Saturday, September 09, 2006

Help me I think I'm falling

With 9/11 two days away, and mid-term elections in a few weeks, GWBushCo is in All Terror-All The Time-mode. And the most terrorized are the right wing bloggers and pundits, the "101st Fighting Keyboarders". Most of them previously were anti-big government conservatarians. But now, sadly, they have become what Duncan "Atrios" Black calls WATB. Here are just 2 examples:
RightWingNuthouse: But in the face of this kind of evil, this monstrous darkness that is descending over the west largely as a result of our own stupidity and reckless disregard for our own safety, I’m tempted to gather all the Juan Coles, the Billmons, the Kossacks, and the whole lot of morally timid, incredibly myopic liberals who cannot see the horrific danger we are in from the scourge if Islamic fundamentalism and send them packing to Iran so that they can glimpse our future.

RiehlWorldView: One need only watch the video to see the real goal of our Islamo-fascist enemies and understand that, in this case, kidnapping was simply another means to an end - an end every move Islamo-fascists make is designed to achieve. If Americans don't come to understand that, they had better get ready to start removing their shoes five times a day before they bow down in prayer while facing the Qibla.

You know the drill, stand up for America while sitting down, typing furiously on a Cheeto-stained keyboard, fearful that if we don't kill the Islam-o-fascists over there, they'll kill us over here.

This type of authoritarian idolatry coupled with extreme fear of "The Enemy" is exactly what GWBushCo is trying to foster. As a form of rebuttal, I posted recently about the BBC-produced 3 part video series from 2004: The Power Of Nightmares.

In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares.

The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares.

In a new series, the Power of Nightmares explores how the idea that we are threatened by a hidden and organised terrorist network is an illusion.

My friend Swim at Deep Confusion reminded me of this series, and her comments are better than anything I could come up with, so here is the link to her post:

http://deepconfusion.blogspot.com/2006/09/politics-of-fear.html