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War on the Earth
26 Oct 2001
Wars of all kinds have cursed humankind for thousands of years. Tribes have battled for land, kings have slaughtered for the thrown, and governments have committed acts of genocide for reasons that span the illogical landscape of our undeveloped human minds.
Wars of all kinds have cursed humankind for thousands of years. Tribes have battled for land, kings have slaughtered for the thrown, and governments have committed acts of genocide for reasons that span the illogical landscape of our undeveloped human minds. Humans continue to make war upon each other, sometimes for reasons of unknown origin, and sometimes for economic or religious purposes. The urge to further certain ideologies often times exceeds moral limits.
I offer that there is another war. This is a war that has raged non-stop since the beginning of human existence. The victim of this war is blind to religion, to race, to political ideology and to national borders. The party responsible for this war uses all of the aforementioned variables to wage “it”. This war is a war against the Earth. The victims of this indiscriminant holocaust are the waterways, the forests, the air, and (human and non-human) animals.
War in the sense that most humans know “it” is a matter between two or more rival social/political factions. The obvious effects that war has on humans, death, starvation, disease, and the decline of ones mental state are some of grotesque consequences of this human invention (war). The effects of the weapons in “human to human” (or the U.S. video game push button war) are disastrous to water supplies, forests, and agricultural lands that leave the living fighting to survive. Pollution is indiscriminant. For instance, take the Tomahawk missile. It is composed of various chemicals, one of which is depleted uranium. Depleted uranium has been linked to cancer, birth defects and a multitude of other life threatening diseases. Its toxins curse through the veins of anyone that is unfortunate enough to come in contact with the poison, be it through the air, the water, or food. One could speculate that its effects will last for generations, producing birth defects for an unknown period of time. This poison can not distinguish between the “enemy” and the “civilian”. This human-made monster does not have self-control. It destroys everything in its path, annihilating thousands of years of human and ecological (Earth) development in the blink of an eye.
With the obvious effects of “human to human” war, and its impact on the earth aside, there are other threats that the earth faces even during the most peaceful of human times. The war against the earth, or the “eco-war” is almost identical to “human to human” war. There are battle plans, objectives, “enemies” and “civilians”. The soldiers in this war are the national and international corporations and economic bodies that dictate where the eco-war will be waged. The “objective”: to further the capitalist system by any means necessary. The “battle plan”: crush all resistance, silence all dissent with a brutal police force or paramilitary and an ever-expanding prison industrial complex, then exploit every natural resource imaginable. We wage the war and we are the “enemy” and we are all “civilians”. Everything on the planet suffers and we all, (plant, mineral, or animal) eventually pay with our lives. Although humans have withdrawn from nature with big houses and ever-expanding cities, we, (humans) are the Earth as much as the tallest trees or the most exotic plant is the Earth. Earth, as a single living organism, this tiny pearl spinning through the glorious expanse of space is suffering from a self-inflicted genocide. This bomb is not always an explosive, as we know it. It is the clear-cut, and the strip-mine, the SUV, and the biotech crop. The bomb is launched from the corporate boardroom and takes the shape of Structural Adjustment Programs in “developing countries”. The defenders of the eco-war are the WTO, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (among others). Although the mushroom cloud of destruction is not as quick to kill as a bullet or bomb, its effects are as far-reaching and perhaps as devastating as a nuclear warhead. Like the indiscriminant effects of depleted uranium on the civilians of a human war stricken area, the pollution caused by eco-war (also human war) is eventually as devastating to life. Just like the toxins in bombs that we have dropped on Iraq, Yugoslavia, and now Afghanistan (the list goes on) have no control as to what they infect with death, the hole in the ozone layer has no control as to how much bigger it grows each day. Vast clear-cuts can’t help but to allow sediment to destroy fragile rivers and wetlands. Oil spills in waterways and on land can’t help but to engulf everything with its tight grasp of black death.
So I contend that all war is a war on Earth, and that “we” suffer the fate of Earth because “we” are Earth. As a member of the species that has left the largest and most gruesome fingerprint of all on this planet, I offer testimony that it is our job as a species to oppose all war. Whether it is a war using the Tomahawk missile or the chainsaw, and regardless of who the perpetrator is, we all need to be an opposing friction to the machine that is altering the destiny that will inevitably consume us all.
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