Peace is a cliché: When the West cannot control the world unopposed, it means war

Andre Vltchek

Dedicated to my friend, a philosopher, John Cobb Jr

The West likes to think of itself as a truly “peace-loving part of the world”. But is it? You hear it everywhere, from Europe to North America, then to Australia, and back to Europe: “Peace, peace, peace!”
It has become a cliché, a catchphrase, a recipe to get funding and sympathy and support. You say peace and you really cannot go wrong. It means that you are a compassionate and reasonable human being.
Every year, there are “peace conferences” taking place everywhere where peace is worshipped, and even demanded. I recently attended one, as a keynote speaker, on the west coast of Denmark.
If a heavy-duty war correspondent like myself attends them, he or she gets shocked. What is usually discussed are superficial, feel-good topics.
At best, ‘how bad capitalism is’, and how ‘everything is about oil’. Nothing about the genocidal culture of the West. Nothing about continuous, centuries-long plunders and benefits that virtually all Westerners have been getting from it.
At worst, it is all about how bad the world is – “all people are the same” cliché. And, also, there are increasingly, bizarre, uninformed outbursts against China and Russia which are often labeled by Western neo-cons as “threat” and “rival powers”.
Participants of these gatherings agree “Peace is Good”, and “War is Bad”. This is followed by standing ovations and patting each other on the back. Few heartfelt tears are dropped.
However, reasons behind these displays are rarely questioned. After all, who would be asking for war? Who’d crave for violence, terrible injuries and death? Who’d want to see leveled, charred cities and abandoned, crying infants? It all appears to be very simple, and very logical.
But then, why do we not hear too often that “peace speech” pouring from the devastated and still de facto colonized African or the Middle Eastern countries? Aren’t they suffering the most? Shouldn’t they be dreaming about the peace? Or are all of us, perhaps, missing the main point?
My friend, a great Indian writer and thinker, Arundhati Roy wrote, in 2001, reacting to the Western “War on Terror”: “When he announced the air strikes, President George Bush said, “We’re a peaceful nation.” America’s favourite ambassador, Tony Blair, (who also holds the portfolio of Prime Minister of the UK), echoed him: “We’re a peaceful people.” So now we know. Pigs are horses. Girls are boys. War is Peace.”
When it comes from the lips of the Westerners, is ‘peace’ really peace, is ‘war’ really a war?
Are people in that ‘free and democratic West’, still allowed to ask such questions? Or is the war and peace perception just a part of the dogma that is not allowed to be questioned and is ‘protected’ by both the Western culture and its laws?
I’m not in the West, and I don’t want to be. Therefore, I’m not sure what they are allowed to say or to question there. But we, those lucky people who are ‘outside’ and therefore not fully conditioned, controlled and indoctrinated, will definitely not stop asking these questions anytime soon; or to be precise, never!

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Recently, through Whatsapp, I received a simple chain of messages from my East African friends and Comrades – mostly young left-wing, revolutionary opposition leaders, thinkers and activists:
“Free Africa is a socialist Africa! We are ready for war! The young Africans are on fire! Death to the imperialist forces! Viva Bolivarian revolution! South-South Cooperation! Today we take the battle to the streets! Africa Must Unite!”
Such statements would sound almost ‘violent’ and therefore could be even be classified as ‘illegal’, if pronounced openly in the West. Someone could end up in Guantanamo for this, or in a ‘secret CIA prison’. A few weeks ago, I directly addressed these young people – leaders of the left-wing East African opposition – at the Venezuelan Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Yes, they were boiling, they were outraged, determined and ready.
For those who are not too familiar with the continent, Kenya has been, for years and decades, an outpost of the British, US and even Israeli imperialism in East Africa. It was playing the same role that West Germany used to play during the Cold War – a window shopping paradise, stuffed with luxury goods and services.
In the past, Kenya was supposed to dwarf the socialist experiment of Tanzania under the leadership of Nyerere.
Today, some 60 percent of Kenyans live in slums; some of the toughest in Africa. Some of these ‘settlements’, like Mathare and Kibera are housing at least one million people, in the most despicable, terrible conditions. Four years ago, when I was making my documentary film, in these slums, for South American network TeleSUR, I wrote:

“…Officially, there is peace in Kenya. For decades, Kenya functioned as a client state of the West, implementing a savage market regime, hosting foreign military bases. Billions of dollars were made here. But almost nowhere on earth is the misery more brutal than here.

