Charlie De Santis: National security? Djibouti, Addis Ababa and Yemen
On Feb. 7, 2017 the U.S. invaded the sovereign state of Yemen. It was a surprise attack deliberately creating terror, chaos and death, killing a number of civilians including children one of whom was a U.S. citizen, a little girl. The attack originated from a forward offensive U.S. base in the nation of Djibouti, a small impoverished neighboring state unfortunately susceptible to CIA payoffs for a U.S. offensive military presence within its borders.
This was just another day of needless terror and wanton death by the world’s most prolific killing machine, distressingly our United States.
On that same day in Djibouti, another international power contributed to the world news. In this case it was China. However, this story wasn’t of a major power launching an invasion from Djibouti of deliberate destruction and death to a small defenseless country, but rather it was about another kind of initiation, one of hope, pride and a regional positive commitment. For on this day, Djibouti celebrated construction instead of destruction, cooperation instead of war, brightness instead of darkness and dreams instead of nightmares.
China completed a multi-billion dollar engineering and construction marvel, the 850 km high-speed rail connection between Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, and Djibouti bringing economic enlightenment to these impoverished states. What a stark contrast, on one hand the U.S. using Djibouti as a platform to invade Yemen and to originate daily regional assassination drone flights and on the other, the Chinese helping Djibouti originate daily world class international rail transportation.
China building, the United States destroying, people, this is not a healthy contrast, nor one that can endure. Yemen is but one of at least nine wars, yes nine wars, with Americans daily killing people with no Constitutional authority and under the poisonous cover of National Security.
If this is what it takes to be secure, I want none of it. It is the false security propagated by those who profit by it both monetarily and politically. National security, which means constant bullying and killing of defenseless states who have absolutely no means to threaten us, is not sane, it’s not constitutional, it’s inhumane. This “national security” is the real fake news.
We are constantly told it’s our number one priority by our leaders and a complicit major media. It has brought us constant war, taken nearly all our discretionary federal spending resources leaving us broke, financially and spiritually and making us each year less secure! How can this insanity continue? This is not security — it’s reckless and deliberate, malicious insecurity.
With so much of our resources going to war, our health system, infrastructure, education, national parks, environment, social services and national disaster relief is devastated. Until this country stops its war machine under the guise of “national security” and the insidious forces menacingly lurking behind it, we are a nation at risk.
I hope that this example of China in Africa shines a light on our misbegotten ways.
Charlie De Santis is a resident of Newtown.