Re: Miss my Jeep! But it\'s worth it
Good luck to you over there, bub, stay safe...
As for all of you who seem to beleive that the United States is the big innocent victim in this entire escapade I've got some great property here in Colorado for sale with beautiful ocean views... Shall we start 30 years ago? Anyone know that Afghanistan used to be a major exporter of fuits and veggies? No... That's because we funded a little war in Afghanistan to keep the Russians from seizing control of some very key northern real estate. Unfortunately the way we funded it was by turning 75% of the southern Afghanistan farming regions into poppy fields so they could make heroin (basic economic principle of supply & demand... "drugs sell") We took our best soldiers, and trained their people in covert operations, taught them to fight dirty and how to build bombs, taught them how to take the war to the people, and taught them that when they wage war it is with God behind them. Then when they were finished fighting the Russians did we bother funding schools, agriculture, or anything even remotely associated with civilized society?
No... we left these rabid dogs in the desert. Then we have the balls to come in and lay down military and econimic protection in the late 70's/early 80's for Israel because they are "fighting against terrorism." The problem is they weren't fighting terrorism, they were fighting the soldiers left behind from Afghanistan that we trained, so it became a vicious circle because we were using Israel to clean up our light-work. What else can a soldier do when they're done fighting? Now the Muslims begin to view this as a religious war because America, the great Satan that allows sin to run rampant everywhere, is defending these people that attack them. We can't settle our own religious differences, so what business do we have trying to make peace on the West Bank of Jerusalem? This only adds more tension to a 3,000 year old religious conlict between the Jews and Muslims, and so now where are we?
In 1994 George Sr. decided one way to improve the economy was to free up the chincy oil flow and barter with the Sauidi's for cheaper oil. Well, tribal roots go back way farther than borders in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia really pissed off the elders by providing the US a break in oil prices. So who do the "elders" turn to to try to gain control of this land before "whitey" moves in? Sadham Hussein... Anyone know why the Iraqi's were just able to surrender and slink back across the border, torching as many oil wells as possibly on the way out? Guess who still protects Saudi Arabia so our 10 MILLION barrels of oil we use EACH DAY stay cheap during another war in the Middle East? Terrorists struck the World Trade Center in 1995, and we did nothing, bombings continued overseas on a United States embassy, and a destroyer in the Gulf and we did nothing. Why wouldn't we retaliate more severly for such attrocities? Maybe because we provoked them...
Now it's George Jr.'s turn to fix the economy, and like father like son, he started a war. Too bad that Bin Laden trumped our hand and threw the one-eyed Joker... but this time we will retaliate because we have been sticken not just physically, but emotionally and mentally... now we will strike against those who have made us insecure in the land of freedom, too insecure to keep buying stock and retail products like we did the last time we had a war, too insecure to dig the economy out of a rut with some media induced consumer confidence.
Now were scared because war isn't something on TV anymore... now war is something that can touch us.
What happened on September 11th was a horrible tragedy, and I feel for those who have had to suffer at the hands of a few evil people. But remember that one person's terrorist is another man's hero. There are reasons for what happened and this country's politicians are solely to blame. Cause and effect....
1968 Halfcab - SOA, Twisters, 35's, D44's(4.27), T-18, D20, P/S, Pro-Jection!