GLIOBLASTOMA AS METAPHOR

July 26, 2017 – 7:34 am

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An essay to a warmonger. By Missy Comley Beattie.

For those of us who see the dead, the children’s bodies washed ashore, charred skin, how are we supposed to feel? What are we to think?

Seriously, for those of us who believe that war is a lie, how are we supposed to feel? What are we to think? Those of us who don’t perceive brown and black people as the enemy, objects, nonhuman. How are we to feel? What are we supposed to think right now?

How should we feel or think when we’ve learned that a man who never met a war he didn’t adore has a malignancy that will consume his brain, that eventually will render him unable to ever again sing, “Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” to the tune of the Beach Boy’s hit “Barbara Ann”?

How should we feel or think about this man with a hideous diagnosis and prognosis who called war protesters “lowlife scum” when they demanded the arrest of war criminal Henry Kissinger?

How should we feel or think when we’ve learned that this man has a virulent form of cancer, a glioblastoma whose tentacles will reach into his central nervous system, causing a range of symptoms like headaches, nausea, drowsiness, blurred vision, personality changes, and seizures?

Should I feel sadness for this man who’s spent his career praising war, promoting his campaign for each next election by stressing his war hero status? This man whose body of work is defined by war, death, bloodlust?

Should I feel sadness for this man who returned from captivity, that stay at the Hanoi Hilton, and divorced the mother of his children, a former swimsuit model, a woman once beautiful but whose height was reduced by four inches after a terrible automobile accident changed her appearance and caused her to gain weight and walk with a limp?

Should I think about this man? Obviously I am. I am thinking about this man, Sen John McCain, and examining my reaction to the news that this old death dealer has a death-dealing disease that would be unbearably painful if he didn’t have access to the finest medical and palliative care his Senate seat provides. Access denied most Americans.

I am thinking about Sen John McCain. I am thinking about him and exploring what I feel, recalling rumors that George W Bush’s behavior indicated Alzheimer’s. When I heard this, I felt bad for his family. Yes, for the family. They love him. But then I consider what it means to love a war criminal. What it means to love someone who is the Grim Reaper, who loves to kill, to maim, to devastate cultures, countries, and I say, “This brain cancer is a metaphor, a metaphor for his life.”

Note: Missy Beattie has written for National Public Radio and Nashville Life Magazine. She was an instructor of memoirs writing at Johns Hopkins’ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Baltimore. Email Missy Beattie here. The above article was posted at CounterPunch.

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A COMPLETE HISTORY OF JOHN McCAIN CALLING FOR WAR AROUND THE WORLD

by Jim Carey via GeopoliticsAlert.com (click here)

Earlier this week notorious war hawk US Senator John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer. While the liberal and conservative establishments are sending their regards, Geopolitics Alert instead compiled a list of reasons why we don’t care about McCain. The list is of course a history of all the instances McCain has called for US-led intervention around the world. There’s obviously a long history here, so Geopolitics Alert has compiled the largest examples from Europe to Asia. We’ll start with the obvious wars first.

Afghanistan and Iraq
Obviously every US senator (besides California’s Barbara Lee) voted to give president George W. Bush the power to invade Afghanistan following the events of September 11th. However, McCain wasn’t happy with just moving to invade Afghanistan. No, he had other targets on his mind as early as the day after the towers fell.

Despite McCain’s claim in 2014 that “the Iraq war probably wouldn’t have happened” if he had won the 2000 Republican primary and then general election, this assertion seems ridiculous. On September 12th 2001, McCain appeared on MSNBC presenting a long list of countries he felt were providing a “safe harbor” to groups like Al Qaeda. This list of course included Iraq and several other countries that appear later on this list.

Syria
Another country on that 2001 list (of course) was Syria. Now, the Bush regime may have never gotten a chance to continue toppling Mideast countries (thanks to the failure in Iraq and the exposure of that war being sold on lies). But McCain seemingly never lost sight of his hatred for Bashar Al-Assad.

Shortly after the Arab Spring “broke out” in Syria, McCain – and his constant partner in war crimes Sen. Lindsey Graham – quickly found communication channels with the “Syrian opposition.” Just a few short months after the US endorsed protests in Syria (even having their ambassador attend), McCain and Graham began calling for arms to start flowing to the Free Syrian Army and other “rebel” groups.

