Hegemony …

Oh well. Crimea’s parliament votes to break away from Ukraine. Ukraine’s parliament votes to dissolve the Crimean parliament, prior to a vote by Crimea’s populace. Looks like the Ukraine “crisis” will not die down by Monday, especially with Germany and the United States calling Crimea’s action illegal. Wow. …

“If Russia takes further steps … there will be far reaching consequences …”-David Cameron, Prime Minister, Great Britain

Meanwhile, President Obama reiterates that Russia’s actions are in violation of international law in his attempt to turn up the heat on Russia.

“In 2014 we are well past the days where borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders…”-Barack Obama, President of the United States.

My son is only 11 years old and he is about to possibly see his third major war. Shit. When I was 11 I’d only seen one (and see is right since they played some of it on television, including a couple executions, helicopter gunners firing into the bush, and soldiers drinking boiled pee from their helmets….

Do any of these policy makers take into consideration how keeping kids in an environment of constant war may impact their psyches? Kids born 14 years ago know nothing else of the world other than its constant state of warfare.

While my generation lived in a world where you could find a hot war every now and then (The Israeli-Syrian War of 1967; Biafra 1968; Golan Heights 1973; the Mayaguez incident 1975, the Cold War 1945-1990), it wasn’t in your face or eardrums everyday.

Hegemony ….

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to Hegemony

  1. kenski2013 says:

    For some reason our US government seems to get involved in every conflict that pops up:† Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, now Ukraine, all because we think we have some interests to protect.† I saw an article attributed to a US military leader that went back 60-70 or more years in which this leader basically said that it was his job to defend US business interests abroad, that’s what it was about.

    It’s probably not all about that.† Vietnam was allegedly about Communism, Korea ditto.† For years we were paranoid about communism.

    Our government makes the alliances with various foreign leaders (half of them dictators) and then we have to defend them. Our foreign policy has been a mess for a long time.† Leaders we should have supported (Fidel Castro) we didn’t, and look where that got us.† Leaders we should have forgotten about (the South Vietnamese government in the 1950s, 60s, and early 70s) we supported instead of working with Ho Chi Minh, who was our ally against Japan in WWII (“the enemy of my enemy is my friend”).† Look where that got us.† For a while we supported Saddam Hussein when he was fighting Iraq.† Look where that got us.

    Comes now Vladimir Putin, who wants back the old Cold War Russian empire of sorts.† Why should we be surprised?

    To your comments about war:† there was an episode of the old Outer Limits series that cynically portrayed war as something that comes about by demonizing some “enemy” so the government has a straw man enemy to distract citizens from its other agendas.† Soldiers were given psychedelic drugs to make the enemy look like actual monsters!† One of the soldiers failed to take her medicine (which was allegedly as an antidote against disease spread by the “enemy” soldiers) and discovered they weren’t monsters at all–just other people who were sold the same bill of goods by their government.†

    There may be some hope–the present Secretary of Defense just announced a plan to radically reduce the size of our armed forces (number of troops), because frankly, we have a money problem.† We can’t afford to keep being the policeman of the world.† And from my point of view, we don’t need a lot of ground troops–I’m guessing we currently have enough non-nuclear fire power to destroy any city on the planet within three days–bigger bombs and more cruise missiles.† We could have handled both Iraq and Afghanistan without putting one man on the ground, assuming we needed to do anything at all.

    In my opinion, any enemy that is not worth destroying totally is not worth fighting.† We should have learned that from WWII: the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the fire bombing Dresden and other Germany cities helped end that conflict.†

    Now some members of the current US Congress want to cut back benefits for veterans, many of whom have some home wounded, suffering from PTSD, can’t find a job…yet many of them were the ones who voted to fund both Iraq and Afghanistan warfare.

    Maybe all of a sudden we will all wake up, and when the next war comes along that look like it does not involve any real threat to our country, we will say† “Hell no, we won’t go.”

    There may be hope after all.


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