The ‘War on Terror’ - Mad or Bad ?
"Terrorism" .. wrote the journalist Glenn Greenwald .. “the word that means nothing but justifies everything”. Here’s another quote .. "The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant political mythology." .. Michael Parenti said that. There’s a connection between the two.
The whole ‘War on Terror’ promoted by the USA is a murderous and manipulative fantasy. It offers a false narrative that is, in essence, simply a cynical replacement for the bogeyman of ‘communism’. In both cases the archetypal 'enemy-without' myth has been used to instil public fear and justify whatever our rulers want to do. ‘Terrorism’, like ‘Communism’ before it, has become the magic word that renders all logic, reason and discussion irrelevant. Call someone a ‘terrorist’ or say you’re fighting against ‘terrorism’ and anything you want to do, however vile or criminal, is justified. It serves our rulers well.
If you look honestly, objectively, unblinded by false ‘patriotism’ or propaganda, you cannot fail to see a colossal disconnect between what our governments actually do (huge acts of unprovoked aggression, mass state-terrorism, killing hundreds of thousands, drone assassinations, war-crimes, invading and occupying other countries for economic and strategic self-interest, torture, etc) and what they say they are doing (nobly spreading ‘freedom and democracy’, defending us from some existential threat, etc). The gulf between reality and the official fiction is mind-blowing. The surreal world of Alice in Wonderland is a haven of logic and reason compared to the one we’re supposed to swallow.
A theme I often return to is that I live in a mad society, run by lunatics, with rules, laws, and customs that are frequently crazy. I think there’s demonstrably a lot of truth in this ‘mad’ view of life and its what I genuinely believe on a bad day. On a worse day, however, I think maybe it’s bad rather than mad. That we live in a world run by criminals in suits, where we’re fed bullshit and propaganda until we believe black is white and up is down. Not mad, just bad. The clever and ruthless few ruling the gullible masses, pretty much as they always have.
Either way, mad or bad or a mixture of both, one thing that’s absolutely certain is our world is not what we’re told it is.