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Reaping What We Are Sowing

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As we know the Obama administration announced last week it was closing numerous U.S. embassies and consulates in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia over "supposed" intelligence information about a possible plot by al Qaeda, (the details of which are kept secret for reasons of what else, national security and of course we're supposed to believe what they say just because they said it).

Then yesterday, the administration announced the extended closings until next weekend.

Also yesterday, two Republican lawmakers "praised" the president for taking these actions with Senator Lindsey Graham R- S.C. saying on CNN's "State of he Union", "I appreciate what the administration is doing with this," while on CBS's "Face the Nation", Rep. Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, replied, "The administration's call to close these embassies was actually a smart call". In other words "Thank you Barack for following our Republican playbook and by the way why not reinstate the color coded terror warnings that Bush's first head of Homeland Security Tom Ridge thought up and used to keep the public in fear (er "informed"). That is before the public caught on to the ruse and ignored the color alerts as so much hooey that the system was finally scrapped.

Apparently, Ayman al Zawahiri, the head of al Qaeda, posted videos on jihadist websites saying it was time to retaliate against U.S. drone strikes in Yemen and Afghanistan. So noticing these videos some computer nerd probably emailed the White House and told Barack's ever alert team of spies to check out some jihadi website featuring al- Zawahiri; that is if they had time to stop their surveillance of Americans electronic communications.    

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But what is most interesting (though not unexpected)about this latest "terror alert" is none of the lawmakers interviewed had anything to say about U.S. policy using drone strikes in Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia even though al-Zawahiri pointed to those strikes as the basis for retaliation.

Yet anyone paying half attention realizes U.S. drone strikes are creating new jihadists wanting to take revenge against the U.S.,(and they don't need Zawahiri's video to inspire them to take retaliation). That's because these drone strikes kill wives, children, brothers and fathers. Most of these people are simple villagers having no previous connection to radical, jihadist elements but now want to do anything to avenge the deaths of their loved ones.

Jeremy Scahill in his new book, "Dirty Wars" (as well as his acclaimed documentary film of the same name) interviewed many of the survivors of these drone strikes on the scene in Yemen. They clearly showed villagers describing the drone strikes that killed their wives and children and their willingness to avenge these killings and take up arms against the U.S.

By most members of Congress and the U.S. corporate media automatically accepting U.S. drone strike policy as an unquestioned given without recognizing the disastrous blowback against the U.S. reveals a complete disconnect with reality; of cause and effect.

It's the same with the U.S. initiating cyberwarfare. The U.S. and the Israeli's launched "Stuxnet", the computer virus that infected Iranian computers controlling the enrichment of uranium in 2010.

Now the U.S. government condemns others (mostly in China) for the cyberattacks against U.S. corporate interests, and of course in complete hypocrisy, admits to no U.S. culpability in initiating this cyberwarfare.

It all just shows the U.S. government initiating aggressive policies i.e. assassinations, coups, preemptive invasions and occupations, drone strikes, missile attacks, JSOC night raids, cyberattacks et al are the catalysts for the expanded hatred these policies have created including the terrorist blowback attacks in retaliation.

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Quite simply, we are reaping what we are sowing.  


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