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On counter insurgency:

A bit topical today, how do we prevent “terrorist” from killing people? First we need better definitions, as the quotation marks show I believe there is no universal definition for this word and more importantly I believe how we define ( or have failed to define) it has cost many a life low these last few decades. What am I talking about:

The FBI defines as follows: 18 U.S.C. § 2332b defines the term “federal crime of terrorism” as an offense that:

  • Is calculated to influence or affect the conduct of government by intimidation or coercion, or to retaliate against government conduct; and
  • Is a violation of one of several listed statutes, including § 930(c) (relating to killing or attempted killing during an attack on a federal facility with a dangerous weapon); and § 1114 (relating to killing or attempted killing of officers and employees of the U.S.).

So the FBI has a requirement that killing or attempting killing of government officials/employees is terrorism, (loosely defined). That being our own government’s definition of terrorism, and terrorism being illegal, I pose a question: What exactly is our justification for killing and attempting to kill Yemeni government personal? Seeing as how this activity is a violation of U.S. statute and more importantly fails a basic logic test: if we really want to stop terrorism, how is engaging in terrorist activity on a national level logical? In short I doubt it is, if stopping terrorism is really the goal. From Vietnam to Syria and all the places in between, we ( the U.S.) have not done any of the following: made the world a safer place, protected lives, established sustainable order. We have done the following: made a SHIT TON OF MONEY and KILLED A LOT OF PEOPLE. You are free to argue the semantics around that affirmation, but while what constitutes a safer world and order can be argued, the premise stands: our actions on the international scene are clear. Moreover now that we have seen so many wars a pattern is becoming evident to event someone as dull as myself: this stuff is straight out of Orwell: communist, terrorist, a vague threat from overseas… Let’s get something straight: hunger and heart disease have claimed more lives that terrorism ever has or will, but waging war on these are not endeavors that will pad the paychecks of our leaders, and moreover these are issues that can bring humanity towards common goals. While our leaders speak about the importance of these things, their actions are not in line with actually solving these real and far more pressing problems, because: All important social systems ( election, government, economy ext..) run on conflict, our ruling class NEEDS AND WANTS conflict, and go figure look what we see play out on a global stage.

The point to this rant is this: The U.S. has ZERO moral ground to go murdering foreign nationals, imagine if china killed 200+ Americans in a suburb of Chicago, and simply claimed they were “plotting to kill Chinese” would we accept the Chinese intelligence service’s phone transcripts as proof? Would we simply ignore it? Now imagine further that the U.S. government said it was OK, those killed were indeed terrorists, and the few killed children were an unfortunate but acceptable level of collateral damage. Think here…. While I myself would simply keep to blogging(I’m a care bare), what are the chances that some of us would try to take revenge on the Chinese? What if they drone struck 2 towns? 3? Actions like this inspire and create terrorists! This is not a secret and the U.S. government dam well knows it. While all our elected officials speak about peace look at our actions! We are actively 1. Violating our own laws and 2. Creating an entire generation of terrorists!

To find reason for this madness one must just follow the money, in-equality is not an easy thing to promote and maintain, but those on the mega wealthy side of the equation need conflict in order to keep the system going. So to answer my own question, how do we stop “terrorists” from killing people? We start by taking terrorism off the list of acceptable actions on our own part. Second, going back to my example of China drone striking your town, what would it take on China’s part to quell the call for revenge? Could it be quelled? How long would it take for the hatred to die? If we really want peace we cannot allow this schism between out beliefs and our actions to continue, it will be a hell of a process, but the peace process will never event start until we stop…

On civic duty:

Not a new point here, just a bit o clarification. We are all in this together, this truth is indifferent to the fact that a lot of us dislike or event hate each other. The finite resources of earth, and more importantly the rate at which we are depleting them, make it necessary for all peoples to acknowledge their role in humanity.

Normally civic duty is thought of as being a good citizen for the state in which one lives, being a good American, or Briton or what have you. I would like to advocate a more global approach; we are all members of the human race. This is (currently) not much of a distinction, as we are far from unified and cohesive, but it’s importance will probably become more clear in the next 40 years or so as our technological prowess go absolutely insane. So while it is important to think about what is good for me, it is ( when personal conditions are OK) to think about what is good for my neighbors, and provide the local community is doing OK we need to then look at the world, not America, not just our national interest, but human interest. It is here I think our leaders have been mucking things up, by pursuing policies that do not address real problems, and sometimes making those problems linger and intensify. I cite to examples, (they are far more but I’m the lazy sort) first physical security at airports: The notion that scanners and gates and armed guards will provide absolute security for air travel is laughable. It operates under the same idea that drunk driving laws prevent drunk driving, to be clear it dose reduce the chances of something bad happening, and as a stop gap measure I can abide it, but it will NEVER be a solution to the problem of people wanting to kill other people! I cannot stress this enough, our leaders are putting so much of the peoples resources into security, but almost nothing in addressing the in-equality that is far closer to the root of the problem, until the problem’s root is addressed we will just keep making smarter scanners, maybe in a couple decades brain scanners will detect ill intent, but having our emotional states read will still not prevent violence! Another example of policies exacerbating problems would be our (The U.S.’s) wars in the Middle East. The problem is thousands of years of religious turmoil and hatred, this will NEVER be fixed by more killing (with the one exception of killing everyone, but I hardly consider genocide “fixing”) education, empathy, aid these things at least have a chance, but the people we choose to represent us went with the plan that ended lives and made things worse. They (like all of us) need to think of civic duty to humanity, I know that being one seventh of one billionth makes one feel like we have no role to play in humanity at large, but this is not the case, in fact the idea of 7,175,118,110 people looking out for me, ready to help me if I want it gives me goose bumps. I can hardly fathom the positive outcomes of such a mentality if embraced by us all, and I make a point of fathoming outcomes on a daily basis. But as has always been the case with civic duty it must be a desire from within, it true value comes from the shared understanding and belief that we all deserve to suffer equally, regardless of the abilities we are born with, or who spawned us, or what great things we do. The ideal is equality, now the reality will probably never reach that, but we are orders of magnitude away at the moment and progress, while promising, is far too slow.

So waste less, conserve energy, vote for anyone who puts equality and empathy as their main principles, think of yourself as ( at least nominally) a member of the human race and how you can help us all out, you can be dam sure we need all the help we can get.