LIBERTARIAN PARTY CANDIDATE FOR
Michigan's Second Congressional District.
2456 E Collier SE
Kentwood, MI 49546
Someone said “When a government teaches violence to the whole world, it can’t be shocked when it comes home”
The anti Islamic "war on terror" is blowback from our meddling in the Middle East.
Terrorism has a long history in our country, Patriots harassing Loyalist during our War of Independence, Bloody Kansas, anarchist and socialist bombings and kidnappings during the 1920s, Puerto Rican nationalists shooting up the Congress in the 1950s…..
More recently, "islamic Jihad" has made news headlines. The story is that radicalized Muslims want to kill Americans (and Frenchmen, Hollanders...) We have to prevent the immigration of Muslims and bomb somebody in the mideast to make Jihad, ISIS and the hatred of our way of life go away.
The problem is that the analysis repurposes “terror” so that our congress can reward its friends while exposing us ordinary citizens to random violence. Let me bring some clarity.
A famous Arab murderer was Sirhan Sirhan who shot Sen. Robert Kennedy in 1968. Sirhan was a Palestinian Christian who was infuriated by US support of Israel and its rape and genocide of Palestinians.
The 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes by Palestinian nationalists was led by a man with Christian and Jewish parents. It was named after two Christian villages that had been forcibly depopulated by the Israeli army in 1948.
So much for the primary impulse being Muslim. But remember what angered those admittedly unstable young men in 1968 and 1972.
Twenty five years later, In 1993 we suffered the first World Trade Center bombing. The main perpetrator was Yousef, a fellow who had tried to enter the USA a year before carrying 3 different forged passports, claimed political asylum and was astonishingly given a hearing date (Failurism by the INS.) Before the attack, Yousef sent letters to various newspapers threatening violence unless the US ended aid and relations with Israel and pledged to end interference "with any of the Middle East countries' interior affairs."
Next, the 1998 Kenya and Tanzania US embassy bombings occured on August 7. That date was selected by Osama bin Laden to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the incursion of American troops into religiously revered Saudi Arabia during the early stages of the Persian Gulf War..
Since that time, US and European meddling in mideastern affairs has only increased, and the reciprocal fury has spiraled. Virtually all of the unbalanced young Muslims who have been accused of making terrorist attacks have made statements similar to Bin Laden’s.
The latest, Omar Mateen, late of Orlando said, “You kill innocent women and children by doing US Airstrikes..." Sounds illiterate, but he then went to a public school in Florida.
Our Government has interfered with governments, created discord, arranged the starvation of 300,000 Iraqi babies, and encouraged the murder, rape, displacement and disenfranchisement of Christians in the mideast ever since the second world war. Our previous congressman, Pete Hoekstra, chaired the subcommittee that lied to us about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and so arranged our greatest foreign policy disaster in memory. Our congressmen, of both parties, vote for endless peace through fomenting endless wars. They mouth great theories to justify their wars, and let terror keep us scared enough to believe these fantasies.
The ordinary people in the mideast are infuriated over the continuous attacks on their families and lives. Fringe groups arise that promise protection, revenge, or at least a return to a feeling of human dignity. So it is that Al Quada and ISIS are able to recruit young men who would not otherwise volunteer to be in their national armies in the mideast, and attract unstable lone wolves in western countries to the cause of righting wrongs.
In our country, Raytheon in Massachusetts, Boeing in Seattle, Lockheed Martin in Bethesda Md. all love our congress for its military spending. Wall Street bond dealers make billions trading the national debt that we accumulate paying for this waste of our national treasure. Congressmen love them back by lavishing money and taxbreaks on these moguls. The only job that congressmen have is telling us how they are protecting that special American way of life, of how they are preventing rape by gunmen in a Somali warlord’s army of women somewhere in Wyoming and the beheading of boys in Muskegon.
I’d like to hear about any benefit about any of us in Michigan’s second congressional district derive from our government's spreading of "democracy" or killing of elected officials and destroying stable, albeit authoritarian, governments in the mideast.
Our national politicians pick the wars, we pay for them and bleed
2456 E Collier SE
Kentwood, MI 49546