After the attacks on September 11, the United States was worked into a collective rage as millions attempted to understand why or who would carry out such an atrocious attack in America. The war hawks, who'd been waiting for their moment to strike then directed this collective rage toward anonymous brown faces in Afghanistan, using their boogeyman, Osama Bin Laden.
The majority of Americans were seething with the desire for bloodshed as they unquestioningly lapped up the narrative fed to them by their televisions. "USA! USA! USA!" was the rallying cry that would be the beginning of a multi-trillion dollar quagmire in which tens of thousands of US troops would become maimed, psychologically devastated or killed. Hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians would die as the weapons manufacturers raked in record profits. For what?
Though most people bought the narrative that "you are either with us, or with the terrorists," there was a small minority, many of whom were on the Left, who opposed the wars. In the early days of the war, Republican Congressman Ron Paul found more acceptance from liberals over his antiwar views than he did from inside his own party.
Though this minority was small, the antiwar Left was loud and quickly became a force to be reckoned with.
The vocal minority would gain support over the years, helping to foster one of the largest antiwar movements since Vietnam. Their message on non-interventionism and peace was resonating throughout their ranks and bipartisan support was increasing, until one day -- Barack Obama happened.
When the Left was presented with Obama -- who would end up not only supporting Bush's wars but escalating and spreading them -- they had a choice to make: remain morally consistent and oppose all wars of aggression, or, enter a state of cognitive dissonance and accept the wars now that "their team" was carrying them out.
Unfortunately, this massive movement for peace then began to wane, until suddenly, the antiwar Left, had left.
War would become the policy of the very liberals who once stood against US Imperialism. For 8 years, liberals sat back and watched Obama drop tens of thousands of bombs on poor brown people on the other side of the planet. Not only did they remain silent in the face of this mass murder, they supported it.
The former resistance against US aggression abroad had been successfully redirected inward by media pundits, politicians and blowhards. Through a massive series of propaganda campaigns, the antiwar outrage was converted to woke rage.
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Instead of standing against the oppression and murder of innocent people by the the US military Industrial Complex, team woke had a different agenda. They were going to fight the "literal Nazis" who were easily spotted in crowds because of the bright red hats they wore, which read "Make America Great Again."
Children blown apart by hellfire missiles and entire cities turned to rubble by shock and awe, now took a backseat to "OrangeManBad!"
When the divide in America reached fever pitch -- sometime around the riots in Charlottesville -- any hope of maintaining a consistent antiwar movement had been stomped on by black boots, bike locks, and tiki-torches.
The corpse of the antiwar movement was too weak even to roll over in its grave.
Fast forward to 2022, and after two years of psychological warfare in the form of covid hysteria and legacy media fear mongering, the once-inspiring antiwar movement of the early 2000's had been transformed into a party of deranged warmongers who think that calling for a "no-fly zone" against Russia and sending missiles to Ukraine is a "pro-peace movement."
No longer do liberals stand against war. No longer do they morally oppose American intervention into foreign conflicts. No longer do they embrace actual peace. Instead, they have joined hands with neo-conservatives and march in lockstep toward potential nuclear annihilation of all life on Earth.
The blue and yellow flag emojis in social media profiles have replaced the yellow ribbon magnets of the post 9/11 interventionists while previously "anti-fascist" voices now embrace actual fascists.
Perhaps nothing sums up this shift in mentality better than the following statement from one of the few voices on the Left who has consistently stayed antiwar over the years -- despite massive psychological operations driving many in her camp in the opposite direction -- Caitlin Johnstone.
"It was clear we'd reached a whole new level of Orwellian doublethink when it turned out liberals will call literally anyone in the world a Nazi except actual, literal Nazis," wrote Johnstone, perfectly encompassing the entirety of the mental gymnastics one needs to carry out to hold these beliefs.