Our guest blogger is Rachel Ozretich, co-founder of the Corvallis Area Move to Amend. In her short piece below, first published as a letter to the editor in the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Rachel makes clear the connection between US militarism abroad and the war profiteering mega-corporations who stand to benefit from it.
I am horrified that our country’s administration apparently is planning to take military action once more against a middle eastern country, Syria. Certainly, I am appalled at the loss of life in Syria and the possible use of chemical weapons, but the response should be an international one.
The people of our nation are still coping with the serious negative effects of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, especially the lost lives and sanity of our soldiers, and the tax dollars squandered on these wars, greatly decreasing the real income of 80 percent of our citizens and the economic health of our country.
Those wars have benefited only the profits of the military-industrial complex (mega-corporations) while increasing the numbers of people in the world who hate us.
We have basically “lost” those wars.
And now our leaders are beating the drums for war in yet another country, claiming this will serve our nation’s interests or keep us safe?
This makes no sense, except when viewed as a policy to serve the mega-corporations who benefit from war, despite the horrible damage it will inflict on our people and more of the already suffering civilians of Syria.
It is most effective and appropriate for any military response to come from the international community. If China and Russia object, the United Nations General Assembly can vote to overrule the Security Council.
Furthermore, do we really want to pick a unilateral fight with a country that has — and is not afraid to use — chemical weapons?