Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment | The Guardian

Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment | The Guardian.

Seriously, did you think all the libertarians and anarchists are total idiots? Granted, some are, but pay attention. They’re against Big Government, but it’s the war profiteers who run our governments, and they don’t give a damn about our individual or civil rights, never mind human rights. We saw National Guard tanks all over major US city streets during the Civil Rights riots of the 60s and 70s. Why do you believe it won’t get worse, when major cities run out of fresh water thanks to major storms and droughts?

We keep forgetting we’re all living on an island, with more salty ocean water than land. And storms drive salt water into rivers, streams and fresh water reservoirs on islands. Often.

The droughts, the floods, the water wars are coming. And the Pentagon’s making sure it wins.

But hey, why worry? The Ewoks will save us, with stones tied to ropes, to tangle up the Empire’s war machines and save the day. Turn on a movie and get some popcorn. Nothing to see here.

Why Is Yemen So Violent? Because It Is So Poor and Thirsty | The Nation

Why Is Yemen So Violent? Because It Is So Poor and Thirsty | The Nation.

This is yet another massive failure in the so-called “development” and “security” strategies dreamed up by the richest, most powerful nations, including the USA. Rather than truly deal with the massive poverty, the drought that has yet again made refugees of yet another nation’s rural population, the United States and Saudi Arabia have been focused on “security” for their chosen incompetent leaders. They’ve done such a dismal job of even that, a US-led rescue attempt on December 5th of an American journalist and a South African teacher ended in disaster, the hostages killed. The US and Saudi Arabia-supported government has even lost control of its major city.

Why does the USA even give a damn about Yemen? Turns out it is cursed with a port that leads to the Red Sea, where 10% of the world goods, including oil, must pass to reach buyers. That should be a blessing, but as usual, that is not to be when powerful nations feel entitled to control its use. We Americans only tend to think of nations when we think of anything outside of our borders at all, but it’s the waterways, where oil tankers and ships full of vital materials and cheap plastic junk must travel, that dictate our trade and foreign policies.

If this were Iraq, you’d might have heard even a 15-second comment on this failed hostage rescue that ended in the death of an American, this collapse of an Arab capital city, even  in the dismal coverage of international news that appears in the USA corporate media. Chances are, even though it was an American hostage killed, you haven’t a clue. We tend not to trumpet our failures.

Read the linked article. You’ll see that Juan Cole’s brilliant idea of starting a massive emergency development project that entails solar-powered salt water desalination plants, working with all parties instead of only those approved of by the corrupt, worthless allies Saudi Arabia, would be successful, and humane. We could win hearts and minds. Then see why it’ll never happen, so long as we keep letting our government be run by fossil fuel and war profiteers, compliments Wall St., and of Iran-phobic Saudi Arabia and  Israel.

Will we ever learn?