Two years earlier, while filming my “Tumaini” near Kisumu city and the Uganda border, I saw entire hamlets standing empty like ghosts. The people had vanished, died – from AIDS and hunger. But it was still called peace.
Peace it was when the US military medics were operating under the open sky, on desperately poor and sick Haitians, in the notorious slum of Cité Soleil. I saw and photographed a woman, laid on a makeshift table, having her tumor removed using only local anesthetics. I asked the North American doctors, why is it like this? I knew there was a top-notch military facility two minutes away.
“This is as close as we get to real combat situation”, one doctor replied, frankly. “For us, this is great training.”
After the surgery was over, the woman got up, and supported by her frightened husband, walked away towards the bus stop.
Yes, all this is, officially, peace.

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In Beirut, Lebanon, I recently participated in discussion about “Ecology of War”, a scientific and philosophical concept created by several AUB Medical Center doctors from the Middle East. Doctor Ghassan ‘Gus’ Abu-Sitta, the head of the Plastic Surgery Department at the AUB Medical Center in Lebanon, explained:

The misery is war. The destruction of the strong state leads to conflict. A great number of people on our Planet actually live in some conflict or war, without even realizing it: in slums, in refugee camps, in thoroughly collapsed states, or in refugee camps.”

During my work, in almost all devastated corners of the world, I saw much worse things than what I described above. Perhaps I saw too much – all that ‘peace’ which has been tearing limbs from the victims, all those burning huts and howling women, or children dying from diseases and hunger before they reach their teens.
I wrote about war and peace at length, in my 840-page book Exposing Lies Of The Empire”.
When you do what I do, you become like a doctor: you can only stand all those horrors and suffering, because you are here to help, to expose reality, and to shame the world. You have no right to decompose, to collapse, to fall and to cry.
But what you cannot stand is hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is ‘bulletproof’. It cannot be illuminated by correct arguments, by logic and by examples. Hypocrisy in the West is often ignorant, but mostly it is just self-serving.
So, what is real peace for the people in Europe and North America? The answer is simple: It is a state of things in which as few Western people as possible are killed or injured. A state of things in which the flow of resources from the poor, plundered and colonized countries is pouring, uninterrupted, predominantly to Europe and North America.
The price for such peace? How many African, Latin American or Asian people die as a result of such arrangement of the world, is thoroughly irrelevant.
Peace is when the business interests of the West are not endangered, even if tens of millions of non-white human beings would vanish in the process.
Peace is when the West can, unopposed, control the world, politically, economically, ideologically and ‘culturally’.
“War” is when there is rebellion. War is when the people of plundered countries say “No!”. War is when they suddenly refuse to be raped, robbed, indoctrinated and murdered.
When such a scenario takes place the West’s immediate reaction ‘to restore peace’ is to overthrow the government in the country which is trying to take care of its people. To bomb schools and hospitals, to destroy supply of fresh water and electricity and to throw millions into total misery and agony.
As the West may soon do to North Korea (DPRK), to Cuba, Venezuela, Iran – some of the countries that are being, for now, ‘only’ tormented by sanctions and, foreign -sponsored, deadly “opposition”. In the Western lexicon, “peace” is synonymous to “submission”. To a total, unconditional submission. Anything else is war or could potentially lead to war.
For the oppressed, devastated countries, including those in Africa, to call for resistance, would be, at least in the Western lexicon, synonymous with the “call for violence”, therefore illegal. As ‘illegal’ as the calls were for resistance in the countries occupied by German Nazi forces during the WWII. It would be, therefore, logical to call the Western approach and state of mind, “fundamentalist”, and thoroughly aggressive.

A shorter version of this essay originally appeared on RT.com
Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of his latest books are his tribute to “The Great October Socialist Revolution” a revolutionary novel “Aurora” and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”. View his other books here. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On Western Terrorism”. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter.

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vexarb
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@Fair Dinkum. Yes, Darwin’s masterful prose style has invested the earthworm with somewhat exaggerated agricultural prestige as a tiller of the soil. (According to my Encyc.Britt, 1967)

vexarb
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From today’s Saker Vineyard, green shoots in the African desert that the West created and called Peace: Russia Squeezes Out The West From Africa Without a Fight 4052 Views June 19, 2018 9 Comments By Evgeny Krutikov Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard http://www.stalkerzone.org/russia-squeezes-out-the-west-from-africa-without-a-fight/ source: https://ria.ru/analytics/20180601/1521817838.html The Central African Republic “is captured by Russian mercenaries”. Mozambique “relaunches” relations with Russia and considers the list of weapons that it wants. The Democratic Republic of the Congo suggests to Russia to “enter” into military cooperation. Somewhere negotiations on building a Russian military base in Djibouti are being conducted. These aren’t the… Read more »

vexarb
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Canthama BTL SyrianPerspective update on the Axis of Resistance against us Westerners “who create a desert and call it peace”:
The battle for Southern Syria is coming and it will be massive: preparations are done, skirmishes, probing is on going, shelling into certain areas has started; the only missing piece is Russian AF presence.
@ejmalrai brings new light to the up coming battle, a must read.
https://ejmagnier.com/2018/06/19/the-battle-of-daraa-is-happening-al-ridwan-hezbollahs-special-forces-will-participate/
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Antony
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Antony

