In alternative warfare, organized, prescribed or arranged beliefs are used to displace problematic facts. When waging war by way of trickery, deceitful  or dishonest politics are an often deployed armament.  Remember Iraqi weapons of mass destruction? Iraqi links to Al Qaeda? Iraqi portable biological weapons laboratories?  Iraqi purchases of yellowcake uranium from Niger?  All these claims were reported as true. All were later proven incorrect or, worse, invented and fictitious.

The US constructed its response to the perceived “provocation” of mass murder on homeland soil. These views were widely shared and an agreement designed to wage war on a nation that had nothing to do with it.  A comparable falsity, traceable to the same source, was working to expand a similar falsified war on Iran.

The dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the pretext that it was to end the war in the Pacific, must be the most enduring lie of the 20th Century. Documented evidence shows that Japan was prepared to surrender unconditionally, anyway, without the atomic bomb attacks.

The biggest lie of the “war on terrorism” is that the targets of America’s attacks have an insatiable hatred for Western values and their way of life and is based on envy. What Western commentators fail to acknowledge is that the oppressed peoples of the world do not hate their freedom but they hate the foreign policies of western governments.

The Zionist state of Israel has mastered the art of  deceitful manipulation of information so as to sustain an everlasting existential threat from an occupied people. Israel is the only nuclear power in the region and it possesses the most sophisticated military weapons. Yet, the wars against the hapless Palestinians were drummed up against the backdrop of peddling deceit and manipulation of the facts. In an attempt to adopt the moral high ground, Israel plays the “victim” card supported by the US and Europe.

The peddling of deceitful information is the new battlefield. Combat troops under cover of airstrikes and naval support is a thing of the past. These physical operations follow the fake information processes.  Manipulated views come first followed by psychological warfare. Bombs and bullets follow later.

First and foremost are the coordinators and thought exploiters who target perceptions and opinions. When a critical mass of agreement is reached, war follows.  Those skilled at such dishonesty persuade their allies to form coalition troops to participate in their despicable and immoral activities. Selling and manipulation of misinformation is their target. War is the manifestation of this axis of evil.

Modern day warfare is triggered in the mindset of people. The cognitive areas of the human brain is the first port of call. It is the primary auditorium of operations where death and destruction are planned and executed.

This raises a very critical question. Why would any person, nation or country, embark on such elaborate and seemingly wasteful propaganda to sustain and maintain war? To gain access to essential mineral resources of the country under attack could be part of the answer. Allied to this and significantly more important is the sustenance and preservation of the military industrial complex.

The whole of the Middle East is on fire. Africa’s Sahal region, Central Africa, Kashmir, Chechnya to name but a few regions where war is part of life. We have the choice to continue the status quo or end the conflicts. We could choose peace and not war.

The problem is the military weapons industry. Consider the following: there are over 800 million small arms and weapons that have flooded the planet. You could purchase an AK47 for less than R50. In some war ravaged places you will pay more for a glass of fresh drinking water. 40 million people have been affected by these wars. Most of them from the southern hemisphere countries. Most if not all the weapons-producing countries are in the northern hemisphere and include Britain, France, Russia, China and the US. These are permanent members of the UNSC. Germany is the strongest economy in Europe and also a significant weapons producer.  Outside of Europe and the US, Israel is the largest manufacturer of military hardware and boasts Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and India among  her biggest purchasers. Tragically, these military industrialists are the wealthiest nations on Planet Earth. They sell their wares to the world’s poorest of the poor. They buy, sell and wage war with impunity. They are not held accountable, nor can they be disarmed and they are not transparent in their dealings. These countries spend $250 per person on their war efforts. This is 10 times more than what is spent on aid in the ravaged countries.

United States General Smedley Darlington Butler in a speech delivered in 1933 said:

“War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses. . . . …….There isn’t a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its “finger men” to point out enemies, its “muscle men” to destroy enemies, its “brain men” to plan war preparations, and a “Big Boss” Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism” .

 

Ibrahim Vawda

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Ibrahim Vawda

Ex educator and spent the last 14 years in education as headmaster. A proud Muslim and keen internationalist. Passionate about human rights issues. No respect for politicians.