So we don’t know if the truck driver in Nice was a jihadist or not.
It doesn’t matter for the reasons you think it does because truth is hard.
Western policy regarding terrorism is shit ridiculous. Our own president won’t even admit to the number of civilian deaths from our drones in half a dozen countries.
Americans have no idea.
We give more money to Israel in “foreign aid” than to all other countries combined. We support genocide and the illegal occupation of Palestine. More than just tacit approval of an apartheid state. We inject tons of cash. We sponsor it “bigly”. It’s disgusting.
Israel is a moral liability. The whole region is on fire because we give so much money to them that their college and health care is free while we pay for them to subjugate and enslave an entire people because of ethnicity and/or religious affiliation. If we just stopped doing that, things would be better in a heartbeat.
America could not be further from righteousness here.
The 24 hour news cycle spins and twists and pines over this tragedy and utterly fails to attempt the right questions. On one side there is an ignorant orangutan calling for the banning of people based on their religious affiliation and on the other we have a would be world leader who never met a war she didn’t adore fomenting for the military industrial complex because that’s her goddamn base.
Palestine has no army, no air force and no navy.
Our long history of intervention is a case study in clusterfuck.
The solution is as elegant as it is simple. Leave them the fuck alone. There is zero chance of solving any of this centuries old bullshit militarily. It makes it goddamn exponentially worse. Every time, it makes it worse. We’ll save shit loads of money and lives but there will be no profit for once.
It only goes on because it’s profitable.
And, newsflash, foreign terrorists are hardly an existential threat. Your chances of being gunned down by a toddler with a gun are far greater.
But we are greedy and they are petroleum product flush beyond belief. The answer here is simple too. We are absolutely capable of a power grid dependent almost entirely upon renewable resources. We are there. If you believe otherwise, you are gullible. Developmentally challenged. Probably a climate denier.
Here’s an idea, take the money we spend to allow Israel to be the biggest dick in the middle east and spend it on our own people who no have access to health care, a decent education or a not so stupid hair cut.
They don’t hate us for our religion, our way of life or our freedom. They don’t give a mad fuck about any of that. They hate us because we won’t stop fucking with them. All we have to do is stop. What we do now is ridiculous anyway. Battling mosquitoes with machine guns. Ant colonies with tomahawk missiles. Killing as many innocents as enemies. We keep spending more and more on the ability to annihilate whole countries when that hasn’t been the problem for decades.
Goddamn this is stupid.
Binary thinking. Conservatives versus liberals. Democrats versus republicans. Socialists versus capitalists. Islam versus Christianity. Girls versus boys.
It has to end immediately.
Or it goes on forever.
Drinks for my friends.
*This band was called Number 9. The whole project was a nightmare. I recorded some of it, mixed all of it and produced none of it. The producer was a semi famous songwriter who sat to my right and constructed masks out of track sheets and gear templates so that when I finally looked at him he was full on mocking me with one of my own cigarettes in his mouth. We were in some cheap ass studio in Chatsworth and this was my best effort. I couldn’t get any crisp or crunch out of the weird McNeve console. The label still owes me $800. It’s crazy to me that I did this for a living for almost 15 years. Goddamn I was good at it. This one is for you Risk Hataway.*