What Is Antiwar.com All About?
by Justin Raimondo, January 28, 2013
Every once in a while it’s worth it to recall just why we’re doing this: that is, why we here at Antiwar.com spend our days reporting on events in obscure countries no normal person has ever heard of, tracking the pronouncements of politicians and foreign policy wonks, and exposing the War Party’s latest schemes.
It is, frankly, a thankless and exhausting task, and the problem is that one often loses sight of the forest for the trees. Our days are spent asking and trying to answer questions such as: How long will the French linger in Mali? Will Chuck Hagel be confirmed? Is the CIA secretly supporting rebels in Syria? Will the Magnitsky Act lead to a new cold war with Russia? What often gets lost is the answer to the question: Why should we care?
Americans, being a naturally “isolationist” lot, tend to ignore events overseas unless there is some immediate and tangible impact on their everyday lives – and not even wars in which we are involved necessarily qualify. It took years of occupying Iraq before the American people noticed we had been lied into that costly war, and over a decade before anybody began asking what we thought we were doing in Afghanistan.
Antiwar.com, then, is a kind of early warning system for the ordinary American who wants to keep tabs on what his or her government is up to overseas. Yet that raises the question: why is this information important?
The Moral Question
At the core of our credo is the moral question. Hundreds of thousands of human beings were killed, and many more maimed and their lives destroyed, by the US invasion of Iraq – all in the name of finding “weapons of mass destruction” that never existed in the first place. Thousands have been killed in Afghanistan, Afghans and Americans alike, and for what? And now a coalition of foreign lobbyists and war-crazed “conservatives” is agitating for yet another war in the Middle East, this time targeting Iran…
These wars were and are profoundly immoral: none involved self-defense, including the war in Afghanistan – which was nothing but a war of vengeance. … We aren’t any safer: quite the opposite.
Inimical to human liberty
Wars, aside from being horrifically destructive of human lives and resources, are inimical to human liberty. Every war in our history has led to greater restrictions on our basic liberties, violating the humanity and dignity of our citizens.
Just to take up the wars of modernity: World War I was the occasion for the massive jailing – and lynching – of war opponents…
World War II [..] led to the internment of Japanese-Americans, a witch-hunt against war critics, and the creation of a national security bureaucracy with an interest in permanent war….
Today, war is the default
Since 2001, military spending has skyrocketed to World War II levels – and yet, even in the midst of the worst economic turmoil since the Great Depression, the political class resists every effort to cut back. … Today, war is the default, and it’s peace that’s considered unusual, or even impossible.
No country can be at war indefinitely and remain free for long. The President assures us we’re bringing the wars to an end, and that America is finally coming home, and yet we are threatening Iran on a daily basis, supporting violent “regime change” from Libya to Syria, and conducting drone strikes on targets worldwide.
Nothing exemplifies the style and spirit of 21st century American imperialism better than the drone campaign. It embodies all the essential characteristics of our soul-less political class: cowardice, secrecy, ruthlessness, and the ability to evade the reality of their own moral corruption.
Our rulers have worn the Ring of Power for far too long
No writer of fiction could invent such villainy: not even Tolkien, in his portrayal of the Dark Lord and his minions, comes close. Next to Washington, D.C., Mordor is the Emerald City. Our rulers have worn the Ring of Power for far too long: they are corrupted beyond redemption, and if the Republic is to be saved, it must be torn from their grasp.
This is why I spend practically every waking hour of every day working on the problem that is the central question for libertarians in the present era: how to stop the juggernaut of war and repression.
If we can halt the former, we can win the battle against the latter –and that, in short, is what Antiwar.com is all about.
“The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.” Albert Camus
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” Albert Einstein
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Abraham Lincoln
“The state has, in order to control us, introduced division into our thinking, so that we come to distrust others and look to the state for protection.” Butler Shaff
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it. Adolph Hitler”
“When the largest industry in the world is no longer War, I will accept Darwin’s theory of Evolution.” Dale S. Mugford