15 February 2010

Great article

Hello good people.
I want to direct you all to a very good article by Tom Engelhardt. His latest Tomgram is titled "Fear Inc" Subtitled "Hold onto your underwear. This is Not a national emergency". Basically, he points out how low the odds are for any of us to be the victims of terrorism here in the US of A. We still kill far more of our own on the streets, roads, and highways every year then were killed even on 9/11. It is an excellent article on the over hyped terror threats that we get most every day since that time.
My opinion on it all, it is all designed to make control of the population easier. If the government can get us all to be very afraid and keep us like that, they will be able to better control us all. Keep the majority fearful and they will bow down to the "rulers" and give up what little freedom we still have for some false sense of security. It brings back a quote supposedly from old Ben Franklin; those who would give up liberty for security deserve neither.  I may not have that 100% correct, did it from memory, but you get the idea.
In addition to keeping the masses afraid and under control, this terror scam keeps the "homeland" (that vile,nasty term again) security industries rolling in the profits. Just as we have had a military-industrial complex for decades, we now have a "homeland security industrial complex". Yes sir, there is big bucks in all the new toys for "screening" airline passengers and other such useless items. The "new" scanners that are now "highly needed" at all major airports will not detect everything. No security measure is 100% failure free.  For every new security measure, there is very soon, a new counter measure.  In fact, if the company that is making the new security device doesn't think ahead to ways to defeat it, there IS somebody out there who will be on that job as soon as the specifications for the "new" device are known.
It is all about controlling the masses and raking in huge profits, any actual security is an afterthought.
In my opinion, if we really want to be secure and have real freedom and peace, we would pull all of our troops out of every foreign country. Bring them all home. OK, I have said this before and will again, the Marines who guard our embassies could keep that job. They do provide some measure of real security at their posts and from what I was told when I was a Marine, embassy duty is very good duty.
By closing our nearly 1,000 foreign bases, we would be showing the world that we feel secure here at home. We would end the idiot wars of choice we are currently in and stop all planning for more war in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, and Iran. As to closing the bases, the Japanese want us out of Okinawa for sure.
We are spending obscene amounts of money on these useless damn wars of choice. We cannot win them, just as the British could never have "won" here in the 1770's.  The Afghans and Iraqis are fighting for their homes and families. We are the invaders in those countries. Another question pops up, why does the rest of the world have to "be like us"? How would we like it if some foreign army invaded America and demanded that we be like they want us to be? I doubt that many of us would be very happy with that situation. Yet, we send our troops off to other countries to impose our "values" on them.  Other people do see the hypocrisy in our actions folks. Just because most Americans seem to have little or no knowledge of history doesn't mean that all people are as dumb.
We need to stop being so foolishly afraid every time somebody tries to blow up something. Hell, this latest "attack" on Christmas day failed. Why should we be so damn scared of a failed attempt?
We keep killing innocent civilians in foreign countries and yet we want to be totally secure. Now that is just plain old stupid. Like old Newton told us, for every action there is a reaction. With our foreign policies, it is called blowback.
Our country needs to stop treating the Zionist entity as something special. Treat all countries the same. I think it was George Washington who said that we should have fair trade with all countries and entangling alliances with none. Words of wisdom that we should put into practice.
The link to Tom Dispatch is on the right side here on this page. The link does work. Also, I have added a link to my photos.
semper fi


RealityZone said...

Nice to see you posting again.
The Neocons wanted the world to be like us. They believed that we were at the pinnacle of the world. As long as the West was the driving engine, and could keep stealing other countries natural resources.
The powers that be [TPTB] have now succeeded in convincing people to live in fear. This fear allows them to perpetuate endless wars with out borders. The Xmas bomber was destined to fail. It was never meant to succeed. It was a false flag. The Zionists, and the American Israel Firsters in our government must be exposed, and shunned. Before they drive America into oblivion. We are no longer the beacon on the hill. We are now occupiers, torturers, and everything that we stood against in the past.

wilblake said...

Been watching your site for a new post - and after reading it, I say, "Keep going, Charlie."

Anonymous said...

Dang good writing you got there. Agree with all you have to say. Our overseas adventures are gonna come back to bite us in the ass.

And screw the left/right crap. And screw the so called Tea Party now too. They have been taken over by the Republicans.

Guess the Democrats will have to create a third party too so it can be taken over.

Anonymous said...

Great post, Charlie! It's refreshing to hear a vet saying what I, just a regular old peacenik, think is absolutely essential--bring home ALL the troops from all countries.

I think you nailed the reasons, both psychological (keep us afraid so we can be controlled) and economic (the whole homeland security industrial complex) for all of this.

It's going to take a whole lot of people to start waking up to turn this around---I thank you for doing your part!

Anonymous said...

'Homeland' is indeed a creepy word. My pet-peave phrase in this whole 'war on terror' debacle is: 'our men and women of the military'. Ya right. I guess they mean the same 'men and women' that aren't even old enough to buy a beer here in the 'homeland'.

mistah charley, ph.d. said...

It's clear to me that you and TomDispatch are quite correct here. The purpose of the mass media and "education" wings of the military industrial congressional financial corporate media complex* is to prevent the majority of the people from realizing this.

*MICFiC, if you like acronyms