” To guard journalists from falling prey to false news stories, Google India on Tuesday said it will provide training to 8,000 journalists in English and six other Indian languages in the next one year.”
http://www.ianslive.in/index.php?param=news/Google_to_train_8000_Indian_journalists_on_fact_checking-591463/SCIENCE%20&%20TECHNOLOGY/36

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

Regardless of any other economic consideration, the almost total failure (in human history so far) of any combatant to factor in anything like the real cost of all the consequences of a war rather than just the cost of its prosecution ensures that it will not be the last.

binra
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Perhaps the incitements and lures to war are induced by those who identify on the other side of the balance sheet.
To whom are the bankrupt indentured?

Idiot Savant
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Idiot Savant

We as individuals are the cause of all suffering. We can blame others, blame politicians, blame industries, and demonise everything in ourselves that we project on to others. Every harsh word, every criticism, every slander or defamation of others at the microcosmic level, will inevitably get transmuted at the macrocosmic level into the expression of hate-based righteousness that, with the endorsement of the “God” of our choosing, justifies this barbarity, this carnage, this waste of humanity for the sake of satisfying our rampant egotism and the anger, greed and sheer folly that is borne of the darkness of our life… Read more »

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

That, in my opinion, is a moral and spiritual nihilism that completely ignores the fact that many human beings throughout history have been morally good, and lived good lives, and many others have not. There is no equivalence between the victim of the carpet-bombing and those who commit it and those who order it. And for some reason, probably the morally malevolent’s greater preference for violence and murder, the morally repellent and destructive have triumphed.

binra
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Such is the worship and manipulation of guilt and sacrifice as the determiner of morality. Jesus taught differently – and did not assign good to persons – including his own – but only to God. Recognizing the God in others is ‘the Father’s Will’ or indeed the Holy Spirit. These terms can and have been misused but there is an impersonal love in the recognition of self in another and of the whole in all its parts. The morally corrupted are those who have aligned in a disintegrity of self as if to appease or escape a personal sense of… Read more »

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

A maundering appeal to deny the fact that some people are and act like monsters of destruction and murder, and others are not. That is not ‘…the assigning of blame to behaviours is the projecting of evil or hateful intentions on them…’, it is the mere appreciation of Evil in action. There is no ‘projection’ at all-just recognition.

binra
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You can and do judge and select to reinforce and ‘prove’ your predicate. You can and do assign behaviours to persons and evil status to such persons without addressing the ideas and beliefs that shape persons and thus behaviours – expressed to reactive conflict or repressed to leak out in passive aggressive conflict. The simplistic good v evil narrative is the ‘sickness or evil’ of a refusal to look within – to watch our own thought and recognize the nature of our conditioning as habits that come into the realm of choice by being recognized – and are hidden from… Read more »

binra
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The attempt to evade conflict is masked or justified in terms of a desire for peace. As if peace is the absence of specific symptoms or conditions. War management, sickness care – these all operate a doublespeak mind because they are negatively defined to seem to be opposite to the feared or hated outcome. Peace is an attribute within you and not a condition outside you. The masking of conflicted agenda under form or association of moral authority is simply the way the mind works when a loss of peace activates a defensive sense of self conflict. This is where… Read more »

writerroddis
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writerroddis

Powerful piece. Excellent.

USAma Bin Laden
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USAma Bin Laden

The more the Anglo Americans or their “democratic allies” run their mouth about peace, the more people they will slaughter throughout the world. In fact, the greatest war criminal nations on this planet justify their crimes behind the greatest of their lies … freedom and democracy. As long as a nation can masquerade as a democracy, it can wage wars of aggression, however murderous, and never be held to account. This reality has become an axiomatic principle of international politics Hell, American war criminals like Donald Trump are nominated for the Nobel “Peace” Prize. And former US Regime officials like… Read more »

vexarb
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[Meanwhile in Syria, the current epicentre of resistance to the AZC’s New World Order.] Canthama 6hr ago: “As mentioned yesterday, the battle for Southern Syria is about to begin, anytime now. The clean up of ISIS in the desert is half way done, only ISIS in Homs desert pocket is still yet to be eliminated, but they already have been pushed away from T2, for the first time in years. More elite troops are mounting near Humaydah for a final push, happening this week. On southern Syria massive force has gathered, some sources suggesting anywhere from 60-80,000 soldiers with heavy… Read more »

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rtj1211

Reality is that the only way peace will exist is if every nation on earth, forevermore, has peaceful leaders. As soon as one warmonger emerges, the House of Cards falls. They invade and conquer neighbours, so others must rearm to limit the conqueror in future. Arms dealers profit from sales, so they make more profits when there is war or threat of war. Does suggest nationalising the arms industry may (only may) contribute to peace, as then they supply as needed rather than scheme for sales. But even that does not stop politicians being blackmailed. The extractive industries appear to… Read more »

vexarb
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@rtj: “Arms dealers profit from sales, so they make more profits when there is war or threat of war.”
Confirmed by a RockerFella: “The best time to make money is when there is blood on the streets”.

