Here we go again. The “Islamic terrorist” hysteria is causing even some of the most liberty-minded people to lose touch with reality. It’s just like the post-9/11 period, in which “You’re either with us or you’re with the terrorists,” and so on. Never mind property rights, freedom of speech, due process, the Bill of Rights and all that.
“Don’t criticize the war effort! That would be treasonous!” Actually, the warmongers are the real traitors, as their staring wars in the Middle East and provoking foreigners are what have made the American people less secure and more vulnerable.
In fact, in his desperate, ignorant and un-American call to shut down the Internet, Donald Trump now says that freedom of speech advocates are “foolish people,” even though it’s been his right to freedom of speech in which he can make fun of disabled reporters, criticize Hillary and Obama, and so forth.
It’s part of the “We’re at war!” mentality, in which, as Glenn Greenwald observed, terrorism is for some reason not just criminality, but an “act of war.” The truth is, though, terrorist acts are acts of criminality. But as I have noted before, war is an artificial concept for criminal aggressors to rationalize their acts of criminal aggression. And by “criminal aggressors” I mean the government! The government warmongers then turn the apparatus of armed violence, spying, and unlawful detention against the American people, especially those who dissent. Those government officials are acting treasonously.
So besides the criminal destruction caused by U.S. bureaucrats in the Middle East, especially since 9/11 they have imposed a de facto martial law in the U.S. As I wrote before regarding martial law, that includes “the suspension of civil liberties, such as freedom of speech and dissent, the right to bear arms and self-defense, the right to freedom of movement, and the right to presumption of innocence. The Declaration of Independence recognizes the right of each and every human being to ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ These are inalienable, pre-existing rights, meaning that they are natural and inherent rights, not given to us by any government. That means that no one, including government officials, police or military, may violate these rights or remove them – otherwise, they could not be considered inalienable.”
Thus, the US. government’s imposition of each and every restriction on Americans’ natural rights, including freedom of speech and the right to keep and bear arms, has been an act of massive criminality on the part of the ruling bureaucrats.
So no, we are not “at war,” that’s a lie being spread by government bureaucrats who love power, and helped by their media minions and lap dogs.
In fact, war itself is a crime, because whoever actually started whatever war is a war criminal. As the post-World War II Nuremberg Tribunal determined, starting a war was in and of itself a war of aggression, and thus a crime.
As I have mentioned here repeatedly, in 1991 President George H.W. Bush started his war against Iraq for no good reason. Iraq was of no threat to us. Bush Sr.’s violent criminal war included even worse war crimes, by his military’s bombing of civilian water and sewage treatment centers, followed by sanctions and no-fly zones which prevented construction materials, medical supplies and food from being imported into Iraq. All that caused the Iraqis to have to use untreated water, which led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands.
Here is then-U.S. ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright on 60 Minutes, defending the criminality of the U.S. military and UN sanctions causing the deaths of over 500,000 civilians in Iraq from 1991 through 1996, the time of this interview. The sanctions and further hundreds of thousands of deaths continued up to the year 2000. And all that was before 9/11/2001.
And then the elder Bush’s son started an unnecessary and counter-productive and criminal war of aggression in Afghanistan, a country that was not a threat to the U.S. And then the younger Bush started their 2nd war on Iraq in 2003, with many more hundreds of thousands murdered, their lives torn apart and their homes bombed and ruined. And look at Iraq now. Thanks to the Bushes. And those who survived through all that in Iraq have had sickness, birth defects and disease to deal with as a result of all the bombs and chemicals used by the U.S. government.
And then there have been the constant drones, the CIA drones bombing civilians, targeting rescuers, targeting wedding parties and funerals, and provoking many more people over there and driving them to retaliate.
It’s been a 24-year-long campaign of egregious criminality committed by the U.S. government and military against innocents in the Middle East and Asia. But the totalitarians among us say it’s “treasonous” to bring all that up, because “We’re at war!” and they want to keep the racket alive, jail the dissenters.
And Donald Trump and others are sparking a resurgence in nationalism as the convenient terrorist attacks have been going on now. You should hear some of these talk show hosts on the radio, especially Jeff Kuhner and Michael Savage. Their emotional nationalism blinds them from seeing reality. And that’s what it is, it’s all emotional. No thinking there.
Nationalism is dangerous. Nationalism is a combination of collectivism, statism, and authoritarianism. Nationalists are not big on individualism, private property rights, free markets, and freedom of association and speech. Their rhetoric favoring those things is good. But when it comes to this phony war on terrorism, and with each new terrorist incident that occurs, they get more and more hysterical and will support the government’s escalations and crackdowns.
And Michael Savage has been on this “Borders, Language, Culture” thing for many years now. Not particularly private property borders, though, but government borders. And with the immigration issue, I’ve heard Kuhner several times now talking about the U.S. southern border as though it were private property, and he refers to the American people as one big family, and the illegal immigrants are like home invaders breaking into “our” home! Doh!
So the nationalists are big on socialist government borders and socialist government walls around the border like the Berlin Wall. And they like fascist bans on certain whole groups of people based on their religious or political views. Talk about un-American. Talk about nuts, in my view.
The immediate way to stop the terrorists such as that guy Farook and his wacko wife Malik at San Bernardino is for people to be armed. And that’s it. Not police. I mean the civilian people. THAT is what the early Americans intended by the 2nd Amendment. But the nationalists in their wild emotionalism don’t really understand that, and instead in their ingrained dependence-mindedness they look to government bureaucrats, government police, and government military as the means of protection from terrorists and other violent criminals.
And a longer-term helpful hint is to recognize what the U.S. government has done and continues to do to the people of those foreign lands, and to cut it out.