Chairman Mao once called upon the people to wage a war against the sparrows that were attacking the crops and generally setting back the Party’s cause in the countryside. Doubtless believing that the sparrows were motivated and inspired by Western Capitalist corruption, he declared that the entire Chinese nation should unite to deal the enemy a crippling blow.
On a certain appointed day, every one of the billions of people across China took pots, pans and anything else that would make a racket and beat them loudly to scare all the birds and keep them in the air. Every time they tried to settle in a tree, the people would beat their kettles and pans all the more loudly. Eventually, many of the birds dropped from the sky from sheer exhaustion and died.
Nevertheless, the strategy does not seem to have worked that well. A short while later, there seemed to be just as many birds as before.
If this story strikes you as improbable or absurd (and it is), then you should consider how much more improbable, absurd and downright dumb it is to wage a “war on terrorism”. What are the proponents of this nonsense seriously thinking? Do they really believe that they can engage in a once and for all military action, after which there will be no more terrorism on earth, ever?! Or do they believe that this is an ongoing war, i.e. our lives will be conducted on a “war” footing forever?
Who is this “war” against? It seems that the definition of “terrorist” that the West is warring against includes (a) being a Moslem and (b) posing a potential or future threat to America. Whilst America pats itself on the back for having taken out Saddam Hussein (whom it is now clear never sponsored terrorism against the US, did not have the specified weapons, and loathed Islamic fundamentalist extremists every bit as much as the US does), other regimes remain untouched. Nothing is being done about Burma. The US is making friends with China, even though genocide was committed by the Chinese in Tibet. And if the Basque Separatists bomb a few people, we don’t see US aircraft carriers floating around Spain’s coastal waters. And so on….
Do Western powers really believe that if they kill off the present insurgents and terrorists, that will be the end of the problem “forever”? Have they never heard about the mythical monster called the Hydra? You cut off one head, and ten new heads grow in its place. Cutting off heads does you no good. Only by resolving the issues that created the monster in the first place can you ever hope to lay it to rest.
However, that sort of solution is far more complex, and takes more time. The voting people prefer simpler solutions. Don’t trouble them with complexities or difficult arguments, let alone “reality”. We want our solutions in sound bites. We want to elect our national leaders by putting them on a 90 minute quiz show, and giving them 2-3 minutes to answer questions about the toughest and most intransigent problems in the world today.
The electorate prefer “strong leaders” and “tough action”. They never want to be seen as being “soft” or “liberal”. This is why the electorate is collectively an idiot, the masses are almost always wrong about EVERYTHING, and so-called “democracy” is in such a massive crisis.
Many prefer to chase birds if someone “strong” and “decisive” tells them to. They want the world in black and white, and not in complex shades of gray. And they want to be lied to and manipulated, as long as it is done in a strong and decisive fashion, which is why they give carte blanche to our so-called leaders to do just that.
Anyway, for anyone who has eyes to see, it’s clear that just because your all powerful State tells you to bang kettles and pots to battle the birds doesn’t mean it makes sense to do so. And just because your loving, caring government assures you that your taxes are well spent spitting straight into the wind, also known as the “war on terrorism”, doesn’t mean THAT makes any damn sense either!
But if you disagree, and you like that kind of thing…
Check your toilet bowl, and inside your TV set. After all, there might be a terrorist lurking there, waiting to get you! Oh yes… By the way…
Happy bird chasing!
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