Monday, August 15, 2011

Morning Mail - 8.15.11 (Ignorance is Bliss)

Douglas Freeman: In all the years you've been doing this, how often can you say that we've produced truly legitimate intelligence? Once? Twice? Ten times? Give me a statistic; give me a number. Give me a pie chart, I love pie charts. Anything, anything that outweighs the fact that if you torture one person you create ten, a hundred, a thousand new enemies.
(Source: Rendition)

You’ve got a choice as an American. This is a choice that for some strange reason most Americans will never take advantage of. You have a choice not to know. You have the choice to go to sleep at night and wake up the next morning turn on the news and the worst news that you’ll probably see is a homicide or maybe a house burned down and a family lost their home. Worst case scenario, Casey Anthony is allowed to adopt a child. What you won’t hear is that at the Starbucks near your job, 30 people were killed and 70 injured in a bombing. That’s a liberty that Americans take for granted every day, they can rest assured that they are protected.

I’ve posted this here before, but I’ll post it again, as some of you are new to the blog.

Col. Jessep: Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.
(Source: A Few Good Men)

In my personal opinion, most people in this country think they have some clue of what’s going on in this country and what we are doing internationally to protect our interests. We’ve been subject to so many #gotems over the years, that I’m fairly sure most Americans are convinced they have a clue and have no clue whatsoever. I might have been the only one who noticed that a helicopter went down in Afghanistan that was carrying the Navy Seals who took out Osama Bin Laden. I might have been the only one who then noticed that the terrorists who we said were responsible for this were taken out a few days later. Am I the only one who wants to see some fucking due process? I’m sorry I’m sure they are all guilty, but I would like to hear what these people have to say for themselves.

But then again, do I really want to know? Because my life is pretty peachy and fine today.

I’ve posted this here before too:

Durant: My government will never negotiate for me.
Abdullah 'Firimbi' Hassan: Then perhaps you and I can negotiate, huh? Soldier to Soldier.
Durant: I am not in charge
Abdullah 'Firimbi' Hassan: Course not, you have the power to kill, but not negotiate. In Somalia, Killing is Negotiation.
Abdullah 'Firimbi' Hassan: Do you think if you get General Aidid, we will simply put down our weapons and adopt American democracy? That the killing will stop? We know this. Without victory, there will be no peace. There will always be killing, see? This is how things are in our world.
(Source: Black Hawk Down)

We’ll go to work today, we’ll think we’re safe. We’ll get on public transportation and we’ll go to our jobs and we’ll imagine that somehow our lives are all working to help keep us safe. But we’re all just plugged in safely to the Matrix. I am not a conspiracy theorist, but I will tell you this much, WMATA scares the shit out of me. If someone really wanted to set it off, that’s probably where they’d start. I’ve rode trains in NYC too and the same exists there. There’s just nothing stopping a terrorist attack from happening. Terrorist, I really hate that word.

I think terrorism is a ploy. It actually doesn’t exist, it’s a term that we created to make people scared and legitimize wars that are fought over issues that we really don’t want to talk about publicly. And if it does exist we’ve got no way of dealing with it. It’s just war, and it’s a war that under the current way America does business we can’t win. This happened before in history too and we just didn’t peep it all that well. Actually when you study it, every superpower always falls because they a new form of warfare comes out and does away with the old. England was able to overthrow Spain because of a superior Navy. America was able to overthrow England because we stopped fighting wars with our chests puffed out and started wising up to using our environment to tactfully win. And Germany almost took over the world with the machine gun. Until of course America installed our current Air Force which has left us as the “superpower” that we are today. But terrorism… or what we define as terrorism today is a new beast.

Around the time that Osama was killed I said that I actually think that he was already dead, or that he never existed in the first place, or maybe they always knew where he was and just neglected to pop him. You see, we needed Osama more than we’ll ever know. We needed to see war the way that we grew up seeing war. For example, kill Hitler and stop the Nazis. What we are not capable of conceptualizing is that you can kill the presumable leader of Al-Qaeda and nothing changes. That’s why you needed to sell Americans on the fact that we were looking for this ambiguous figure called Osama. As long as we were looking for him then we were coming THIS much closer to ending the War on Terror. Well they killed him, and nothing has changed. So what’s the excuse now? And seriously, when do we see this War on Terror ending?

But then again, you have a right not to know any of this and to just plug into the Matrix.


Anonymous said...

When I first found out Osama was killed I was so nervous for the future of this country. I was literally scared to go outside for a few days. Im still concerned.

And I am always anxious about being on the subway in NYC. If it were to happen, there would be no way to stop it & I am not confident with the pre-cautions currently being taken. I mean there are alot of police around but if something went down are they equipped to handle it? I really don't think so.
Also when law enforcement gets a tip about "terrorist activity", that must be b.s because ummm wouldn't the terrorist be discreet enough to strike when no one expects it i.e during the NYC subway morning or afternoon rush???

Yeah, I'm scared of the subway... & it doesnt help that I'm an extremely paranoid person.

Marvie said...

Unitl you said what you said about Osama really being alive or existing in the first place, I never thought about it. That's a good point. I've known men who have come back from war and told stories about having destroyed entire communities of innocent people just to fish out one "bad guy" so I believe that anyone who participates could be considered a terrorist, depending on who's doing the labeling. I personally choose to stay informed but to put my life's energy into endeavors that I can control.

Dee said...

We'll have part 2 of this convo next time we have brunch. I can't comment on this, and you know why lol

Lenore said...

I see things just a little bit differently. When Osama was killed most of the people celebrating and getting drunk were in their 20's. Kids in their 20's grew up with terrorism, they had to bring the terrorist kits to school with the bottled water, the snacks and the tissues. Osama was like the boogie man to them post September 11th. The celebration was because the boogie man was finally dead and now the world is safe and democratic because who is going to commit terrorist acts when they have no leader to gIve a directIve?

We all remain safe in our solItude...the subway doeSnt scare me because in all me 40+ years in NYC it's never blown up so I have to rest assured that consistency is key. Sleep tight my beloveds!

Anonymous said...

The war on terror wasn't about Osama it was about control. If you think about it "terror" was the best thing to happen to the American government in terms of their ability to control its citizens. They used Shock Doctrine. We are so afraid that we are willing to spend billions of dollars on war while spending 2 dimes on Healthcare and Education. We signed the Patriot Act and allowed Bush to spend billion on "war on terror". People who are afraid are much easier to control then those who feel safe.
I was never afraid of Osama because I knew it wasn't about 1 person. People all over the world have the same goals he had. Some in our own country.

Dr. J said...

@Dee - You know I can only say so much myself, but yes we will.

@Lioness - Yep, I agree with you.

Adonis said...

I am rolling with @Dee on this one...

Dr. J, I pay attention to that type of stuff... But once I have learned that being a mature man is coming to terms that you will die someday, the only thing left for me it to extort my demons...

My only fear in life right now, is fear of being tortured... But that builds character...

Well definitely have this conversation in person someday...