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Sunday, June 6
Make THEM Sweat For a Change
There is a very good, but long article at The Nation Under the Banner of the 'War' on Terror by William Greider. The author outlines the tragic results of BuscCo's amazing [irresponsible] response to the events of 9/11. My well informed readers already know these things, but it's nice to recap them on occasion because it's necessary to have these points ready in your mind for that special time and place when your brother-in-law at a bar-be-que, a little bit drunk, starts explaining to everyone why our country is so great since 9/11.
Greider reminds us, as most of us have already figured out, that "terrorism" isn't an enemy that we can invade because it's a "tool" to achieve a political end much like the "War on Terror" itself. This leaves the door open for years and years of war. But we already knew that cause Rumsfeld said so. Of course, Rummy will forget he said that someday.
The author tells us, "A society bingeing on fear makes itself vulnerable to far more profound forms of destruction than terror attacks. The "terrorism war," like a nostalgic echo of the cold war, is using these popular fears to advance a different agenda--the re-engineering of American life through permanent mobilization. The transformation is well under way. The consequences, if left unchallenged, will be very difficult to reverse." He is so right on. He lists the ways which I will briefly list and you can read the whole article if you need to know more:
1. Politics collapsed- the most incredible part of this was that dissent was silenced and the media was the voice of propaganda 24/7.
2. US foreign policy turned upside down- no longer forming alliances with other major superpowers (except for the UK), the US naively decided if democracy was brought to the mideast, that terrorism would cease to exist. Intellectual elitists know however (Iraq War, Abu Ghraib, Afghanistan, Israel) that it won't work.
3. Terror blew the lid off the Pentagon budget- nuff said.
4. Homeland security may lead us to a semi-military style of everyday life. Think 1984. Think constant surveillance.
5. The national economy is changed and has become an opportunity for industrial opportunity. "The development capital provided by taxpayers to these "war" industries can be thought of as "terror pork," Says Greider.
Greider asks, "Why have most people submitted so willingly to a new political order organized around fear? Other nations have confronted terrorism of a more sustained nature without coming thoroughly unhinged." Greider suspects that Americans actually "enjoyed "Bush's "terror war" more than they wish to admit. Feeling scared can be oddly pleasurable, like participating in a real-life action thriller, when one is allied in imagined combat with a united country of brave patriots....The contest, as framed by Bush, invites Americans to indulge in a luxurious sense of self-pity--poor, powerful America, so innocent and yet so misunderstood. America's exaggerated fear of unknown "others" is perhaps an unconscious inversion of its exaggerated claims of power." Think about that!
Americans need to seriously think about what we've gotten ourselves into and question, question, question. Americans have got to stop waving the flag for a minute and stop allowing themselves to be led like sheep into exaggerated fear, elect a new president and learn from perhaps America's biggest mistake - allowing George Bush to steal the Presidency in the first place. And second of all, question this: Bush knew that a plane hit the WTC on 9/11. He went into the classroom anyway without checking to see if NORAD was policing the skies, the second plane hit while he was reading the goat book. He sat there for 20 more minutes and attended a photo op. He could have saved the second tower from being hit and the Pentagon. He still did nothing about NORAD until it was too late. There have been no questions answered about NORAD to date. Why won't anyone demand the answer to this? This was Bush's Pearl Harbor.
Let's wake up our neighbors and friends at bar-be-que's and picnics this summer. Tell them you love them and you care about them. Tell them you care about the future of their children. That always gets them. If you live in a battle ground state, arm yourself with truth and facts, ready to answer charges against Kerry and know all of Bush's Flip-Flops.