Report From Iron Mountain: Peace Would Be All Hell
by Rand Clifford
Early in George
Orwells dystopian novel, 1984,
protagonist Winston Smith writes in his diary, I understand
HOW: I do not understand WHY.
years later, neocon think-tank warriors bristling with the bravery
of being out of range are realizing their dreams of perpetual war;
fruition of their world-conquest manifesto, Project
for the New American Century. For humanity its all translating
into a nightmare with no waking up.
If we step
back from mainstream-media sweet talk about freedom and liberty,
democracy, government of, by and for the People, human rights, humanitarian
interventions...we might better see the roots of perpetual war.
corporate media calls what is essentially perception management,
aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and
hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless
series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. ~
H. L. Mencken
come in many varieties. Among the most enduring are inanimate menaces
such as communism, socialism, environmentalism, Islam, other nations
weapons of mass destruction; and theres Cuba, Serbia, Iraq,
Iran, Libya, Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan,
China, Russia, North Korea, Venezuela essentially, any nation
not yet under Washingtons thumb....
are more ephemeral; we often kill them and add fresh ones. Castro,
Milosevic, Saddam, Gaddafi, Assad, Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Kony, Kim
Jong-il, Kim Jong-un, bin Laden...ahem, Osama was scary enough
that even after mainstream media reported his death at the end of
2001, his menace was prolonged for years with ridiculous body doubles,
then audio for idiots...until we ...killed
Osama bin Laden for political lube.
So many people
actually swallowed Osamas second death that, after profound
amnesia kicks in as usual, we may kill him again, and again
keep surfing the amnesia waves until the new wears off.
Stay tuned to Fox News (if we do kill bin Laden again, it will be
Foxs third announcement of his demise). Third times
a charm or is Osama bin Laden a bad cat living to the nines?
if this seems over the top, but...please consider that, officially,
19 Arab boys with box cutters executed the heinous surprise
attacks of 9/11. Its stoned into history now, right
down to a hijackers passport fluttering unscathed to the sidewalk
for officials to snatch up. 9/11 is evidence that if the PR, branding
and packaging are just right, and fear is cultivated properly, virtually
anything is salable to the American public.
mill runs at capacity 24/7, scaring us into apathetically surrendering
citizens rights earned over centuries with bravery and blood.
Ever more docile,
ignorant, disinformed, xenophobic, acceptive of fascism...we have
hands bloodier by the day from being party to an expanding palette
of war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Acquiescence to neocon
barbarity has left our hands even our souls? with
stains that might never wear off.
George W. Bush,
43rd President of the United States, told us at every opportunity
that They hate us for our freedoms and democracy. Well,
perhaps they hate us more for our handiwork (and
souls or lack thereof) than anything else?
unaccountable neocon foreign-policy prophets that inspire our ruling
1% are dogs of war wagging the deadliest machine the world has ever
seen. Neocons are a gnarly bunch, war on their breath, Satan in
their eyes, hearts full of Zion. A tiny tribe of Israeli-American
think-tank psychopaths sometimes known as, The Crazies,
The Bombers, The Vulcans. Royal neocon Richard
Perle justly deserves his moniker, The Prince of Darkness.
the ruling 1%: Is it simple coincidence that 1% of the population
are born psychopaths, with brain abnormalities detectable via magnetic
resonance imaging? 9/11 was a pageant of reality-defying coincidences,
enough to span eternity, all packed into one sunny and Satanic late-summer
morning. Many of the 1% profited enormously still profit
enormously and will until enough scat hits the fan. Do you think
anyone above our 99% were among 9/11's fatalities?
We 99% are
tolerated by the 1%, used, abused, mocked, hustled toward oblivion....
They were called
the Special Study Group. Fifteen anonymous men, experts
of diverse disciplines; social and natural sciences, humanities,
law, business, communications theory, systems analysis, international
relations, war planning....
The Group was
commissioned to study what might happen if we find ourselves in
a state of peace...and to suggest how we should prepare to deal
with no more war. They began their work in August of 1963. And after
producing The Report thirty months later, they insisted that it
not be released for publication. Public discussion of The Reports
conclusions and recommendations threatened to provoke, as they said,
...clear and predictable danger of a crisis in public confidence.
News and World Report claimed in their November 20, 1967 issue,
that an unnamed government official told them President Johnson
hit the roof after reading The Report, and ordered that
it be suppressed for all time. The same government official also
confirmed the Report's authenticity.
a member of The Group leaked The Report...leading to Dial Press
Report From Iron Mountain, also in 1967.
The book made
the New York Times bestseller list, has been widely translated.
declared it a hoax, did all they could to suppress The Report. Then
in 1972, Leonard
Lewin claimed that he was the author, and that The
Report from Iron Mountain was a spoof.
Guinness Book of World Records lists The Report from
Iron Mountain as the Most Successful Literary Hoax.
lists it as number five on its list of most controversial books.
So what was
in there that made LBJ hit the roof, and order The Report suppressed
for all time?
first paragraph of SECTION 7 SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS,
under the subheading THE NATURE OF WAR, reads:
War is not,
as is widely assumed, primarily an instrument of policy utilized
by nations to extend or defend their expressed political values
or their economic interests. On the contrary, it is itself the
principal basis of organization on which all modern societies
are constructed. The common proximate cause of war is the apparent
interference of one nation with the aspirations of another. But
at the root of all ostensible differences of national interest
lie the dynamic requirements of the war system itself for periodic
armed conflict. Readiness for war characterizes contemporary social
systems more broadly than their economic and political structures,
which it subsumes.
They are leading
up to saying that before consideration of a peace scenario, it must
be recognized that war is the foundation of our social systems.
The nature of the war system, and the functions it performs for
society must be explicitly understood, and replacements for those
crucial functions must be ready before any abandonment of the war
system is contemplated; before peace could ever work.
breaks the functions of war down into five categories; economic,
political, sociological, ecological, cultural and scientific.
war has throughout history stabilized and provided a system for
controlling national economies.
war, and the permanent possibility of war have been basic to stable
government while propagating acceptance of political authority,
maintaining necessary class distinctions, and subordinating
citizens to the state. The Report claims that without sustaining
credible threats of war, no modern rulers have been able to maintain
war, and presence of military institutions have throughout history
helped control social dissidence and antisocial behaviors while
promoting binding social allegiance and social cohesion.
war has been indispensable for balancing population with available
supply of food and other essentials.
and Scientifically, war culture has shaped values in the creative
arts, as well as motivating advances in science and technology.
The Report insists that without war, modern civilization would fall
apart unless substitutes can be devised to replace the functions
of war summarized above.
list of general criteria these substitutes must meet are: political
acceptability; technical feasibility; public credibility.
breaks down into the same five categories certain characteristics
of any acceptable surrogate for the war system.
Expenditures of resources for completely nonproductive
purposes must be at a level similar to that achieved by war,
must remain independent of the existing supply-and-demand economy,
and must be under arbitrary political control.
A generalized external menace must be maintained
to promote acceptance of political authority.
Institutions must be developed to maintain public fear of
personal destruction the war system provides; fear that
promotes adherence to societal values, and acceptance of the transcendence
of such values over individual lives.
Population control must be maintained to keep humans from
threatening the species by reproducing beyond the carrying capacity
of Earths biosphere.
and Scientific Establishment of a basis for sociomoral
conflict as powerful as war provides is important for determination
of cultural values. Also, there must be a sense of internal
necessity to motivate the quest for scientific knowledge.
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