Terror Paradox

January 14, 2015

Orange-white light brightens the eastern skies this early Wednesday on California’s north coast — we’re forecast for overcast, increasing clouds and another rain front coming supposedly tomorrow, but for right now, there’s sunshine mingled with a bit of ground fog. Nice, but cold, though.
Maybe another day like yesterday afternoon — most-likely one of those ‘best-it-gets-for-time-of-year‘ episodes. Warm sunshine coupled with a listless wind makes for a ‘heat spell‘ up here, at least for a few hours, and the windows came open again, that whisk chill gone from the air.
Bright all the way to dark.
And of course, yesterday’s gone.

newsmanMeanwhile, an early news surf this morning reveals all dark without much bright, and more nightmare than dream.
And in the minds of idiots (per Boston Globe): ‘If Romney were president, one longtime adviser said, “There wouldn’t be an ISIS at all, and Putin would know his place in life. Domestically, things would be in better shape.”

Fright can be irrational, too…

(Illustration found here).

Sudden, intense feelings of fear appears fairly palpable, even out in the ether — recent reports on ISIS hacking the US Army’s Central Command Twitter account has raised alarm with military families with a life online, thus, creation of a omnipresent, and dangerous bête noire.
Via CNN:

The hacker managed to post other threatening messages, propaganda videos and some military documents until the accounts were disabled.
Central Command quickly assured that it was relatively easy to hack Twitter, no serious security details were revealed and it would find who was behind the hack.
Army wife Ashley Broadway-Mack said the messages just amplified the anxiety she already feels after recent terror attacks targeting military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians.
She and other family members told CNN this week that they first began to think about the possibility in May 2013 when a uniformed British soldier in London was murdered by two men who shouted “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great.”

Though the military has at times struggled with how much freedom its members should have on social media, relatives have wholeheartedly embraced it.
Military families appear to use social media at higher rates than civilians, according to data from the Pew Research Center.
Social media as we now know it wasn’t even around when the Afghanistan war began.
Facebook launched in 2004, almost exactly a year after the United States invaded Iraq.
Now, dozens of military spouses have blogs and Facebook caters to the community.
A 2014 survey by military advocacy group Blue Star Families found that 75 percent of 6,200 respondents considered the use of social media to be very important.

Terror does have its perspective, though, and how important the location:

On Friday in Nigeria, Boko Haram — whose name means “Western education is forbidden” or “Western education is sin” — lay waste to the town of Baga in the northeast region of that country.
Amnesty International has reported that 2,000 people were killed.
The Associated Press quoted a district government official who said most of the victims were women, children and the elderly: people who couldn’t run fast enough from the insurgents.

Terror: (noun) ‘a very strong feeling of fear; something that causes very strong feelings of fear; something that is terrifying, violence that is committed by a person, group, or government in order to frighten people and achieve a political goal.’ (via Merriam-Webster)
Root is from the Latin, ‘to frighten.’

Mark Morford at SFGate this morning pretty-well nails it:

It’s a ghastly mistake.
As we all know too well, George W. Bush’s “War on Terror” did nothing but kill tens of thousands of innocents along with thousands more of our own soldiers.
It cost upwards of $1.4 trillion, devastated the economy, brought waves of shame and dishonor (torture, WMD, Cheney) and scarred the national soul for generations.
Make no mistake: It wasn’t the World Trade Center attack that caused all this crushing ignominy; it was our response.
We chose the darkest, most violent path imaginable, and we’re still paying the price.
Are we any better off?
More peaceful and safe?
Any closer to “winning” the war on terror?
How about feeling a sense of closure after 9/11, even with bin Laden’s death?
Not even close.
Just the opposite, in fact: terrorism is as gnarled and alive as ever.
Why? Because we’ve helped feed it.
We’ve pumped our own fears so full of false meaning, intolerance and suspicion that terrorism has become a permanent scab on our national complexion, to the point of absurdity and paranoia, of removing your shoes at the airport and handing over your nail clippers and dumping out your water bottle.
Somewhere, Osama bin Laden is snickering.

Terror irony — a whole-shitload of terrible stuff nowadays lies in the actions of George Jr. and his boys.

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