Sunday, July 12, 2020

The Deep Racism Underpinning Our Wars

This week, I hope to draw readers’ attention to a very clearly stated article by Walden Bello which appeared on Common Dreams website. Walden Bello is Filipino and has occupied himself in the diplomatic area most of his life.
Currently he is co-founder and senior analyst at Focus on the Global South.  He is winner of the Right Livelihood Award. But plenty of public figures have awards and honors, which doesn’t mean they know how to think straight. Walden is one of the few Incorruptibles still standing.

“The Racist Underpinnings of American Wars” is a clear and simple statement.  It points out that America’s two original sins are the cornerstones of its foundation: The Native American genocide, and the slavery of Black Americans. The one “cleared” the territory we now refer to as continental U.S.; the other’s free labor made her fabulously wealthy. As a history of our origins, neither is in dispute.

But karma has a way of replicating itself without end. What distinguishes Walden’s article is that it focuses exclusively on America’s wars in Asia, subjects American’s like to overlook: War in the Philippines, World War II against the Japanese, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. It passes over U.S. nuclear “testing,” the massive detonations over the Marshall Islands resulting in American children being born with an average 10% lower IQ in its top year, 1963, and in the loss of native habitat which became unlivable, with the maiming of the bodies of the Marshallese and their descendants for all eternity.  What traits do these wars hold in common?

Marshallese being forced off their island

Reviewing them briefly here, all were waged against Asian people of color. All were accompanied by racial epithets for the “enemy:” “gugus” and “nigger” for the Filipinos, whereas the Americans self-identified as “Indian Fighters;” the ultimate expression of racial hatred was the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; in Korea the U.S. learned to marry murder with technology, dropping more bombs than all the bombs it unleashed during World War II; and in Vietnam, the aim was to “bomb the gooks back to the stone age,” dropping 70 tons of bombs for every square mile, or 500 bombs for each man, woman and child.  Bello overlooks the U.S. use of defoliant and unexploded ordnance, the gift that keeps on giving, with maimed victims, and deformed Vietnamese births occurring to this day.  

Just another imperialist war

Returning to his simple two premises, Walden leaves us with a clearer under-standing of how American racism replays itself endlessly in U.S. wars, and in denial of its own racist origins. When we take to the streets now because finally we seem to have tired of our own genocidal behavior at home, we need to remember that we march for those millions of dead we have let pile up in our genocidal wake.

(MLK JR. realized the U.S. would “never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw skiils and money.”)

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