And Other Movie Fantasies
10th Nov., 2004
in association with WagKingdom.com
as in the movie Saving Private Ryan, U.S. forces in the "assault"
on Fallujah have a mission focussed on a single man: the elusive Musab
al-Zarqawi. They seek him here. They seek him there. They seek him everywhere.
But, Zarqawi remains as disappointingly fictional as ever. No doubt
he has "slipped away" from Fallujah. Australia's ABC
' Lieutenant General Thomas Metz,
the multi-national force corps commander, says he believes the most
wanted man in Iraq has escaped the city. “Some of the senior leaders
probably have fled,” he said. “I would hope not but I’ve got to assume
that those kind of leaders understand the combat power we can bring.”
Just as likely to be already deceased, Osama Bin Laden also "slipped
away" at Tora Bora, we must presume.
But what about the "foreign fighters" with which Fallujah
was teeming. Don't say that they too have slipped away. The Guardian
"We expected a much fiercer reaction,"
said Major General Abdul Qader Mohammed Jassem, head of Iraqi forces
in Falluja and the province's new military governor. He admitted some
of the fighters may have already left. "There is movement in
and out. It is a vast and difficult area. Some people even swim in
and out," he said.
I suppose that's only to be expected when you are fighting against an
enemy which uses guerilla warfare. There is every chance they will behave
like guerillas. And guerilla warfare means never standing and fighting.
"Slipping away" is the very definition of guerilla war. Or
hasn't anyone told the Americans?
HARD LOOK - YOU'RE A TERRORIST
Not to worry, that still leaves the residents of Fallujah. In a war
zone sparse with enemies of substance, civilians may just have to do.
The case that all Iraqis and perhaps all Muslims are now terrorists
is underpinned by new "revelations" from Michael Scheuer.
He is a "former" CIA officer who has been granted unprecedented
license by the CIA to "criticize" George Bush's handling of
the War on Terror.
Monday Scheuer said that Al Qaida was now a 'global
Islamic insurgency' rather than a terrorist organization, and
that it posed a much different threat than previously believed.
Scheuer's impeccable timing coincides perfectly with events in Fallujah,
where 'Al-Queda' is morphing into 'All-Muslims' right
before our eyes.
As this Reuters
' Tank platoon commander Lieutenant
Joe Cash said: “Some take off their fighting clothes, walk to a weapons
cache and next thing you know they are shooting at you,” he said.
You just know.... Get it?
“You see a guy walking in the street with normal clothes and he gives
you a hard look and you just know he is one of them.” '
It's exactly like in the movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
The Aliens grew in pods, which hatched beings who looked just
like the humans they had replaced.
But, one of them might give you a hard look... And then you just know!
It's one of THEM!
MEET THE FAKE OPPOSITION
Scheuer, by way of establishing his anti-establishment credentials,
was on Monday also critical of the Sept. 11 commission for failing to
identify top officials who should be held responsible for failing to
prevent the "terrorist" attacks. Yawn.
Scheuer is an anti-Bush figure, so they say. Like Hans Blix, or Scott
Ritter. Or pro-Palestinian, "anti-Israeli" journalist Robert
Fisk, who on counterpunch.org has momentarily taken off his anti-Israeli
hat, to rather
disconcertingly dance on the body of a comatose Arafat.
Lucky we have Counterpunch.org to bring his and other "alternative"
Another "Alternative views" website is AntiWar.com. In a current
plea for donations, AntiWar.com bemoans the successes of the "War
Party" --and wonders:
"How did they do it? How did
they pull the wool over the eyes of a nation and lead us by the nose
into the abyss of endless war? In a word: Propaganda.
Pretty deep analysis, eh? Yawn.
The US government, the war industry, the big neocon foundations with
multi-millions at their disposal – they are using all their resources
to propagandize the American people with their message of hubris and
fear. Antiwar.com is engaged in a counter-propaganda campaign."
So, how did the War Party really do it? Partly by means
of skin-deep resistance groups like AntiWar.com, and faintly pink intellectual
sites like Counterpunch.org, that's how. The Washington Elite are peddling
a soap opera war with soap opera villains and soap opera politicians.
Not forgetting the soap opera anti-war movement.
