March 12, 2003
Nothing to Fear
Terror is meant to change policy. Fear is meant to support policy. This is Old World idea of balance. Guns change votes and that is why democracy is found nowhere. Nor would we want democracy if we had a choice, because we know majority is more often wrong than right. In fact, majority loves to be deceived and chooses deceivers to lead them down road to glory. Europe has had so much of this last Century, it balks at idea of supporting any potential 21st Century Hitler, on either side of Atlantic.
Is it because fearful are so much easier to control and manipulate that fear is major product of world governments? Everywhere I look surely fear is preferred tool. It is cheap and very easy to generate.
Oklahoma City and World Trade Center attacks had a common goal and lesson. If your government cannot protect its own, how can it protect anyone else? Look at what your government does in world, in your name. Do you approve? If you don't, what will you "free" people do about it? We will pay for it, of course, because we are free to pay for it.
We all would love to believe we are safer now that government is half awake. Instead, we sense truth that our vulnerability increases every day. As long as we can stay alert to strange activity around us we can survive terror from without. We won't even look at threats to and in Capitol. The game is called look over here so you don't see what we are doing over there. We look where they point and fix our attention on their message. Why don't we look elsewhere for some other point of view? See if there is a big picture.
In November, 2001, Commander Bush and Secretary Rumsfeld assisted escape of some 8000 members of al Qaeda from Afghanistan to Pakistan. As Pakistani transport planes airlifted thousands through an official no fire corridor, those on ground had enough time to hike to Pakistani border, about 120 miles away. This was fully reported on PBS program, Now, with Bill Moyers. It aired 21 February, 2003. You can read an archived transcript @ PBS.Org.
We can imagine that cellular organization and skillful recruiting can double number of cells in a year or less. 8,000 al Qaeda set free in November 2001, could easily be 20,000 today. We might ask how this can be called homeland security. Al Qaeda is not just bodies, but minds united by a worthy cause. Change U.S. policies.
Another lesson of September 11 is that a very determined enemy has will to find a way. It took two attempts to destroy their priority target and first attempt on new priority target, U.S. Capitol, is fair warning. If I lived or worked within 50 miles of Capitol, I would not sleep well without self medicating and I assume most in that area do medicate.
So why would President want to assist in a future attack on very place he lives and works? The whole story is not to be found in Now report, or with me. The advantage terrorists have over America is a rich, fertile, collective imagination. Americans have little or none. So why don't we start reclaiming some imagination for ourselves? It could save a life or millions. It may be too late and not worth bothering about.