The problem with the ‘good guys’ of western politics is that they think they’re ‘the good guys’. You know, the good guys with guns.
They really think they’re spreading freedom and democracy, even after leaving a blood trail decades long and millions of lives wide. It’s always going to be different this time. Unlike conservatives—who are quite openly assholes—liberals actually believe their own lies.
You’re People, Not Gods
These people have forgotten what it’s like to be people. Nobody in Sri Lanka is like ‘what do we do about Ukraine?’ What the fuck does that have to do with us?There’s lots of bad shit going on in the world, and very little we can do. Most people in most countries live like this, and you know what? We’re better than you. For all your sanctimonious opinions, at least we don’t make things worse.
Most people in America consider it their responsibility to have opinions about the world, and for those opinions to come with bombs. They don’t get it. They’re just being played by the dudes selling bombs.
I won’t even debate this in a theoretical sense. Too many have died to make this point. America’s Terror Wars have been the biggest disaster since WWII. They areWWIII, it just doesn’t count because white people aren’t dying. After killing millions and displacing tens of millions, your good intentions don’t count anymore. Y’all need to sit down and shut the fuck up.
It’s been a real workout for my Twitter feed, now that white people have been bombed, culling all the liberals smoking that war crack. These people are cheering ‘lethal aid’ and the banning of Russian people from sports, cat competitions, and the shunning of Russian people themselves. ‘Liberals’ will proudly share war crimes like POWs being forced on TV, and medics being shot. They lost they goddam mind. War has truly made them blind.
The key point, hidden beneath all the ‘don’t you support freedom and democracy?’bullshit is that western intervention always makes things worse. They miss the obvious precept of do no harm.
Never having been bombed themselves, they don’t see the harm in just trying war another time. What do they lose? Ukraine can descend into civil war with well-armed Nazis later. Right now they get the thrill of a distant fight.
When it comes time to pick up the pieces, they’ll just forget and spread violence somewhere else. Just look at the former Yugoslavia. They aren’t even remembered when pundits say racist shit like ‘this is the first war in Europe since World War II’.
Like Afghanistan or Yemen, these endless wars just fade into the background once they lose their initial dopamine hit. But the munitions, they continue to hit and hit and hit. Death, dismemberment, starvation, disease. This is what follows in the wake of ‘good intentioned’ liberal bullshit. And that was the point all along. It’s pure, bloody, profit.
You Were People Once
Americans were people once, content with the usual horrors of attacking themselves and their neighbors. Like a normal country. Americans popularly resisted involvement in World War I and then World War II. But after WWII, the gun genie was out of the lamp, and their third wish was to never put it back.
As anthropologist Wade Davis wrote:
The United States, virtually a demilitarized nation on the eve of the Second World War, never stood down in the wake of victory. To this day, American troops are deployed in 150 countries. Since the 1970s, China has not once gone to war; the U.S. has not spent a day at peace. President Jimmy Carter recently noted that in its 242-year history, America has enjoyed only 16 years of peace, making it, as he wrote, “the most warlike nation in the history of the world.”Since 2001, the U.S. has spent over $6 trillion on military operations and war, money that might have been invested in the infrastructure of home.
Hence you get Madeline Albright in the 1990s screaming at Colin Powell: “What’s the point of having this superb military you’re always talking about if we can’t use it?”
Dwight D. Eisenhower’s warning about a military industrial complex has become just facts. Once you build ‘an economy’ around a military, there’s no putting the ghoulish genie back. Every year their congress rubs the defense budget genie, and nobody even asks.
I put ‘an economy’ in scare quotes because A) it’s scary and B) it’s a grift.
As Davis said, all of this ‘investment’ in military materiel was just dropping expensive bombs on poor people. It’s just useless fighter jets that crash into the sea. It’s a military that can’t win any wars, but just prolongs them endlessly. Why? It makes more money.
None of this is an investment in the real economy of America, which is why America really sucks. This is why India has better airports and Laos has better trains. America is not a ‘developed’ country. They’re in terminal decline.
The military-industrial complex is just part of the dying cannibalization of White Empire. A few people at Raytheon and Halliburton get obscenely rich, bribe the people in power (Biden has taken plenty of blood money, and a Raytheon director is his SecDef), and the blood money pours on and on. They are devouring poor, brown bodies for sure, but it is also the treasure of Empire this cancer devours.
This is happening everywhere across Empire. Insurers are devouring its healthcare, roads and cars are devouring its livable cities, wherever there’s private profit to be made, there are public assets being stripped and people being broken, defrauded, and killed.
It’s been a fire sale for decades at the heart of White Empire, punctuated when the Capitol itself was torched last year. The military is just the brightest flame on Empire’s funeral pyre. The US military is the single largest fossil fuel emitter in the world. The injustice of the thing chokes the very sky.
You were people once, a country once, regular assholes like the rest of us. Oppressing your own people, tormenting your neighbors, before you inherited colonialism from a ravaged Europe, and turned into the worst fucking vampires. Now America is just a black hole of empty violence, imploding and sucking in millions of lives on the way down.
What kills me, however, is that liberals are still talking. People can’t defend their own Capitol and they still want to police the world. While their own people are trying to abolish the police at home. Bitch, look around. Look back a few years. You’re not some benevolent intellectuals, out there helping the world. You’re just a bunch of suckers, dragging everyone down.
I too believed this shit once, but as George W. Bush said, “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”
I remember that war, and the next war, and the war after that. We’re all living through the genocidal starvation of Afghanistan and Yemen right now. Now you fuckers want to officially start World War III, after declaring war on the brown world for decades?
For what they’ve done, for what they’re doing, western liberals need to sit the rest of this century out. They really think they’re the smartest people in the world, and not just a bunch of killer clowns.