by Mentarch | 5/14/2008 10:56:00 PM
I hope I will be forviven for borrowing from Megadeth - but the question posed in this title essentially summarizes the last seven years which have followed the tragic day of 9/11.

The following likewise summarizes these same last seven years:
"Violence is the last refuge of incompetence" - The Sixth Principle of Incompetence.

I have felt much "sympathy" for President Bush when he declared that he wished he was standing alongside soldiers in Afghanistan and/or Iraq; I was especially "misty-eyed" when I heard that he keeps making great sacrifices for the Global War on Terror(TM), such as "feeling for the fallen soldiers' and putting aside golfing.

I have likewise felt much "empathy" for John McCain and Joe Lieberman, who keep beating the drums of war - increased troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as waging war aginst the evil Iranian Regime.

As a Canadian, my chest swelled with patriotic "pride" when Prime Minister Harper announced his vague plans to invest greatly in our military, if only because "if you want to be taken seriously in the world, you need the capacity to act".

And then ...

Then I remembered this:
"Ignorance breeds fear. Fear fosters hate. In turn, hate leads inevitably to violence (...) when will we acknowledge the fact, once and for all, that it is the incompetents among us who consistently promulgate violence as a solution for anything, to everything? (...) we must strive to forget nevermore that rationalizations supporting the use of violence - other than the need for the rightful exercise of self-defense when set upon by a genuinely clear, present and immediate danger - invariably constitute deceitful fabrications meant to conceal, disguise or justify incompetence ... including our very own for embracing such mendacity."
For indeed, we have much to atone for giving into fear following 9/11 - as this video illustrates:

Which, in turn, made me remember this:
"So - what exactly happened on the day after the fateful and tragic morning of 9/11?

We lost and the terrorists won.

Right there and then.

Whatever else has happened in the (seven) years which followed to this day merely constitutes the gradual and methodical enactment of the terms of our surrender.

No more, no less."
We have allowed bona fides incompetents to run our governments, to represent "us".

We have allowed ourselves to be enthralled by the fearmongering, the hatemongering and the cries for blind vengeance bellowed by false patriots, making us forget what true patriotism is and what it means.

Consequently, this is the price exacted from us when we entrust governance to incompetents:

And this is the price the incompetents that we've entrusted have exacted from "them":

All of this also reminded me of one of Ghandi's quotes:
"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?"
Along the way, we have forgotten what true leaders are all about:
"What is power?

We all know the saying: 'Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely'. However, how many among us actually realize that this adage is nothing more than an excuse for incompetence in wielding, or exercising, power?

For it is a fact that those individuals who are 'corrupted' by power are inevitably revealed at their core to be selfish, greedy, covetous, paranoid or fearful. Consequently, these use power expediently as a tool for the wasteful satisfaction of their every whim, want and need, or as a weapon to aim recklessly at their outwardly-projected inner demons.

In short: only incompetents abuse power.

Why is this so? Because, their petty minds are blind to the principle that factual power constitutes that which serves not only to better our own personal lives, but to improve those of others as well. We are indeed the keepers of our brothers, our sisters, our families, our relatives and our neighbors: this is a plain and simple verity, which also happens to define the very essence of Humanity.

It is not coincidence that incompetents invariably forget - or deny - such a fundamental truth."
Whether we like it or not, whether we accept it or not, this much remains true: all that blood is on our hands.

If only because we have met the enemy, and the enemy is ourselves.

We The People - this is what it has, and always has been, about. In a democracy, it is the electorate who holds all the keys and guard all the doors - provided that the citizens actually live up to their responsibility.

We are the ones who have broken the "contract between citizens and their government" because, in essence, we surrendered to fear, hate and desire for blind vengeance, all the while thinking that somehow our vigilance and implication had become optional with regards to our own governance.

My only remaining hope lies with the possibility that it is not too late, that we may yet veer off the road to perdition upon which we are fast riding on and take another, more enlightened, one.

After all, are our noble precepts of democracy, liberty, human rights and peace nothing but empty, boastful, self-gratifying and hypocritical shams?

(Cross-posted from APOV)

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Blogger Mentarch on 5/14/2008 10:59 PM:

So - who's buying?


Anonymous Anonymous on 5/19/2008 9:04 AM:

The main reason why no one's "buying" may well be due in part to the fact that your opinion piece is based partly on a false understanding of what happened on 9/11.

Osama bin Laden was falsely blamed for what was a false flag operation -
a classic, covert "inside" job.

The conspiracy promoted by the U.S. government is preposterous and unsupported by the extant evidence.
Why do you think OBL is NOT on the FBI's Most Wanted list for 9/11 crimes? The reason is, as the FBI itself has said, because there is no evidence that OBL had anything to do with 9/11.

Tell me again what your field is?


Blogger Jeremy Young on 5/19/2008 10:53 AM:

Anonymous, last warning. Future comments on this subject will be deleted.


Anonymous Anonymous on 5/19/2008 12:19 PM:

Mr. McCarthy -

Kindly explain what you mean by "this subject". As any fool can see, the author of the article brought up the subject of 9/11, not me.

I understand that your concern about not wanting to jeopardize your ability to become tenured, but really, if you don't want to hear an opposing view, then don't allow the subject to come up.

Will your right-wing author be able to post on any subject that comes up or will he also be under a constraint to avoid such forbidden topics as recent political history?


Blogger Ahistoricality on 5/19/2008 1:40 PM:

Anonymous: I'm not an administrator here, but even I know enough to read the comment policy, and that antagonizing the guy who makes those decisions isn't a terribly good idea.

More specifically, Mr. Young (like myself) has a very low tolerance for unsourced and absurd conspiracy theories (as opposed to the very well-researched and plausible ones provided by several of the authors here).


Blogger Jeremy Young on 5/20/2008 12:08 AM:

New guideline: no 9/11 conspiracy theories unless brought up by a member of the front-page team. They're not to be used as a club to beat front-pagers with when said front-pagers are entirely uninterested in discussing them.