Friday, February 22, 2008

News Flash!

International Sports Desk: London (high atop a secret tower--next to the foriegn affairs bunker)

'Come here little kiddies, on my lap
Guess who's back with a brand new rap'

The news wire's on fire, along with an Embassy or two.

In response to my earlier posting about Western Diplomats' response to the Embassy attacks (see below)--former diplomat Richard Holbrooke says, 'the Russians are behind this because they have encouraged the worst and most extremist elements in Serbia for the last year.' Thank fuck. Now we can get back to blaming the Russians. Al Quaida, though a brilliant marketing ploy, was too faceless as a symbol for terrorism. In theory, Bin Ladin, or former top level Taliban officials could have been Al Quaida, but who knows (and God knows we tried to find them...)? Al Qaida essentially became the brand that jihadist extremists applied to their action, once the 'original' terror organization was 'broken' (if it ever existed). Since then, it became, or already was,a splintered, fractional, idealogically organized collective of cells, who each operated individually as 'Al Quaida' without any material ties to a central structure.

But now, we have Ivan and Boris a tagteam duo also known as The Red Menace. I for one am pleased. Something never sat right with the new world order of post-imperialism that manifested into 'extremism' and quasi-organized 'terrorist cells.' However, the Russians present a throwback challenge and the good old days of the cold war. And, for those who think that these attitudes are perpetrated only by the Kremlin and its reassemblage of ex-KGB officers, I can gurantee that there is some one one, or many someone's in the CIA who are wetting themselves at the prospect of going at it again with Russian security services. The press is rife with reports of injured soldiers from hot war zones returing and suffering from PTS, but as far as I can tell, no one has considered what happened to the Cold Warriors on both sides who bent their minds to their own version of freedom. Surely, after a career of fighting the Russians (Commies) or Americans (Capitalist Dogs) only to have the whole thing end rather unspectacularly in a student-led coupe d'etate has to be the ultimate bum-trip and leave some healthy unrequited scars--for both sides. They talk about healing in all of the places where the Cold War bubbled into outright conflict--making amends for death squads and Operation Condor, but there was never healing in the homeland where the crimes were ultimately planned.

Now brewing in the East, is our former partner in world chess--scars have opened! Shame about Castro--almost made 10 US presidents. Let the games begin!


Anonymous Andy said...

"Thank fuck. Now we can get back to blaming the Russians. Al Quaida, though a brilliant marketing ploy, was too faceless as a symbol for terrorism."

Interesting thought process, Ben. Very retro.

Don't you miss the good old days when terrorists were terrifying? When they wore tinted sunglasses and red dishtowels on their heads, hijacked TWA airliners (seven-oh-sevens, if you please) and flew them to various dusty airstrips in North Africa? And then blew them up?

Now that's terrorism!

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