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Politics / US Politics Nov 14, 2009 - 01:38 PM GMT

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Politics

It is conventional wisdom that it was the draft that ended the Vietnam war.  According to this explanation, cowardly college students subject to the draft and their unpatriotic families, forced an end to the war.  This is Karl Marx’s explanation.  Material interests, not empty morality, are said to have brought the war to an end.  


That fact that in those days the US still had an independent media of sorts that sometimes framed the war in moral terms is ignored.  Are we sure, for example, that the film of the naked little girl running in terror down the road burning with napalm was ineffectual in arousing moral opposition to the war?  Are we certain that it wasn’t an aroused moral conscience that brought about the end of the war but was  college students’ fears for their lives and limbs? 

If we ascribe ending the war to material interests, it makes ending the war look as unworthy as the war itself.  

Yet, virtually every conservative columnist, commentator, newsperson and politician, as well as today’s antiwar protesters and apparently the Pentagon, believes that a military draft would reduce Americans’ toleration for wars because of body bags coming home to middle and upper class parents. Apparently, the lower class doesn’t mind its kids coming back in body bags.

Those in thrall to this explanation, which derives from Marx’s materialist explanation of history, do not notice that Vietnam was our longest war.  It apparently took almost forever for the material interest of students and their parents to realize itself and stop the war. 

Why are we afraid to say that the war stopped because American troops and the American population got tired, offended even, from killing women, children and noncombatants?  Vietnam had not attacked the US. The US had interjected itself into a civil war in a far off place, as it has done in Afghanistan.

By invading Iraq the US started a civil war between Sunni and Shi’ite.  In Pakistan the US has started a civil war between the religious tribal population and the secular US puppet state.  In Palestine the US started a civil war between Fatah and Hamas. 

One continuously reads from those Americans opposed to America’s wars of aggression that the wars are possible because they don’t affect Americans, just those few who sign up for the voluntary military.  Thus, there are insufficient material interests at stake to stop the war.  This is a common explanation for the weakness of the antiwar movement.

One could argue instead that it is the triumph of Karl Marx’s materialist thinking that has made moral protests impotent.  What is morality?  You can’t weigh it, define it, measure it.  It can be dismissed as the whining of material interests.  In contrast, material interests, such as lives, limbs, and bank accounts are real.

For whatever the reason, morality has shown itself to be an impotent force in 21st century America.  Americans show no remorse at over one million dead Iraqis and four million displaced Iraqis due entirely to an American invasion based on lies and deception.  The lies and deception are now well proven.  Yet, there has been no apology for the horrors that Americans inflicted on Iraq.

Afghanistan is another example.  Intentional lies conflated the Taliban with al Qaeda and "terrorists."  The diverse peoples in Afghanistan who were first ravaged by Soviet bombs are now ravaged by American bombs.  Weddings, funerals, children’s soccer games, people waiting for fuel or food, people asleep in their homes, people attending Mosques have all been murdered and are murdered routinely by US and its NATO puppets.  

Each time civilians are murdered, the US denies it, only to be contradicted every time by the evidence.  

Why is the president of the United States contemplating sending yet tens of thousands more US troops to kill people in Afghanistan?

The answer is that the United States is an immoral country, with an immoral people and an immoral government.  Americans no longer have a moral conscience.  They have gone over to the Dark Side.

Humanity has endeavored for millennia to control evil with morality.  In the American "superpower," this effort has collapsed and failed. 

The United States needs to be censured for its immoral behavior, not have that behavior rationalized as being in its material interests.

    Paul Craig Roberts [ email him ] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan's first term.  He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal .  He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in Washington ; Alienation and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy , and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice . Click here for Peter Brimelow's Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.

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