by G. Brown
I’d love to greet all our supporters with a cheerful “Happy New Year”, but not even a week into the new decade and the looming threat of WWIII is shutting down the promise of good cheer for 2020.
Three days into the new year, the U-S under orders of the President targeted Iran’s top general, who many labeled one of the most dangerous threats to American lives and that he was plotting an attack that would have claimed maybe a hundred American lives.
Activist and former NFL player Colin Kaepernick was quick to Tweet his opinion slamming the attack saying, “There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism.”
The former 49ers QB has been an outspoken champion of people of color since his 2016 kneeling protest during the national anthem got him booted from pro-ball and continues to block his return. Kaepernick’s protest against racial injustice sparked a national movement mimicked by other pro athletes and even high school players, cheerleaders, and students.
The limelight also earned him the disdain of many who labeled him “unpatriotic” and “a racist”. A refrain that is playing on loop from Trump supporters following Kaep’s latest criticism.
Kaepernick wasn’t wrong when he said the U-S uses militarism to “plunder” the non-white countries. Wasn’t America established on the blood of the native inhabitants of this land? Too far back in history? How about the Iraq War when the U-S led coalition invaded the country to overthrow then-leader Saddam Hussein who was also deemed an imminent threat and was said to be harboring weapons of mass destruction. That conflict continues to require American troops almost twenty years later as it keeps morphing into new uprisings such as the Syrian Civil War and “territorial gains by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.”(Wikipedia)
U-S officials declare this was a preemptive strike to take out a man plotting an attack that could have claimed maybe a hundred American lives. Just like the Bush administration claimed that Hussein had weapons of mass destruction that we learned years later didn’t really exist. As for putting American lives in danger, didn’t this assassination endanger millions more especially if Iran retaliates?
To make matters worse, Trump officials can’t even give us details as to what this “potential attack” such as where it was targeted, who was targeted and when it was supposed to happen. The information supposedly comes from the same intel community that for the last three years the President has deemed “untrustworthy”. We’re only being given vagaries such as ‘trust Trump” when obviously the country doesn’t as polls indicate the majority of people now believe Trump should be impeached.
And that brings us back to Kaep’s allegations of “imperialism”. Starting a war to maybe distract a country from your impeachment is a pretty imperialistic move. Even worse is the possibility of starting war months out from the next presidential election to ensure you won’t be removed from office. Neither of these scenarios has been proven as true, but neither has the declaration that Soleimani and Iran were an imminent threat before his assassination. Since the attack, we know for certain Iran is now indeed a threat.
What do you think…is Trump defending the American people with this attack on Iran? Or is this putting more Americans in danger? Was the assassinated general a real risk? Or is this a case of wagging the dog to win an election?