My buddy up Canada has joined the chorus moaning about the evils of the national security state.
What would the spooks in the CIA, NSA do if they weren’t checking on the jihadists? Any '60s civil rights and/or anti-war activist in that era know the answer?
He sent me this missive detailing the bad acts begun by Dubya and continued by Team Obama. OK, I get it but we don't live in a world where everyone plays nice, do we? After all 9/11 really did happen, right? Then London and Madrid were attacked. Brussels was also on al Qaida's hit list.
And Monday was the one year anniversary of the bombing at the Bostom Marathon on what the locals call Patriots Day.
The "CC" says "this isn't nice." I agree it isn't, it's ugly. And I agree that those who violated US laws should face the music not just the whistle blowers! But I replied: "How do you think Putin plays the game? Or our 'friends' in N. Korea, China, Iran, et al? At least here a "free press" still exists, sort of. How would you deal with the "bad guys" if you were POTUS? Just let them run amok?"
The "CC's" reply: "Oh, I strongly suspect that if the US stopped killing with drones and got the hell out of the Muslim countries, the jihadists would run out of steam, probably sooner rather than later. In the meantime, DHS can play its games."
Yeah, jihadism is a full employment scheme for the spooks. But I remain cynical about what we're doing and what others do. The problem is that none of this stops the jihadists. So what will? Bribing them? This seems to work in much of the so-called Third World and on Wall Street! Try it, they may like it. After all the enemy of our enemy is our friend?
The "CC" didn't get my point about globalism via the spice road in a previous post. There are no such things as "Muslim" nations in any pure sense! Besides what gives jihadists the right to define these terms anyway? The "CC" certainly wouldn't cede the right to define "democracy" to the nuts cases on the Christian Right and/or their Tea Party bedfellows.
Who started this shoot out on 9/11?
US troops or corporations being in Muslim nations is ideological crap, an excuse, a pretext - ideological bilge. To imply otherwise is to buy into the jihadist Kool Aid. If the jihadists didn't have us as a target of convenience - they'd invent others. Russia was on the list in the '80s thanks to its invasion/occupation of Afghanistan. Hell Putin’s been on their list because of his actions in Chechnya.
Look at Somalia, Nigeria, Sudan - this retreat to the 16th century is a classic historical backlash against modernity made more complex by long held ethnic, clan, religious rifts within Islam and beyond - Sunni v. Shiite, Syrian Christians vs. Syrian non-Christians, Israelis v. Palestinians, The Muslim Brotherhood v. Secularists.
You and I know who would be on their "hit" list if we weren't the target - the old reliable one - "the Jews". Look how quickly that sickness surfaced last week in The Ukraine. I have no solution but I refuse to allow these certifiable nut cases to draw a circle around the so-called Muslim world and return it to the 16th century...
All this whining about "secrets" is bogus - there are NO SECRETS in the world of social media. The government could get away with this crap in the old days of the “Cold War” – that’s over, done, no more. If Eric Snownden is so heroic why isn't he criticizing his ‘patron’ Putin for his lies?