Friday, July 20, 2007
We're Fighting Them Over There, So We Don't Have To Fight Them Over Here. If you say this, you're a fucking idiot.
George Bush's Jihad Recruitment Drive
For some reason, I recall a contest in New York magazine 31 years ago asking for Predictable Headlines of 1976, and the one that made me laugh was "Ghetto Residents Apathetic about Bicentennial". I thought of this recently when I saw a headline "Doctor Accused in Glasgow Attack Described as Loner Angry about Iraq War." Isn't it pathetic that what strikes us as utterly predictable still eludes President Daydream Believer?
A common right-wing talking point is that we weren't in Iraq on 9/11 and they still attacked us. Yes, but this "war" is a numbers game: before we invaded Iraq, how many young Muslim men were ready to join up for a suicide mission against the west? Some, but my guess is, not very many. But now? My guess is very many. The exact opposite of what the president says is true: because we're there, this shit is going to follow us home. You could probably make up a chart with incidents and images on one side, and the number of terrorist recruits on the other. The abuses at Abu Graib: 25,478 Muslim men decide to strap on the suicide belt. Pictures of Saddam getting probed after he was captured: 962 vow jihad on America. Hidatha: 6,089 more. Of course, I'm making these numbers up, and we'll never know what the real numbers are, but every time I see on the news pictures of our "surge" -- that is, pictures of American troops knocking some Iraqi's door in, women wailing, men blindfolded on the ground while an infidel writes on their neck in magic marker -- I think, yep, there's another X amount of really, really pissed off Muslims who are going to do something about it.
The other thing I hear on the news -- that I realized I wasn't really hearing, and which most of us I think do not hear -- is the names we give to the people we're fighting over there. You hear that American troops killed so many "terrorists" or "insurgents" or "gunmen," or sometimes, just "the enemy." But in Anbar, for example, we're now fighting alongside Sunnis who recently were trying to kill us. So they were "terrorists" or "insurgents" or the "enemy", but now I guess they're not. Whew.
What a mindless clusterfuck. Hard to believe someone could make this funny. But I will, Saturday night, on my new live stand up special on HBO at 10 eastern. I know that's a shameless plug, but what other kind is there?