Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Victory Over bin Laden Belonged to the World

It is not only the US that bin Laden gave grief to. He didn’t like Saudi royalty. He believed that Sufi’s were giving Islam a cowardly touch. Attacks on Awakening Council Members, those who changed sides in Iraq, exceeded the US deaths on 9/11.

Bin Laden thought he discovered a revolutionary method that never could fail, where the victors always died in their victory. In Spain the opportunity to be confused with Basque terrorists to affect the then upcoming election couldn’t have happen, unless they used backpack bombs on the Madrid commuter trains. But later as the police closed in they blew themselves up, and a percussion grenade armed officer as well. If bin Laden followed script and killed himself even if not succeeding in taking any of the Navy Seals with him. Or they overwhelmed a sleepy-eyed bin Laden with the latest stealth technology, how much cheering would there have been? People would have cheered seeing a photo of a drugged bin Laden being dragged to the helicopter.

Somehow I hope I have somewhat healed the feeling of some peace activists that the cheering means that America is particularly cold-blooded. To me what is totally cold-blooded is sipping a soda, while ones fingers and joy stick one is working with is spelling death on the other side of the world.

Had bin Laden followed the script, he required of others, many of those who now want to quit would have continued to feel joy when asked to go on a suicide-mission. Any who continue now just feel grim obligation.

Had bin Laden followed the script, he required of others, many of those who now want to quit would have continued to feel joy when asked to go on a suicide-mission. Any who continue now just feel grim obligation.

Reality reinvented to before bin Laden changed it when a helicopter crashed, the Navy Seals without hesitation rushed forward, on a suicide mission, the only thing different was that their life and that of the woman and children was one of their goals. But just like a fairy tale bin Laden transformed from a monster into a helpless old man, the way Saddam Hussein did with a thermometer in his mouth. Those who then condemned President Obama and the Seals calling them vicious brutes further ruined the Rambo image his followers craved for in bin Laden.

If bin Laden had lived super-hawk Cliff Stearns would still suddenly claim, any more war in Afghanistan was a waste,
and perhaps India would still have told Afghan President Karzai that any agreement he makes with the in the past India hating Taliban was alright with them,
and Hamid Karzai would still have ordered NATO to stop killing civilians,
but the peace movement would have been invigorated by Cris Stearns comments, and international peace groups would have been excited about the improvements between India, and Muslim countries like they had been in the past,
and the world would be on its way to preventing economic collapse.

However now a month later I wonder if the karma would have really been that good if bin Laden was in jail. In the middle east when a street vendor’s goods were seized, the vendor protested his family now facing starvation, by setting himself on fire, igniting the Arab spring,
Karma is weird. Did bin Laden have to die a failure, in order for death to return to meaning failure? I, from the way I was brought up, would like to be convinced that bin Laden didn’t have to die. However perhaps if we all try to mill over this question, instead of condemning the other point of view the world may end up with far more to celebrate.

When World War I ended the world tried to declare it “The War That Ended All Wars.” When the 2nd World War ended we tried to declare that the UN would create peace. Let’s make suicide-murder death no longer meaning success lead to at least a similar attempt. No more calling it OK when someone murders their spouse as long as they kill themselves in the process, or school kids at Columbine calling mayhem, to be victory over being ostracized.

What would Martin Luther King or Gandhi do if they were alive today. I doubt if they would sign a petition asking the US congress to end all Afghan war funding in six months.

Hamid Karzai asked the Saudis to mediate. They said, not until the Taliban renounces bin Laden,\
The Taliban knows full well, that a peace conference with the US paying the expenses wouldn’t be the right sort of negotiations. Maybe Martin Luther King and Gandhi would have taken a trip to Saudi Arabia, even to Taliban Afghanistan suggesting amount other things that they appoint Hamid Karzia the Mayor of Kabul (a position jokes already claim) for a ceiling on their negotiation demands. When World War II ended besides the cheering at home, the cheering Germans impressed the GIs so much that some of the GI’s in Germany started home without orders. If the Taliban announced that they were nominating Hamid Karzai to be Mayor of Kabul, would all the US solders who volunteered for one tour of duty and are afraid of being drafted into a 4th tour of duty, continue to stay at their posts? Why are we still in a fight with the Taliban?’

Many of the people the US targeted with bombs never would have been had it been know that bin Laden was nowhere around since 2001.