Libya
McCain’s plans for Syria never quite worked the way he wanted but he probably should’ve know they would never yield a positive result. If McCain didn’t want to look at Iraq to prove that point, he had another more recent example he could’ve used: the NATO intervention in Libya.

It was less than a year before McCain wanted to arm Syrian takfiris that he had supported with the bombing and no fly zones in Libya. McCain even wanted tougher actions against the country. Which has now become an anarchic Wild West that’s home to all sorts of horrors from the Islamic State to a new slave trade.

West and Central Africa
McCain is also a champion of the “war on terror” in other parts of Africa. While McCain hasn’t directly supported terrorists in some countries in Africa, he still has called for more US intervention across the continent.

This list includes countries dealing with Islamic insurgencies, such as Mali. McCain has also called for plans like “deploying Special Forces” to rescue girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria and intervention in Sudan, where McCain and his wife have invested money for some time.

Iran
Another country on the list of hated nations originally put forth by Bush undersecretary of defense Paul Wolfowitz, and also another long time target of McCain, is of course Iran. Although McCain has always said “he prays” the US will never be at war with Iran, the man constantly calls for it and even jokes about bombing the country when he feels the mood is right. The truth of the matter is, McCain’s positions towards Iran are so hostile that even flagship neoconservative institutions like the Cato Institute think he is too hawkish.

Bosnia and Kosovo
But McCain isn’t satisfied with just backing salafi jihadists in the traditional Middle East and North African theaters. He’s also backed violent radicals across the fringes of Europe. This trend really started in the mid 1990’s when McCain was a vocal supporter of then president Bill Clinton’s war in Bosnia.

Many of the Muslims traveling to Bosnia joining the mujahideen there have joined groups like IS in recent years. And IS flags can occasionally be seen in the Sunni areas of Bosnia now. McCain was still backing potential takfiri movements, recently accusing Russia of interfering in local affairs, and calling for more US intervention in the country.

McCain made similar decisions when he advocated US intervention in Kosovo in the late 90’s. In the Kosovo conflict, McCain backed the Kosovo Liberation Army: a genocidal jihadist organization with ties to Al Qaeda under Osama Bin Laden.

Ukraine
Don’t be fooled into thinking that McCain only supports jihadists in Eastern Europe though! He also backs the overt Nazis acting as death squads for Kiev in the ongoing Ukrainian conflict. This of course started in 2014, but McCain has continued to pledge support for Kiev’s crimes in the Donbass region to this day. This is all par for the course in McCain’s larger theme of challenging Russia– the country he believes controls the separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Russia
The story of McCain’s hatred of Russia spans back to the Cold War. We won’t get into McCain’s fear of communism that’s evolved into just general Russophobia. But we will say he didn’t have many excuses to focus on making threats towards Moscow for a good 15-20 year stretch.

This changed in 2008, with the war in South Ossetia between Georgia and Russia. During this conflict McCain was the loudest voice saying the US “should immediately call a meeting of the North Atlantic Council to assess Georgia’s security and review measures NATO can take to contribute to stabilizing this very dangerous situation.”

This same situation repeated in Ukraine in 2014 but McCain’s worst comments came this year. As soon as the US Intelligence Community accused Russia of interference in the 2016 US elections– and without any evidence– McCain was first to say the event was an “act of war.”

North Korea

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was also an early target of McCain’s, making his September 12th wish list. More recently though, the restyled “Trump opponent” McCain was all-in on the new regime’s saber rattling. Calling on Trump to strike the nuclear armed country.

Bonus: China
China is kind of in its own class with McCain, who’s made strange vague threats towards the country in the past. Such as “the Arab spring is coming to China,” whatever that means. China may be a target on the periphery for McCain but he does still encourage antagonizing the country to this day. Calling for things like more “freedom of navigation drills” and other naval exercises in the South China Sea.

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So, in summation, next time someone asks why you don’t care about John McCain’s clock running out, show them this article. McCain has encouraged the spread of death worldwide. The day he leaves Congress will be a victory for the human race.

