• Buying the bogeymen
    August 30,2014

    The wily leaders of the U.S. need frightening bogeymen to lure the mass of people into a patriotic frenzy, which impairs rational thinking in the vast majority of us and leads us to accept the abridgment of our freedoms and the torture, persecution and abuse of “alien” human beings. As children of fearful and superstitious parents, we were told to behave or the bogeymen would get us. Today, think of ISIS, or now called the Islamic State — Salafist Islamists — the most extreme of the fundamentalists, having their origins in Saudi Arabian Wahhabism. Twenty-two percent of Saudis are Wahhabi Sunnis. They are significant minorities in Qatar and the Arab Emirates and are the main supporters of Islamic terrorism. (Keep it quiet or they may raise the price of oil.)

    So, it should come as no surprise that Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Emirates are supplying arms to ISIS and its affiliates to further the overthrow of Bashar Assad and the establishment of a Sunni Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria. What should surprise and disturb us is that the United States is aiding and abetting this effort. Talk about two-faced duplicity in the extreme; at the very time when our military is being pressured to put “boots on the ground,” we are supplying ISIS the weapons that will kill those young men and women who fill those boots. Our merchants of war are thrilled by the profits. But wait, this is not new. We supplied the mujahadeen with the weaponry to oust the Soviet Union from Afghanistan. Is it our fault that many of those weapons fell into the hands of the Taliban and al-Qaida?

    Next time you get a queasy feeling about this murderous double dealing and the deaths by U.S. weaponry of the young men and women of the U.S. forces, think of all the jobs it creates in the armament industry — General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Honeywell, Boeing. We’re simply keeping the bogeymen of unemployment away from our door.

    Al Salzman


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