New Word Order (NWO) Addendum:
1. The transformation (sometimes very sudden) of a celebration into something opposite such as a disaster or panic: a rapid decelebration of the Boston Marathon occurred following the explosion of IEDs.
Photo by Aaron Tang (via Wikimedia Commons)
First of all, the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon was outrageous. Sickening. Eff-ed up. It was an act of terrorism. But President Obama’s initial comment called it an act of “cowardice.” It has become fashionable for politicians to call terrorists cowards. Terrorists can be called a lot of things — murderers, psychopaths, monsters, flaming assholes — but cowards? I wonder. . . That particular accusation may say more about the source than the intended target.
I’m categorically opposed to terrorism, of course; but the better we understand it, the better we may become at averting it. I think it is fair to say that most terrorist acts are prompted by deeply-felt grievances or grudges that fester and develop into violent obsessions or compulsions when no better method of seeking attention, redress, or justice seems to be available (in their own view at least) to a particular group or individual. Their perception may be rational or irrational depending on the circumstances, but the label of “cowardice,” considering the grave personal risk usually involved to a perpetrator, is probably not apropos in any case. What’s more likely, IMO, is that critics who fail to question or to consider their own roles in creating (or ignoring) the conditions and circumstances contributing to such extreme grievances (and the lack of adequate opportunities or better means for their non-violent, lawful resolution) might be demonstrating some kind of political, moral, or intellectual cowardice.
Second: Numerous politicians, pundits, and other assorted mental masturbators have said things like “Americans refuse to be terrorized.”
Martial law, warrantless searches, militarized police forces, mass surveillance, kangaroo courts, state-condoned torture, and too many other suspensions of civil rights and due process to list here would argue otherwise. In fact, it is all too obvious that a great many Americans (especially those who seek security at the expense of free speech, free association, privacy, due process, and democracy itself) are not only cowards — they are anti-American assholes who are too timid and/or too stupid for democracy.
We can’t simply put this down to incompetent and/or corrupt political, civic, and moral leadership. It is fair to say that the US has become a virtual Plutocracy or Oligarchy, but when bad leadership is as pervasive and prolonged as it has become in the US, the contribution and complicity of the general public can not be ignored.
“We have met the Enemy and He is Us.” –Walt Kelly, Pogo
Pogo – Earth Day 1971 poster (Wikipedia)
Happy Earth Day . . .