One of the rituals attending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when our opponents score a goal, is for an American general to materialize before the press and announce, in his best miles gloriosus manner, that “we face a thinking enemy.” Wow. Who ever would have imagined that the enemy might think and learn?
The latest example followed the insurgents’ success in shooting down seven American helicopters in Iraq. According to the February 18 New York Times, Major General James E. Simmons, an Army aviator, told reporters, “We are engaged with a thinking enemy.” General Simmons should know; the mujaheddin shot down his helicopter on January 25, fortunately with no casualties.
a thinking enemy? who knew? thought they were just a bunch of Backward Wogs, did we, guys? barely primate, let alone human? incapable of observation and reaction?
the nickname of Cheney’s plane is hardly needed to complete the picture, but there it is. the Spirit of Strom Thurmond is indeed alive and well among the US command, evidently.
it looks like a colonial racist mindset and it quacks like a colonial racist mindset and goddammit, I think it’s a colonial racist mind[sic]set.
I’m too disgusted to type properly. meanwhile, another feelgood whitefella propaganda flick is ably deconstructed by historian Peter Linebaugh, one of my favourite contemporary writers. a hagiography of Wilberforce? struth! we are way beyond satire. we are through the looking-glass and playing hedgehog croquet.