The End is Nigh (Boo!)
What with last week's walk outs, protests and finger-pointing over the U.S. telco surveillance bill, aka the 'Protect America Act' (now, how could you vote against that, you commie!), I almost missed Bush's official statement from last Wednesday.
His solemn opening reads like something from a third rate Van Damme screenplay:
Good morning. At this moment, somewhere in the world, terrorists are planning new attacks on our country. Their goal is to bring destruction to our shores that will make September the 11th pale by comparison. To carry out their plans, they must communicate with each other, they must recruit operatives, and they must share information.The lives of countless Americans depend on our ability to monitor these communications.
Aghhh! Run for the hills, Martha! It's the War of the Worlds all over again.
No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No one could have dreamed that we were being scrutinized as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets. And yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely, they drew their plans against us.
I'd like to think that Bush's hysterical scaremongering would no longer fool anyone, but I've been bitterly disappointed in the past. I know it's an easy target, but just for the Hell of it, here's Hitler back in 1933:
Communism with its method of madness is making a powerful and insidious attack upon our dismayed and shattered nation. It seeks to poison and disrupt in order to hurl us into an epoch of chaos…. This negative, destroying spirit spared nothing of all that is highest and most valuable… Fourteen years of Marxism have ruined Germany; one year of bolshevism would destroy her. The richest and fairest territories of the world would be turned into a smoking heap of ruins. Even the sufferings of the last decade and a half could not be compared to the misery of a Europe in the heart of which the red flag of destruction had been hoisted. The thousands of wounded, the hundreds of dead which this inner strife has already cost Germany should be a warning of the storm which would come.