The Lies About “Terror”

Saturday, August 26, 2006
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Finally, someone calls them liars. Well, almost. John Mueller has a very important piece in the new edition of Foreign Affairs wherein he brings into question whether or not all of these so-called “terrorists” really exist in the US.

On the first page of its founding manifesto, the massively funded Department of Homeland Security intones, “Today’s terrorists can strike at any place, at any time, and with virtually any weapon.”

But if it is so easy to pull off an attack and if terrorists are so demonically competent, why have they not done it? Why have they not been sniping at people in shopping centers, collapsing tunnels, poisoning the food supply, cutting electrical lines, derailing trains, blowing up oil pipelines, causing massive traffic jams, or exploiting the countless other vulnerabilities that, according to security experts, could so easily be exploited?

One reasonable explanation is that almost no terrorists exist in the United States and few have the means or the inclination to strike from abroad. But this explanation is rarely offered.

Mueller’s use of language is interesting. He uses phrases such as “massively exaggerated,” “extravagant huffing and puffing,” “American alarmists,” and, when talking about the government’s crazed terrorist assesments, he refers to this as “I-think-therefore-they-are line of reasoning.” His thesis is rock solid. He summarizes with this:

Although it remains heretical to say so, the evidence so far suggests that fears of the omnipotent terrorist — reminiscent of those inspired by images of the 20-foot-tall Japanese after Pearl Harbor or the 20-foot-tall Communists at various points in the Cold War (particularly after Sputnik) — may have been overblown, the threat presented within the United States by al Qaeda greatly exaggerated. The massive and expensive homeland security apparatus erected since 9/11 may be persecuting some, spying on many, inconveniencing most, and taxing all to defend the United States against an enemy that scarcely exists.

What I can’t understand is how/why people believe this consistent stream of foolish nonsense from the fascists-in-charge. According to our imperial liars, there are terrorists under your bed, in your closet, and at your dinner table sucking on your corn-on-the-cob. And folks buy into the infantile color alerts and “plot foiled!” propaganda, and thus buy into the need-more-power pleas from their Master Liars. Have libertarians really bought into this? Or is it too politically incorrect, too heretical, and too risky (reputation-wise) to say that this has all been a crock of you-know-what?

This article needs to be fully read to be appreciated. It is amazing that such a heretical notion came from a mainstream publication. Foreign Affairs? Thanks to Bill Anderson for the tip.

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