I don’t think Americans are bellicose so much as completely unaware as well as detached. They aren’t bellicose. They don’t want war but war is something that the government sponsors as if it were a Super Bowl or an Olympics. America is completely oblivious to most of the actions of the American government.
I have returned from overseas and talked to people about “the war.” Most often people inquire superficially about my experiences OVER THERE and they want to call me a “hero” which I think is completely idiotic.
Many Americans are conditioned by the media and our government to think of our military as heroes. Whereas many are just guys and gals who happened to be in or to have been in a war zone. They did nothing more heroic than taking a piss on a FOB.
It’s all about programming, re-education and the propaganda machine. It’s funny that Nobel Laureate Lord Obama speaks of the wars in the same terms as did Bush II, Bush 1, Clinton, Reagan, Carter and the rest all the way back to Polk and Madison.
We carefully craft the war message in America or, rather, the Corporate masters of American governance carefully craft the message.
It is not the American or the American people who are bellicose. It is American Corporate interests who are bellicose and it is all fed by the mass greed by Corporate CEOs, Bankers and power brokers who are unaccountable to the American people.
Bush, Obama…any American President…they do not make the real decisions to go or not go to war. Those decisions are made behind the scenes by the power brokers.
This has been proven/shown to be true time and time again and nothing and no one ever seeks to bring resolution to the despotism, power grabbing or greed of Corporate America.
But we are not the first or the only. This same dynamic occurs in Britain, Australia, France and even Japan.
The most “peaceful” nations of Europe are also controlled by and manipulated by these same Corporatists.
This is why the majority of our wars occur where the most profit is to be made/created.
It’s not Americans. Americans are, relatively speaking, a docile and easy going people. UNTIL they are riled up by the propaganda machine.
And, yes, one reason that Americans are so easily brought to their full and effusive ire is that most of us have never truly seen the horrors, deprivations, catastrophe and suffering of War.
The South is the only region of America that has ever been conquered and occupied. We still remember it somewhat…it resonates within our histories but we are also, many of us, Scottish and Irish in heritage in the South. This is changing as America is evolving away from a pure white culture but this will not occur all that swiftly in the American South. In the cities, perhaps. In the suburbs and rural areas, no.
Americans, individually, are not really bellicose. The most bellicose individuals whom I know are those who have been to war and seen it’s horrors first hand. Everyone else whom I know who is or has pretended to be for “going over there and kick, kick, kickin’ some ass” is a poseur and has no fucking clue as to what the hell they are talking about or what they are promoting.
It is American Corporations who get the ball rolling and put America on a war footing and start the media machine turning wars into corporate sponsored events and they have no shortage of assistance from Corporations in Europe and Asia.