By Daddy X
I must begin with a qualifier … that I know the United States is now “officially” out of Afghanistan. (if retaining 10,000 troops in another country is truly ‘out’). This post was written before that date, but we’ll see what the future holds:
Fear and Loathing
I understand we have non-Americans with us, but here’s a rant anyway. There’s nothing new here. These are all known quantities.
Ever notice how we’re expected to get angry? Afraid of the unknown? React to the known? Seems like every news report makes me nuts. Is it supposed to? Are we so desensitized that news organizations have to appeal to our most potent but unproductive emotions to interest us?
Not that many years ago, the problem with Obama (in addition to his skin color) was that he didn’t get angry enough. Now WTF was that about? (Now he’s a dictator.) When we get angry, we stop thinking in rational terms. We get out of control. But now, there’s a large faction of lawmakers who pretend that’s the best or only solution to vote-scoring. In a way they’re right; angry people tend to be dependable voters. They vote ‘against’ things rather than ‘for’. It’s an entire negative approach, intended to stimulate simply by reaction, without a plan. No wonder how seldom anything positive gets done.
Don’t get me wrong; Obama has been a disappointment to his base, ever the conciliator waiting to jump on the first compromise that comes along. He has no staying power when it comes to conviction. He begins his arguments to the right of center to appear to act as the one who is reasonable. Unfortunately he’s dealing with unreasonable sorts who won’t be happy with any compromise whatsoever.
But this post isn’t about Obama, his accomplishments or lack of them. It’s about the most powerful country in the world relying on fear and angry reaction to get things done. In addition to the obvious danger, the result is sending our wealth and young lives out of our country.
We’re told to hate these people we’re bombing. At the same time we’re told that we’re going to make things better for women and the underprivileged in the backward countries— that we can influence a lifestyle impossible for most Americans to imagine. These people we want to ‘help’—they operate on different basis than we do. They, as a culture, believe honor killing is okay. Americans are told we’re fighting a war of compassion, to enlighten, when those believers have nothing in common with us. Their values are not our values. The identity of the second Calif, back in the eighth century is more important to them than democracy, which many see as an abomination, and it would be considered akin to blasphemy to go against local leaders.
Do I sound angry? Well, I am. It’s worked on me. I don’t care about political correctness when it comes to religion. Especially a masculine-dominated fairy tale invented by a caravan raider who lived by blood and the sword. The answer to the catechism question: “What do you do when you encounter a non-believer on the road?” is: “You jab your knife in his neck.”
Instead of Americans sharing the bounty of wealth, we’re sending our resources overseas, attempting to change a world to our specifications. While our roads and bridges crumble, we attempt to influence people who think only of things pertinent to their world. As it should be.
Hell, Afghanistan has always considered war an essential part of the economy. Afghans entertain a “Fighting” season every summer because it’s just too difficult to fight in the unforgiving winters. When they’re not fighting Russia, or lately the United States, clans will fight clans, village against village. Warlords take over new territory, only to lose it the following year. Inter-tribal feuds and revenge supply never-ending motive. Their continuing local wars are funded by opium, their most dependable and sellable cash crop, in a country without much tillable land. Works for them.
But then we jump into this enduring and complex fray, fueled with angry hubris to change their ways and consolidate them into a cohesive nation in the Western style.
So I have to wonder. Who’s changing who? We have factions in the US outlawing “Sharia law”. At the same time, many of these same factions would just love to employ some kind of “Christian law” which often looks a lot like Sharia. We belly up to Saudi Arabia. Some days Syria is our friend.
We operate now from a basis of anger and hatred, manipulated by a business-oriented economic system that could go bust if we quit warring. How many congress members would move to abandon this futile and destructive economic lifeline and put jobs and resources to work in our own country? What would it look like?