Terrorized by the War on Terror
There is no bigger topic in our culture right now than the War on Terror, or the Long War as it has been dubbed. It attracts the money, the government contracts, and a certain kind of awe. The Homeland Security Department is the monstrous physical embodiment of it.
As Americans, we mostly experience the War on Terror through televised images coming from foreign countries. It plays a very minor part in our real lives, except when we board a plane. There is an extended dialogue in Congress about securing our ports, air and sea, but our borders are essentially wide open. Immigrants from Mexico come in a steady stream. The Canadian border cuts across three thousand miles of wilderness. It is simply impossible to seal off a country the size of the United States.
Terrorism in America has an imminent reality, but it is slim. The War on Terror is more dangerous as politics and propaganda. It represented the central core of the Republican Presidential Campaign of 2004. No one will say that the incident on 9/11 was not a horrible and tragic event, but how does it compare to the Tobacco Industry’s marketing of cigarettes, in terms of, say, deaths? Or how does it compare to the terrorism of domestic violence? More women are beaten by their husbands each day in America than died in the collapse of the Twin Towers. The War on Terror, to a frightful extent, is over-rated.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor to Jimmy Carter, wrote the commentary that is linked below. It appeared in the Washington Post as well as many other large metropolitan newspapers. Brzezinski is a brilliant man with a lot of experience in international policy and global strategy. His assessment of the War on Terror verifies the only thing that could be worse than a War on Terror, the lie that there is one.
Commentary by Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security advisor to President Carter.
If Zbigniew's commentary doesn't give you a good twist, then try this video, OIL, SMOKE, AND MIRRORS. It delves the same topic from the other side of the looking glass.