by Daniel Carter
The world has grown tired of the nonstop devastation caused by Western Imperialism in the Middle East. US citizens, citizens of other NATO countries, China, Russia, Iran and especially the countries in the Middle East that have been invaded are tired of the Military Industrial Complex’s warmongering. Many people have pointed out the fact that another Middle Eastern war provoked by the US could spark World War Three. I believe it could spark other significant events as well, including a 2nd American Revolution.
Despite the mainstream media’s attempts to drum up support for any and all new wars, the anti-war movement is becoming more united and stronger than ever before.
There have been anti-war movements throughout the entirety of American history. However, we saw a monumental uprising against war during the 60’s and 70’s when the Vietnam war was taking place. This movement was unique for the US because of its sheer size and scope. It set the stage for the anti-authoritarian/anti-war movements that would come in response to the United States’ involvement in the Middle East.
The anti-war movement in response to the invasion of Iraq after 9/11 might be one of the most significant rebukes of imperial power that we have ever seen. To explain why, here is Noam Chomsky in an interview from 2003:
“The [peace] demonstrations were another indication of a quite remarkable phenomenon. There is around the world and in the United States opposition to the coming war that is at a level that is completely unprecedented in US or European history both in scope and the parts of the population it draws on. There’s never been a time that I can think of when there’s been such massive opposition to a war before it was even started.”
I encourage to read the entire transcript because it is quite fascinating. Chomsky’s statements indicate that the masses are finally starting to catch on to the schemes of the war profiteers. Although these schemes have been known by a few for a very long time, – including the ex-Marine and author of “War is a Racket”, Smedley Butler – the masses have usually fallen into the traps of war propaganda.
The tide is beginning to turn. For millennia, the average citizen was tricked into fighting wars that would only benefit the rich and powerful. However, the internet has now decentralized the flow of information, and people are being exposed to the truth like never before. No matter what you think of their political ideology, people like Ron Paul, Sargon of Akkad, Michael Krieger, Jimmy Dore, Caitlin Johnstone, Kyle Kulinski and many others are now telling the truth about these unjust wars.
CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, New York Times, the Washington Post and all the other lying mainstream outlets are still trying to sell the elite’s wars. But even the mainstream media is beginning to crack. Look at this phenomenal piece that Tucker Carlson did in response to the establishment’s calls for war in Syria:
People from all over the political spectrum are waking up and they are furious. They’re furious that banks, oil companies, weapons manufacturers and many other powerful special interest groups are held above the average citizen. They’re furious that the rent-seeking elites are destroying the middle class. I have a strong feeling that another war in the Middle East would trigger an outrage directed toward the ruling class like we have not seen in this country since the American Revolution.
If the elites ignore the masses and go to war anyway, expect major backlash. Expect a massive number of anti-establishment candidates to run for office at the very least. Expect extremely large demonstrations that voice the displeasure with the current system. If things deteriorate enough, expect these citizens to forcefully overthrow the establishment. Expect this movement not to get nearly the media attention that the establishment-backed anti-gun movement got. As Gil Scott-Heron said, the revolution will not be televised.
We are approaching a critical juncture in human history. The internet has empowered the individual like never before. Governments must be aware of this fact and not attempt to do anything that will spark too much outrage (e.g. another Middle East war). Anything is possible in these highly unpredictable times, but I believe the probability of an American Revolution is at its highest point since the mid 1700’s.