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It could be worse. It could have been an asteroids strike, for which we
remain scarcely better prepared than where the Dinosaurs. (For only one
frightening example, perilous near miss 1989fc wasn't even detected until
The first real goal of terrorism is to oppress and to propaganda brainwash
the uneducated and poverty stricken people of whatever cultural or
geographical entity they presumptuously pretend to represent, the same
Standard Operating Procedure as any other oppression by organized crime,
dirty Cops, or Juntas, in their own neighborhoods or locations.
Indeed, the atrocities of the invading Taliban (originating in their staging
area of neighboring Pakistan under cover as a school of religious study and
drawing International criminal membership), including the mass graves in
which Afghan widows where buried alive, rather bring to mind Pol Pot's
Cambodia, likewise long ignored by the West simply because their enemies
also happened to be our Communist enemies.
The first thing to understand about terrorists, is that they deliberately
choose the worst possible way to make their ostensible point to the rest of
the world, about which they really couldn't care less! -And never actually
These are the reasons why the first thing terrorists like the PLO, and then
Jewish "Extremists" too, have done is to assassinate their own moderates.
And agitators commonly instigate violence in sabotage of all peaceful
protest. The likes of the IRA simply massacred their own peaceful protesters
from the beginning, the only true martyrs following in the path of Mahatma
Gandhi and Martin Luthor King, as traitors, summarily declaring all
(Ironic when the terrorists themselves, entrenched, then run out of steam
and seek to go politically legit. Never the less, history should never
confuse terrorists with any legitimate freedom fighters, meaning those who
take up arms only as a last resort pretty much of self defense after
peaceful activism and diplomacy fails and becomes impossible, even risking
their own lives in protection of innocent bystanders whenever they strike,
or, better still, confining themselves strictly to the destruction of public
property. Sadly, however, as in South Africa, the descent in to chaos and
atrocity may still ensue in due course. Even the best, it seems, became
And all of this is why bad government and dishonest business thrive on
terrorism, just as terrorism thrives on the destabilization resultant from
black opps would be puppet master foreign policy and unethical commerce with
petty dictatorships. This is not war, but cynical symbiosis and
No surprise, then, that it appears that Saudi Billionaire Osama Bin Laden is
another CIA creature, just like Sadam and Noriega. Because the Taliban was
armed by us, deemed useful against the Soviets so resented, it seems, mainly
for teaching Afghani women how to read and write!
How ironic that Bush Jr. has vowed, and with a perfectly straight face, not
only to route out the terrorists, but also to smash their support network.
What, is he dissolving the CIA? The West, not only the Taliban whom America
armed, looked the other way for Bin Laden because he proved so useful in
drawing fanatical cannon fodder for the Taliban in the ongoing Afghan civil
attrition, the Russian Vietnam.
But now further bombing can only stir the rubble. And with the farm land
fallow, is anyone but the highly mobile Taliban well enough fed to move out
of the way? Other than they, hasn't anyone who can, already fled? -As
squalid and dangerous as life tends to be in the refugee camps at the
Never the less, tax appropriations for counter-terrorism will be
astronomical, unprecedented and open ended, now that Bin Laden has returned
the favor of prior Western support by deliberately helping Bush Jr. to look
Presidential and manipulate a frightened America, and the rest of the
shocked Western World as well, into war.
And, once again, huge profits stand to be made by the 1% who control 80%
(among 10% controlling 90%) of the world's wealth (as estimated by Forbes
Magazine), the Corporations of the Multinational Military Industrial Complex
who's lobbyists regularly give so generously to fund the campaigns often of
*both* interchangeable candidates from our identical political parties, in
each sham election.
In a word, graft.
This also explains why eminently feasible non lethal weapons (harmlessly
inducing unconsciousness or nausea over vast territories and large
populations, disabling electronics, and even temporarily sabotaging bridges
without destroying them permanently) are not being developed more quickly.
Too cost effective! And too merciful. No demand.
LSD aerosols, incapacitating non lethal flu viri, nauseating and seizure
inducing strobes and subsonics, also slippery plastic foam for dumping on
enemy bridges to render them temporarily undrivable. Most if not all of
which could have been long and well available even for the Gulf War. All
well known possibilities in Research and Development.
How wonderful it would be, now no less as then, to able to temporarily
incapacitate them all and let Interpol sort the guilty from the starving!
But even such ought to be last resort.
For a time, America's consciousness was raised by our disappointment with
the Contras, our equal disgust with the corrupt Sandanistas who betrayed
their own revolution, and delight at Nicaraguan popular success in
democratically choosing a third alternative in an election. (Something we
have not yet succeeded in accomplishing at home in America.)
Ensuing American political support for the pro-democracy movement of Corazon
Aquino in the Philippines was a proud moment and the rare exception.
