At the same time, armies that are unseen, stealth, covert, and even invisible, have a tremendous advantage in wartime. But effective deception and invisibility requires an enormous commitment of significant resources and endless hours of human ingenuity and innovation to convince an enemy. It can also backfire, causing friendly fire or national self-destruction, as can be observed in several military campaigns of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Extreme deception and invisibility can have an adverse impact on the collective psychology of a nation too, even to the point of individuals an nations becoming self- or nationally-deceived. In the end, wars are ultimately fought not by machines or advanced weaponry systems but by fallible humans. Fallible humans, that is, those sometimes consist of, and are programmed with, inaccurate information and misguided values.
The United States has a long history of deception and invisible weaponry. Even before the Second World War was over, biological, chemical, radiological, and environmental weapons were being tested by the U.S. Chemical Corps. The U.S. military's obsessions with invisible weapons continued through the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and are still being extensively used today in current military campaigns fought around the world.
In North Korea and China, invisible weapons were used in an attempt to destroy the enemies' food supplies, and to infect populaces with certain types of viruses and blistering agents. In Vietnam, the U.S. denied that tons of Agent Orange, used to destroy tens of thousands of acres of rain forests, and CS gas, used to flush out the enemy, was chemical warfare. Invisible weapons were also developed to poison the enemies' water system.
Deception and invisibility can be spatial and fluid. The U.S. believed its unmanned spy plane, that was recently collecting information over Iran, was too spatially invisible and high-speed to be destroyed. Iran's Revolutionary guard, however, destroyed it. Other U.S. unmanned planes, such as the Predator and Global Hawk Drones, are usually invisible. Only the last second sound of a fatal missile notifies the enemy they are being targeted.
As mentioned earlier, war is ultimately fought by humans. This might change in the future, though, since for years now U.S. weapon facilities have been experimenting with technologies to create holographic warriors and armies. Still, the U.S. government is funding certain corporate-armament industries to research the manipulation of human molecular structure in order to make invisible soldiers.
In order for a nation to constantly be at war, including spending over half of its annual budget on advanced military weapons and armies, such as the United States, self- and national-deception must be implemented. There are many ways that the U.S. government and military misleads and deliberately makes those living in the U.S. believe war is necessary. They also use sophisticated psychological techniques to make wars invisible.
National mythologies and American Exceptionalism, that propagate democracy and a near-perfect human rights record, helps repress a history of U.S. government and military experimentation on unsuspecting soldiers and civilians with invisible weapons. Backed by a compliant media and a distorted view of history, taught through public education, when people are faced with atrocities or war crimes the response is total disbelief.
Emotional and geographical proximity, or psychological and physical distance, also allows the U.S. to fight deceptive and invisible wars while committing unseen atrocities. Some are so captivated with entertainment industries and market place values that they seldom think about the hundreds of overseas military bases let alone secret sites and weapons facilities used to torture suspected enemies or attack other nations and their civilians.
Others in the U.S. are emotionally distant from wars and atrocities, even desensitized, due to a violent and entertaining electronic environment. They are incapable of connecting psychologically with others around the world, or of thinking in global concepts. Years of behaving and thinking in egocentric and ethnocentric ways, along with developing narcissistic habits, make wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Iran invisible.
This commentary on deception and invisible weapons and wars would be incomplete if global domination was not mentioned. The belief in controlling the world through military campaigns and advance weapons systems is maybe the greatest deception. History is littered with empires and their armies that have tried to conquer the world. Military historians know all to well that smoke shifts with the winds of change and exposes armies.
The United States and its military is no exception to this ancient rule.
Dallas Darling (email@example.com)
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