December 13, 2008
We’ve lived during the War on Poverty, we’re being imprisoned in record numbers during the War on Drugs (it’s pretty clear that the drugs are winning), and now we are embroiled in a bitter war on an emotion – Terror. We’re told it’s going to be a long one.
Notice how violent acts aimed at having a political effect are no longer “terrorism”but the emotion of terror itself?
Somehow these crafty criminals are still called “terror-ists“– how do they do that? They are not only smart enough to evade the largest military in the world, hold nations hostage to their acts (and the threat of new ones, however unstated they are) but– and this is the big one – they defy the determined language of the propagandists!
Just who do they think they are?
Our shiny new GWOT (George W’s Ongoing Travesty? Gain Willpower Over Teething?) pales in comparison to the narrowly-caught state-sponsored acts of that-terrible-emotion, er, terrorism by hapless patsies gathered up to make our GWOT look like the tail isn’t wagging it.
Except that by simple logic, it is.
If individual members with little funding, less training than our enormous standing military and little logistical help can not only hold off, but actually force the retreat of said enormous standing military and all its little friends around the world, the tail is actually wagging the dog.
Since it’s not politically correct to mention “blowback” n polite company, one can only be left with one conclusion: it’s a farce. Well, it is.
Governments have staged numerous acts of terror-ism to get what it wants. Like a spoilt child who can’t get its way by asking politely, it rampages around the world like a bull in a china shop, committing all manner of foul deeds to scare people into giving in to its demands, using that-terrible-emotion as leverage to force the unsuspecting people and their governments into acquiescing.
Why don’t we have a war on an emotion we can actually beat, like jealousy, greed, envy or perhaps naked pathological ambition? Probably because most of the government would promptly end up in prison. And what would we call those who perpetrated evil acts intended to foster those-other-terrible-emotions anyway? Jealousyite? Greedies? Envy-nistas?
None of them have quite the same ring to them as terror-ists. And they don’t sound very scary, either, except for the naked pathological ambition-ites. But we see that every four years so it doesn’t scare us anymore and it doesn’t really motivate us the way it used to.
Speaking of the War on Poverty, how can there be any “winning” that war when millions of people, and more each day, are losing their jobs, cars and homes and are living in the tent cities are springing up outside of major cities everywhere in America? By any rational measure that would indicate a pretty sound failure.
Oh, that’s right, the government will only fight over an emotion-that-sounds-terrible. All those other wars we don’t intend to win anyway.