Hello again ATS!
Obviously it has been a very active and emotional period of time for all of us here on ATS. Tempers are flaring, and rightfully so, as shootings and
acts of depravity that shock the very core of the human heart play out on an increasingly global and frequent basis. Those of us with maturity and
souls silently weep over the lost lives, others come along to play the new game of trololololol - further exasperating the frustration that we, as a
As a community we are comprised of individuals which means we all have our personal takes and opinions about what to think and how to piece it all
together. This is natural and healthy. Even when those posts cross the T&C, ending up removed, with few exceptions the natural and healthy aspect
still applies... it is only site decorum that seeks to keep the anger toned down to a civil and non traumatizing level.
Sadly, in some of our more desperate and emotional of moments, we become that which we hate. We seek to respond to heinous and barbaric acts with
equal or greater heinous and barbaric acts. This, too, is natural. I know that most of us here try to walk the higher path and understanad that an eye
for an eye creates a world of the blind where nobody wins.
And our bogeyman... Radical Islam. Our younger members will think back and count September 12, 2012 as the day this specter first cast it's shadow
upon us. Others, a bit older, will recall the year 1990 and Saddam Hussein invading Kuwait. Others, still, will harken back to the Munich massacre of
1972. Others, even before that.
In our "war" to defeat "terror" ( how one wages war upon an emotion is beyond me, but what the Hell, Orwell nailed the future and he understood the
concept ) we've bombed quite a few sovereign nations. We've run off the books operations in several others. We've threatened a few more. We, as a
western people, brought back the war that Richard the Lionheart fought in, taking away the one goal he had - to conquer Jerusalem.
But here is the gigantic white elephant in the room. The question few seem to ask and most don't even understand. If we are at war with "terror" -
assuming "terror" to be a code for radicalized Islam, then why are we still allied to Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of radicalized Islam? Why are our
reporters not covering the fact that Saudi Arabia is the home of Wahhabism, also called Salafi. This is the heart of Islam and the home of Shariah
Dig deeper - and maybe some of our older members will also remember a time when we called Afghanistan ally in it's war against our prior bogeyman,
When I was a child, the propaganda on television and in school had me totally convinced that my life would end in a flaming ball as nuclear missiles
crossed the planet as the US and Russia mutually annihilated one another in a fit of stupidity. We were told that this almost happened on several
different occassions and the fear was deeply impressed into our beings.
In hindsight we understand that it was all propaganda designed to make us hate Russia because capitalism just had to overcome communism. It was
political chess and our fear was a necessary ingredient in perpetuating the cold war.
Now we stand, again, in a landscape of terror and fear. Only this time around the stakes have been upped a bit. Rhetoric and indoctrination leads a
very small minority of Muslims into buying into the extremist view of martyrdom and they act. The war that Islamic groups have had going on with
Isreal for roughly seventy years has taught their leaders, well, how to coerse the young into these irrational and extreme acts.
An effective tool, to be sure. A few dozen men, over the past fourteen years have become high profile examples. And those few men have managed to
generate, in the west, such a frenzy that the media has had zero difficulty in turning that frenzy into a lynch mob mentality of blind, ignorant,
Nearly twenty-five straight years of attacks upon the middle east from the US and it's allies have not done wonders to win us any friends in the
Islamic world either.
It all serves to feed the fear machine. But who does it benefit? Certainly not the citizens of the west. We've lost freedoms, our sense of purpose,
our moral compass, our compassion, and our ability to see beyond the hatred. Neither does it benefit the citizens of all of those Islamic nations that
have seen their countries bombed to rubble and puppet regimes put in place of their former governments.
Some claim that there is an element in the US that is trying, very hard, to fulfill the Book of Revelations and speed the second coming of Christ.
There are those who claim that some Muslims are doing the same to bring about the Mahdi. While I believe both of these theories are real and part of
the process - they still do not address who is gaining from all of this.
But I can tell you who is. Governments and Corporations. Governments that are gaining more and more control over once free peoples and Corporations
who are making record profits from the endless war and ability to exploit formerly off-limits resources and markets.
Bombing for peace my ass. We are bombing for Wal Marts and the public acceptance of a surveillance state.
We have been divided by rhetoric, manipulation, and lies - on both sides - and our house is falling.
How many here can discern the truth, see through the smoke and mirrors, and find the ugly truth lurking behind it all? When will we all wake up enough
to understand that we are falling for the oldest trick in the book and that we are doing so salivating and foaming at the mouth with glee?
Hate is the most base of our emotions and the easiest to manipulate.
So I ask you again. If we are at war with extreme Islam, then why do Mecca and Medina still stand? Why do we still ally ourselves and sell arms to
Saudi Arabia? The answer is quite clear to me. We are not at war with radical Islam at all. Nor is it at war with us. We're just seeing the pawns
moving in a much bigger game and ignoring the real power pieces on the chessboard.
Thanks for reading ATS and I hope I've given you something to ponder.
edit on 10/1/2015 by Sauron because: OP requested edit
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