In a September 13, 2001 interview with the magazine In These Times, Chalmers Johnson (the author of ‘Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire’, 2000) was said to “have seen the September 11 catastrophe coming”. Johnson’s 2000 book argued that U.S. interventionist foreign policy and military overextension would lead to unintended and unpredictable consequences. A year later, his warning seemed eerily prescient.
The difference is something that can be contained in a secret memo. This is apparently the case no matter whom a drone strike kills and no matter where it kills them. The world is the battlefield, and the enemies are Muslims. Young men in predominantly Muslim countries are posthumously declared enemies once a drone has killed them. They must be enemies. After all, they're dead.
One wonders how this sounds to a young Muslim man who's taken to heart the lesson that violence is righteous and that war is everywhere at all times. Do people who blow up bombs at public sporting events think all together differently from people who blow up peaceful villages in
Or is it something more sinister, abominable and damnable? That American lives are worth much more than any others?
Well, all I can say is 'WOW!' he told it like is, no bullshit, no coddling to pander to the consumer eye and ear that's converted most of us into infants. He dealt with us as presumably mature CITIZENS. Even more potent since it's coming from one of the corporate establishment’s own. I mean we're talking of a guy that still believes a lone gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK! Nonetheles, he remains one of the most venerated voices, and not prone to radical statements.
But here's the deal and the importance of what he said: In a nation that often avoids acknowledging its own role in intensifying cycles of violence, it is unfortunately considered radical to do what the NBC News veteran did and mention that our violent attacks abroad increase the chance of retributive attacks at home. But if we keep these hidden, how can we ever change and recognize that WE also are the enemy? WE also are terrorists! We just choose to do it high tech, disengaged fashion. As Pogo once said: "We have met the enemy and we are it!"
People in Washington are continually talking about declaring war—but declaring war on whom? They don't know. If they are going to go out and attack Afghanistan, it will simply produce a further cycle of blowback and retaliation. In the meantime, it will also even further inflame the entire Middle East.
We need now to stop this escalation and insanity and do it now: Get our asses out of Afghanistan (which cause is already lost and we haven't the $$$$ to keep our planes on schedule, far less nation build) and cease all the drone attacks across the region.
We aren't killing terrorists, we are creating ever more!