04 April 2007


The calculus of deception, the geometry of hidden (and not so hidden) agendas, the non-linear equation of half-truths, wishful thinking, and outright lies; tying together such apparent disparities as British sailors in Iranian custody, the overheating price of gasoline, and the fact that most people seem more interested in the start of baseball season than in flushing away the foul stench of the so-called Bush “administration” -- such exercises always put me in mind of nearly impenetrable mathematical problems. I say nearly impenetrable because, as obscure as it may seem, this one isn’t really all that indecipherable. It’s child’s play, actually.

Let’s see. Greed beyond belief plus positions of power, multiplied by an amoral willingness to use violence and deal out death, multiplied again by an ignorant and apathetic public and a ridiculous Congress full of Vichyite weaklings -- that’s the basic arithmetical superstructure of the bare thread the world is hanging by right now. Complicating matters further are a number of variables, including fifteen Jolly Jack Tars in rubber boats (rubber boats?) being planted in a stretch of water long in dispute, as an obviously deliberate provocation. The causus belli is in place and ready to go, the use of uniformed British pawns gives the Neo-Con monkey people in the United States a certain degree of camouflage for their role as the official enthusiasts of a new war, and the price of gasoline spirals out of control. War, death, deceit, and profit -- sounds pretty simple to me.

I suppose it’s valid enough to view the newest chapter of the Neo-Con saga in pseudo-mathematical terms. Or not, but, whatever. It’d be hard to gainsay the systematic, mathematical precision in which the stage is being set for yet another -- perhaps the last -- Repug assault on a sovereign nation floating upon an ocean of crude oil. It’s really nothing but an elaborate, and deadly, advertising campaign, dripping with more than its share of falsehoods and deceptions. But it is predictable and, truly, not especially imaginative or original; the bag of tricks, traditionally available to the legions of self-interested ghouls who have plagued human history with their existence, is not really very extensive. But then, it doesn’t need to be, given how hollow and base and oh-so-easily manipulated most people are -- particularly 21st century Americans with their culture of homogenized disposability. Whether it’s Gleiwitz in 1939, the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964, Iraq in 2002-3, or Iran in 2007, it’s all the same tired but methodical (and effective) application of power run amok.

Yeah, well. The Russians are saying that the as-yet unveiled Neo-Con campaign of death against the hapless citizenry of Iran is scheduled to commence this week. Maybe, maybe not; regardless, if the Chimp and his brood aren’t removed with alacrity, another war -- sooner or later -- is very nearly a “dead cert,” as our rubber-boat-borne British sailors might put it. One could say it’s almost “mathematically” likely.

You know, I always hated math.

UPDATE TIME: OK, so Ahmadinejad refuses to follow the script scribbled by the thug-freaks in DC and decides to release our brave rubberized British sailors. Good for him; Rove and Cheney must be un-wadding each other’s boxers right about now.


Lee said...

"And the politicians throwin' stones,
So the kids they dance
And shake their bones,
And it's all too clear we're on our own.
Singing ashes, ashes, all fall down.
Ashes, ashes, all fall down."

I never thought when they started singing that song waaay back in the 80's that it would have such significance today.

I guess the only thing to do is continue hoping that the Dems keep the screws turning on these war-mongering Mother F***ers.

E. Buttler said...

You know, Lee, the fact that "Throwing Stones" has so much resonance today only proves the universality Jerry and company really had (or, have); they maintained a direct link to a depth of understanding that most people -- not to mention so-called "musicians" -- can't even come close to.

I don't know about the Dems ... but they do seem to be all we have at the moment.

Lee said...

One of the things I miss so much about the Dead is the politically enlightened folks I would enocounter along the way. I learned so much from the myriad of Dead Heads I met over the years.

I don't have much faith in the Dems either but...

I'm guessing that if the criminal repugs were still controlling congress and genuflecting to their Fuhrer, Iran and most likey the rest of the Middle East would be an apocalyptic battlefield by now.

Like your new blog layout by the way.