When Nothing Makes Sense there's usually a reason
By Dorothy Anne Seese - Sierra Times
Would the United States have surrounded Osama bin Laden in a two-room cave and cut off his lines of communication, but kept him safe, intact, and able to strike again? I think not. In fact, for all you and I know, the US may have found bin Laden and "dun him in" right fast and not told the world about it. That way, bin Laden disappears from history and isn't martyred. Yet the US has the gall to tell Israel, after all the bloody, senseless attacks against unarmed, unsuspecting civilians who are not militants or combatants, to keep going easy on Arafat.
It just doesn't make sense.
Which is why there has to be a reason we do this. Never let it be said that the government leaders of the United States have the people of the US in mind ... it's their own necks and hides they want to protect and their own positions they wish to advance. None of our fearless caped crusaders in Washington, and least of all Colin Powell (who ain't no better at the Secretary of State job than Madeleine Albright was) wants to make the Arabs mad at us. DOH. News flash, boys, they're already mad at us. The Saudis only wish they had the power to level the whole US like their Arab flyboys decked the World Trade Center. Since they don't, they've been funding Saddam Hussein under the table and maintaining "diplomatic" relations with the US (after all, they get a billion dollars a day in oil revenues from our gas-guzzling public). Then they take their money and buy hunks of American real estate, equities and buildings ... like plush hotels and resorts that the unsuspecting US citizens patronize without realizing their cash is going to fund terrorists. On top of that, they get their "students" invited to the US and establish 30,000 mosques on US soil -- all peaceful, of course -- our government said so.
Old King Faud Saud is ancient and senile. Crown Prince Abdullah, who isn't any twenty-year old upstart, is an Islamic radical and an American-hater. If the US thinks they're going to get Arab support for blasting Saddam Hussein to Allah, think again. If Israel were pushed into the sea or moved to a section of New Mexico (after deporting all the illegal aliens from across our southern border to make room for them), the Arab world would still hate America.
Yet the US does nothing about this situation except to continue fifty-some years of an imaginary "peace process" that has failed as miserably as the war on drugs.
When something makes this little sense, there's a reason. You got it: money!
And in this chess game of global politics, who gets hurt? Did the US take out Saddam in 1991? No. It was the little guys in the Iraqi army who got butchered, along with a few US soldiers, hundreds ... maybe thousands ... who came home with "Gulf War Syndrome" and still suffer from it. President Bush the First looks pretty healthy, as does Saddam.
The American and European press howls and squeals over the US starving the Iraqi children (remember, everything we do now from gun control to conducting wars is "for the children"). Iraq is still selling oil. Iraq is still supported by its Arab allies.
Iraq's leaders are starving their own people to make them fodder for an American and European press that tries to place blame on "Americans" ... people who just want to live their lives and retire in peace ... rather than their leadership. We do the same to other nations. The last leader to die as a result of American military conquest, even though it was by his own hand, was Adolf Hitler. Perhaps that was because it was the last war America fought in earnest with the intent to win.
Don't elect me president, I would give Israel the green light to go blast Arafat off the map. Why? Because he was once named a terrorist and he still is one, he's a liar and a coward, he is filled with hate and vindictiveness and he isn't about to take on the Israeli military when he can order his Fatah or give Hamas the go-ahead to kill and mutilate innocent noncombatants. If he were a military leader, he could go after soldiers trained to fight. I hate sneaky, cowardly killers of any race, color or stripe and I'm sick of Arafat's hogging the press while giving orders to kill innocent civilians. To me, he isn't even an Islamic radical.
He's just a cheap terrorist who's gotten enough press to make him seem like a political leader when he's nothing more than a glorified street gang honcho with checkered tablecloth on headbone. He looks more like he's going to dinner at Guiseppe's than to war with Israel, and it's too bad he isn't. A more ruthless, cold-blooded killer never existed and he has succeeded in creating a "Palestinian state" where United Nations Resolution 181, in 1947, created none. That's right ... it created Israel, not a Palestinian state. Israel is in the land legally. The "Palestinians" are a creation of Arafat's propaganda and the media's support of Arabs, oil and big money ... err, they're owned by big money, so it makes sense.
Don't appoint me Secretary of State! I'm a westerner and we don't have much patience with a pre-middle ages civilization that is clever enough to become part of the grand cartel that controls world politics but can't get its subjects (not citizens) into the 21st century. I'd tell them what I think of them and that alone would start a world war.
Yet thinking about all the nonsense spewing out of Washington, it's obvious that either the US is afraid of something ... whether it's loss of oil wealth to ExxonMobil and Unocal, or whether it's an embarrassing lack of military might when we need it most ... or we would not be bowing and scraping to Arab demands. Just what kind of armies do these folks have? We've seen about the toughest they can put together with the Afghani Taliban and Al Qaeda. Anyone ever heard of a Saudi military or any strength? How about a Syrian army? Lebanese? Qatar? Bahrain? Dun make me laugh. But if the best we can do is send the whole flippin US fleet over to the Indian Ocean to land troops (most of whom have suffered injuries or fatalities as a result of "friendly" fire) then maybe we have something to fear from Moammar Khaddafi's military. How embarrassing it would be to have the Libyan army rout our Delta Force!
Somehow this scenario doesn't add up ... so there has to be another reason for US wimpiness. And don't toss that bullflakey at me about "taking the higher moral ground." There is no high moral ground in war. Once war has become the only option, high moral ground has already become a non-issue. Real war has only one "high moral ground" and that is winning at the cost of the fewest lives to your own side. As General George S. Patton said, "war isn't about dying for your country, it's making the other poor bastard die for his country." He was pretty blunt, but also very correct ... supreme sacrifice is not the goal but collateral damage. Dead heroes don't know they're heroes and it doesn't matter to them whether their names are on a wall or not. It matters only to the living, the survivors.
The US is frightened of something or our leadership would put an end to the Middle East mess once and for all by taking out Hezbollah, Hamas, and letting Israel do away with Arafat, and the sooner the better. This pussyfooting around for the apparent sake of global approval makes about as much sense as Rodney King's statement "can't we all just get along?"
So when the news doesn't make sense, and you come away from the television with this sense of foreboding and frustration, please be assured that while you and I can do nothing about the world's affairs, our leaders know exactly what's going on, they have for fifty years, and it's still a powder keg surrounded by bonfires. If that isn't enough to have you running for the Pepcid AC, then worry about what our government is doing to us, the little people, while our attention is focused on a 4,000 year old family feud between Abraham's kids Ishmael and Isaac.
S'matter with our media? They think we're all stupid or sumpin?Umm, well ... it's worked for fifty years, so I guess it's worth milking 'til the cow finally runs dry and the people get off milk and into solid food.
Just remember ... when nothing makes sense to the public, it's because our leaders don't choose to share the real information with us. It's no fun to have a surprise party when everyone knows about it in advance.
I have a strong sense of foreboding about the next surprise party.
Source: Sierra Times
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