The woodshed *


The crime of Wikileaks was lèse-majesté, an insufficient deference to Power. The cables are instructive. The Americans could care less about the opinions of the leaders of various nonentities like Saudi Arabia or Great Britain. What is important is that American diplomats conduct a periodic check-up - like having your teeth cleaned - in order to ensure that everybody knows who the boss is. Thus, from time to time, world leaders are interviewed by American diplomats who say nothing and just write everything down. The various leaders struggle to say what they think the Americans would want them to say, and if they meet the test, they are allowed to stay in power. Just striving to meet the test teaches a lesson. Perhaps the biggest surprise from the cables is how hard everybody strives to meet the American test of fealty.

We're in the middle of a long social experiment to see what we will put up with. The plutocrats keep asking for more, and we just give it to them. There is absolutely no push-back whatsoever. In fact, all we do is ask for more punishment and deprivation. The results of this experiment have been so startling to the plutocrats that they have until recently not asked for everything, in fear that perhaps they would awaken a sleeping giant of rebellion. Nope. No giant. Just sleeping. The continuing non-reaction to the massive financial theft in Europe and the United States, where the thieves were not only not punished, but massively rewarded, was the final test. The only reason why we are not all slaves building pyramids to the glory of the plutocrats is that they, in their infinite generosity of spirit, haven't asked us yet. They will, and we'll start hauling rocks.

The murder of Linda Norgrove


"I know this was murder. By Americans. Probably to protect CIA drug smuggling operations. -I'm sure many may say this is just a 'conspiracy theory', and at best we can never know what happened. I seriously beg to differ. "

"British aid worker murdered by Taliban during rescue operation" I knew this story was bullshit when I first read it. Initial debriefings of the 'crack US troops' involved somehow missed the little incident of throwing a grenade into the area where they thought Norgrove was being held. The story of how the evil Taliban killed her with a suicide vest started to sprout more and more details with the retelling. Suddenly, somebody looked at a tape of the incident (the fact it is a NATO operation probably meant the Americans couldn't hide the tape from the British), saw the grenade being thrown, and the world turned upside down.

This was supposedly a rescue mission. Who throws a grenade into a place where a hostage is being held? This is simply too moronic to blame on the baseline stupidity of the American soldier. They wanted her dead. Why? Probably the usual reason: she knew too much, or at least might have known too much. The most likely explanation by far was that she was in the hands of the drug warlords who operate with the CIA, and thus might have had stories to tell which the CIA didn't want told.

The Rachel Corrie gambit


You can't understand Israel and the Jewish attitude towards it unless you understand how violent group supremacism works. Rachel Corrie wasn't suicidal. She assumed that the bulldozer driver would recognize her as a fellow human being, and stop. Her thinking process was that she would afford the bulldozer driver the courtesy, indeed the privilege, of sharing the compass of her moral sphere. As a fellow moral being, he would never hurt her, particularly when hurting her would disprove her thesis of his morality. Non-violent protest always makes the assumption that shared morality as human beings will cause the state instruments of violence to avoid their default actions. That's the gambit: I assume you are a moral being like me - do you dare disprove my assumption by hurting me?

To a violent group supremacist, Rachel Corrie's assumptions were an outrage. How dare she assume that she was on the same moral plane as the bulldozer driver? Didn't she know that he was a superior being? Her attempt to bring him down to her level, the level of farm animals or insects, was the worst insult that could be made to a Jew. So he ran her over. In standing up for group supremacism, he immediately became an Israeli folk hero.

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