America is Babylon

I wrote this in 2002 in the run up to the Iraq war that I was against.  I tried to warn people that our invasion would end up permanently destabilizing the middle east leading to constant warfare.

Every where I turn and look the drums of war are pounding,
Every time I open my ears the calls for war are sounding.
They say there’s no time to think, to question why we’re going,
Stick your finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing.

Those who make a plea for peace are labeled unpatriotic,
Those who say there is another way are derided as idiotic.
The bumper stickers ask the question ‘what would Jesus do?’
No time to check the Book Iraq – America’s coming after you.

So let’s go to war against Iraq,
Nothing could go wrong,
Once we occupy the country,
America is Babylon!

All people are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,
I guess life, liberty and happiness for Iraqis get lost with the fight.
There’s no question the whore of Babylon has committed many sins,
But when we use evil to fight against evil, evil is the only one who wins.

I heard a wise man once say that “Babylon system is the vampire,”
From where I stand it looks like America is the new Roman Empire.
That empire was great and powerful, but like all it eventually fell,
Because we say ‘God Bless America’, does that keep us from going to hell?

So let’s put troops on the ground,
An oil rig in Iraq’s front lawn,
Once the gas is flowing,
America owns Babylon!

God says that he grants every nation its allotted time under the sun,
If we think we’re right only because we’re America, then our time is surely done.
What makes this country great is not the fact that we’ve got the biggest stick,
It’s being true to our founding fathers’ vision that makes the clock still tick.

We’re running out of time, soon we won’t be able to turn back the clock,
Don’t worry this could never start World War III, we’re just invading Iraq.
Once we strike first, every other nation can justify their own desire,
History can then tell the story of how we set the world on fire.

Don’t worry it’s not Armageddon,
It’s Halliburton and Chevron,
Once we worship Mammon,
America is Babylon!

Jesus said blessed are the peacemakers for they are the children of God,
How then does America’s Commander-in-Chief strike first with the rod?
Nation shall not fight against nation, neither shall they learn war any more,
It will happen one day, but first must the son settle the father’s score?

It’s not to late to say no,
To give peace a chance,
Come to me America,
This is our last dance.

Babylon the Great has fallen, has fallen.

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About Ian Benouis

Ian Benouis is a West Point graduate, former Blackhawk helicopter pilot, US Army officer and combat veteran who participated in Operation Just Cause in the Republic of Panama. This operation was the largest combat operation in US history focused directly on the War on Drugs. He was a pilot-in-command and his aviation brigade flew more night vision goggle hours than any unit in the military except for the Task Force 160 Special Operations which his unit was ultimately rolled up into when the Fort Ord, California military base was shut down. Ian grew up in Hawaii in the 1970’s where cannabis was decriminalized and fully integrated in to the culture. He has been healing himself of trauma for over 25 years with sacred plants, a spiritual practice, and being a student and practitioner of ethnobotany. Ian was a pharmaceutical representative for Pfizer after he got out of the Army witnessing firsthand the meteoric rise of the SSRI’s and synthetic opioids in the early 1990's. He is a casualty of the drug war having been busted for a friend’s cannabis while in law school. Ian is an intellectual property attorney who has been working in the corporate world for over 20 years in the primary roles of VP of Sales and Marketing and General Counsel. He is a political activist in the cannabis and natural plant medicine space nationally and locally in Texas. Ian has also been the Chairman of the Board for a public policy foundation in Texas for over seven years. Ian was featured in the Spike Jonze produced episode Stoned Vets on Weediquette the cannabis focused series on Viceland on HBO with a number of other veterans protesting the VA’s policy on medical cannabis and trying to end the veteran suicide epidemic. In 2016 Ian organized a trip for six veterans with PTSD to Peru in May for a 10-day plant diet including ayahuasca and other plant medicines with three Shipibo shaman brothers that are third generation plant medicine healers. Ian also took some of the same veterans to Mexico for treatment with iboga and 5-Meo-DMT. This experience was captured on video and was released as a documentary on March 16, 2017 entitled Soldiers of the Vine. He is member of the team working on the movie From Shock to Awe a feature-length documentary that will chronicle the journeys of military veterans as they seek relief from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with the help of ayahuasca, MDMA and cannabis.