Me and Osama McGee
by Edgar J. Steele
Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose,
Nothing don't mean nothing,
honey, if it ain't free...
- song lyric,
"Me and Bobby McGee" (Kristofferson/Foster)
If nothing else, you have to admit
that we live in interesting times (yes, the same ones on the business end of
that ancient Chinese curse). Try as I might to focus on other
things, I just can't help thinking the other shoe is about to drop.
There is simply too much in the air to suggest otherwise.
Recently, the Russians issued a
3-week moratorium on travel to the US. Even Mikhail Gorbachev cancelled
a US speaking tour this month at the urging of Russian officials.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin apparently is prohibiting nearly all
government officials from flying to the United States during the next three
weeks," the Omaha World-Herald said Oct. 10. And there
unconfirmed rumors of Russian diplomats leaving the country in droves. Maybe
they are just heeding the warning recently issued recently by our own
FBI. Maybe they know something that we don't.
Scary side note: In responding
to questions about the cancellation of his US speaking tour, Gorbachev said he
hoped that from the present crisis a "new, international world
order" would be created.
Contrary to American TV and newspaper
accounts, it appears that the undeclared war in Afghanistan is not going as
well as expected. Though Senor Bush promised we would not waste
million-dollar cruise missiles on empty tents, it appears as though that is
exactly what we are doing. Sure, some are hitting strategic
targets, if there is any such thing in that already-devastated little
country, but they appear to be killing more civilians than Taliban
soldiers. And then there are those disturbing Internet rumors about
American special forces taking heavy losses, losses that are being hushed up
by our own government. Some of us remember how long it took
for the body bags from VietNam to reach a critical mass sufficient to trigger
acknowledgment from the American government.
65,000 National Guard and 35,000
Army reservists have been called to active duty and are now undergoing
training at the US Army School of Urban Control at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
There is no "urban" in Afghanistan, boys and girls. CNN
broadcast a few segments on this, displaying a training mockup of a guard
station with a road barrier and a sign that said "Homeland Security
Internal Checkpoint." The training mockup included a machine gun
emplacement and a prisoner holding pen. The arm that crossed the
road carried a sign that said "100% ID checked." There is
more about this particular story that could have been penned by George Orwell,
but let's save that for another day. The important thing is the scope
and import that is apparent to the preparations being made.
A front-page article in Pravda,
Russia's leading newspaper, on October 8 carried the headline "Martial
Law Implemented in the US." So this is what Russia thinks martial
law looks like, eh? I always wondered.
The Washington Post reported, two
days ago, that some in the FBI "are beginning to that say that
traditional civil liberties may have to be cast aside if they are to extract
information about the Sept. 11 attacks and terrorist plans." Among
the techniques under consideration: "threats to family members or
resort to torture." The Washington Post has long been used by US
Government authorities to float trial balloons, so as to gauge public
A provision in a Department of
Defense appropriations bill that just passed the Senate by a vote of
99-0 (!) will require millions of gun owners to render many personal
weapons inoperable, turn them in to authorities or become criminals of
the state. Called "demilitarization," and contained in
Section 1062 of S. 1438, this bill targets all weapons which once were used by
the military, such as the M-1 Garand and M-1 Carbine, the Model 1911. Even
military surplus ammunition comes within the ambit of this bill. There
are hundreds of thousands of weapons reached by this bill now in the hands of
On October 11, the AP wires carried
an item reporting that Michael Canavan, head of security for the FAA, quit in
protest because Bush administration officials wanted him to reassign
sky marshals from those flights deemed most likely to be terrorist
targets to those planes carrying "Cabinet members taking commercial
flights to demonstrate that air travel was safe and thereby encourage
Americans to return to the skies."
How much of the foregoing have you
seen reported in the controlled American media?
A particularly strong stench hangs
over America these days and it is not that of cordite, the prevailing odor
borne by the evening winds through Kabul.
Osama bin Laden has become an almost
mythical figure in the arab, particularly Muslim, world. Should he
survive and return to Saudi Arabia, throwing out the present Saudi regime as
he wants to do, akin to what happened in Iran, he will likely be hailed
as a messiah and accorded divine status. Even if we get him, there is an
infinite lineup of Muslims to replace him.
This guy lives in a cave. His
followers undertake suicide missions for him. Think about that and
contrast it with every enemy this country has faced in the past, always
motivated by political or economic goals.
He doesn't have a thing but his
religious fervor and an army spread throughout the world that feels the same.
This is Jihad, a religious war. This is something new for us. This
will make VietNam look like a stroll in the park, mark my words.
Osama bin Laden is now backed into a
corner. Dangerous in the best of times, now he truly has nothing to
lose. He has the freedom to do anything. Anything.
We say he admitted destroying the
World Trade Center, but he didn't say any such thing. In fact, he has
denied it outright, in one of those interviews that our government is not
allowing the controlled press to disseminate because it might contain
"hidden messages" to sleeper cells of terrorists.
We say he's in a cave, yet we bomb cities in our attempt to take him
We pretend we are the good guys. We drop food the Afghan citizenry won't
eat and can't digest. There are reports of them burning and burying
the food packets because they believe that is how the CCH/Ebola virus
outbreak on the Afghan-Pakistan border started.
We say he did it, but he couldn't
have. The WTC attack required the complicity of air traffic control in
several cities and, likely, our air force. The alleged suicide
hijacker/pilots are turning up alive (seven of them, so far). Too much
points to bombs going off in the buildings after the planes crashed into them.
There is a mountain of evidence that many in this country and elsewhere had
foreknowledge of the WTC disaster. Things are beginning to
slip out, just as they did following the OKC bombing.
I don't know how this will end.
I only know it will end badly.
"I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it
would be the truth."
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