Friday, March 20, 2015

Useful Idiots

Peace and love is here to stay and
Now I can wake up and face the day 
 --Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment, 
The Ramones

So, c'mon you Moslems and you Jews
We got big news for all of yous
You better change your point of views today
'Cause the Inquistion's here and it's here to stay 
--The Inquisition,
Mel Brooks

 (T)he main emphasis of the KGB is ideological subversion,
or psychological warfare.
What it basically means is: to change the perception
of reality of every American that despite
of the abundance of information
no one is able to come to sensible conclusions
in the interest of defending
themselves, their families, their community, and their country
--Yuri Bezmenov


I wonder how the mainstream media continues to peddle its lies. Are people just naive, gullible, uninformed, lazy, prejudiced? Maybe the whole lot.

In the 3.18.15 New York Times, token Jewish liberal shill Op-Ed columnist Thomas ("Friedman Unit") Friedman's post links Israel, Iran and ISIS as being all entities that offer the United States "only bad choices":


Go Ahead, Ruin My Day


In looking at Israel, Iran and ISIS, why does it seem as though we have only bad choices, and nothing ever works?

Why do few Democrats wish to recognizes Israel as the U.S.'s only solid Western ally in the sump that is the Middle East? If they are a problem, it is only to the radicalized Palestinians who continue to have no honest broker but not to us.

Today, the same paper suggests that President Obama may be unable to deal with Israel's newly-elected Prime Minister Netanyahu and may have to carry out an future communications via a mediator, as though P.M. Netanyahu is incapable of talking to a Western leader. The reason for the acrimony is not mentioned: the fact that our President refused to meet this leader of a sovereign nation on two separate visits to our country -- unheard of behavior.

Yet the U.S. routinely deals with the leaders of our "friends" like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, etc., dictators who routinely oppress and murder their own Western-leaning dissidents. (In the same 3.18 paper was a piece on a policeman who is being tried in Egypt for the murder of an outspoken female poet  -- Egypt to Charge Officer in Killing of Shaimaa el-Sabbagh.)

For that matter, the U.S. had cordial relations with both Saddam Hussein and Muammar Qaddafi, late leaders of Iraq and Libya, respectively. Friendly, that is, until they were no longer useful. All U.S. Presidents have glad-handed those we later called "monsters" and tossed to the dogs.

The Shiites are killing Sunnis in mass numbers now that the lid is off the pressure cooker, and we don't seem too bothered by this; at least, not bothered enough to cease communication with the "elected" leaders of these countries.

As though it were a news flash, Slate reports "a new report from Human Rights Watch details serious abuses by the U.S.-supported, pro-government Iraqi Shiite militias fighting ISIS" (Are America’s Allies Committing Ethnic Cleansing in the Fight Against ISIS?). Shocked, in a very Captain Renault sort of way.

KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov saw a parallel to the USSR in the way our leaders, educational institutions and the media were shaping our nation's mindset. We behaved like Bezmenov's useful idiots when we swaggered into Iraq, deposing the strongman needed to hold these roiling entities together. Then the inhabitants came after each other and us, and we act surprised.

We continue to be idiots when always for the underdog and not for our obvious ally. Idiots when we are always for change in the M.E., imagining that these newly-sprung people will yearn for a Western lifestyle like that enjoyed in the U.S. or Israel. We refuse to see the facts because we have an inculcated guilt to overcome.

In this case, we think if we favor the Palestinians over the Israelis, they will not turn their aggression upon us, but where is the logic? Why favor an unknown quantity over a known one? Nations have interests -- not friends -- and it is in the U.S.'s interest to maintain an alliance with any reliable partner in the M.E, for there are not many.

Friedman's piece goes so far as to suggest that the U.S. arm ISIS. While he agrees they're pretty repugnant, he argues that it is in our best interests. A sad coda to the misbegotten group-think many in the U.S. shared regarding M.E. violence as ushering in some sort of "Arab Spring".

Moreover, why do we care to continue hitting our heads against the wall? How does this focus help us along?

It's Sociology 101: You help the underdog, he's not going to lick your feet because you've uncovered the fact that he is an underdog (via the need for your assistance.) The only way to save face is to attack back. It's not very appreciative, but there it is.

When the U.S. was dealing in slavery and liquidation of its Native American population, other sovereigns did not withhold negotiating with the U.S. We found our way. Israel is less than 70 years old, and it is trying to find a path to existence against a sworn enemy within in its borders which has as its stated mission the non-recognition and extermination of said country. It is not a hard row to hoe; it is a row that refuses to be hoed.

Why don't people see this hypocrisy? Maybe we just want something easy around which to glom on with our fellows, or distract us, or to Tweet about.

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Blogger Ael said...

The USA doesn't give Syria, Libya, or Iraq 3 or 4 billion dollars a year in military aid. That is a good thing.

Why should the USA continue to give Israel 3 or 4 billion a year in military aid? They can afford their own army.

Surely, the USA could find better uses for that money.

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 11:38:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Is it in our interest to do so (the figure is 3.1 billion)?

Surely there are many endeavors the U.S. undertakes for which the funds could be better directed to its own citizens.

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 11:47:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

why do we give military aid to ANY country?

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 9:33:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Ael said...

Depending on how you count it, the figure is much larger than 3.1 billion. A number of projects (like Iron Dome) are largely funded by the USA but are not included in the 'standard' military aid package. Furthermore, the billion or more military aid budget given to Egypt was largely a bribe for them to keep the peace treaty with Israel.

And yes, why does the USA give military aid to any country? Seems to me that the returns on military aid spending are less than break even, and often negative. Again, the USA certainly has better uses for that money. Even if you were to give it as aid, it could be spent better.

The huge largess that is given to Israel staggers me.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11:22:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


i'd suggest you alter your viewpoint.

the money that we spend on Israel is a bargain since they gave us a god and later his son.

where else can you buy eternity at such a cheap cost.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 3:09:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Ael said...

True enough, However, didn't the ancient Israeli's give the same god to those Mooslim Terrorists? And given that the modern Israelis are actively supporting Al Qaida in Syria today, maybe I should just call it a wash.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 6:16:00 PM GMT-5  

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