Inside al-Qaeda Meetup Groups
by William H. Huff
by William H. Huff
All sorts of
organized as well as random "meetup
groups" happen all over the world all the time. People
meet to discuss their needs, plans, goals, dreams, hobbies, politics,
religion, problems, friends, enemies, prospects, safety, security,
jobs, money, diets, health, war, peace, life, death, sex, drugs,
rock and roll, and so forth. They may even review American foreign
policy in their own humble way.
While it may
be difficult to imagine what goes on inside of al-Qaeda [especially
if it doesn’t exist] it may not be as hard as you think, to
make a list of goals that any real meetup group in Afghanistan or
Iraq might have in common with a meetup group in the USA or anywhere
else. Those two nations have been invaded and occupied. Is it so
strange that pockets of resistance are encountered from time to
Paul keeps bringing up the Golden
Rule with regard to foreign policy and unlawful warfare. But
is our Neighbor in such remote places with such alien cultures?
idea of committing troops to Iraq for up to 100 years may not
be what ordinary Iraqis had in mind.
Given the present
levels of delusion and deception I would eat my Keffiyeh
if "al-Qaeda" turns out to be all our handlers pretend
it to be. I knew all along that Emmanuel
Goldstein was behind 9/11.
friends have told me that the interests of common people
[meetup groups] the world over are much the same. Boy meets girl.
They decide to marry and raise a family; put food on the table;
build lives together; pursue education and careers; rock their grandchildren
on their knees, and finally they go to meet their Maker – they All
go to meet their Maker – just as we do. Very few of them want to
lift their eyes to the hills from
whence cometh a thousand fighter jets interspersed with cruise missiles.
"al-Qaeda" does not just happen. It has to be planned
or made up by
do not spontaneously have fantasies about going across the oceans
to burn up the homes and mangle the children of imagined enemies.
Someone has to convince them that there is a real threat
from a real Enemy. Once this is accomplished, and especially if
it is promoted by government, "free" public education
clergy, and Media,
it becomes a shameful act Not to go and kill,
kill, kill someone far away, whose culture is so remote from
your own that you may never know the grievousness of the acts you
were duped into. Once "those foreigners" are dehumanized
in your mind you can become the Exterminator and expect to be decorated
rule the public consciousness: "Innocent Civilian Deaths"
becomes "Non-Combatant Deaths," which becomes "Collateral
Damage." If it were happening in our own backyard we might
call them "Precious Loved Ones" or "Defenseless Women,
Children and Elderly."
to be taught
To hate and fear,
You've got to be taught
From year to year,
It's got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught.
You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff'rent shade,
You've got to be carefully taught.
You've got to be taught before it's too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You've got to be carefully taught!
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "South Pacific"]
If you have
ever realized that beliefs or positions you held in the past were
based on contrived information you understand that you have been
brainwashed to some degree. But you cannot begin to discover the
depth of your delusions until you make your own effort to explore
the many ways in which you have been deceived and become aware of
the classical tools used to do the job.
Is it possible
that most of what you "know" – just Ain’t so?
is probably the most effective. We all seem to do it quite well.
To be fair, most of us are "Messin"
with Mr. In Between," most of the time. Most of us are
not secure enough to form our own opinions based on documented facts.
We prefer lullabies to wake-up calls. We want to be part of the
group, the herd, the club, or the posse.
our behavior is quite predictable unless and until conflicting information
makes such a dramatic impact that we are shaken into beginning
a soul-searching process that could result in a paradigm replacement
or modification. This is a very stressful process that most humans
would rather avoid. Not everyone has the mental or intestinal fortitude
to be a trail blazer. Not everyone has the integrity. Most of us
will find a comfortable place to jump off and avoid the cognitive
all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night
the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. ~ Shakespeare
the truth to power can have its downside.
After the Roman
Orator Cicero was beheaded by the Roman Centurion Herennius,
Mark Anthony’s precious wife Fulvia
ripped out his tongue and stabbed it repeatedly with her golden
hair pins. Algernon
Sidney was executed based on writings found among his possessions
which he had never published or spoken of to any living soul. Sidney’s
last words: "We live in an age that makes truth pass for treason."
The list goes on an on… William
Wallace was hanged, drawn and quartered by Edward the Longshanks
and his body parts were put on public display. Wallace had testified:
"I could not be a traitor to Edward, for I was never his subject."
This technicality didn’t seem to trouble Edward.
