Wednesday, July 13, 2005

So it goes . . .

The Rock and Roll Soldiers are now shilling for Verizon.

Crazy stuff. Ah well, I guess you can't be that rockin' and that cute without the fat cats coming around and promising to make all your dreams come true.

In other news, I'm not really surprised that they haven't found a "mastermind" behind the London bombings yet. I actually wonder if these kids (and they were kids- from the suburbs) acted alone out of much the same kind of anger and resentment that fuel such events as Columbine.

I have to wonder what consitutes a "terror cell." Is it just that a couple of kids had had enough of Britain's passive aggressive racism, and were impressed enough by the ideologies of extremism to think that they could make a real change in the world by blowing people up?

The Coultergeist would call me a traitor, she'd say I have sympathy for the devil here, but there is a vicious cycle at work. The more anger the non-Muslim world directs toward Muslims, the more likely it is that the odd extremist will act out. The more the extremists act out, the more anger is created against them. Which is why a "War on Terror" is like a kerosene-filled fire extinguisher.

8 comments:

  1. VV,

    Welcome back from vacay, and good luck on packing up the rest of your photos!

    I will have been in my new (new to me, it was built in 1920) house for a year come July 17 and there are still a number of boxes that have yet to be unpacked. Opened, but still packed. At this point a bonfire is looking good.

    Back to the topic: After watching some news analysis of London bombers it would appear that there is indeed a mastermind behind the attack.
    IF that is not the case, then as you point out, there is much to worry about as far as the 'war on terror' is concerned.

    One thing for sure: Bush's whole tact on the 'wot' is false, not meant to combat terror at all.

    Therefore, it's not much of stretch to say that world wide the fight on terror by the American goverment has no credibility.

    No WMD's, shifting focus, Rove, Downing Street, Iraq, etc...

    You said it best: "Which is why a "War on Terror" is like a kerosene-filled fire extinguisher." In Bush's world, this seems to make sense, as in this is the way it should be.

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  2. please don't put yr life in the hands/of a rock n roll band/they'll throw it all away

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  3. and once you show up for a party at hef's, you're pretty much on yr way to the big sellout.

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  4. I think that sympathy with the devil is entirely appropriate … it doesn’t mean that you endorse their methods.

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  5. Therefore, it's not much of stretch to say that world wide the fight on terror by the American goverment has no credibility.

    Not a stretch at all . . .

    I think most of the world has understood the fact that it's never really been about "terrorism" at all . . .

    and once you show up for a party at hef's, you're pretty much on yr way to the big sellout.

    Hey, but I've still got Von Iva to listen to with the top down . . .

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  6. None of this, of course, figures in to Lileks chiding the British for not responding with bloodthirsty, knee-jerk jingoism (check it out on his Screed, if you're so inclined to self-abuse. I refuse to link to it.)

    Oh, and "Coultergeist"? Lovely.

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  7. Lileks it too dim to understand the essential difference between British and American culture; namely that American culture is structured to assume the infallibility of the President, whereas British culture assumes that government is fallible and that we all have collective responsibility for the acts government.

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  8. Lileks it too dim to understand the essential difference between British and American culture; namely that American culture is structured to assume the infallibility of the President, whereas British culture assumes that government is fallible and that we all have collective responsibility for the acts government.

    Nah. The difference between the two has nothing to do with culture. Right after Watergate, America was well-primed to assume the extreme fallibility of the prexy. The issue at present is that the British press has been far less infiltrated by government creatures. The American press is sufficiently coopted that nobody knows whose voice to trust any more.

    I refuse to believe that Brits are inherently more civic-minded than Merkins. We're just poisoned from within.

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