History is but the precedent for the future.
By Craig B Hulet ? Security, Military Affairs & International Relations Expert (Author: The Hydra of Carnage: Bush’s Imperial War-making and the Rule of Law : An Analysis of the Objectives and Delusions of Empire, 2003)
What was interesting was that there were no flags out in the area of the Pacific Northwest where I live until Mr. Bush began heralding victory, that we had won, that is was all over. Then suddenly like spring daffodils flags began to sprout. The common man finds common cause with those seen as going to win. They don’t want the fight. They don’t want the risk. They just want to be seen to be on the winning side, whichever one doesn’t matter. It doesn’t even matter that only ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, ChevronTexaco, HaliburtonBrown&Root, are the only real winners. The masses here at home have to foot the bill, pay in blood and coin. The truly stupid will follow the path of empire, soon enough giving up their sons and now daughters (in the new imperial age, girls are equal) to a new draft. There will be more wars, not for humanitarian aid, democracy or liberation, but for control of regions necessary to empire’s birth. We will be lied to again and again. Mr. Bush will be hailed Caesar the protector not Caesar of Oil.
"Wars fought in the dark, between governments both hoping for victory, are gambles; and they enlist the same passions as gambling for money. There is only avarice, or more probably debt and destitution, but even more prominently there is love of excitement, faith in one’s luck, and eagerness to try a system said to work miracles. Such war is barbarous, not only for being cruel and wrathful, but for being hysterical. The herd instinct at work produces frenzy in individuals otherwise sane. There is a rush of a thousand hearts in a vague cause, simply because it has become the common cause."
--George Santayana: Reflections on Liberty, Society and Government
The worst herd of all is that of the media. Without the media’s complicit buffoonery and gullibility, race for ratings and their ability to live with a level of hypocrisy hitherto unheard of, none of this could succeed. Await the day Mr. Bush declares Congress must grant him another term, a third term, as President because of the crises here at home and the wars and unrest abroad. Bury your gold coins now. Sell your guns now to receive their fair market value. Wait for the call to arms when each of us must sacrifice and work for the Homeland's Security. History is nothing more than the precedent set for the future.
Craig B Hulet was Special Assistant to Congressman Jack Metcalf (Ret.) and a consutant to ATF&E Justice Department.