Knapp: When history always resets, it can never be the end of war


Thomas L. Knapp is a director and senior news analyst at The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism, where this was first published. He lives in north central Florida.

“U.S. officials,” write Nahal Toosi, Lara Seligman and Paul McLeary at POLITICO, “are worried that violence in Israel’s neighbors will spiral into a larger regional war.” More specifically, they’re worried that such a war will result in casualties among U.S. troops across the region.

For some reason, though, the Biden administration is flooding the region with more troops — a second carrier strike group and (presumably U.S.-operated) air defense systems — instead of withdrawing the thousands already there to the relative safety of the country they enlisted to, allegedly, defend.

Why are U.S. troops even there? There is no “why.” They’ve always been there, since the beginning of history ... Oct. 7, 2023. That’s when a group no one had ever heard of launched an inexplicable attack on a brand-new country with no previous regional beefs that might explain any of the craziness.

The previous beginning of history, Sept. 11, 2001, set the previous clock ticking when another group no one had ever heard of launched an inexplicable attack on the United States.

The U.S. regime hadn’t bankrolled and launched that group in the 1980s to give the Soviet Union “its own Vietnam.” It’s leader hadn’t issued a 1996 declaration of war demanding the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Middle East. The group hadn’t attacked U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 to drive the point home or the USS Cole in 2000 for emphasis.

None of that ever happened. A big bang occurred at 8:46 Eastern Time on 9/11, erasing everything that had gone before and making anything that came after totally, completely and obviously justified.

Another big bang occurred Oct. 7, so here we go again.

Such big bangs occur frequently throughout history. Think June 28, 1914, or Sept. 1, 1939, or Dec. 7, 1941, or Feb. 22, 2022.

These big bangs are always described as “everything changed” moments, after which we’re expected to forget anything — incidents, grievances and especially moral codes — associated with a time before, so that those demanding such amnesia from us can get away with doing whatever they please until the next big bang resets the clock again.

In reality, these “everything changed” claims are “nothing must be allowed to change” demands. They’re an attempt to erase our memories, so we won’t notice our rulers doing the same things over and over, while promising us different results.

Perpetual war is our lot until we defy our rulers’ magic resets by allowing ourselves to remember, confront and learn from history.

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