Monday, 17 October 2005

The Men Who Stare at Goats

I've been meaning to read the aforementioned book for some time, eventually with the persuasion of Old Man Rich and being bored out of my arse in Cambridge, I splashed out and read it in a day. It is a very good book indeed, essential reading if you want to gain some kind of insight into the twisted psyche of the inner sanctum of the US military. So go buy it.

Part of its brilliance is that it manages to connect such outlandish theories as trying to walk through walls and staring goats to death (as well as levitation) to the depraved acts of torture that occurred at Abu Ghraib and sees them for what they are; connected, desperate concepts in the efforts to win the war on terror. Indeed, the book makes it very clear that 'physic warriors' are being deployed in Iraq to try and kill leading figures in the resistance movement by staring them to death...from a safe distance of course and no doubt heavily camouflaged.

One part of the book struck me profoundly and was so laden with truth that i felt I had to share it:

"America fundamentally wants to think of itself as being good and that we're fundamentally right in what we're doing and we have a very compelling responsibility for the free world. And looking at some of these issues is troubling, because if America does have a darker side it threatens your hold on your view of America and it's kind of like: 'Gee, if I pull out this one underpinning of the American consciousness, is this a house of cards? Does it really threaten the fundamental nature of America?' "

6 comments:

  1. We, as Americans, tend to forget that we are not the moral majority of the world. Because America is the only remaining superpower left, we believe that it is our duty to lead the world by example through our righteous actions. The problem is that we do not recognize that we are not the only democracy in the world and that our leadship is based on American values and not world values. The Iraq war is another stain on American history and it is my hope that the war will end sooner rather than later.

    Thanks for your post. It was eye-opening.

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  2. I loved the goat shed (with de-bleated goats so you can't hear them from outside). The fact that they attempt to stare goats to death because US soldiers don't sympathise with goats. Thats why so many goats were lucky enough to be present at Bikini. Its a very scary book but you've got to laugh. Unless your a goat. Or an innocent man being held illegally in guantanamo bay.

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  3. A watched pot never boils...think about it, people. We're through the looking glass...

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  4. Nothing surprises me anymore. When the rumors of torture at Abu-Gharib and Guantanamo began surfacing, people said, "I don't believe it. Our government wouldn't do that." Then, when the Bush administration said there were interrogation procedures but that there had been guidelines which had been overstepped because of improper training, people said, "Well, how else are we supposed to find out information?" It was then that I knew we were really fucked.

    Americans think this is okay as long as it happens in other countries, but it's not okay. Disregard to humanity is indescriminatory; the American people aren't automatically protected from it just because they're Americans. But I guess that as long as they can max out their credit cards at Wal-Mart on crap they don't need, load it all into their Cadillac Escalades and sit in front of their plasma TV's eating junk food and drinking Diet Cokes while watching the boxed set of Desperate Housewives, there is a buffer.

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  5. revolutionises the adage "if looks could kill"!!

    you surely are having me on, Daniel.

    Ick!

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