Amazing how the U.S. focuses such intense “security” that it becomes a theater of the absurd:
…meanwhile, some real terrorist is probably floating a nuke up the Chesapeake Bay in a cabin cruiser.
It seems that nobody can face the fact that terrorist attacks simply cannot be completely prevented–certainly not in a “free” society. Even in an intensely guarded police state like the Soviet Union, they could not be prevented. The U.S. has a lot of coastline, a lot of unprotected border, hundreds of ships carrying hundreds of thousands of shipping containers entering the country every day, only a fraction of which can be inspected. We can’t stop the flow of illegal drugs–we can’t even make a dent in the flow of tons of illegal drugs. The street price of cocaine is now a quarter of what it was at the start of the “Drug War” Hello? It’s absurd to even talk about preventing a determined individual, or group of individuals, or dangerous materials from getting into the United States.
Instead of spending vast sums of money and manpower on the impossible task of protecting the U.S. from terrorist attacks, much better results could be obtained by changing our behavior in the global arena such that terrorists are no longer motivated to attack. By this, I am referring to curbing U.S. interference in the governments of other countries, curbing the use of foreign aid money as a form of bribe to get foreign governments to give special consideration to U.S. companies operating in those countries, curbing the criminal behavior of U.S. companies operating in foreign countries, and so on. A recent example of this was just in the news where Chiquita Brands was funding anti-government guerrilla fighters. Back in the 80’s, Coca-Cola operating in Guatemala murdered nearly 50 people who were trying to get a union started. These things happened with impunity because the U.S. government had already bribed the foreign government into allowing it, allowing U.S. companies to do as they please, pay no taxes, ignore local laws. The politicians in those foreign governments are happily corrupt and happy to pocket the “foreign aid” money from the U.S., and retire in style, but the populace that suffers ends up disliking the U.S. This sort of behavior has been going on for about 100 years now. Meddling in countries pisses people off and it’s starting to come back to haunt us.
For background on the sort of activities I refer to, the following two books are a good start:
The Central America Factbook by Tom Barry and Deb Preusch
Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano
And here’s a little kicker for you of Congressman Ron Paul citing the 9/11 Commission Report and CIA assessments that say the same thing I said above: