necessary.
America is full of shit and, historically, this gets lots of people killed.
Let us be clear. War is not the answer. Sieges (sanctions) are not the answer. America is not good and all of their good intentions are lies.
America does not give a fuck about the Uyghur people. America directly encouraged the Chinese concentration camps in 2019. Trump admires them. America has spent the last 20 years demonizing, bombing, torturing, and starving Muslim people across the world. Now they’re saving them? Lol.
Americans more than anyone else on Earth is responsible for the rolling genocide against Muslims. America declared open season on Muslim lives with their War On (Only Brown) Terror. Americans are no friend of the Uyghur people. In fact, they’re actively denying them asylum.
America does not give a fuck about data privacy. Their attack on TikTok is literally performative. They’re talking about hypothetical harm. America already steals its citizens data. Its companies do too. And this causes real harm. America is surveilling protestors and journalists. Facebook has gotten people killed in my country and all over the world. Again, you’re the baddies. Everybody steals your data. At least TikTok gives joy.
America does not give a fuck about any of these issues, and many more. They don’t care about global health; they’re the only country to withdraw from the WHO. They don’t care about the planet; they’re the only country to withdraw from the Paris Accords. America is not the leader of the free world. They’re just the neighborhood dumpster fire with drones. They’re just trying to distract from their own humiliation by pointing to China.
Do not listen to these assholes again. Maybe you could give America the benefit of the doubt in 2003, but come on. We saw what they did in Iraq, and they still won’t leave. We see them in Afghanistan. We see them droning and starving Yemen. We see their friends in Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Egypt. Today American troops are stationed in 173 countries, a staggering 89% of the world. Since the 1970s, China has not once gone to war; the U.S. has not spent a day at peace.
And it’s not just war. America places entire populations under siege for decades. This should be a war crime. They do it so much it’s just furniture. Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea. You can argue that these countries are bad, but many countries are bad. You cannot argue that these sanctions work.
America besieges innocent people and prevents them from getting food, medicine, and just living. And they do this for generations. They say the goal is regime change, but the regimes never change. It’s just collective punishment. America permanently places human beings under siege.
That’s the worst thing about America. They don’t even win wars. Their sieges don’t even work. It’s just cruelty for the sake of cruelty. The Aztecs at least left temples to their human sacrifice (and their brutality was vastly exaggerated, especially compared to the Europeans). The Americans will leave only debt. We have to stop going along with this, the lie that they are the good guys when they are actively attacking people. The empire has no clothes. This has to stop.
They are trying again in China, on our watch. We are the generation that saw this same bullshit play out fifteen years ago. Only now it’s not some isolated country, it’s China, with potential to kick off WW3. And yet the playbook is the same. First they found some real moral issue to rally the Op-Ed pages. Then they’re trying economic weapons. Next is war. Either in some hapless countries caught in the cross-fire, or who knows where.
Fuck them. Fuck the tail and the wagging dog. Fuck the Republicans who start this and the Democrats who follow along. Fuck your leaders and fuck your troops. We’ve seen this show before and it does not end well. The US has no more faith and credit with the world. You’re done. Stay home.
The decent people of the world can be entirely opposed to the evils of China without piling the horror of America on top. It’s like a nuke on top of a hurricane. They’re unrelated. The enemy of my enemy is not my friend. My enemy is injustice — wherever it lies — and there’s a steaming pile of it in America. America’s aggression towards China is bullshit. Don’t let them fool us again.