The grieving family members ask. “Why did the terrorists kill
our loved ones?”
The hardnosed colleagues of the four fallen CIA officers comfort
the wives and children (and one husband). They shake off their sorrow,
huddle together by the graves, and vow vengeance. They bathe themselves
in their seething anger like it was the blood of the lamb.
The American public and its officials ask. Why? The media repeats,
adding in shock and awe, “Don’t the terrorists know that
you can’t kill CIA officers?”
wonders, did a Jordanian suicide bomber target the CIA, knowing
that the wrath of the biggest, baddest, bloodthirstiest Gang on
Planet Earth is going to start dropping bombs and slitting throats
until its lust for death and suffering is satisfied?
Over the course
of its sixty year reign of terror, in which it has overthrown countless
governments, started countless wars costing countless lives, and
otherwise subverted and sabotaged friends and foes alike, the CIA
has lost less than 100 officers.
On a good day,
one CIA drone, and one CIA hit team, kills 100 innocent women and
children, and nobody bats an eye.
Why would the
terrorists suddenly deviate from the norm – the sacred accommodation
– and throw the whole game into chaos?
Tell You Why
There is a
phenomenon called “The Universal Brotherhood of Officers.”
It exists in the twilight zone between imagination and in reality,
in the fog of war. It is why officers are separated from enlisted
men in POW camps and given better treatment. It is why officers
of opposing armies have more in common with one another than they
have with their own enlisted men.
trained to think of their subordinate ranks as canon fodder. Their
troops are expendable. They know when they send a unit up a hill,
some will be killed. That is why they do not fraternize with thee
lower ranks. This class distinction exists across the world, and
is the basis of the sacred accommodation. No slobs need apply.
It is why the
Bush Family flew the Bin Laden Family, and other Saudi Royals, out
of the United States in the days after 9-11. If anyone was a case
officer to the 9-11 bombers, or had knowledge about the bombers
or any follow-up plots, it was these “protected” people.
are at the pinnacle of the Universal Brotherhood. They are the Protected
Few, blessed with false identities and bodyguards, flying in jet
planes, living in villas, eating fancy food and enjoying state of
the art technology. CIA officers tell army generals what to do.They
direct Congressional committees. They assassinate heads of state
and innocent children equally, with impunity, with indifference.
they manage the drug trade from their hammocks in the shade.They
know the Taliban tax the farmers growing the opium, and they know
that Karzai’s warlords convert the opium into heroin and fly
it to the Russian mob. They are amused by the antics of earnest
DEA agents, who, in their ignorant patriotic bliss, cannot believe
such an accommodation exists.
are trained to exist in this moral netherworld of protected drug
dealers, for the simple reasons that the CIA in every conflict has
a paramount need to keep secure communication channels open to the
enemy. This is CIA 101. The CIA, as part of its mandate, is authorized
to negotiate with the enemy, but it can only do so as long as the
channel is secure and deniable.