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  1. 12 Responses to “GLIOBLASTOMA AS METAPHOR”

  2. So, in summation, you, Missy Comley Beattie, are obsessed with describing with delight, the symptoms of what John McCain will be experiencing before he passes, and have no heart and soul of your own. Just retribution and a victory for the human race for you would be to perhaps experience the pain and suffering John McCain did at the hands of our enemy, perhaps being injured, captured and tortured for years in an enemy prison. That likely is going to change your attitude about the countries where human rights are not known. Crawl back in the hole you came out of in the meantime.

    By Ricardo on Jul 26, 2017

  3. Mccain, like bush both got out of fighting the war because their daddy’s got them great jobs flying jets. Neither of those assholes are war hero’s. Rather, they are just spoiled chickenhawks like the asshole currently in the red house.
    Fuck McCain and I wish him nothing but fucking pain.

    By ptg0 on Jul 26, 2017

  4. Fuck you and I wish you nothing but fucking pain.

    By ptg0 Asshole on Jul 27, 2017

  5. What an idiot you are.

    By PTGO Moron on Jul 27, 2017

  6. If Missy Beattie has written for National Public Radio, I hope they are alerted to this hate-filled, sick assault on human compassion for someone suffering a terminal illness and fire her ass. Better yet, as much as I can’t stand Trump, maybe he can get his attorney general to prosecute Missy for a hate crime.
    Missy if you read this, I looked at your pictures on Yahoo Images. You look like a witch.
    Go to hell.

    By Bob Meltzer on Jul 29, 2017

  7. ptg0 - John McCain did not “get out of fighting the war”. He flew in combat, was shot down on his 23rd mission, and spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war, enduring torture on numerous occasions. After his release he stayed in the Navy, retiring as a captain in 1981 with over 20 years of service. Your definition of “chickenhawk” is different from mine.

    By MrBill on Jul 30, 2017

  8. If Missy Comley Beattie “wrote” for National Public Radio, I hope it was a one time task and that they fired her hateful ass. If not, I hope they see this and ban her from ever having anything to do with National Public Radio. This writeup is one of the most evil spirited pieces of trash I’ve ever read. No humane, decent person wishes cancer on anyone, especially for them to suffer, anymore than anyone would wish AIDS, Alzheimer’s or torture on anyone. Missy Comley Beattie is an evil bitch. I looked at her picture on Yahoo Images and you can tell just by looking at her that she is a mountain of hate. No one should accept this piece of hate about American hero John McCain and as much as I dislike Donald Trump, it would be great for him to sick the attorney general on her and have her charged with a hate crime for this sick piece of shit.

    By Bob Meltzer on Jul 30, 2017

  9. “The above article was posted at CounterPunch”. That tells you a lot about the sort of “thinking” by the author of this article. According to Wikipedia, CounterPunch has been described as a muckraking newsletter, radical, identified as an extremist anti-Israel web site, and been accused of having a pro-Russian agenda. No wonder the author would write what she did, being part of that cesspool.

    By Arlene Grossman on Jul 30, 2017

  10. And it is clear who (and what) you bunch, above, side with.
    For me, I thought this was interesting and worth reading. You don’t get both sides of the coin in the mainstream media, and it is almost funny to see you all attacking a lone voice like this (if it were not so tragic). It seems almost organised, not just reactionary.

    By Trevor on Aug 10, 2017

  11. I am not part of any organized group. I found this post on an internet search. It is not “almost funny” to “attack” someone with no shred of human decency evidenced by wishing a painful death by cancer on anyone, and then delight in describing the agony. A mentally sick person wrote this article, do not side with her.

    By Arlene Grossman on Aug 10, 2017

  12. Sure. I accept the point that it can be perceived as nasty, to say the least, in the case of him being terminally ill. I think the point is, though, how many millions has he advocated the death of through the years?

    By Trevor on Aug 10, 2017

  13. The author must be a Donald Trump supporter, based on Trump’s attacks on McCain at the Arizona rally the other night, and Trump supporters in the crowd yelling they want McCain to die. Trump previously proclaimed John McCain was no war hero, which is a dandy statement considering while McCain was being tortured in North Vietnamese prison for years, rich boy Trump managed not to serve at all. Anyway the author of this piece of trash is a sick woman.

    By Jamie Reynolds on Aug 25, 2017

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