Real War Game of Headless Chicken
Jack D. Douglas
by Jack D. Douglas: The
US Farce of the Drone
a Game of Chicken" seems to be a term taken from American teen-ager
pop-cult. The game was made famous as early as 1955 in James Dean's
classic teen flick, Rebel
Without A Cause, in a scene in which two separate cars are
driven at top speed toward a cliff. The first driver to stop or
veer away from sudden death is the loser – a "chicken" lacking courage.
There are movies since then depicting variations on that specific
form of the "Game." (There are probably earlier forms of it which
I do not know.)
say. this is a very dangerous game unless both – or all – the participants
are "wimps" willing to veer off early and avoid sudden death by
choice or, far more likely, by accident – misjudging the distance
it takes to turn away, losing brakes, etc.
The use of
the term in other realms such as strategic analysis of conflicts
between enemy nations is obvious. The actual practice is probably
very rare except in some arms build-ups and war-mongering, jingoistic
battles of taunts which make it harder and harder to turn away because
more and more "face" is lost.
But we seem
to be seeing an incredible instance of a three way "Game Of Headless
Chicken" between the U.S. and Israel and Iran. The U.S. and Israel,
aided by their puppets and allies, keep imposing more and more strangling
embargoes and other very painful measures on Iran, and threatening
to attack and annihilate Iran's nuclear facilities and inevitably
much else, if they do not do as ordered by the U.S. and Israel,
including most importantly proving that they are not planning to
build nuclear weapons. Iran totally denies this but refuses to obey
and does not [or cannot?] prove they are NOT planning to build nuclear
weapons. For a long time Iran merely resisted the taunts and refused
to obey the commands and continued building their clearly observed,
non-weapon nuclear programs, insisting they have no such plans and
obviously no one outside has any proof they do. But recently they
obviously decided they have to explicitly join this game of chicken
against the U.S. and Israel and any supporting nations. They are
now issuing counter orders to the U.S. and its puppets and allies,
such as "Keep your carriers out of the Strait of Hormuz or else."
Now any of
the three major players – and maybe some lesser players – who backs
down [veers off and does something to appease the others] severely
loses face and is set up for more and more commands of obedience.
they are less and less willing to veer off in any way, such as by
compromising, and negotiating such a new move has become far more
inherently uncertain, since there are now three primary players
that can act independently and many lesser ones who can do so.
they are playing some crucial parts of this game in the very narrow
waters of the Strait and Gulf where there have been many dangerous
mistakes and chosen wars before. And they are playing with missiles
and other weapons that can be fired and hit targets in a few minutes,
so an accidental Pearl Harbor can happen at any minute.
they all know that any forces that do not launch immediately upon
any sign of attack can be destroyed in minutes and devastate the
chicken who did not fire immediately on suspicion of attack.
It looks to
me like they have unintentionally, step by step, created an exceedingly
dangerous War Game of HEADLESS Chicken in which the whole thing
can blow up into attacks all around without anyone ever intending
to do that, a situation possibly even more volatile and unstoppable
once it gets going than the situation that led to the horrific World
War I without the "heads" actually deciding to fight a vast war.
The ruling heads then set early mobilization in motion and the massive
plans and movements led others to rush to the next stage of mobilization,
which led others...
Word War I
started with a single shot, then grew and grew and became an immense
war that killed tens of millions, maimed scores of millions, destroyed
vast empires and many nations, and set the stage for the more immense
and destructive WW II, many later wars and our global dilemma today
of Nuclear Mad.
the U.S. look to me to be like that crazed, paranoid assassin who
fired one shot in the Balkans which led in vastly complex, interdependent,
inherently uncertain ways to a global catastrophe that still endangers
all of mankind.
vast Middle East and South Central Asia are already fighting wars,
drifting wildly into civil wars, very explosive tinderboxes in a
world in a Great Global Crisis on the edge of vast national implosions.
This is one of the most inherently uncertain and dangerous situations
mankind has faced and we are ruled by very ignorant bureaucrats
and demagogues who understand none of this. And they are playing
a vast Real War Game of Headless Chicken with many paranoid participants
pulling the triggers.
D. Douglas [send him mail]
is a retired professor of sociology from the University of California
at San Diego. He has published widely on all major aspects of human
beings, most notably The
Myth of the Welfare State.
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