How do we wake
up from bad paradigm? Is there a formula?
can begin when you notice an anomaly
– a glitch in "The
Matrix" – something just doesn’t add up.
consider the following questions:
- How do people
who never had a real job in their life become multi-multi-millionaires
on Congressional salaries? Do the math.
- Why do medical
doctors statistically die younger than the general population?
- How is mercury
a deadly poison wherever it is found except while it is inside
of your tooth?
- Why did
I get a seatbelt ticket while 40 Million kids ride school buses
daily with no seatbelts?
- What is
the significance of the evolution of the Legal Tender Notice on
would the US drop cluster bombs and food packets of the same color
You can start
your own list today.
ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if
you were unable to wake from that dream, Neo? How
would you know the difference between the dream world and the
real world? ~ Morpheus in The Matrix
Those who have
gone through major paradigm shifts have sometimes documented their
journeys and occasionally they have done such a good job that their
accounts create patterns or roadmaps for the rest of us.
General Smedley D. Butler the lights began to come in when he
started analyzing the money trail of WWI as well as the disparities
and inequities involved in how the US treated its soldiers and its
veterans. If you haven’t read his pamphlet: "War
Is A Racket" please read it at least once at this time
Online Version]. Read it again and again until you can see parallels
and draw inferences that help you see through the rhetoric, propaganda
and brainwashing being foisted on us 24/7/365 by Media, Academe
and the people in DC who have long ago forgotten the mandates of
began a Quaker
[we don’t get a lot of Quaker Marine Corps Generals]. He became
a warrior and leader in the Spanish American War and in WWI, being
awarded Two Congressional Medals of Honor and many more decorations.
Before WWII he was solicited to lead an army against the US Government
and take over the country on behalf of some powerful American business
interests who had observed the early activities of fascist governments
in Europe, e.g. Mussolini’s Italy, and thought a fascist
government would be just the right thing for our country. Instead
of cooperating and agreeing to lead an army of 500,000 men against
Washington D.C., where it was hoped by the cabal that he would arrest
and install himself as a fascist military dictator, he
testified against the conspirators before the Congress. None
of them were ever brought to justice for their acts of Sedition.
Can you imagine
the gut wrenching General Butler must have endured as he gradually
became completely disillusioned and realized the truth about war
for profit? Any career military man can follow Butler’s
example – provided he has the courage. He can start by reading
the book and comparing it with his own career, insights and experiences.
Corps vets are fond of saying Semper Fi [Latin for "Always
Faithful"]. But what is the object of their faithfulness? Is
it to the Constitution they swore to uphold and defend against All
enemies foreign AND domestic – or is it to a chain
of command, or some concept of "honor" or fraternity?
Can they discern between a Lawful and an Unlawful order? How many
have ever disobeyed an unlawful order based on their understanding
of the Constitution?
Powell is starting to "get it" now that everyone knows
he was used as a shill
for the Bush II Administration when
he spoke before the UN to sell their cock and bull WMD story.
Are generals politicians,
soldiers or used car salesmen?
may continue his quest for truth or he may be arrested in the redemption
process. It is entirely up to him. We all know he was Had.
It is conceivable that he may have been racing Obama
for the White House right now had it not been for his gaffe in not
checking his UN script. It is one thing for the Administration to
get thousands of enlisted personnel killed and maimed for a Lie.
But occasionally scorned generals may suddenly turn away from the
Dark Side and become more of a liability than an asset.
Most of the
time they just fade away gracefully:
of opinions is almost unknown in an elderly military man." ~
happen if Colin Powell had the perspective and mettle to say to
himself and the President, "What
Would Smedley Butler Do?" or how about "What
Would Michael New Do?" Perhaps we could have saved a Trillion
or two? Perhaps we would have fewer grieving mothers, spouses and
to Ron Paul we might even be rebuilding our own bridges.
you? Are you a veteran? Did you serve as well as you knew at the
time? If so, Bravo! We have no issue, unless you leave it at that.
It may be time to reenlist your mind and your conscience on the
side of the rule of law and the Constitution – once you have acquainted
yourself with the real battle, and determined to confront
your country’s domestic
enemies, who have always been a greater threat than her foreign
ones. You don’t remember too much emphasis on Constitutional
Correctness during your military training do you? No! It was
all about following orders. That’s how they trained Eichmann
I am looking
for the Nerve. Did I hit it yet?
reading at Mises.org.
Huff [send him mail] is a
Classical Libertarian and proprietor of LEXREX.com;
a former public school music teacher turned home schooling advocate;
a US Navy veteran, and host of WarIsARacket.com.
is available as a guest
lecturer or for interviews on talk radio.
© 2008 William H. Huff