Publisher’s Note: I wanted to thank Joe over at VigilantVote for the inspiration for this essay. He wrote this brilliant take-down of the Western consensus on IS. I have simply taken his analysis a few steps further. -BB
IS, formerly ISIL and ISIS, jumped to the front of the queue as the primary global bogeyman since the Western commentariat was starting to wonder at and wear thin the myth of Al Qaeda as the latest Islamic pandemic to make the rulers fill their pants in naked fear and, in turn, communicate their quaking fright to the masses for their own nefarious purposes. After trillions wasted, two nations in the Middle East no better than before the US occupation and the exponential leap in the surveillance state in the advanced first world, things have not changed much. The Western elites nervously clutch at their handbags and grimace at the sheer numbers of murdered portrayed in the new media and prefer the Western notion of killing folks over time instead of all at once. It’s the bodycounts in compressed time frames that makes government nervous because someone may put two and two together. The Rwandan genocide was a huge corpse-pile in a small time frame and one could almost hear the agonized whispers of the Western intelligentsia urging the Hutu to slow their roll.
All the poster children and intellectual crushes of the collectivists tended to kill millions but did a timed phase of murder en masse.
Tyranny is a matter of perspective.
It’s funny to watch the righteous indignation of the usual suspects as they cry crocodile tears over the savagery of IS yet it is a simple difference of puffs of smoke – human smoke. The IS is savage and barbaric but the American observers are simply upset because they are seeing this kind of mayhem take place at the hands of their Middle Eastern confreres instead of visited with more technological ferocity by Western drones, artillery, close air support, missiles and advanced infantry weapons wielded by the occupiers. One wonders that if IS had more uniform clothing and more sophisticated armaments if the West would simply offer another polite golf clap to the atrocities in admiring approval. Graybeards smiling sagely and thinking that’ll put the fear of God in those rabble.
The New Orwellian version of the Marshall Plan has not created first world nations out of nations of Middle Eastern rubble. The government has discovered the wars serve two primary purposes: paralyzing independent thought in the booboisee in the rush to war and the rich plunder divined by the military industrial complex laundering the stolen monies at home and abroad. These two elements lead to the most important reward of all for government supremacists: a means to test and socialize various instruments of power to better fleece and rob the resident tax populations. After all, it was Milton Friedman who gave us tax withholding during the War to Save Josef Stalin. The recent conflicts have allowed demonstration projects for biometric registration of captive populations and the comprehensive testing of drone technology. All of that is coming home because empire always comes home.
Same as it ever was as the latest mouthpiece in the Offal Office reads the same fascist agitprop off the teleprompter day after day. One observation stands out: name the last time any occupant of the WAFL (War Against Freedom and Liberty) House actually delivered true liberty.
True liberty in this case is not legalization, rollback of laws or the elimination of an executive agency. True liberty is actualized in one true sense, when the statist enforcers arrive at your house, bust down your door and attempt the kidnapping and/or murder of you and yours, free man tolerates the violation.