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One interesting thing to note about these tricks is just how easily they could be used to promote peace. I’m not sure I condone that. But it is far superior ethically and morally to using it for death and profit, that is clear.
Really, I’m living proof that it can be used that way, aren’t I? Sure, you can brainwash some schmuck into thinking opening fire on a restaurant full of people will somehow help him, sending anonymous explosive letters to the leaders in technology will slow the progress of the very research that drove him insane in the first place, or that sending anthrax-laced letters will somehow make the nightmares that someone else planted in his head less frightening.
You can try to convince the less prone to thinking for themselves that somehow Muslims are to blame for all the world’s ills. You can use propaganda—especially when it’s also in the form of good films—to do that. You can try to convince as many people as you can that we’re still the self-sacrificing country who stormed a beach for others. That’s not entirely untrue, there are many among the troops who I am certain prefer building schools and hospitals to shooting up neighborhoods. It’s human nature, really.
But you could also talk some of the angry people of the world down, out of the idea that violence is somehow the answer to finding a smoking hole where their neighbor’s home used to be. You could defuse situations instead of provoking and exacerbating them. Failing that, you could easily make a suicide bomber blow himself up early, alone, without harming anyone else.
But you don’t. Why?
Power would seem to be the primary motive. Whether it’s the power to crush your enemies, power to shape minds into believing in a God who enjoys watching his children murder each other, power to give natural resources to whomever you want, or, in the case of some of the people carrying out some of these things, the power to make your own pain stop for a moment by inflicting worse on someone else. When you put monsters in charge, can you be surprised when the result is monstrous?
The motive is not ultimately idealogical. It’s just what I said above. Which means that, eventually, when they run out of gays, atheists, intellectuals, and Muslims to demonize and destroy (or more likely sooner, when they just get bored with doing so) they will turn on those who helped them gain that power. Those who carried water for them. Those who turned the other way when they should have spoken up for what they know is right, but continually lie to themselves that it’s all somehow justifiable. It’s not about loyalty. Can people without mercy be trusted to show gratitude after a significant portion of their goals are achieved? History is rife with examples that it always goes this way: they will turn on you as well. It’s about power that they won’t really need your help with when they finally get their way.
Yet another irony here is, it’s not that I cannot tell the difference between fiction and reality that’s the problem. It’s that I can tell the difference between fiction and reality too well. I have no illusions about what you’re capable of. I don’t let, for example, my enjoyment of a show like NCIS distract from the fact that there is still something horribly rotten in the Department of Defense. It’s idiotic to think we have to ever paint any group of prior with one brush of good or evil, beneficial or malevolent. I don’t deny that there are “bad guys” out there. There are. Just like there are bad guys here.
It’s not that we should do nothing at all. It’s that we have so far over-reacted (and as pointed out before, 9-11 could have easily been prevented in the first place in several ways) that we have caused financial difficulties that are going to take a long time to mend. You, by over-reacting, nearly did what Al Qaeda could not do alone, ever. You did exactly what Bin Laden wanted you to do, drag you down in the muck with him.
You sacrificed good will, a commodity more precious than money (largely because when we don’t have it, it costs us money instead buying off foreign powers to do what we want done—and even then you get foot-dragging and resistance like we got from Pakistan over the location and handling of OBL and others). You either thought that being feared and hated would somehow make us safer, or—far more likely—you knew it wouldn’t and you seek to capitalize on that very lack of safety that you have created.
And yet, no matter what you do, no matter what you take from me, no matter how often you arrange painful reminders, no matter who else you murder or ruin, you won’t get me to do what you want. And the fact that you don’t understand why is proof enough for me that you are not whole people. You are missing something. You are malfunctioning machines that are not beneficial because you are capable of atrocities. You are liabilities because that is all you can do and you have done the exact opposite of what was your charge: to protect. You did the opposite of that and then swept in pretending to be storming Normandy.
It does not matter what the outcome is on that other thing. Doesn’t change anything. Doesn’t matter at all. I would do the same again no matter what the answer is.
And now, I’ve got time on my side as well. You only have a few options left to you and not a lot of time to make a decision. I have the upper hand here. Your silly little tricks (which again only prove you have no interest in peace and prosperity for the majority of the American people) don’t change that. You’ve already lost. You’ve already lost because you surrendered a long time ago, before any of this started. You surrendered to hate, to your baser instincts, to the enjoyment of watching others suffer, of watching people blown to bits. You became that which you claim to abhor.
You are terrorists. Really, it’s that simple.