PCC Bridge Staff Respond to US Missile Strikes in Syria
The PCC Bridge Newspaper staff are compelled to comment on the most recent US missile strikes in Damascus, capital of Syria:
It has been roughly a week and a year since the US military bombed Shayrat Airbase in Syria. This military action, ostensibly to deter the use of sarin gas on civilian populations, was
lauded almost unanimously by US media institutions. This sentiment was crystallized best by Brian Williams of MSNBC quoting the late songwriter Leonard Cohen:
“I am guided by the beauty of our weapons”
Williams was awed by the images of rockets flying from a US warship into the night sky, on their way to an unoccupied airstrip, repeatedly reflecting on their ‘beauty’.
What we cannot forget tonight, in the midst of another hail of Tomahawk cruise missiles, this time targeting the densely populated city of Damascus, is where these weapons guide us.
They guide us towards the endless depravity of US military aggression worldwide.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, a president best known for his war accolades, and the escalation of Soviet era tensions through massive investment in the US war machine, spoke about “The Chance for Peace” in 1953. Ike’s testimony against a runaway US military industrial complex ultimately rang hollow in the wake of the subsequent wars in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Iraq, and Afghanistan, to name a few. These words are no less important to reflect on now:
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final
sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone.”
Much can be said about the fiscal impact of 30 cruise missiles at $1.87M per round while people across the country lack healthcare, housing, or clean water. More can be said about the moral indifference that allows members of the pundit class and other imperial cheerleaders to continually beat the war drum.
We have recognized the current administration’s capacity for xenophobic and racist domestic policy, but we also recognize the unbroken line of global US militarism that this administration continues today. From Bush I and II to Clinton to Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, bombs and ‘regime’ change rule supreme in the Middle East and elsewhere.
There is no doubt this is a result of the revolving door of leadership within the cabinets of the military appointed by presidents with an ultimately unified imperial worldview. Continuing the spheres of influence over US empire is the imperative. The means may change through administrations and as politics change, torture embraced by one, rejected by the other. Air strikes remain popular throughout US military history.
The blatant provocation of Russia while members of the current administration is under investigation for a litany of crimes is a translucent sham. But regardless of intention, this action will result in a reaction, to be sure.
Tonight our president asked:
“What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of
innocent men, women, and children?”
To this we ask, when will the US end its own campaign of mass murder against the embattled people of the world? When will the people of this country stop being exploited by rampant war profiteering?
As students who have lived under one of the longest periods of war since the creation of these United States, we now demand an end to every US war abroad. We detest the disregard for the loss of civilian life the US historically, and currently exhibits. We need to raise up the cry:
NO MORE WAR.
NO MORE WAR.
NO MORE WAR.
It is for our very survival. We demand peace to ensure there will be a future for all.