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Zara Ali
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Loved it…powerful thoughts and words… Thank you for sharing… powerful…

Antony
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Antony

The present UK establishment prefers dictatorial Chinese speaking PR China over democratic English speaking India for student visa: http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/exclusion-of-indian-students-from-visa-reform-amounts-to-self-harm-british-think-tank/article24195091.ece
In numbers: in 2008-9 ~ 300,000 Chinese & ~ 250,000 Indian students were allowed in; in 2016-17 that changed to ~700,000 for China & just ~150,000 for India.
China will eat Brexit UK for breakfast, without physical war.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

‘Democratic, English-speaking (are you unaware that millions of Chinese do speak English, and hundreds of millions of Indians do not?) India is currently ruled by the Hindutva fascist, Modi, and the murders of journalists, innocent Moslems and women, even little girls, in horrific sex attacks, often linked to caste and religion, are growing like topsy. Then there is the situation in Kashmir, where an entire population is imprisoned and subjected to hideous brutality, including the deliberate blinding of victims using bird-shot to disperse rioters. As to why the UK is trying to ingratiate itself with China, while being one of… Read more »

tubularsock
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“After all, who would be asking for war? Who’d crave for violence, terrible injuries and death? Who’d want to see leveled, charred cities and abandoned, crying infants?” Well, Dick Cheney, Henry Kissinger, Gen. Cutis Lemay, John Bolton, H.R. McMaster, Bush, Obama, Clinton and that is just off the top of Tubularsock’s head! The u.s. is the major terrorist nation on earth and the more terror we orchestrate the more we claim to be humanitarian. There are not enough horses on earth to produce that amount of American Horse Shit. So we now have to rely on Artificial-Intelligent-Horses built in China… Read more »

binra
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What would become of a negative economy run on negative self definitions serving a sense of separateness under scarcity as a means of personal power and salvation, if Peace broke out? Persons would not accept it. War is the necessary sacrifice of truth that idols of a false power and protection demand. Persona investment fears loss of its investment as loss of self – and hides the fear under a mask of power. Defining everything in terms of hate persists the identity invested in hating while masking in terms of love. And gives power to a false sense of protection.… Read more »

Fair dinkum.
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Fair dinkum.

Thousands of years of war, waged by men.
Is it because their Mothers didn’t Love them?
Is it because sex is no substitute for Love?
Is it because avarice becomes a substitute for equanimity?
Is it because we do what we’re told, without question?
God knows.

vexarb
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@Fair Dinkum. God knows because She invented the system: “From war, famine, disease arise beings most wonderful” — Darwin, Origin of the Species. As Vitchek says, “… you can only stand all those horrors and suffering, because you are here to help, to expose reality, and to shame the world. You have no right to decompose, to collapse, to fall and to cry. But what you cannot stand is hypocrisy. …. Hypocrisy in the West is often ignorant, but mostly it is just self-serving.” Which is why TB.Liar’s soul is trapped in a deeper Inferno than Hitler’s; the latter slayed… Read more »

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

‘”From war, famine, disease arise beings most wonderful” — Darwin, Origin of the Species’
(1) Origin of Species (no ‘the’ in title).
(2) No such sentence in ‘Origin of Species’.

vexarb
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Robbobbobbin. Thank you, that passage ends the Harvard Classics edition of 1909. Having mislaid my copy I quoted from memory, so have not done justice to the rolling periods of the full glorious original. Not for nothing was Darwin rated alongside Francis Bacon as one of the great masters of English prose.

Fair dinkum.
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Fair dinkum.

And very fond of worms.

rilme
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rilme

War-criminal Tony B. Liar: worse than Hitler. I can agree with that.

vexarb
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@Rilme. Thank you, most modern people are puzzled by this judgment because it goes against quantitation — and a quantitative rannking is the essence of the modern outlook. But then, most modern people do not take Dante’s Inferno seriously, with its descending circles where sophisticated Financial Manipulators, Hypocrites and Traitors (the sins of perverted intellect) sink nearer to Satan than primitive Men of Blood — because that would be a Mediaeval outlook.