The Elite intention is to play both sides against each other as meticulously
as they have played Democrat and Republican supporters against each
other. With hot button issues such as liberal Gay Marriage and conservative
dreams of rolling back Abortion.
Whom do liberals need to defend them against the maniacal Fundamentalist
Christians? The Democratic Party, of course. Whom do Christians need
to defend them against the maniacal Liberals? The Republican Party,
All of which guarantees an endless series of "exciting" 51%
versus 49% elections --tweaked by means of electronic manipulation of
the vote. This is a game they can play forever.
So, now you know why John Kerry conceded.
It isn't the Democrats turn. Yet.
The only elite embarassment, was the sheer scale of the anti-Bush vote.
The electronic massaging of the election result was thus larger than
had been envisaged, and left telltale footprints.
TWO PARTIES - ONE STATE
The presidential "election" was a staged farce designed
to dishearten opposition to the 9/11 cover-up, the war in Iraq, and
the War on Terror --while priming the pump for an eventual rebound effect.
All this is essentially a low budget rerun of Vietnam. It will feature
a reenactment of the antiwar resistance of the Vietnam era. They know,
that we know the landscape of Vietnam. And so they nudge us to replay
the predictable politics of resistance.
political elite are in the business of running a Two Party State. And
you are not invited to the party. The recent mass electoral campaigns
by both parties were never after your vote. Your vote can be manufactured
The "election" was a recruitment drive --aimed at building
the support-base of both parties. Indeed, all significant current events
are designed with that objective in mind.
why international vulture capitalist, George Soros is funding the anti-Bush
group MoveOn.org. That's why moveOn.org is now changing into an antiwar
movement. That's why the elite press are assuring us that George Bush
will soon face "the
most determined antiwar movement since the '60's."
There's no doubt that's true. Because the Elite are arranging it that
Needless to say, the "right" people are already in position
to benefit from this ebb and flow of political tides.
Recall that John Kerry on his return from Vietnam, was positioned in
the antiwar movement to establish grassroots credibility and thus springboard
his political career. Kerry is soooo Elite that it's laughable. That's
already beginning to dawn on bewildered Democratic supporters.
Kerry's modern era successors are already in place in the Republican
and Democrat camps. Hey, it worked in the '60's. Why shouldn't it work
MOVIES AND MEDIA
It's social programming, folks. With a media machine --more glamorous
than ever-- as the means to a meticulously planned end.
The people of Iraq, Muslims in general, US military forces and the bewildered
global population, are mere extras in a major Elite movie. Extras get
paid a pittance, in case you didn't know. Oh well, you soon will --as
your income plummets towards Third World levels.
The big roles --as usual-- go to the carefully-selected stars. Bush
is terrific in the role of the modern Hitler. Great piece of casting.
Movie stars are picked based on their potential for star-appeal to the
Political leaders are now selected on the basis of psychodynamic profiles
which predict how well they will trigger responses in the gullible public.
The Elite know that millions tuned into Dallas to see if the scoundrel,
J. R. would eventually get what he deserved. We love to hate. But first,
we have to care.
If you can't stand Bush, that's understandable. He was picked to be
hated. He has the basic attributes. The rest is as false as the marketing
image of Britney Spears, Hillary Clinton, Madonna or Eminem.
By any standard, George Bush is a hit. Although it did take some spectacular
pyrotechnics in Iraq to help foster concerted public hatred. Which meant
that a lot of extras had to die. Ah well, that's the movie business.
Speaking of movies. George's replacement [for we will eventually tire
of hating him], is Arnie the Hun. President Arnie blurs the line between
political leader and movie star, even more than did Reagan. Millions
of "extras" may need to be killed. Politics has turned into
deadly soap opera.
WAG, WAG, WAG
The Media and the Movies are a Political Fantasyland theme-park and
a major political and social conditioning tool.
Movies suych as 'The Day After Tomorrow' --which warns of global warming
--from which only global government can save us. Or, 'The Passion' which
serves to invigorate Christians for Holy War. And 'Braveheart' --designed
to inflame the Scottish-Protestant heartland of Bush's fundamentalist
support-base. And so on.
Similarly, television, mass media and even the Internet are used to
acomplish social conditioning. Notice the use of graphic images of beheadings
spread by Internet to deprave and degenerate the popular psyche. Or
the "leaking" of prisoner abuse photos to create outrage and
movies, politics and society came together famously on 9/11 [See
'Wag The WTC']. The strategic goals of the attacks were: to condition
us into fear; to launch the demonization of Muslims --via superstar
Osama Bin Laden; and to destabilize the public, softening them up for
all that has followed.
