COLUMN EIGHTY-TWO, JANUARY 1, 2003
(Copyright © 2003 The Blacklisted Journalist)
OUR LOOMING WAR WITH IRAQ---AND WITH ISLAM
[Our Boy Emperor has it in his blockhead that he needs a war to unify our country behind him. And also to keep his fascist government in power. But by invading Iraq, he would be doing exactly what Osama bin Laden wants him to do. By falling into Osama's trap, wouldn't he be unifying the Muslim world against us?]
Let us summarize this past
election as succinctly as we possibly can. The American people, with a great
sigh, have resigned themselves to the historical imperative of the next Great
War. Our enemy is the great oppressed Muslim majority in the world---The
OUTs. These people are ostensibly one polity (e.g., "Me against my brother; my
brother and I against my cousin; my cousin and I against the rest of the
world." To Islamists, and faux-Islamists like Osama bin Laden, WE---the
infidels--- are the rest of the world.)
All the Muslims lack to
unite them into an inexorable army is only a common center, or a leader with
trans-cultural appeal. The template has always been out there. Succeed and they
will become the INs. Since the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Muslims across the
world have been chopped apart into innumerable impotent polities. Since then, all
attempts to fuse and focus Muslim polities have been opposed (naturally,
one might add) by everyone else, like us.
Oil might seem the excuse
that fills in the blanks that otherwise make our Iraq policy sound cartoonish
(even if chillingly so!). But the only overarching truth is that ANYONE (i.e.,
the Mahdi, Nasser, Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, et al) who tries to
forge this Billion-Man polity into a force to reshape the world is a
natural-born enemy of the Oligarchy that has co-opted and controls the defense
of the present group of INs.
In the best of all
possible worlds, Muslims would force their overly zealous madmen to challenge
our overly zealous madmen to a soccer match on a deserted island. Win or lose,
both sides get to stay there after the match for the rest of their lives.
There are, however, a few
complications. On the Muslim side, this is well exemplified by an experience I
had myself, in Morocco. My house was broken into and everything was taken. The
owner of the house, with whom I was not particularly friendly, asked me what I
would want back in order not to make a big fuss.
"Perhaps," he said, he
could "negotiate with the thief." Otherwise, the implication was, you could
go to the police and you will get nowhere. I gave him a list that included my
wife's passport and checkbook and eight notebooks, which represented my
life's work. The next morning these items and one broken child's toy were
found in front of my door. Two weeks later, items (like my spare eyeglasses)
began showing up in the local pawnshops.
On my own, I found out the
name of the thief. When I asked my best friend Haimu, a Moroccan, if he knew who
this Ibrahim was, he quickly replied:
"Oh, Ibrahim, Absalom's
brother, the thief!"
In fact, from that day
forward, every Moroccan I knew referred to this miscreant as "Ibrahim,
Absalom's brother, the thief."
When I asked Hamu, "What
gives?" This is how he explained it to me:
"Ibrahim may be a thief, but he is our thief. When we see him coming, we put everything small
for our oligarchs
are lying sons-of-bitches
and valuable in our pockets
because we know. When he steals from a stranger, he embarrasses us. He has
violated our sense of hospitality. It is up to us to chasten him, though. You
are an outsider. He may be the lowest man in our society, but you are not even
from our society. Therefore, the thief is worthy of our contempt, but we would
never betray him to an outsider.
"Remember! My cousin and
I against the rest of the world!"
Therefore, unless Muslims
believe that Saddam Hussein must go and
that they must stop him themselves, our war
with Saddam will probably unite 90 per cent of the world's Muslims against us.
(Many of the world's Muslims find it hard to respond similarly to Osama bin
Laden. He has already proven himself capable of acting in a manner in which
Muslims and Innocents--i.e., children---are randomly killed along with the
supposed Infidels. "Collateral damage? is a pretty lame excuse for any
educated Muslim to rationalize. But how many Muslims are that well educated?)
On our side, the oligarchs
have lousy speechwriters. It would be utterly laughable, were it not so tragic,
that our not too bright President is given a lame line like, "? these people
[took out the Twin Towers] because they were jealous of our Freedoms
and Way of Life."
Forget it. Look at a map.
If Saddam Hussein were the Emperor of Nowhere, would we be going to war? But we
will, inevitably, go to war in Iraq because the ruler of Iraq is trying to unite
the Arab World---which is to say the Muslim world---into the major force all
self-respecting Muslims believe they are.
The fact that the Imperial
Bush-whackers are oil men means that we will never choose alternative energy
sources as a way of avoiding, or at least postponing, the looming confrontation.
There will be no postponements. Not when the White House dreams of chapters in
future history books with titles like Bush II The Bold Saves the Western
Hegemony. And not when such easy and provocative tools are available, such
as the Tonkin Gulf big lie that one of our naval ships was attacked---Lyndon
Johnson's excuse for entering the Vietnam War.
It would be stupid to believe then that the Muslim street ever could be on our side. Especially when our public rhetoric reveals to all how incredibly naive or uninformed (i.e., unlikely to prevail in the end) we are. Or, perhaps what dark, manipulative lying sons-of-bitches, the spokesmen for our ruling oligarchy indubitably are. ##
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