The Black Commentator: An independent weekly internet magazine dedicated to the movement for economic justice, social justice and peace - Providing commentary, analysis and investigations on issues affecting African Americans and the African world.
Jul 8, 2010 - Issue 383

Cover Story
Why Is There Perpetual War?
Keeping it Real
By Larry Pinkney
B Editorial Board



The government, the corporate-stream media, and many of our so-called ‘educational’ institutions would have us believe that wars, particularly those waged by the United States, are waged for altruistic reasons. Yet, true history and common sense tell us unequivocally otherwise.

Wars are essentially a deliberately perpetuated lapse in human sanity. They are not inevitable. They do, however, represent the height of humankind’s manipulated insanity.

Why are wars, as horrifying as they are, perpetuated? And who perpetuates and manipulates humanity into these constant bloody quagmires? And for what purpose or purposes?

War is packaged and made palatable to the U.S. populace by the perpetually perpetrated myth that it is being waged in order to bring about, or maintain, supposed “freedom” and “democracy,” or to end “terrorism.” An inescapable irony in this is of course, that war is in itself the very zenith of “terrorism.” It is officially sanctioned horror - infinitum. Particularly is this the case when war is waged between nation-states or by a nation-state or nation states against the peoples of another nation-state.

Wars are invariably fought by the many at the behest of the few. In this nation, wars are consistently and inevitably fought by just plain common folk - everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people - for a relatively tiny, avaricious corporate / military elite. Notwithstanding the cynically hollow platitudes attributed to everyday people by the corporate government and its allies in the corporate-stream media, the essence of most wars, and certainly those being waged in this century, remains unquenchable greed on the part of the wealthy elite, coupled with their insatiable desire to dominate economically, politically, and socially. No amount of double-talk or false patriotism can mitigate this fact: Unquenchable greed and the desire for hegemony [i.e. domination] are the root causes for these terrible and inhuman wars being waged. And it is everyday people who continue to pay the severest consequences with our very lives and livelihoods for this insanity.

Think about it! You don’t see the children and families of the wealthy corporate elite dying en masse in these perpetual wars. Of course not! But you do see everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people carrying out, and dying in, these wars for the corporate elite!

As systemic contradictions continue to manifest themselves, the real reasons for perpetual war will also become ever clearer. Wars are not a necessity; they are a manipulated bane upon humankind.

The trillions of dollars being spent on wars and /or military occupations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and elsewhere are at the expense of decent jobs, education, the environment, housing, and health care for everyday people right here in this nation. These wars are making billions upon billions of dollars for the corporate elite of the multi-national oil companies and corporations such as Lockheed, Blackwater, Honeywell, and Halliburton, (to name but a few); while the everyday peoples of other nations are being killed in droves, and many U.S. young men and women military personnel are returning in body bags, severely physically wounded or forever psychologically scarred. Moreover, these wars are in fact spawning, enhancing, and ensuring “terrorism” against everyday peoples in this nation and throughout the world. The corporate government of the Obama / Biden regime, as well as the corporate-stream media, are well aware of these things, even as they continue to lie and obfuscate - in their endless pimping of the pain of everyday people.

Wars are not inevitable or necessary, and the greedy and lying elite who perpetuate them are the actual war criminals. It is time to say an emphatic NO to this insanity being perpetrated against everyday people of all colors. Be clear about this: Barack Obama is nothing more than the colored, articulate, war-mongering clone of the corporate / military elite. He, his regime, and his ilk have been allowed to pimp the pain of the people for far too long now. It is time to both speak and act truth to power, and bring about real systemic change that we everyday people “can believe in.”

Educate, agitate, and organize - while there is yet time - for there can be a better future, but only if we, everyday people, make it so!

Onward my sisters and brothers! Onward! Editorial Board Member, Larry Pinkney, is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil/political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In connection with his political organizing activities in opposition to voter suppression, etc., Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS NewsHour, formerly known as The MacNeil/LehrerNewsHour. For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here to read excerpts from the book). Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.