The Myth of the ‘War on Terrorism’

Remember “We’re
fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here
”? That
was the justification for the worldwide war on terrorism the Bush administration
trumpeted in the early days of the post-9/11 era. Keeping in mind that the American
people don’t really care about what goes on thousands of miles away, and that
the purpose of our foreign policy is – ostensibly – to keep us safe here at
home, the Bushies and their neocon Praetorian Guard always kept their focus
on the threat that was supposedly hanging over our heads: another 9/11. As that
Old Right prophet Garet Garrett put it some sixty years ago, US foreign policy
was rationalized to the public with “a
complex of vaunting and fear
,” and this was the fear part.

But now we hear that the latest iteration of the Terrorist Threat – ISIS –
is losing ground in Syria, its home base: some 12 percent of its territory has
been lost to a combination of opponents, and the Caliphate, we’re told, is shrinking.
So does that mean the Terrorist Threat is abating, and we can get back to living
our lives?

Heck no!

As CNN reports:

“IHS [Information Handling Services] senior analyst Columb
Strack says that ‘as the Islamic State’s caliphate shrinks and it becomes increasingly
clear that its governance project is failing, the group is re-prioritizing insurgency.”

“He told CNN: ‘As a result, we unfortunately expect an increase in mass
casualty attacks and sabotage of economic infrastructure, across Iraq and Syria,
and further afield, including Europe.’

“In other words, ISIS is going to become a more ‘traditional’ terror group, boasting
of its international reach
 to attract recruits and bolster morale as
it loses ground in Iraq and Syria.”

So let’s see if I have this straight: we fought them over there so we don’t
have to fight them over here, but now that we’re winning over there they’re
coming over there.

Got that?

This preposterous shell game is becoming so transparently phony that not even
the “experts” and government officials pushing it can possibly believe it.

In reality, the “war on terrorism” had nothing to do with protecting the American
people from harm: it was always all about projecting US power as far as possible
and effecting “regime change” throughout the Middle East. And not only there

The real regime change came about right here in the good ol’ US of A: a system
of universal
surveillance
was instituted as the “Patriot” Act was passed by a Congress
that never bothered to read it. The police were militarized
– after all, the Bad Guys were about to launch an attack on Peoria, or wherever,
and we had to be ready. The banks were forced to report all “suspicious
transactions, and if you bought a
pressure cooker
your name went on a list of…

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