After the 9/11 incident, the words ‘war on terror’ became synonymous with the United States. This led to the illegal invasion of Iraq by George W. Bush and his cohorts in Washington and London.
Since then, the war on terror has dragged on without end, pumping trillions of dollars into the military-industrial complex, as well as giving immense domestic surveillance powers to federal agencies of the United States to spy on citizens and even foreign governments. In fact, over $6 trillion has been spent on the so-called war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan alone. To put that into perspective, it means the United States has spent $75,000 per American household on fighting so-called terrorists. The sad thing is that majority of this money going waste is being borrowed. The country would have to pay back its creditors.
This has entrenched a war economy in the United States through the industries of death and surveillance. Apart from the innocent civilians who are killed at places where the so-called war on terror is taking place, 7,000 American soldiers have also lost their lives. Many thousands have been injured. 22 veterans commit suicide every day. But despite this human misery and money waste, the situation is not getting better.
This has made some people to question the so-called claim by the United States of fighting terrorism. Observers believe the ambiguous and unseen terrorist is the greatest boogeyman created by the profiteers of death and destruction. They hide behind the media, creating fear and panic in order to profit from it.
The popular American journalist, Ben Swann has proved that terrorism in the Middle East was almost non-existent before the United States war on terror begun in the region.
According to Swann, even the United States government reports show that deaths from terrorism in the Middle East between 2002 and 2014 have increased by a whopping 4,500%.
H explained: “Let’s go a little deeper. Take for instance just the country of Iraq. Before the 2003 U.S. invasion, do you know how many suicide attacks there were in Iraq? None. In the country’s history there had never been one. But since the 2003 invasion, there have been 1,892. And what about Afghanistan? Just last year alone, insurgents killed 2,643 civilians last year—the highest number since U.N. records began. How about Pakistan? In the 14 years prior to 9/11 there was one suicide attack on Pakistani soil. In the 14 years since, there have been 486 suicide attacks. The same is true in the past 14 years in Somalia (88), Yemen (85), Libya (29), Nigeria (91), and Syria (165).”
This analysis done by Swann showed that the United States is not fighting any terrorism. The government uses propaganda through the mainstream media to make the American public believe there is an enemy that should be exterminated. When the government put this fear in the public, it then moves to action—to fight a nonexistence war.
Over the years, the media has helped the government to achieve this diabolic objective, hence the endless war on terror by the United States government in the Middle East and elsewhere around the world.
In the opinion of Swann, it is important for the media to start to question the whole war on terror policy by the government. Mr Swann is therefore helping the American public to truly understand the government’s claim on the fight against the so-called terrorism.
Apart from the figures Swann has given regarding the rise in terrorist attacks, an analysis done by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) also revealed a chilling trend. According to the IEP, the number of people killed worldwide from terrorist acts increased from 3,329 in 2000 to 32,658 in 2014. Also, terrorism deaths skyrocketed by 80% in 2014, the largest increase since 2000. More nations than ever have experienced terrorist attacks, and the number of countries experiencing 500 or more terrorism deaths also increased.
Most of these are, of course, in the Middle East where the United States and its allies are concentrating their war on terror. Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, along with Nigeria, accounted for 78% of the 2014 total. In all these attacks, the United States is still claiming it is fighting terrorism.
Peace advocates have congratulated Swann for exposing the sham fight against terrorism by the United States government. Many believe that through the spread of true information, like what Swann has provided, the American people can mobilize their efforts to stop the endless and needless wars by their country.
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