Can one really afford to have a heart nowadays? What is a conscience really? How does one live a morally upright and ethically correct life in today’s world? Is there any room left for empathy? One cannot help but ask these questions if one is self-reflective during this era of permanent war, abuse and atrocity on a global scale.
Well the good news is that there are still some that do have a heart, that is full of empathy for their fellow humanity, that choose to live a moral existence according to a set criteria of ethics based on the fundamental sanctity of life. And nowhere is this more perfectly portrayed than in “Star Wars – The Force Awakens”, where the male protagonist hero who was a Storm trooper for the evil empire, has a crisis of conscience and defects to support the other side.
Fantasy aside though, the hope for humanity and the right to life of our fellow earthlings lies in the Superpowers of the world today, like America and China. And our role models from there are none other than ex-CIA operative Edward Snowden, soldier Chelsea Manning and artist AI Weiwei. These heroes from the superpowers of today’s world are leading the way in human rights, the cause of humanity, and by their actions they set the example for the moral high ground. They are the one’s who have brought their respective countries up from the mud and blood of tyranny and blatant despotism and given the rest of the world hope for the future, hope in the human heart and its ability to find empathy where little existed before them. These troopers have come up from the bowels of their own country’s engine rooms of evil and shone a torchlight upon the criminal behaviour of these global super tyrants, becoming role models for the rest of us to follow, in the quest for empathy, conscience and a human heart. In this age of global tyranny, the whistleblower is the new icon.
When a decent person does nothing in the light of savagery and criminality around him, it is obvious that self-preservation is an overriding factor in his or her silence, and not necessarily a complicit agreement with the crimes. Sometimes it’s safer to say nothing when your government is openly committing crimes against humanity. Activist and artist Ai Weiei has been imprisoned numerous times by the Chinese government for his outspoken criticism of their abuses. Corporal Manning has sacrificed his life and is now in a lifetime jail sentence undergoing torture (solitary confinement) to reveal to the world the crimes of America’s military upon the rest. And Snowden had to choose a life of exile to avoid the same treatment. But the sacrifices made by these fine people for the sake of the rest of us stand as examples of how great men and women from America and China are leading the way by exposing crimes against humanity and protecting us from these superpowers and their greed for global domination.
For example, according to https://theintercept.com/drone-papers/manhunting-in-the-hindu-kush/ America has been at war in the Hindu Kush (Afghanistan) for over a decade, with a network of intel on the ground, some of the most expensive and highly trained soldiers in the world, with eyes in the sky allowing for unmatched tracking of individuals, and yet despite all this, their campaign is in many respects a failure. Fair enough you say, it’s tough terrain. But it’s not the failure of mission that is the real failure. The real failure is a moral one, because 90% of the locals killed in the Hindu Kush are innocents targeted by unmanned drones. America is not killing its intended targets, but instead making more anti-American enemies by missing the target, killing an innocent or a whole family of innocents, thereby invoking the ire and lifetime hatred of the American invader. This is the latest top class military drone warfare we’re talking about here, and they are missing the target nine times out of ten. The military is creating more enemies than it is subduing, literally. They are also not reporting their failure to the American people obviously, for it takes a whistle blower, the likes of Snowden to reveal this exact info as reported in the website mentioned above. So Americans in general are in ignorance, oblivious of the war crimes perpetrated by their military.
But we have to go back even further and ask “how did the most powerful military in history come to devote its elite forces and advanced technology to a remote corner of the planet, half a world away from American shores, almost 15 years after 9/11?” In a place where everyone looks like the enemy, and you are the invading force, then you end up shooting, and thus people do actually become the enemy. In other words in the name of a fabricated war on terror, the American military has gone to far lying countries and unleashed untold terror on innocents. Now that is irony. Even worse, that is a war crime, a crime against humanity. The strongest nation on the planet is not out there to protect its people, or any people. It is out there invading the world in its long term plot to steal it. This is global tyranny and evil at its best.
“By the end of 2013, the U.N. reported the number of civilian casualties from drone strikes in Afghanistan had tripled from 2012, with almost one-third of the civilian deaths from aerial operations.” Its enough to make a grown man puke. America is using drones to kill kids. One that did make it to the world news was the recent American air strike on a hospital run by Medicins Sans Frontieres, killing a dozen medical staff and 10 patients, including three kids. “A nurse recalled seeing six victims in intensive care ablaze in their beds.” How can we sleep when our beds are burning? Remember that sweet pop song? It is based on similar atrocities.
Let’s add this up to make a clear point here. Leaving aside the 1 million dead in Iraq for another discussion, America has killed 26 000 civilians in Afghanistan in the past decade or so. And it’s getting bloodier. The UN is reporting that civilian casualties in the Hindu Kush are projected to exceed record high numbers. You no longer need boots on the ground when you have drones. And drones are known to miss their target and kill innocents.
“The al Qaeda presence there now,” according to a report by the United States Institute for Peace, “is larger than when U.S. counter terrorism forces arrived in 2002.” And the same is going on in Iraq again and Syria or course today. And you can try to justify what’s going on by saying that perhaps you are helping the locals, but not even the troops on the ground think that this has anything to do with defending the homeland or the American people. That illusion evaporated a long time ago.