Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Coming "Blowback" at Home

Much has been made about the term "blowback" in respect to foreign policy. The idea is that when we send our military to garrison other countries and prop up dictatorships we give terrorists in those countries a recruiting tool. For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction, as it were. It is Newton's first law of motion as it applies to geopolitics. You can't keep stomping people, or supporting those who do, without engendering an angry reaction. Some unstable individuals will channel that reaction into immoral responses such as terror strikes at innocent civilians.

With that in mind, I have here a fascinating story of the growing police state here at home. I could not help but wonder what effect these experiences will have on the ten children in that home. Perhaps they will grow up to be normal, well-adjusted adults in spite of the state-induced trauma. Perhaps they will grow up to be compliant sheep afraid of their own shadow (that seems to be what the Department of Homeland Security wants for us). The other possibility is that they will seek to strike back at the society that they perceive is behind such injustice. In other words, "blowback" at home.

The government has quite a racket here. The use heavy handed police state tactics in such a way as to insure they will produce more individuals who resent the government. This in turn leads to a "need" for even more government control in order to keep the "unstable elements" from getting out of hand.


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