For the past few weeks I have been perusing Jeremy Scahill’s ‘Dirty Wars‘ and while a certain feeling of déjà vu accompanies my reading it, it does nevertheless, bring home all too clearly the state we are in at a time when those “dirty wars” are being played out in Syria.
Scahill’s exposure of the Joint Special Operations Command as a global killing machine is particularly interesting and if it were “unrestrained and unaccountable” anyone except Rumsfeld, Cheney, and the president initially, we might wonder who it is accountable to now? Well, it is still there and still doing the job that it was always doing and it would appear that it is accountable to Obama.
Therefore, the other question we might be asked is what exactly is it doing? Well, according to the book what they did, and, no doubt, still do, “is go in” and “kill 27, 30, 40 people, whatever, and they capture seven or eight” (Scahill: 142) only to find that faulty intelligence had resulted in innocent people being killed and captured. Of course, we might be sure that on discovering that those taken prisoners weren’t simply allowed to return home.
The point is, this has been the nature of the war on terror since its inception. The drones killing children, people being whisked away never to be seen again, bombs being dropped on innocent populations and all because of some nonsense that they themselves know does not contain an iota of truth. And so to Syria!