Fourteen years after the infamous date to be commemorated later this week, everything and little has changed. The toddlers of 2001 are now readying to begin college and university studies, never having known a World without a War on Terror.
And what has been accomplished, save the annihilation of several middle eastern countries, and the rendering of those country’s citizens by their millions into a desperate diaspora the likes of which has not been seen since the last century’s greatest war? Is the World a better place for any but the ethnic cleansers and war profiteers?
While watching the refugee crisis unfold in Europe, blowback, a term steeped in spook-speak comes to mind. Describing the unintended consequence of actions or policies, ‘Blowback’ is also the title of the late former CIA analyst, University of California, San Diego professor emeritus, and author Chalmers Johnson’s tour de force trilogy on American empire.
I spoke to Chalmers half-way back to the day “that changed everything” in 2001.
Chalmers Johnson in the first half.
And; betrayal, disloyalty, faithlessness, infidelity, duplicity, dirty tricks, deception, chicanery, backstabbing, double-dealing, and untrustworthiness; yes, it’s poll time again! As well as perfect descriptors of every election season, that string of invective is also Google’s partial list, (and who better would know?) of synonyms for treachery, and what could be more treacherous than falsely leading the people to believe the law is protecting the environment they live in from catastrophic harm? But that is just the case here in British Columbia, where successive governments have perpetuated the myth of an oil tanker moratorium in the Salish Sea.
Ingmar Lee is a long-time ecology defender whose latest campaign is to stop the “Treacherous Traffic of the 10,000 Ton Texas Tankers” currently endangering the entirety of BC’s coastal environment. Ingmar will be in Victoria speaking to the secretive oil trafficker’s activities and the dangers they pose. He’ll be at the Sitka Café, at 570 Yates St. tonight at 5pm.
Ingmar Lee, red-lighting the 10,000 Ton Texas Tanker in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good to do in and around our town, and beyond, in the coming week. But first, Chalmers Johnson and empire’s blowback.