War Is Not ‘Normal’
You do not want children, women and men to continue to be killed horrifically whether by ‘conventional’ weapons or newer more powerful Hiroshima-Nagasaki type nuclear bombs being dropped on people, supposedly for ‘peace and security’. You are with the vast majority of compassionate people on the planet who know that others feel what you feel, beyond all politics and propaganda.
Us common people of the Earth all want peaceful coexistence and resolution of conflict, but are so conditioned and desensitized to wars going on ‘over there’ apparently ‘for good reasons’ and ‘as a last resort’ that we barely turn around or blink when reports of fatal attacks are in the news.
Recent events particularly regarding North Korea, Syria and Ukraine have greatly increased the likelihood of us sleepwalking into allowing our unreliable militarist world leaders (or their handlers) to carry out a new series of mass-murdering attacks which use nuclear weapons, killing millions and very possibly starting WW3 in the process.
But why is this happening so easily with hardly a whimper? Why do corporate-state media talk so complacently, even triumphantly, of military ‘solutions’ with zero consideration of alternatives?
Besides the consistently proven-false pretexts for the mass-murdering, mass-refugee-causing, infrastructure-destroying, terrorist-creating US-allied attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, for example, our politicians and media don’t rest from feeding us more of the same pro-war justifications on an almost daily basis, as if the lies of just yesterday never happened.
Why does public feeling against this madness appear so muted? Have we become goldfish with no recollection of the lies used to kill millions and decimate entire nations? Is it ignorance, lack of hope at being able to affect the course of events, distraction, or is it all of these in part but primarily, as we assert here, an earth-destroyingly dangerous ‘normalisation’ of war in the media and political world?
Often spread as war-porn on our screens – a revealing close-up of a shiny new phallic weapon or an undercover camera clip of a destructive climax – it seems ‘us’ bombing ‘them’ ‘for good caring reasons’ has become gradually more and more acceptable to a largely numbed populace. Has this generation completely forgotten the horrors of WW2 and the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan in 1945? Or have our media and politicians got a key role in selling war to us as ‘a normal part of life’ and a ‘worthy and noble endeavour’?
If the vast majority don’t want and are repelled by war, how is it so many of us grudgingly cave in and mentally go along with the proposition that it may well be ‘necessary’, in order for us ‘good guys’ to sort out those ‘bad guys’? Is it ever really that simple? Is it true what we’re told that US and allies are by default never the ‘bad guys’ in the many wars our countries fight?
Represent Us! – The People-loving Peace-loving Majority
Why is news on violent conflict and the threat of it not reported as it is most strongly felt by humans: in terms of agonising pain, desolation and horror, with the mind-bending propaganda of whatever shade shown up as worthless drivel when weighed up with the killing of a single loved child?
Where do we see reported our politicians’ and media’s own crucial role in the complete and utter failure of humane sanity by wars being carried out so contentedly and – “now here’s the sport with Gabby” – with such a disconnected schizophrenic disregard for the real consequences in our societies? Where are the urgent calls for us to stop pouring petrol on the fire and instead to focus on finding negotiated peaceful resolutions?
Why isn’t the strong compassion we feel for other humans who are affected by war picked-up and represented by news creators and politicians as an urgent call to step back from war insanity in favour of negotiation and diplomacy? Especially as we head closer to possible WW3 with the Trump-fronted US state poking dangerously at N Korea, while also continuing to build a huge army of troops and arms surrounding Russia, and seeking a new pretext to escalate the conflict in Syria built on non-existent evidence once again.
Is strong public feeling only worthy of being made into news when headed by an approved face or channelled into some massive political event? Or does it depend on whether the subject matter supports or goes against the establishment? What about, say, the UK royals who are always on our screens because apparently so many people ‘love’ them? Surely there is a far wider almost unanimous consensus on love for our fellow human beings and passion for peaceful resolution over war?
Even when this consistent underlying humanity against war insanity does translate into huge demonstrations and similar events, it always plays at best second fiddle to the apparently ‘sensible serious grown up humanitarian reasons why we need to go to war’ fed to us as our staple diet by politicians and media.
The fact that priority is always given unquestioningly to pro-war assumptions can lead us to the inevitable conclusion that there are relations we don’t see, and will never see, between war-mongering politicians, war-profiteers and news providers, but it’s obviously not an area one can ever expect to find written proof of and live, or see debated in a court of law.
“War is a Racket” , a criminal conspiracy, famously explained the whistleblower Smedley Darlington Butler, United States Marine Corps Major General, the highest rank authorized at that time, and the most decorated Marine in U.S. history when he died. He lays out the specifics of military incursions he was ordered to carry out to profit particular US corporations. (Watch / read his outstanding and insanely uncelebrated full critique via link here)
“War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.”
We Can Build A Better World Without War
In the 21st Century thousands of years of worldwide accumulated knowledge tells us, the unadulterated common sense of the young tells us, and our own hearts and minds tell us that War is Madness, War Is Motivated By Corrupt Elements, but also that And War Is Avoidable.
It’s nonsense to believe that there is truly ‘no other option’ available besides continued mass murder and eco-destruction on ever bigger more hideous scales, until only a charred radioactive mess remains, like the picture top right of this page, bar a safely bunkered elite.
As with Man Made Climate Change, there are entirely avoidable causes and achievable solutions which are in our hands, but it goes against the current flow of money and power for those changes to be made willingly.