Can’t we find some way to stop targeting former al Qaeda suicide want-to-be’s who change their minds, after knowing their leader didn’t even have some king of self-destruction device on the computer files. Maybe they could ask to be fitted with listening and tracking devices, that would sound an alarm if the devices became more than 6 feet from each other. Maybe the US could stop spreading bad karma by having fighters sit before computer screen sipping coffee in an air-conditioned room, operating a joy stick attached to drone aircraft as some, in a hot sticky plateau across the world, spreading fear and death from the sky. Let us cheer the Navy Seals going forward on what looked like gasoline ally by telling Obama to stop spreading bad karma around with drone aircraft.

Can we heal the feeling among those who work for a better would that all the cheering means the US is more hopeless than they

Now world, let’s do things differently from now on. UN accept Gadhafi’s lying peace proposals providing he wears a listening tracking device. If he doesn’t agree, have some brave UN posse try to serve a warrant for him to appear in court. Then Navy Seals, or the like, from France and Qatar try to arrest Gadhafi with percussion grenades, like the Spanish police did the Madrid bombing masterminds, with stun guns and with the US announcing it will get involved only if non lethal armed posse troups are all killed or held for ransom, at which point the US would send in the drones. If Gadhafi tried not to be captured and at the same time tries to not kill the stun gunned armed posses it would be a step toward a better world, instead of the bloodbath now going on in Libya in the name of peace.

The world was lucky that one helicopter failed which made rushing bin Laden into a heroically (not negative) potential suicide mission. The world is lucky that the Navy Seals because of one less helicopter was unable to force his wives and kids to leave with them, we forget President Bush wanted someone else besides the US to stop bin Laden fearing that he could possibly be more dangerous dead at the hands of the US, than alive. If al Qaeda volunteers thought it was a nasty rumor that bin Laden was unarmed they could have been inspired by his death. More than ever, believing that might makes right, trying to be even more suicidal to become even more mighty. A cautionary note bin Laden couldn’t have foreseen that karma would have caused one helicopter to crash. But he could have foreseen the computers being seized in one piece. The US government now says they never got any correct information from any top al Qaeda operator with or without torture, only figuring things out from what they denied too vehemently. One piece of faulty information was that a Taliban elder who was urging the Taliban to negotiate, was an al Qeada operative. His family is now getting a little annual compensation from the US government. How about some real compensation like the blood-money the US shelled out to the robbers trying to rob a CIA agent. Jordan had an al Qaeda operative who gave top quality information then at a meeting blew up five top CIA operatives. I am scared that the US will again be fascinated by all the good info found on bin Laden’s computer tapes and then again fall for lies that cause real harm.

Thank you everyone involved. Thank you Obama, Seals, and thank you peace movement for inadvertently ruining bin Laden’s image with his supporters, craving a Rambo leader. Thank you Rep. Cris Stearms now opposing the Afghan War. Thank you Taliban for any future small gesture in ending the war. Thank you Americans and thank you world for another opportunity to stop the US from imposing financial collapse on us all from too much US defense spending. Let’s extend the successes into something all of us can cheer about.

Richard Kane

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Survivalism can be Sprouts & Potatoes not Guns

As fear of economic collapse spreads, those calling themselves survivalists get listened to by more and more Americans. Ironically the hippies used to talk about survival by going back to the organic farm.

Today no one is publicly gathering potatoes and sprouts. Instead many are advocating hoarding gold which isn’t good for the money circulating, and actually in a truly desperate world, some buried bags of Raw Potatoes could be more fluid as a currency substitute than, a buried sack of Gold Coins.

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People urging survivalist tactics could be wrong in other areas as well, but as usual only the right-wing is doing any arguing, so they keep winning the oral argument by default. Imagine 40 year ago, no earmarks and big guns being in the same package.

Today so-called survivalists not those dropping out mention that the dollar and euro are close to collapse. They urge besides guns and guard dogs a generator and a water distiller, and a hoard of prepackaged dried foods.

In a real disaster guard dogs will be shot and eaten, and no mater how big one’s gun you still need some sleep.

Why not along with one’s neighbors refill as many empty plastic bottles as possible, sprout seeds, and grow and bury potatoes. Medieval farmers had potatoes no matter how many self-appointed, tax collecting armies passed through.

In the last days of the Bush years things began collapsing, Obama chose to be a mediator, not a blamer, at first accomplishing wonders until he began to inherit the blame for things not being the way they should be.

