This interview with Chalmers Johnson, from today’s Counterpunch, is a gold mine on gender and militarism, and on how militarism affects us all.
It also highlights the DeAnander Fractal that joins war, agribusiness, and pornography: the fantasy of control, the flight from reciprocity, and the refusal to acknowledge or respect limits.
There’s also a passage on the culture of secrecy we posted on here in the JSOC article some time back. Johnson, McGovern, and other ex-agency insiders are invaluable windows of revelation on the way the levers of power are actually manipulated.
The reaction to the rape of 1995 from, for example, General Richard Meyers, who became chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—he was then head of U.S. forces in Japan—and all he said was that these were just three bad apples, a tragic incident, unbelievably exceptional. After research, you discover that the rate of sexually violent crimes committed by our troops in Okinawa leading to court-martial is two per month! This was not an exceptional incident, expect for the fact that the child was so young and, differing from many Okinawan women who would not come forward after being raped, she was not fully socialized and she wanted to get even. This led to the creation of a quite powerful organization that I greatly admire called Okinawan Women Act Against Military Violence.