Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Threat of Terrorist Monopolies

*caption for picture: part KKK, part French wine drinkers - ETA calls it quits.

The Basque separatist group, ETA, announced this week that it is ending its 45 year military struggle for independence from Spain. In a world in which is becoming increasingly more dangerous, we're told, due to the threat of terrorism (i.e. Al-Qaeda) there seems to be less and less terrorist organisations/movements around.

ETA's announcement is part of a larger trend, in Western society at least, of terrorists giving up the gun and being brought into the fold by the governments they once fought so bitterly against. In May of last year the IRA announced an end to it's armed struggle in Northern Ireland and then backed up its words by a show of decomissioning in front of international observers.

The Red Brigade in Italy is all but disbanded.

The Zapatistas in Mexico are bargining with President Vicente Fox.

The Sandanistas are old and fat, just like Castro.

Even Qadaffi sold out, going so far as to apologise for Libya's involvement in the Lockerbie bombings and other terrorist activities -like supplying the IRA with enough semtex to blow England far away from Ireland.

In the 60s, 70s and 80s it seemed like every country had it's terrorists/freedom fighters/whatever. Even in places you wouldn't associate with terrorism -like Canada. Yes, Canada was no exception. Anyone from in and around Quebec will remember the FLQ (Quebec Liberation Front). They firebombed caf├ęs and restuarants (including seven McDonald's) because, among other things I'm sure, their use of Engligh names and advertising threatened the French language and culture. It was partly through their actions that Quebec has some of the toughest language laws in the world. Thank you FLQ.

If you ask me Al-Qaeda's to blame. Their monopoly on terrorism has ruined it for your avergage local terrorist group. They just couldn't be content with realistic goals and demands, like the US/Western withdrawal of the Middle East or Afghanistan. No, they had to go and turn it into a global war on the infedels...demanding our extinction. How does one even begin to bargin with that? The answer is you don't. All the aforementioned groups had realistic goals and objectives: give us independence/autonomy, Brits out, recognise our language/culture, stop culling baby seals...whatever.

The point is that now, with the likes of Al-Qaeda and the War on Terrorism, such groups have been compromised; co-opted into a belief system that is too powerful and coersive to resist. Let's be honest if you had to chose between a United Ireland and the salvation of Western/Christian civilisation what would it be? Yeah, fuck the tri-colour, bombs away, Hoss.

2 Comments:

Blogger Erasmus said...

Excellent points, lad.

It was at one time respectable to be associated with many of these freedom fighting groups, but because of a bunch irrational middle-easterners everyone gets lumped together.

It's a good thing Al-Qaeda wasn't around while the Continental Congress was trying to raise funds in 1776 or else we'd all still be speaking the kings English probably.

Another thing popped into my mind while reading this post. WAL-MART. I'll let you make the connections.

Friday, March 24, 2006 7:11:00 PM  
Blogger Epictetus said...

Indeed, Al-Qaeda has become the Wal-Mart of Terrorism.

They have saturated the market all over the world, controlling the agenda and pushing out the little man. And just like Wal-Mart they hate unions, citing company loyalty instead.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 6:46:00 AM  

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