Mayors can plant potatoes. Philadelphia (a Democratic island in a now Republican state) is particularly venerable for hard times. And now has a casino that services almost exclusively the poor. People without any money in their pocket, at all, don’t go the supermarket, and a usually honest person even if not caught might feel embarrassed to go back to the local store where they stole a peanut butter cracker. Urban gardens already encouraged by the city might start growing potatoes. Over sized pots in your windowsill or yard, will make the robbers know, despite being healthy, you likely don’t have pouches of plastic-wrapped dried food that is easy to haul away. Sidewalk grass could be gardens. The next stimulus should be stipends for urban gardens, since in an emergency they will feed the neighborhood whether they want to or not, except for the potatoes since only the planter knows when and exactly where to dig, and anyone desperate enough to randomly dig wouldn’t be in any condition to wait for any they find to cook, or bake.

Of course an intruder rather than barter could rob one of their sprouts, but since thieves tend to be lazy or totally desperate, haling away seeds and plastic storage bins is not likely instead a thief might plan to come by for more spouts later, and have to worry about the sprouts being poisoned if he pushed to hard. And as I said before potatoes are stable enough to substitute as currency.

Obama keeps preaching hope for a better world. Gore spread grim predictions while being part of an inspiring ecological campaign where individuals planted a tree, and ads glorified kids picking up litter. Churchill also inspired by talking about a grim world. Note Churchill’s inspirational book was titled, “Blood, Sweat and Tears”. President Obama stop the prosperity oriented happy talk! Like Gore, talk of the grim times ahead!

Besides predictions of a bright economic prospect repeatedly letting people down, Guantanamo not closing like Obama said he would, saps the strength of those who conclude that there is no way for ordinary folk to have their opinions heard. However, the day Obama announced plans to close Guantanamo, al Qaeda claimed a new head of al Qaeda of Yemen and Saudi Arabia, a convicted terrorist who was involved in the bombing of the Cole He earlier was granted amnesty by Yemen in return for apologizing for terrorism, and picking his own words to affirm that Prophet Mohammad doesn’t condone attacking non military targets. If the US government had exposed he was a figurehead pressured into it by al Qaeda, he could have been turned into a remotely-detonated suicide bomb. Others could be cornered as well. There is a bloodbath of Awakening Council members in Iraq of the ones refusing to make amends with al Qaeda. Obama’s problem in closing Guantanamo is not lack of will, almost anyone who was at Guantanamo could at knife point claim on the Internet to be an al Qaeda leader.

France declared war against al Qaeda in Mali building up from when it tried to rescue instead of paying ransom for French citizens held hostage. Bin Laden personally threatened to blow up the Eiffle Tower and other targets. Bin Laden is confident that victory will eventually be his since with his help the US is bankrupting itself. If Obama were to announce we are now withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and a hostage was seized some Americans would go out of their minds in anger. Conservatives. As far as showing weakness, defense spending at a bankrupting rate is a show of weakness. But it’s not yet checkmate for America.

I would like to thank Warren Buffet and the 44 millionaires who signed a pledge opposing the tax-cut extension. Under Eisenhower the tax rate on the rich was 91% then though the years it went down to the thirties. As there are more and more millionaires as the economy crumbles some hope for revolution. There won’t be revolution as long as those who don’t want it can foment hate between ethic groups like they have between Hispanics and non-Hispanics. However a touch of what Cuba has the world needs, to keep the rich at bay.

For free health care people can go to Cuba. If the government would allow Americans to take 10% of their medicare, medicaid, and prescription reimbursement with them or 10% of any welfare payments with them to Cuba, Cuba would put up with the influx of sick people even if they got less than 10% of what US hospitals get. Some Social Security recipients used to retire in cheaper Mexico taking the burden off of medicare, but crime is got in the way of more retiring there. We must cut medical costs, and health care overseas can help.

Manufacturing jobs are gone, the Internet hires toward the lowest paid parts of the world, TV monitors can be watched from overseas replacing some security guards and quality control experts without union or worker actions. An exception to the economic downturn is Australia where nevertheless unemployment is extremely high.

Obama please stop talking of economic recovery any time soon, instead like al Gore and Churchill inspire hope that America continues to function.

Meanwhile if we started taking Survivalism in a collective way, and a non-combative way, our own neighborhood could survive even if many things are going wrong elsewhere in the world. The right-wing now owns the code words that used to belong to the hippies. I believe that who owns the code words is more important than most realize.

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I had more detail of ways municipalities and individuals could save costs by way of the Internet, One’s insurance company or even state welfare departments could encourage overseas operations and prescription renewal, a few have but googleing organ donor transplants soured my interest,
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