Unfortunately, war has become an everyday part of life for most of the western world, but not in a way that the citizens face directly. The people of the United States and Europe rarely actually experience the consequences of the wars that their governments are involved in, but the acceptance of these wars has become a foundation of the political culture in these countries. For years, we have been told that the United States and their NATO allies have the moral high ground in the various military actions across the world.
We are told by pundits in the news that the United States military is a force for good in the world, and that things are safer at home because of these military actions, but this is nothing but propaganda, and it has never been more obvious than in the United States government’s response to the recent bombing of a Saudi Arabian oil refinery.
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The foreign policy of the United States government and NATO is all about claiming resources and maintaining strategic positions throughout the world to keep the upper hand in global trade and diplomacy. The alliance between the United States government and Saudia Arabia, along with the billions of dollars worth of weapons exchanged between the countries, shows that the war on terror, and spreading democracy, are nothing more than excuses that are used to invade specific countries that somehow interfere with the agendas of western governments and corporations.
Saudi Arabia is one of the most brutal dictatorships in the Middle East, if not the world. The government and royal family of Saudi Arabia seem to stand for everything that the United States claims to be fighting against, but they are allowed to get away with things that no other country would because of their large oil reserves and close relationship with the United States government. This can be seen in the reaction to the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center buildings in New York, in which the vast majority of the hijackers were later identified as Saudi Arabian citizens.
Even though Saudi Arabia was implicated in the tragedy more than any other country, the United States government decided to leave them alone, and instead take the opportunity to go after regions that were already on their shopping list, like Iraq or Afghanistan. Saudi Arabia is one of the most hostile regimes in the middle east, both to its neighbors and its own citizens, but their western allies always seem to give them a pass because these wars are not actually fought for democracy or freedom, they are fought for greed.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Arabian government has been doing their best to implicate their largest rival in the region, Iran, in the bombings. Iran has denied any involvement in the attack, and a militant group known as the Houthis in Yemen claimed responsibility, and threatened that more bombings will be coming unless the Saudi Arabian government promises to end their war in Yemen.
Iran is a huge country with a massive military and a large population, and is one of the last few remaining countries in the middle east that has been able to maintain some level of peace since the war on terror began nearly 20 years ago.
The United States military is currently involved in at least a dozen different wars or foreign military actions, if not many more, when counting clandestine operations. With war being so ubiquitous, it may be hard to realize that this one is different, but it is.
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A conflict between the United States and Iran has the potential of triggering a third world war, considering the complicated web of alliances that both nations have crafted. This is why it is now more important than ever for the people of the United States to stand up and demand a change to this destructive foreign policy. It is only a matter of time before the violence that was created in faraway lands comes to your doorstep, but you might have one last chance! Take this chance and peacefully hit the streets to have your voices heard!