Wednesday, November 18, 2015

We’ll always have Paris…


My heartfelt condolences go out to the surviving families and friends of the 129 victims who perished in last Friday’s 11/13 terrorist attacks in France. I wish recoveries (to the fullest possible extent) for the 352 injured innocents (99 of them critically wounded). Please know that we, who lived through 9/11, feel a strong sense of what you must be going through…

To my reader(s)… please… pause a moment to contemplate this grim event; imagine the physical pain and suffering, which the victims had endured; think of someone near and dear to you and then consider what it would be like to never, ever see them again.

While I have considered how it might be too soon to post the content below… if we, as a global society, ever hope to take our first baby steps towards eliminating terrorism, we must gain a better understanding of those who perpetrate these acts.

Due to my staunchly believing in nonviolence, I suppose that does put me at a “disadvantage”. All I can say is consider my theories and ideas to be a starting point from which better ideas may, someday… blossom and flourish… 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015: World “leaders” simply do not get it. To “defend” their nations against terrorism, they first resort to shooting off their mouths and then back up their knuckle dragging bluster by engaging in obsolete, worthless, WMD warfare. True, media coverage of their slaughtering people by blowing up real estate in foreign lands does give the illusion of being decisive, high and mighty… BUT… illusion is the qualifying word.

Worse yet, buried amidst all that basically pointless, retaliatory carnage and rubble is the glaring paradox. After all, this does not act as a deterrent; this only serves to embolden other terrorists. After all, is not slaughtering people by blowing up real estate in foreign lands precisely what terrorists have been doing all along?

This is the same and I can prove it. It did not even require retyping my words. There’s no limit to the number of times of I can repeat the copy and paste function, thusly…

slaughtering people by blowing up real estate in foreign lands
slaughtering people by blowing up real estate in foreign lands
slaughtering people by blowing up real estate in foreign lands

… but… I will stop at three… I mean, you do see how, not unlike unthinking, cold, calculating computers, world “leaders” are responding to terrorists with mindless, eye for an eye vengeance. And all that accomplishes is unleashing a mindless, eye for an eye vicious cycle; one, which can and will…
go on… and on… and on… and on… and on… and on…

By now I can virtually see my reader’s / readers’ eyes rolling; hear the accompanying exasperated “Q”, “Are you saying that world leaders should do nothing to defend their people?”

Of course not. There is nothing wrong with protecting against future attacks… BUT… in this instance… the best defense is a well thought out defense… NOT a strong offense. Go ahead; shore up your shorelines, borders, cities, airspace and cyberspace; secure strategic governmental areas, military bases, police / fire stations, hospitals, power / communication grids and other infrastructure. Militarize whenever / wherever the state and local authorities cannot get the job done. Going beyond that…

Considering how terrorism is best fought on the “battlefield” between the ears, winning over minds becomes paramount. If we had truly inspired leaders, who were using their smarts, they would not be resorting to smart bombs. They’d be thinking deeper; rooting out terrorism’s root cause. It’s not all that tough to figure out.

It has been the unrestrained upward redistribution of wealth, on a global scale, which has impoverished humanity for countless generations. Elitists, the wallow in wealth ilk, could’ve never attained such a lofty financial stratum without standing atop a heap of dead and dying, average Jane and Joe commoners.

Money junkies have EITHER been oblivious to the damage and anguish they’ve been inflicting upon the masses OR they’ve been deliberately, perhaps even sadistically doing so. Either way, they’ve been planting the seeds of discontent amongst the general masses; condemning the billions who they trample into a condition of foodlessness, joblessness, homelessness and hopelessness.

Hungry people with too much time on their hands become putty in the hands of terrorist recruiters. All they need to do is first feed their trainees’ stomachs and next feed their heads. And once these budding terrorists understand that smug, domineering, wealthy, bloodsucker bastards have been condemning them to lives of misery, is it so tough to understand how and why (just to cite a few examples) there was no shortage of personnel on hand to staff the 9/11, Benghazi, Boston Marathon and Paris attacks?

Ironically, it is oft the poor, innocent folks who’ve become the collateral damage of kamikaze pilots, suicide bombers and snipers. That’s because the terrorist world casts a dim view upon voters who (via majority rules) install tin god dictators (such as George W. Bush) (yes, even in spite of the fact that 49 percent of their victims hadn’t voted for such a-holes).

Fast forwarding to the not so distant future of January 20, 2017… what if… we wind up seeing that filthy rich piece of… uh… work, Donald Trump, placing his hand on the Bible and being sworn in as the next POTUS; Trump, the personification of greed and aggression; Trump, who, in one of his recent campaign speeches, outlined his flippant, two word foreign policy sound bite (re ISIS), “Bomb ‘em!”

No doubt, ISIS has been hitting their DVR playback buttons and using Trump’s tirade as a “training film”; have been exposing him to their trainees as the “typical american”. And that can only serve to further ignite hatred towards U.S. citizens. Win or lose, Trump’s insane bluster has painted huge red bulls-eye targets on all our backs.

Trump is totally incompetent if he thinks that olive drab garbed bombardiers can ever totally end terrorism. Extending the olive branch is light-years beyond his capabilities. That far better latter approach would require a Democratic POTUS, oh… say… former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (one who possesses the sensitivity, intellect and experience re foreign affairs). And, re diplomacy… lest I forget… I must ask…

Has anyone ever actually stopped to ask al Qaida and/or ISIS exactly what their terms are; what the world would have to do to get them to stand down?

If this involves simply getting our grubby little hides out of the Middle East, why the hell not comply? We must learn to respect the fact that foreign entities do reserve the right to choose who (and who doesn’t) visit and/or take up permanent residence.

If Middle East nations demand we hand over war criminals such as George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfield… I say good riddance to bad rubbish. 

Of course, considering how much and how long the U.S. has enraged the Middle East, indeed, engaged the entire world in class warfare, perhaps it really is too late for peace talks. It is quite possible that terrorist organizations will settle for nothing less than death to all their enemies… in which case… we are totally screwed.

In that event… we had better get used to it… terrorism won’t be going away, ever…

We’ll always have Paris…



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