From the trail of tears, Sedition Acts, Japanese internment, Secret wars in Cambodia, Central America and Asia, Gitmo, torture, hit squads, death squads, we are one sick nation. What nation doesn’t have skeletons in their closet, atrocities that they would rather the public not know about, mistakes they would rather have ignore and forgotten? And the more powerful the nation, the more they have to hide. If you can name one nation that hasn’t oppressed minorities, invaded other nations, committed genocide, experimented on their own citizens, supported slavery, or oppressed the poor, please let me know.
This includes all empires, Britain, Russia, Ottoman, Germany, Japan, China, France, Spain, Dutch, and so forth. All of these empires have committed some form of genocide, killed foreign dissidents, tortured, and killed without provocation. So have we. We need to grow up and face reality.
So why is it so hard for us to face the fact that we have messed up in Afghanistan? Why does Wikileaks hold such power over our psyche?
The White House and Congressional mouthpieces act as if the release of Wikileaks recent war on terror memos is the worst thing since unsliced bread. They pretend that it will hurt national security when in reality all it will do is make evident to the greater public what many of us have known all along: the U.S. can’t prosecute a war without making mistakes, that we spy on people, that we disrespect other nations, and that we have nations we favor and nations we abhor.
War is unclean, war is violent, and war is death. But our leaders don’t want us to see the negatives of the war on terror. They want us to see the war on terror, the Afghan and Iraq wars, and all operations in the Middle East as uncompromisingly good. It is the big lie about war that modern nations have tried to perpetrate since at least WWI.
It is not a threat to our security to release information that can already be found on the internet in other forms, information that terrorist cells and foreign nations already know about. Yes, we have bombed Yemen, as the recent leaked papers make clear. If you didn’t know that already, now you do. And the released “leak” that we want to bomb Iran? Is that really new?
And is the lie about the “leaks” being a national security threat is not new either.
Here are some of the leaks that have create a “global diplomatic crisis” according to the U.K. Guardian:
Yes, it’s shocking to find out that some Arab nations hate Iran.
• Grave fears in Washington and London over the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme…
Shocking to hear that we are suspect of someone else’s nuclear program, isn’t it? What a revelation Wikileaks has here.
• Inappropriate remarks by Prince Andrew about a UK law enforcement agency and a foreign country.
Yes, releasing remarks by Prince Andrew is a hazard and an “outrageous, reckless, and despicable action” as Senator Joseph Lieberman said about the recent Wikileaks.
• Suspicions of corruption in the Afghan government…
What, the Afghan government is corrupt? Who knew? Now that Wikileaks told us, our effort in the nation will be hurt…even more.
• Allegations that Russia…has become a “virtual mafia state”.
That can’t be true. Only Italians (Sicilians) have a mafia. Did you know that Russia has a mafia?
• The extraordinarily close relationship between Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, and Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, which is causing intense US suspicion.
How dare Russia and Italy cooperate behind our backs! And how dare Wikileaks make it known!
• Devastating criticism of the UK’s military operations in Afghanistan by US commanders…
Leaking that U.S. commanders criticized the U.K. makes the world unsafe, somehow.
• Wikileaks also reveal a cover up of the U.S. bombing of suspected terrorists in Yemen.
Yes, I have never read that we bombed Yemen, ever.
• Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi…is accompanied everywhere by a “voluptuous blonde” Ukrainian nurse.
Yes, revelations about the sex lives of heads of state makes us all unsafe.
There you have it. This latest set of Wikileaks, as were the last set of Wikileaks, is the end of civilization as we know it. So, stop it Wikileaks, stop it telling the truth and embarrassing us. After all, embarrassment is dangerous and threatens our national security.