Impeach the military-industrial complex

July 19, 2007

With all the calls to impeach U.S. President George W. Bush for launching an illegal war against Iraq, it seems that most people have failed to notice who is really responsible for this war.

Indeed, many keen observers have said that there is a plan to hold George W. Bush and Tony Blair accountable for the war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan in order to divert attention from the role of the major shareholders of the multinational corporations of the military-industrial complex. If Bush and Blair are tried for war crimes and found guilty, the owners of the military-industrial complex will be able to escape scot-free. There is a parallel with the Vietnam War era. During the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon was accused of being a major war criminal, despite the fact that he was not a major player in the military-industrial complex, which earned billions upon billions of dollars from the war. Although the United States lost the war, it is said that the multinational corporations of the military-industrial complex, which are also known as megadeath corporations, won the war, since they attained their objective, megaprofits. Eventually, U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam and Nixon was forced to resign over the Watergate scandal. Saigon fell in 1975 and the Vietnam War ended. The peace activists all thought they had won and went home since Nixon had been deposed and the war had ended. Well, they got rid of Nixon, but the military-industrial complex stayed in power. Is history repeating itself? And what is the role of the powers behind the throne in orchestrating events? Today’s peace activists are calling for Bush to be impeached. Yet, if Bush is removed from office, but the military-industrial complex stays in power, what has been gained? If Bush, Blair, and their cronies are tried for war crimes at an international tribunal, found guilty, and sentenced, but the megadeath corporations stay in power, will the world be a better place? If the peace activists all go home after the Iraq and Afghanistan wars end, believing they have won, while half of humanity continues to live in abject poverty, can we say that justice has been served? In addition, peace activists should be aware that elements have infiltrated the peace movement in order to divert attention from the role of the military-industrial complex and turn it into a one-issue movement, an “impeach Bush” movement. This was also the case during the Vietnam War. For the world to live, the military-industrial complex must die. The megadeath corporations must be impeached and removed from power. Of course, this will not be easy, since there is a procedure to impeach the president of the United States but there is no set procedure to remove the military-industrial complex from power. However, this should not discourage people. Some kind of procedure can be devised. The managed chaos of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the hunger and grinding poverty experienced by billions of people in the Global South, and the restrictions on civil liberties brought about by the so-called war on terror and the looming police state in the Global North are just a foretaste of things to come in the dystopian future. If we don’t want the Earth to be turned into a global slave plantation, we had better take action now to remove the military-industrial complex from power