So it is that certain well-endowed and strategically important countries are targeted in the global game of chess with people’s lives, bringing vast power and profits through geopolitical conquest and the rotten arms business to a tiny few, while we the watching world are led by the nose to accept these wars as ‘normal’ and even ‘humanitarian’.
The achievable solutions that do exist to the insanity of war are ‘bad for business’ so are not given the prominence that a sane world should demand.
What about the plans for a Global Security System proposed by the non-violence movement World Beyond War? – a detailed blueprint for demilitarised security, that includes outlawing the arms trade.
What about the UN actually being able to independently fulfil their vital peace-keeping role in the world without constant behind-the-scenes coercion from some of the most powerful states to subvert that purpose to their own selfish ends?
Demanding a Complete Change from News Creators and Politicians
To begin to make progress against the biggest most profitable and filthiest racket on the planet, we need to unite and demand en-masse that war-‘normalising’ politicians and news-creators Shape up or Ship out. We will dump them if they don’t move on.
It is up to us, no one else, no fairy godmother to express as loudly and as clearly as we possibly can our united and total opposition to the perversion of war insanity being presented to us as ‘normal’ and ‘necessary’ – particularly right now impending Nuclear War Insanity looming over N Korea.
We don’t expect the combined power of the world’s network of warmongers and war-profiteers to suddenly roll over, far from it. But people globally noticing, discussing, questioning, and calling together for proper representation by pollies and media against corrupt war insanity are essential small steps for long-term positive change we believe.
So please take part in the ‘Wake Up The World’ email campaign to news-creators and politicians – as well as to sympathetic figures in arts and popular culture – and share this urgent and ongoing campaign for an end to war ‘normalisation’ and the opening up of a new chapter beyond war.
Let’s hope the world does not need to go as far as the picture top right globally before we can achieve this.
It is up to us to spread the message around the world and up the political and media food chain until one day, maybe not in our or even our children’s lifetimes, war finally becomes a painful memory, as it undoubtedly one day will eventually with the weight of terrible painful experience, like the once ‘normal’ global slave trade, the once ‘normal’ sexist voting laws, or the once ‘normal’ openly apartheid system in South Africa.
“NO WAR! NOT IN MY NAME! We the world public feel compassion for other humans and have no interest to keep enriching and empowering war-profiteering arms-traders, energy corporates and others who profit from mass-murder and destruction in wars.
If this is truly a democracy we live in and not just the facade of one, if news media can truly reflect the public’s greatest concerns and are not simply useful tools in thrall to the war-mongering war-profiteering powerful few, then REPRESENT US AND THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE PUBLIC by insisting that world leaders GET BACK TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLES AND WORK CEASELESSLY TO FIND PEACEFUL RESOLUTIONS: In N Korea, In Syria, In Ukraine and In All Areas Of Conflict.
If our political leaders and media controllers are unwilling to represent the public and work first and foremost for the peace the public want, they need to be Kicked Out to allow in truly committed peace-makers to take over. ‘Normalised’ war is insanity devoid of humanity, pushed forwards by war-profiteers and ingrained militarists who know nothing else.
Peace is Achievable by Diplomacy. But it’s ‘bad for business’. AS CITIZENS OF THE WORLD WE WANT ACTION FOR PEACEFUL CONFLICT RESOLUTION FROM OUR FAILING REPRESENTATIVES IN BOTH POLITICS AND MEDIA. REPRESENT US OR QUIT!”
The aims of this site are twofold:
- To ask you to join and share a global wake-up call on news creators and politicians at all levels – local, national and international – urging them to fulfil their most crucial role of representing unanimous opposition to the mass killing of other humans by war, especially nuclear; and demanding instead that senior politicians, journalists and media-controllers represent public compassion, and therefore abandon war, war-profiteering, and propagandising for war, and direct themselves instead to achieving peaceful conflict resolution. We also want to recruit as many sympathetic figures with a public voice from the world of arts and popular culture to help spread the message that War is not ‘normal’.
- To open debate on a wide range of questions, and offer articles with alternative viewpoints and evidence that challenge the limited, largely war-accepting and loyal-to-government/military perspective of corporate-state media; never to forget the devastating human consequences if aggressive actions are not urgently exchanged for a currently easily passed over and Achievable non-military negotiated resolution to conflict.
- Do we get the whole story from mainstream media?
- Why do we dismiss some foreign media as ‘propaganda’ but take our own news as ‘unbiased’, against the evidence of experience? (e.g. Iraq, Libya)
- ‘Good guys vs. Bad guys’ – This is the approach we’re fed, and of course ‘we’ are always the ‘good guys’. How is that illusion maintained and how can we get over it to a truer picture?
- As the US’ war on Iraq was an ‘Oil war’, what drives Western interests in Syria, Ukraine and North Korea? Is it, as we are told by pollies and media, a ‘desire to spread democracy’?
- Do war-hawks / war-profiteers influence our political representatives and / or media owners?
- What more can people do to stop war insanity?
I’m just one person, what can I do?
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
― Edward Everett Hale
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What/who exactly is Step-Back.org?
The Step-Back.org website was set up in 2013 by a group of friends with a joint interest in the media, specifically against poor reporting that falsely justifies war. Our focus then was the growing drumbeat for military intervention in Syria by the US/UK and others and we’ve since expanded this to cover Ukraine and now North Korea.