The Slim Silver Linings of Katrina, Rita, Wilma & Ike
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September 13, 2008
When weather changes world history, humans scramble like frightened ants. Consider the storm that sunk and scattered the Spanish Armada. Or the bitter cold and snowstorms that ravaged the ill-prepared German Army at
Ants scattered; ambitions destroyed. Extreme weather shatters the weak and wicked alike. Something karmic this way comes.
But powerful hurricanes only hurt or kill poor people, you say? Yes, poor people always bear the brunt of hurricanes. Poorly built houses destroyed, poorly maintained infrastructure wrecked. Worse still, the poor always bear the brunt of a far more devastating state policy, more devastating than any hurricane. A fellow by the name of Ike once said: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”
Hurricanes devastate a region for a few days and then depart. Corrupt governments devastate far larger regions for years or decades, and the devastation remains visible for centuries. Poor people get poorer and more devastated by the state, families wrecked for generations. Hurricanes seldom have that lasting power.
As hurricane Ike gathered strength in the
As Ike smashed ashore and topped the seawalls, disrupting oil production, thus raising gasoline prices (Ike sparks gas panic) and sending FEMA clucking to
Suppose, just suppose, Ike caused such mayhem, that a planned attack on
Recall that in 2005, first Katrina and then Rita crashed ashore. Wilma followed a few months later. FEMA and Blackwater rushed to the disaster scene in
Postponed until gas prices came down, which they never did.
Because if the Neocons had attacked Iran in 2005, during that trio of traumatic hurricanes, when weather truly changed history in America, most conservative Americans would have been forced, FINALLY, to open their eyes. Diehard conservative supporters of the regime would have rightly seen Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld as a trio of cynical and cold-blooded disasters worse than any Category Five hurricane. Instead, the levees broke, the TV cameras caught the devastation—all preventable, by the way-- and nefarious Neocons were mostly revealed as a collection of cold-hearted incompetents.
Wilma wrecked south
After Katrina, Rita and Wilma devastated the
Thus that damn trio of hurricanes had derailed the
In 2006, the Neocons in the White House and Congress rightly feared the disgruntled American voter. The criminal and corrupt powerbrokers in DC feared a backlash at the polls. How to downgrade this righteous anger from a full blown hurricane to a mild tropical storm? Easy. Co-opt the corrupt Democrats, many of them already Neocons, and persuade them to betray the public and continue to rule as if nothing had happened. Once again, however, an attack on
Unfortunately, by 2007 the real estate bubble started to implode like WTC-7. Americans suddenly saw their equity crash and Lou Dobbs and a million bloggers began to stir the hornet’s nest. Not a good time to attack
In 2008, due to the weakened US dollar and Wall Street speculation, gas prices rose rather than fell with the riotous rise of crude oil. The storm surge in commodity prices, especially platinum, gold and silver, followed by grain, must have cautioned the Neocons further. Any attack on
And so, with only a few months to go in the disastrous Bush-Cheney crime spree, we come to Hurricane Season, 2008.
Ironic name for a hurricane, huh? The same name as a long ago Republican president and former US General, Dwight D. Eisenhower, nicknamed Ike. He warned the nation of an impending storm greater than Category Five. Ike said: “We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”
A disastrous rise of military industrial power, like a powerful storm surge, overwhelmed the old seawall of the Bill of Rights. That Category Six storm we now called the American empire, threatens to destroy the entire nation, the entire world, gathering strength these past several years.
Ironically, Ike is back, and who better named than to kick the Neocons to the curb?