by Chris Sullivan: Jonah's
ago, a group of disgruntled patriots, nationalists or terrorists
depending on your perspective went into the Capitol
building in D.C. and shot five congressmen. The assailants were
four Puerto Rican nationalists who unfurled a flag of Puerto Rico
and then fired thirty shots into the floor of the chamber. This
incident happened on March 1, 1954.
As far as I
know, nobody tried to claim that these people committed this act
for anything other than political reasons or that "they hate
us for our freedom." One of the shooters supposedly shouted
"Free Puerto Rico."
There was no
talk of "3/1 changed everything." Everybody probably understood
that the shooters wanted the US out of Puerto Rico. If someone had
inquired as to why the assailants shot the congressmen, they wouldn't
have been accused of "trying to justify the terrorists,"
it would have been recognized as a simple inquiry as to motive.
The same thing
is true of the World Trade Center/Pentagon caper, but the public
is discouraged from believing the perpetrators. Soon after the attack,
Osama Bin Laden appeared in a video tape wearing his US issued Goretex
camouflage jacket saying that he had nothing to do with the attack,
but that he approved of it and congratulated the ones who pulled
it off. He said (paraphrasing) that if the US continued to aid Israel
and occupy "Holy lands," "I swear to God" it
will happen again. After this the government made sure that the
people weren't going to hear any more grievances from Mr. Bin Laden
by prohibiting the showing of any more videos from him with the
excuse that he "might be sending coded messages."
The video is
probably on YouTube if it hasn't gone down the memory hole.
there was a propaganda campaign to assure the public that the attacks
had nothing to do with American actions in the Middle East. All
of a sudden it was discovered that these people hate us because
we are good or because we are free. Has there ever been another
case in history of one group being so resentful of another group
that has not harmed them in any way that they are willing to kill
themselves to inflict harm on the objects of their resentment? Would
it be rational for someone to say to himself, "I'm barely eking
out a living and my neighbor has millions of dollars and lives in
a mansion. I think I'll crash a plane into his house to kill myself
and perhaps kill him too?" The question answers itself.
If this were
motivated by the Islamic religion, it would seem that all the disgruntled
practitioners would not be concentrated in one area as I wrote about
there is a slow movement toward reality and now 43% of Americans
believe that the attacks might have been motivated by something
the US government did, according to this
article about a poll by Pew Research Centre. According to the
shift, however, was mainly confined to self-described Democrats
and independents, half of whom now believe US policies may have
motivated Al Qaeda.
on the other hand, remained steadfast, as on a number of other
key issues, in their view that the attacks were not motivated
by anything the US had done.
also found major differences between age groups on this question.
More than half (52 percent) of respondents under 30 said US actions
may have motivated the attacks, while only 20 percent of respondents
65 and older were open to that explanation."
help explain why Rick Santorum and Rudy Giuliani claim to believe
the party line. It's doubtful that anybody who has spent time in
government would believe the "official" story. If these
two are regular church-goers, they would have recited thousands
of times the part of the Confiteor that says "...I
have sinned through my own fault,... in what I have done and what
I have failed to do..." i.e. taking responsibility for
one's own actions. Why would governments be any different from individuals
since people in the upper echelons of government are many times
some of the worst people? The principle seems to be that whatever
"we" do is fine and everybody had better like it.
and no-fly zones, supporting dictators, occupying territory, aiding
one's enemies, toppling elected officials, etc, generates ill will
from the victims of such actions. This is probably a universal rule.
Johnny keeps poking the rattlesnake with a smoldering stick we shouldn't
be too perplexed as to why the rattlesnake bites little Johnny.
It isn't because of Johnny's freedom or because he is good or any
other kooky explanation. Sending out hordes of people to fight the
rattlesnakes over there so we don't have to fight them over here
is not the solution. The solution is to leave them alone and reprimand
Johnny, although the latter would probably not be necessary since
he has learned a valuable lesson on his own,
Trying to impose
your will on another people is a sure-fire way to make enemies.
Even if you have a benevolent intention rarely the case
sending lots of armed men (usually boys) into another country is
sure to cause trouble. Boys will be boys, and when they start drinking
and fighting and whoring, the locals take a disliking to them and
all who sent them.
years ago, the Jews were preparing to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened
Bread in Jerusalem when a smart-alecky Roman soldier mooned them
and uttered some insulting remark which resulted in a riot. Soon
after the "mooning" episode, another soldier tore up the
Jewish Books Of The Law and threw them in the fire. As everybody
knows, things went down hill from there with the Temple eventually
from this or one of the lessons is that people don't
like foreigners coming into their country and pushing them around.
This is something that Rick and Rudy and all others "in denial"
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