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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Duck and Cover


Lest we should see where we are
lost in a haunted wood,

Children afraid of the night

Who have never been happy or good,

--Age of Anxiety
, W. H. Auden

Civil defense film
:
Be sure to include tranquilizers to ease

the strain and monotony of life in a fallout shelter.

A bottle of 100 should be sufficient for a family of four.

Tranquilizers are not a narcotic,

and are not habit-forming

--The Atomic Cafe
(1982)

Ranger Question of the Day (RQOD):
Why don't we try OBL in absentia?

A fair trial is still possible
since he is one we have not tortured him.

We could then kill him in accordance with law.

__________________

What's going on with supposed legitimate media outlets -- especially liberal ones -- feeding into the terrorist fear?

This summer it was the cover of
Time magazine, "What Happens if We Leave Afghanistan" (7.29.10), featuring Aisha, whose nose and ears had been cut off by her husband. The message was: The U.S. Army must not leave Afghanistan and Iraq, lest we, too, be complicit in women's defacing.

Now the front page of the New York Times tells us ten days before Christmas, “We have to get past the mental block that says [nuclear attack] too terrible to think about,” according to W. Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(U.S. Rethinks strategy for the Unthinkable). And we know what a stellar record FEMA has (how are those Katrina Houses going?)

This pronouncement is disingenuous on so many levels. First, as the owners of the world's largest nuclear arsenal, we know as well as anyone that a nuclear strike is easily "thinkable". Second, framing the concern in such an epic way curries fear and dread. What is the purpose of maintaining this level of anxiety? Is it to deflect attention from Congressional tax deals, economic fiascoes and phony wars?

This is brazen peddling of free-floating and unrealistic anxiety, a less-than-subtle argument for the continuation of wars which endanger our security far more than they protect it.
Are we so out of touch with reality that the front page of the NYT goads us into ramped up levels of unreasoned fear? And we wonder why there is so much drug use in the U.S.

If we are so afraid of nuclear attacks on our cities, why is the U.S. sitting on 4,500+ nuclear weapons aimed at foreign targets, to include cities? Why is it alright for us, but not for them?

BTW -- have a happy New Year, but stay out of Times Square during the holidays; I read it in the NYT so it must be true.

--Lisa and Jim

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4 Comments:

Blogger Underground Carpenter said...

Hi Jim and Lisa,

Why indeed haven't we tried OBL in absentia? Although everybody knows he did it, I can't remember hearing a single piece of evidence proving it, or even that OBL exists. An in-abstentia trial might reveal an enormous fraud.

Dave

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 5:34:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Yes, Dave -- it would reveal something; at least that. Seems like it would feel good to join the world community in matters such as correct legal adjudication.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 9:50:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Brooklyn Red Leg said...

Just keep repeating the lie that he doesn't have the deaths of over a thousand innocent Pakistani civilians on his hands. In a perfect world, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama would all stand trial for war crimes for the crap they perpetuated in order to 'Make the world safe for democracy'. Its just more of the same Wilsonian drek.

I'm convinced that we're no better than the Romans. We idolize murderers, thugs, cheats and all out scum because they're 'our Presidents'. Those we place at the top, if I believed in Hell, would be there for their crimes:

Abraham Linclon, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt would all be sucking Satan's wingwong in the afterworld for the people murdered under their watch.

Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 1:03:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

BRL,
Is wingwong an arty word, or is it something that recently surfaced after dadt was scrapped?
Best to you in 11.
jim

Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 9:40:00 AM GMT-5  

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