Another, less well known, was when the White House funded a group of Polish
American business people to fly to Poland and set themselves up to disburse
small business loans, and bring Poland back to vibrant economic life as the
Soviet Empire collapsed, because Regain still considered the Poles only
reluctant Communists, and our friends. (And, boy, weren't the Polish
Aparatchicks, drooling at the prospect of carving up a Western pork-barrel
for their own government pet projects, incensed, instead, to find themselves
bypassed by aid direct to the private sector, not only small business, but
even first time borrowing mom and pop enterprises!)
If, instead, such political and economic intervention where standard Western
foreign policy, for the proverbial ounce of prevention, the world could have
been spared the rise of Petty Nationalism, Militant Islamic Fundamentalism,
ethnic tension, cleansings, loose nukes and the KJB Mafia.
Indeed, some say that the Marshall Plan should have included the Soviets in
the first place, to avoid the Cold War from the beginning. Though others
blame Stalin's monumental Paranoia.
Come to think of it, grass roots political revival and economic development
of impoverished neighborhoods would make a wonderful domestic policy too.
To quote Abraham Lincoln "Charity for all and Malice towards none." And as
he might have put it if he lived today, a planet divided cannot stand. The
need for Reconstruction in earnest has not abated historically, only
Alas, most of the time, the West has simply stood by while pro-democracy
movements where overwhelmed by Militant Fundamentalism and Petty
Nationalism, in Iran when the Sheik fell, in most of Eastern Europe with the
collapse of the Soviet Empire, and all around the world, with depressing
consistency, blatantly stonewalling the repeated warning clamor of the
experts, each time.
No, this is NOT 20/20 hindsight, nor where the consequences complex or
unforeseen, but obvious and evitable. At best, this indifference, at worst,
deliberate, certainly there has developed systematic profiteering and
political manipulation. All in fulfillment of President Eisenhower's famous
and prophetic departing warning of the rise of the Military Industrial
Complex, now Multinational.
Indeed, who *can* count upon help by the West? Why, the likes of Sadam,
Noriega and the Taliban including Bin Laden! Then flag waving rah, rah, rah,
and false surprise when our own foreign policy Frankensteins turn on us! For
Bush in daddy's footsteps, rallying our sad, sick world against the enemies
of his father's creation! Noriega, Sadam, now Bin Laden. All Bush CIA
protégés. And all of this is common knowledge. But what choice have we at
this point? The public has been manipulated up against the wall, yet again.
We have sown the wind, and reap the whirlwind. But consistently responsible
foreign policy would put a crimp on graft, including war profiteering,
energy price-fixing, insider trading, megga-mergers, liquidation and
auto-cannibalization, pork-barrels, Corporate Welfare, tax loopholes for the
rich, tax burdens for the working poor, slashed social services,
bureaucratic waste, Eco-rape, Eco-preserves for the rich, and the
exploitation of impoverished labor living under oppression in the Third
World, bereft of any better choice or redress, in order to then intimidate
First World labor with the threat of mounting unemployment, fired and then
hired back as temps with no benefits, Vice, the War on Vice, and privatized
prisons as a growth industry. All Neo-Malthusian Standard Operating
And the Running Dogs of the Oligarchs actually defend all such criminal
manipulative coercion, extortion and violence, Monopolism hording the
world's wealth, as Free Trade!!
Without genuine democracy, *real* free trade and open market competition on
a level playing field protected under the Rule of Law, true growth,
Progress, automation, actual production and prosperity for all everywhere in
the world, none of us can ever be safe. Not from terrorism, crime, AIDS,
pollution, nor even the next asteroid strike. All needless and evitable.
All the world wants to live the free and enlightened American dream, not the
loony imperial American nightmare! Which America do we stand for? The cost
of freedom is vigilance against scoundrels in power.
Bin Laden is just another killer rich boy, a wanna be Bush. A tool. A player
in the same endless and ugly game. Both Bush and Bin Laden have made
themselves richer and more influential in the human suffering they are
Indeed, a huge short sell on the stock market on the day before the attack,
is under investigation.
Do either Bush Jr. or Bin Laden really believe in what they are doing, and
mean well? Perhaps there are no malicious intentions, but merely
overwhelming and impersonal political and economic forces at work. And
emotionally overwrought moral perception simply bends to fit. But does that
make any difference, one way or the other? "A king of fools is a fool
himself." The type believing their own lies...
The question remains, how can they all be thwarted, without distinction?
What can we do to change conditions for the better and reduce the
dysfunctional (un!)diplomatic (pseudo!)political and (anti!)social causes of
war, crime and terrorism, sooner rather than later? A question, first of
all, that only obtains after honest definition and then acknowledgement of
the problem. Because that is where any sensible discussion must begin.
Aaron Agassi, ongoing revision as of Sept 20 '01
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