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This fairy tale begins with "Once upon a time." All the best fairy tales begin with "Once upon a time." It seems however, the practice has fallen out of favor, especially among broadcast news circles; which routinely tell stories far more fantastical than talking frogs, glass slippers or poisoned apples, without even the slightest regard to the grand old tradition of good fairy tales. The general purpose of beginning a fairy tale with "Once upon a time" is to frame the story, to warn the readers in advance that the bounds of reality will be exceeded and bent beyond credibility. But as the ship of state drifts further from the shores of reality, the odd ends and accessories become the appendix of the body politic.
Bloomberg -- In nine strikes over two days, the U.S. destroyed Islamic State Humvees and armed vehicles, along with a checkpoint and bunker, according to statements issued by U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida.
When did Al Qaeda become the Islamic State?
Where did the Islamic State acquire the money and logistics to build an armed force, Go Fund Me perhaps? Was there a draft held somewhere, where Al Qaeda could reserve their best fighters, leaving only the scrubs and rookies to join the new team? In our non-reality society, the equation goes something like this: -- 6 = 4 you don't need to know any of the other factors, about silly, magic mirrors or wicked step-mothers. Come on! After thirteen years of perpetual war, haven't you learned to trust us yet!
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Syria hmm. Could that be the same Syria the administration accused of dastardly crimes it was unable to prove? The same Syrian conflict the American public declared by a wide margin it wanted no part of? Well, I guess the American public was all wet. When will we learn to just listen to the Pentagon? Because of our reticence, the founders of ISIS took their ill-gotten funds down to Honest Achmed's Used Humvees and Armed Vehicles (Just around the corner from high prices! 60 month financing available for qualified Jihads) and set up a check point and a bunker. Clearly, we are dealing with military masterminds!
After just nine air strikes with laser guided bombs and high-tech weaponry, we were able to destroy that check point, that bunker and some trucks! I guess now, the President's hands are tied. I imagine he paces nervously in the Oval Office, talking to himself. "Gosh darn it, the American public didn't want me to invade Syria, but I have no other choice now"now that there is an Islamic group with Syria in its title. Besides, they have armed trucks and Humvees!"
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, codes of conduct were decided upon by the wise people's of a war-weary, primitive world. They decreed it a crime, to invade another country unilaterally. They decreed that any occupier setting up a government in an occupied nation would be declared illegitimate. These things were decided after an evil one had conquered many lands and had set up friendly governments, they called Quislings. The imaginary Winston Churchill once said; "Democracy isn't a harlot to be purchased on a street corner for the price of a Tommy gun." He then flew off on his magic dragon to join Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Now it's been a long time and perhaps my memory has dimmed a might, but didn't we invade Iraq because the former administration claimed Saddam Hussein had weapons of Mass Destruction? Didn't it turn out that they were wrong? Didn't they further try to justify the invasion by saying; Saddam was a bad man who was killing his own people? So after this country finished killing Iraqis, aren't they back in the business killing each other again? It reminds me of the Dr. Seuss book "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back." The more that darn cat tried to clean up his mess, the bigger the mess became.
But here is where that non-reality comes into play: Dateline Whoville -- Armed mercenaries fighting under the banner of CATS, Chaotic-Antichrist's -Taking -- Syria have invaded a house and are holding two small children as human shields. The children identified only as Sally and her brother, have been engulfed by a whirlwind of destruction and violence. CATS has polluted the entire house with a pink substance suspected of being a chemical weapon or possibly even a nuclear isotope or biological agent
A CATS member identified only as little CAT Z, is believed to be in possession of a device known only as a "Voom." It's alleged the device is small enough to fit inside of a hat; the device has the power to alter the weather and to change reality, all by itself. US intelligence sources have tracked the terrorist suspect Little Cat Z to Pakistan, and informed sources suspect he has ties to A.Q. Khan. Photos of Little Cat Z have surfaced playing ping-pong in North Korea, backgammon in Iran and Yahtzee with Fidel Castro in Cuba.