Thursday, February 1, 2007
It would be comical, if not so pathetic.
“More than 10 blinking electronic devices planted at bridges
and other spots in Boston threw a scare into the city Wednesday
in what turned out to be a publicity campaign for a late-night
cable cartoon. Most if not all of the devices depict a character
giving the finger,” reports the Associated Press. “Highways,
bridges and a section of the Charles River were shut down and
bomb squads were sent in before authorities declared the devices
In short, Americans are easily frightened by crass manifestations
of the tawdry and shallow consumer society they passively accept,
even celebrate, usually with dangerous levels of credit card debt.
Fear and mistrust are now endemic, thanks to nearly six years
of incessant propaganda concerning universal terrorists, Muslim
evil-doers, liquid bombs, homegrown fanatics, even dire warnings
of pregnant suicide bombers lurking on the local bus or train.
“Turner Broadcasting, a division of Time Warner Inc. and
parent of Cartoon Network, said the devices were part of a promotion
for the TV show ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force,’ a surreal
series about a talking milkshake, a box of fries and a meatball….
It said the devices have been in place for two to three weeks
in 10 cities: Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta,
Seattle, Portland, Ore., Austin, Texas, San Francisco and Philadelphia.”
However, nothing is more surreal than the idea Muslims want to
convert the world to Islam by sword or nuke, kill all the Jews,
behead heretics in Thedford, Nebraska, and force all our women
to wear chadors. Nothing is more ludicrous than the term “Islamofascism”
and brainless comparisons between Hitler and Ahmadinejad. It is
completely absurd to believe Iran will patch together a nuke one
day and drop it on Israel the next. Indeed, the prospect of flag-draped
coffins arriving at Dover AFB in increasing numbers and over 600,000
dead Iraqis predicated on lies and absurd falsification is grotesquely
and nauseatingly surreal, to say the least.
Obviously, the neocons have us right where they want us—afraid
of our own shadows, mistaking such for Osama with blood-soaked
scimitar in hand, and taking puerile marketing gimmicks staged
by multinational “entertainment” corporations as bombs.
“Hoaxes are a tremendous burden on local law enforcement
and counter-terrorism resources and there’s absolutely no
place for them in a post-9/11 world,” declared Russ Knocke,
spokesman for the Ministry of Homeland Security.
Hoaxes? Please. Osama bin Laden and “al-Qaeda” are
probably the most successful hoax in modern history. It says something
when millions of people are so petrified of neocon contrived boogiemen
in turbans and cartoon characters—no, not three anthropomorphic
fast food items and their life together in New Jersey, but Osama,
al-Zarqawi, and Azzam the American—they allow their capacity
for higher reasoning to atrophy. Not only that, they allow their
birthright, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, to be torched
right before their eyes.