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Understanding the Terrorist Mind

Originally ranted on March 11, 2004. Note that at this time we were battling with the VA over my wife’s Gulf War Illness and their refusal to do anything about it despite being presented with their own research showing what the problem likely was. They had basically told us to FO.

I got to thinking today pretty hard about some things. My family suffered a big disappointment which basically changed our entire perspective on things around us and the goals we have together.

This disappointment was thanks to none other than our wonderful government.

I won’t go into details, but suffice it to say that this is not the first time “our” government has anal probed us in our thirty-some years of history on this planet.

Tyranny is not always accomplished through a fanatical leader with an iron-fisted rule over everything in the nation. Tyranny can also be accomplished through bureaucracy, over-zealous prosecution/persecution, or even through mind control via religious or even scientific dogma.

In the United States of America, we have all of these forms of tyranny bearing down on our individual sovereignty from one direction or another.

I began to understand the hopelessness that is our situation. After all, we can’t sue our government for redress, they just claim “sovereign immunity” or accuse us of being “crackpots” or, worst of all, they accuse us of being “federal criminals” and storm our “compound” and set it ablaze while their snipers to take us down.

So what do we do?

Well, this is where I begin to understand why terrorists do what they do. I don’t condone blowing up a bunch of innocent people or shooting pedestrians from some clock tower to “make your point.” That’s just murder and has no reasoning behind it.

But I can see why some people do it. They feel they’ve been backed into a corner and the only way to get out of it is to strap on a backpack bomb and make some nasty shit happen.

I can also see the futility of it. I mean, think about it: you’re in a corner and so you commit suicide and hope that your death also kills several other people too, so that you can “make a point?” Stupid.

I’m not saying to bow down and just “take it” from them either. I’m just saying that the conventional means of most terrorists are worthless. Striking fear in innocent people (or killing or maiming them) is not just stupid, it’s amoral.

There has to be another way.

There are a lot of freedom/patriot books available nowadays that can paint different pictures of “fighting back” in one way or another. Some require bloodshed, some require the commission of felonies (under current law), some require the commission of crimes as acts of civil disobedience, and some require only that you “disappear” and no longer participate in many of society’s norms.

Which path you choose in fighting back is up to you: you must decide how committed you are and how much you’re willing to risk.

Regardless, if you risk nothing, you gain nothing….