War is a lesson we do not seem to learn. We sink into war because we believe in violence. We believe in violence more than we believe in democracy, more than we believe in our our species, more than we believe in our hopes for the world. We usually fall into war not because we hate an enemy, but because we love some economic or political system that overrides our humanity and drives us toward artificial goals by any means necessary- which ultimately means war.
Howard Zinn on what he hoped America learned from the Iraq War:
“My hope is that the memory of death and disgrace will be so intense that the people of the United States will be able to listen to a message that the rest of the world, sobered by wars without end, can also understand: that war itself is the enemy of the human race.”
There is no invisible hand guiding human destiny. We ourselves have build this heaven and this hell. If we do not want our children living in the shadow of the drones of war, then we must this day choose peace.
This is a link to Bob Jensen’s Statesman article on the 10th anniversary of the invasion: