Why Are We Here?
""Egypt's position has been and still is clear in rejecting .. .the military option and rejecting participation in military action of the coalition forces against brotherly Iraq,"He continued, stating a truth that is plainly obvious to everyone in the world outside Middle America and Tony Blair's New Labour,
"When it is over, if it is over, this war will have horrible consequences. Instead of having one (Osama) bin Laden, we will have 100 bin Ladens."But that, of course, is entirely the point for Washington's war planners. There are no longer any nation states that can threaten the American Empire's military power, and so the military-economic complex -- without which the western capitalistic system cannot survive -- needs new adversaries to justify its continually increasing grip on trillions of the public's (debt-based and not really existing) money. The drug barons of South America (and, soon, Russia) are a useful but limited source of conflict. But international terrorism and international terrorist gangs -- that's the motherlode, the new vein of ore to replace the late lamented Cold War.
This war is being fought for a number of reasons, not the least of which is to save the American economy going forward. It is being fought to justify the trillions of dollars spent in the last decade on an otherwise unproductive military. It is being fought to use up material so that more material needs to be manufactured and purchased all over again. It is being fought to justify the trillions they want to spend in the next decade on an otherwise unproductive military. (No one even blinks when military expenditures top out above a big-T Trillion dollars -- can you even imagine spending a trillion dollars to fix urban blight or poverty or education or health care in the States?) It is being fought to show the world that America can do whatever it wants to do regardless of international government or public opinion. It is being fought to show the world that this is how it is going to be from now on.
But most of all it is being fought for the sake of US industry. The war in Iraq is not going to last forever, no matter how brave and resourceful the individual Iraqi soldier, and so the planners must look ahead. The more terrorist organizations that rear up in the wake of a burning Baghdad and a slaughtered Saddam, the better for the Pentagon. Each group will need a new bolt-hole -- Somalia, Syria, Chechnya, Laos, whatever -- and each bolt-hole becomes another target for the killing machines. And each target becomes a justification for buying more arms, then using those arms, and then replacing those arms once again: Terrorism as a cash cow for the Pentagon and the corporations.
It's for this that we are where we are.