Monday, January 04, 2010

Shooting Yourself In The Foot To Spite Your Face

Hello, everybody, I have returned once again from the land of the television watcher, where fear and loathing are peddled and logic and intelligence are ignored. The most recent case in point is the Christmas Day plane bomber. Or should I say attempted plane bomber, since, like fellow shoe bomber Richard Reid, he wasn't actually successful, unless his goal was to frighten the bejeezus out of television watchers nation wide who immediately favored US intervention in Yemen.
Yemen? Really? I thought the suspect was from Nigeria and passed through Ghana, which is like a whole continent away from Yemen. To be sure, there are a lot of America hating people in Yemen, but is that a real reason to drop bombs on a bunch of people who could care less one way or the other? Because if they don't care, one way or the other now, once US bombs began ripping apart family members, they will care one way, and it's not the way we as US citizens would like them to care. Using the US military to intervene in a country that had nothing to do with the "terrorist" attack, while sounding vaguely Bush-like and familiar, makes about as much sense as swatting a fly with a battleship. It's very unwieldy, and will kill a lot more than the fly.
All this really does is illustrate how the corporatist agenda of Total Global Domination puts Americans at risk, and as long as we continue to cede power to them, we all are at risk.


C Woods said...

Ever since 9/11, I have had an urge ---at least once a day ---to get out of the U.S. permanently. Is our reaction to everything, "Bomb them"?

And, for the most part, aren't we killing innocent people who had nothing to do with terrorism ---just like the 9/11 bombers who we abhor?

We have been brainwashed into thinking we are the best country in the world. That may be true in some areas, and I do appreciate the opportunities I have had as an American, but that kind of thinking is arrogant, self-righteous, self-serving, and insulting to others. Average citizens are no better than other people. Different but no better or worse. But our leaders leave a lot to be desired.

I often wonder how much less it would have cost us in lives (American and others) and money if instead of bombing Iraq, for example, we had made peace instead of war, by building schools, wells, and clinics, fighting AIDS, helping people start small businesses around the world.

And isn't the question, "Why do they hate us?" a good one to answer before blindly bombing the hell out of a place? Maybe we ought to look in the mirror first.

Agi said...

does this mean that TSA will start doing cavity searches before you can enter your gate? I'll take Greyhound instead.

Lew Scannon said...

The war on terror has been going on for eight years now, and we are still facing this sort of attempt. Obviously, we haven't been made safer by it, but put more at risk. Perhaps the peaceful methods which you have described would go a lot farther towards solving the problem. Bombing people hasn't helped.
Full body cavity search? No. But you will have to step through the full body scanners, which former Homeland Security Chief Chertoff makes a profit from.

Tom Harper said...

Yemen, Ghana, Nigeria -- seen one furrin country, you've seen 'em all. They all have dark skin, talk funny, wear funny clothes and worship a different god. Or maybe it's the same god and they just call him a different name. Whatever. Who needs 'em :)

libhom said...

If this keeps up, Xe will have to hire a lot more mercenaries.