None Dare Call It Blowback
"The American people deserve to hear the truth," says Sheldon Richman, debunking the "myth that anti-American activity is unprovoked" — Terrorist Threat Has Roots in U.S. Policy. He notes "that the American empire provokes anti-Americanism... isn’t rocket science," explaining:
- You bomb someone; they get mad and try to get even. Terrorism is the price paid for maintaining an empire. But the imperial masters apparently think it’s worth the price. They never suffer; on the contrary, they prosper when they can use the violence to justify further expansion of their power.
And so it goes on, like a perpetual-motion machine. Each act of the empire provokes a response that serves as a pretext for further imperial action. The battlefield is the world, and the “war on terror” can go on forever. Except for the dead, the maimed, the malnourished, and the taxpayers, it’s a sweet deal all around.