Sunday, November 12, 2006

End the "war" on "terrorism"

End it now. It is not possible to win this "war". Democratic governments all over the world use the fear of terrorism to erode domcracy. And we fall in line with authoritarian governments in this fight.

We will pay a bitter price for this fight that many claim is essential for our society. It is this fight that will kill our freedoms and it is essential to fight against this terror outrages created by our so called democratic governments.

To quote the movie Canadian Bacon:
Secretary of State: We were thinking, what could be a bigger threat than aliens invading from space?

General Panzer: Ooh boy! Scare the shit out of everyone. Even me, sir!

U.S. President: Jesus, is this the best you could come up with? What about, ya know, international terrorism?

General Panzer: Well, sir, we're not going to re-open missile factories just to fight some creeps running around in exploding rental cars, are we, sir?
Seems like yes, we have not only re-opened missile factories to fight some creeps, no, we have sacrificed our own freedoms, the very freedoms we are supposed to insure by fighting this fabricated terror threats.

History repeats itself only as a farce. Julius Caesar killed thousands of Gauls in the Gallic wars while claiming to protect them from the barbaric tribes of the north.
Although Caesar portrayed this invasion as being a defensive pre-emptive action, most historians agree that the wars were fought primarily to boost Caesar's political career and to pay off his massive debts.
But not only that, Julius Caesar effectivly ended the Roman Republic, a phase "characterized by a republican form of government" and ushering the Roman Empire:
The precise date in which the Roman Republic changed into the Roman Empire is a matter of interpretation, with the dates of Julius Caesar's appointment as perpetual dictator, the Battle of Actium, and the date which the Roman Senate granted Octavian the title "Augustus", being some of the common choices.

This is a distinction chiefly made by modern historians and not by the Romans of the time, however. The early Julio-Claudian emperors maintained that the res publica still existed under the protection of their extraordinary powers and would eventually return to its republican form.
Nothing to see here, we are just protecting the rights of the people here, so move along.

We are on a slippery slope now and our democracy and freedom is slowly being eroded. We may not take notice of the changes. Not if we don't look closely. Yes, everyone wants to fight terrorists and pedophiles, no one want terrorists using the internet, no one wants propaganda from Al-Q, no one wants terrorists that use our liberties as they please, but some day YOU will find yourself on the wrong side of the law, just because the meaning of terrorist has changed from "someone terrorizing the public" (which would be a fitting label for our governments) to "someone who is against the government". And before you know it, YOU will end up in an internation camp build by Bechtel or Halliburton, because YOU thought that distributing leaflets, or writing in your blog that you don't like the government, was covered by the freedoms YOU thought you have.

These are dark times and they will get much darker.

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