"Terrorism" is the perfect term to highlight the permanent war paradigm at this time. After all "Communism" or the "The Cold War" don't carry the weight they once did. And, once 'Terrorism' loses its convincing value, there will other threats thrust in our face to ensure we allow 500 billion dollars a year of our money to be used for U.S. Imperialism. And for those offended by such strong language I do not apologize. I ask that you open your eyes.
Who has military bases in 200 countries? Who has initiated the most military conflicts in the last 50 years? [it's not even close!] Who has replaced the most democratically elected leaders with U.S. friendly dictators? You betcha.
The terrorism bogeyman card can be played, if not forever, well into the foreseeable future. And it's a trump card, as we're seeing so clearly in the bloated budget earmarked for the Department of Defense. No wonder they feel obliged to cut social programs.
In the permanent war paradigm, there's no new money for states and cities, or local renewal. There's no new money for alternate energy, education,or a host of other issues we face, but there's 400 billion for Iraq. (That money goes to energy research, we don't need their fucking oil.)
So 'our leadrs' are creating a United States of America with rising illiteracy and poverty, less healthcare, no retirement funding and crumbling infrastructure. But BY GOD, THOSE TERRORISTS ARE NOT GOING TO GET US!
Terrorism also presumably justifies warrant-less spying. To listen to the Attorney General Holder defense, he sounded much more like a Bush apologist than the chief interpreter of our nation's laws. I thought Attorney's General were supposed to enforce the law, not undermine citizen rights.
Obama's support for more troops in Afganistan, and continuing to grow the military budget proves his intentions. This is not the modality of a group that thinks they will have to "pay the piper." On the contrary, this is the group that's codifying the Permanent War Paradigm - and believes they'll be able to control the game for the indefinite future.
They may well be right. Democracy is tough. Corruption is easy if you're in power. The Permanent War Paradigm guarantees conflict for decades ahead, meaning continued profits for profiteers, and insulation for corrupt politicians.
The eventual success or failure of these outlandish plans depends on many things. One sign of hope is that events tend to outrun even the greatest strategists. [Even this idea of World 5.0] Another positive is burnout. Many Americans are getting tired of the "terrorism trumps everything" modality our federal government champions. And a third cause for hope - we, the People of the Blog. There is an undeniable progressive movement, typified by the blogosphere and new editorial sites, that is shaking the fundamental assumptions of capitalism and cronyism.
Sometimes things have to fall apart so they can be reconstructed. "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." - from the Declaration of Independence.
Yeah, what he said.