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September 21, 2014

Insanity is… (Bombs & Bullets vs Terrorists)

Filed under: Subversive Screeds — brucehartford @ 1:30 pm
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cartoonThey say that: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I was reminded of that by the above newspaper cartoon from a few days ago.

The White House and Pentagon have tried — and failed — to halt Jihadist terrorism with bombs and bullets in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, and no doubt other places I can’t recall at the moment. Israel has tried to do the same with Hezbollah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad with an equal lack of success.

Sadly, it seems to me that many who oppose military action as the first resort to any social-political-economic-religious problem are caught in the same “repeat and fail” syndrome. Condemning and opposing Obama’s military reaction to ISIL atrocities without simultaneously rejecting and opposing misogynistic, bigoted, feudal, theocratic tyranny, ends up preaching only to the choir with the same lack of effectiveness as has been had in halting previous military endeavors.

Instead of just saying “No bombing” over and over, what if we said, “Cutting off terrorist funding is more effective than bombing villages”? What if we argued for an economic “war on terror” instead of a military one?

For 3,000 years, money has been the essential ingredient of all forms of military action — including terrorism. Everyone (even Washington) knows that Islamic fundamentalism and Jihadist terror networks have been — and continue to be — funded by oil sheiks and petro-nations like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, and so forth. Our first response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict was economic pressure, why is cutting off terrorist funding our last (or nonexistent) resort? Could it be that the greed of giant trans-national energy cartels and their cozy deals with Kings and Emirs does more to shape U.S. policy than common sense? (Oh, say it ain’t so, Barrack!)

Psssst! Here’s a secret, don’t pass it on. Oil ain’t worth squat until and unless it’s been shipped, refined, processed, and delivered to market. The politicians and pundits tell us that ISIL is financing itself from oil fields it captured. Do we really believe that thugs with their minds firmly planted in the 8th century are refining, shipping, and marketing petroleum derivatives on the global market all on their own without any direct involvement and connivance of Exxon, Shell, BP, Sinopec, Total, Gazprom, et al? Instead of dropping bombs on mud-hut villages, how about dropping some injunctions and whopping fines on some corporate boardrooms?

Just a thought.

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