Unfortunately, real humans had to die in this political movie spectacular,
but that downside never mattered to the ruthless perpetrators. In made-for-TV
"Reality" features like 9/11 or Iraq, it's always real human
blood that flows. That's what makes them so gripping. And so deadly.
The only solution is to Tune Out. Period. Otherwise they will keep making
these gory "reality" movies. Turn away. Turn off the TV and
get your knowledge from the Internet, and the written word.
Eastern religious tradition warns of Maya -the world of illusion which
draws mankind in. It's a warning worth heeding in this Virtual Reality
In time, the "stars" who acted in these staged events, the
planners who dreamed them up and the intelligence grunts who helped
fog the public with mind games, will all be regarded as spiritually
sick. They won't even be hated. They will be pitied.
But, why this, and why now?
The key reasons have to do with accelerating communications and the
Internet --creating a global infosphere which helps foster tolerance,
understanding and equity. An emerging infrastructure for spreading information
free of the grip of the media monopoly.
The development of printing, similarly took the written word out of
the ambit of the Roman Church. The result was the Reformation, the notion
of individual conscience and thus, indirectly the U.S. Constitution.
The equivalent modern revolution threatens all forms of political and
social power built on fear and the hatred of enemies.
And so, the Power Elite are mounting a determined effort to create new
enemies: Devout Muslims, Devout Christians, Abortion-loving Liberals,
Job-raiding Immigrants, Right-wing Republicans, Left-loving Democrats,
Divide and conquer - the oldest game, yet again.
Along with new enemies, have come newly manufactured, fear-inducing
threats: Aliens, AIDS, Flu, SARS, Serial Killers, Terrorism, Weather
etc.,etc.. A relentless diet of threats.
These enemies and fears
are designed to keep the public willingly entrapped in the maw of
Power --purely for protection.
It's a psychological Protection Racket.
The grisliest victims of the racket are mostly non-whites. Not surprising
--given the racist, colonial mindset of the pivotal Anglo-American-Germanic-White-Russian
Ironically, the minority disenfranchisement seen in the recent US
presidential election and the vast minority prison population, make
it clear that the US elite have become an apartheid regime to rival
the old South Africa.
World hunger? Who cares? Just kill 'em off. Too many non-whites on
the planet anyway. Global poverty? What poverty? Besides, poverty
can be character-building.
How are men and women with a spiritual focus and a desire to see
peace, understanding and equity, supposed to counter this appalling
and cynical manipulation of the general pubic?
Partly, by steering clear of mass organized politics and putting their
efforts instead into humanitarian efforts which seek to relieve the
suffering of those most affected. In that way, they are more likely
to see direct and measurable results.
Also, by heeding the dictum "Small is Beautiful."
"Mass" movements and large scale systems are subject to
corruption by Power. Stay away from "mass" anything. The
village and the small community are the natural scope of humanity.
Even the global internet, we can use to make electronic villages.
Anything bigger tends to be a delusion. That's the message in the
"Towel of Babel" tale.
The Internet is an apposite model for the emerging post-mass-movement
social structure. Distributed, small scale, inter-connected networks
of people --loosely coming together to achieve project-centered goals.
It's a structure which enlightened corporates are already adopting
for their businesses. Why? Because it works.
Instead of one person dedicated solely to one project, people are
simultaneously connected to many projects. Projects and people form
groups, then disband, in a fluid fashion which prevents the structuring
that leads to institutionalization and rigidity.
In Nature, a year is the primary cycle from beginning to end. Perhaps
there is a message there for us.
Some will say that only a mass effort can defeat the mass madness
of current political, military and bureaucratic structures which are
wreaking havoc across the globe.
But, consider this: a government needs an opposition. The two sides
of any duality are inbuilt. One day, the opposition may become the
government. And you may not be able to tell the difference.
That which you oppose - you may become.
Now, tell me which is easier to stop. A single giant lumbering ant
weighing 1,000 pounds. Or an interconnected army of millions of ants
--weighing 1,000 pounds in total.
I think you know the answer.
Fintan Dunne, Editor