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Monday, December 31, 2001

Hope you had a merry Christmas -- 'cause it's gonna be a Satanic new year


My last New Year's column contained a statement that stands out,
in retrospect, as a prediction and a warning that,
unfortunately, went unheeded. America, I wrote,

"Stands astride the world, a global Gulliver lording it over the
Lilliputians. But at the apogee of its power, the US is subject
to the irony of world hegemony – increased vulnerability."


Little did I know how vulnerable. Like most Americans, I never
imagined that, less than a year later, we would all be staring
in disbelief at the smoking ruins of the Pentagon – and a good
part of downtown Manhattan.  But I knew something was amiss: "In
the coming year," I predicted, "the profiteers of empire will be
especially busy selling the whole panoply of 'good works' the US
is performing overseas," especially in "the Middle East, where
we are ostensibly fighting another bogey of the modern world,
'terrorism.' Whether the American people are buying it is
another question."


Well, if they weren't buying it before, now they certainly are –
and with a vengeance. As the US goes rampaging through Central
Asia in search of Osama bin Laden and his Terrorist
International, the War Party has been given a blank check – and
they're diddling over how much to make it out for. But you
didn't have to be a certified seer, a Nostradamus or a Jean
Dixon, to see what was coming over the horizon. Reiterating the
Clintonian record – a new military intervention every few
months – I wrote:

"These days, the brazen belligerence of the US goes way beyond
arrogance and all the way to hubris, the old Greek conception of
a pride so overweening that it literally begs to be toppled,
like Icarus felled for daring to approach the sun."


Yet Icarus hasn't learned his lesson. Still reaching for that
bright orb, he doesn't realize he's been blinded. Lashing out,
he stumbles about in the darkness, bellowing like a wounded
giant, and wreaking devastation across the globe. Already the
ripple effect caused by the US military campaign has caused
disruption throughout the region, with India moving quickly to
destabilize Pakistan. The nutball Hindu nationalists who hold
sway in New Delhi have recently acquired a cache of new weapons
from Israel – and don't think they won't use them.


India and Israel have a lot in common: not only a mutual hatred
of Islam, but also an expressed willingness to use nuclear
weapons. It was not for nothing, after all, that Israel recently
admitted what it has always officially denied (even though
everyone knew the story of Mordecai Vanunu): yes, they have
nukes. But why admit this now, at the height of the crisis,
unless it is meant as a warning that they won't hesitate to use


On the other side of the Middle East, New Delhi's Brahmins are
wielding the nuclear stick more openly, explicitly threatening
Pakistan with the unthinkable. At issue is the Vale of Kashmir,
a section of Central Asia so mountainous and inaccessible that
it makes the terrain of Afghanistan look like a golf course.
India has always claimed it, in spite of its overwhelmingly
Muslim population. If India allowed a real national referendum,
Kashmir would doubtless go with Pakistan, but New Delhi's "Great
Power" conceit would never permit that, and so the region has
been in a constant state of war since the partition of India and
Pakistan more than 50 years ago.


>From this lair of Islamic "terrorism," various Islamic tribes
and groups have launched attacks on India proper, and the
Brahmins, asserting their regional hegemony, have decided to
follow the good example of the United States in pursuing
"terrorism" to its source. Since the Indians aver – without
offering any proof – that the terrorist attacks have been
organized and directed by Islamabad, and that these groups are
little more than proxies for Pakistan, in effect a de facto
state of war already exists between the two nuclear-armed
nations. And the conflict is rapidly spreading….


The news that China has moved its troops up to the border with
India should have hit the headlines like a thunderclap. The
dominoes are falling fast, and even rippling outward to the edge
of the world, where North Korea – starving, desperate, and
demented – teeters on the brink. The "mystery ship" that invaded
Japanese waters and was sunk by the Japanese Defense Force sent
shockwaves through Japan, and globalized this perilous moment.


Are we standing on the brink of World War III? It all depends on
just how crazy are the Hindu nationalists who rule an
increasingly bizarre and militant India. Perhaps not all of them
are particular devotees of Kali, goddess of destruction – all I
know is that Kali holds a central place in the Hindu pantheon,
and she no doubt has lots of fans. Here, for example, is an
Associated Press story detailing the mindset of the people of
Jaisalmer, India, who live near the border with Pakistan, who
are "aching for war":

"'Bring on another war, we are ready,' shouts Jagdish Prasad
Vasa, a craggy shopkeeper who has lived through the three wars
between India and Pakistan since independence from Britain in
1947. His war cries draw similar chants from the old turbaned
men drinking sweet tea at the foot of the sandcastle-like fort.

"'The Jaisalmeris are warriors by nature, always on alert and
never afraid to fight,' says Vasa, spitting out juice from his
'gutkha,' a concoction of tobacco, betel nut and spices. 'It's
time to put Pakistan down, for good.'"


We've heard all this highfalutin' theorizing about how Islam, at
least in its Wahabist incarnation, is the equivalent of
"Islamo-fascism," but how much more explicit can you get than
deifying the concept of Destruction? If I were the Pakistanis, I
wouldn't rule out the distinct possibility of an Indian first
strike – would you?


By even raising the threat to begin with, New Delhi is
announcing to the world that the proximity of US troops in the
region is absolutely no deterrent. Remember that, during the
Cold War, the Indians were generally pro-Russian, and their
hatred of America has by no means abated. Pakistan, on the other
hand, has stood by the US, with General Pervez Musharraf risking
the peace and stability of his own country to root out Al Qaeda.
What has India done to fight the bin Ladenites?


Nothing except take advantage of the crisis to pursue revanchist
land claims and threaten our primary ally in the region with
nuclear annihilation. They are about as helpful as Israel, with
whom they just signed a big arms deal. The Indo-Israeli alliance
doubles the chances of World War III starting in the Middle
East. If Ariel Sharon doesn't succeed in provoking it on his
end, then the worshippers of Shiva the Destroyer have their
chance in the East. After all, Lord Shiva is often depicted
wearing a necklace of human skulls around his neck. It may not
be this year, but surely by the next we will see a nuclear
exchange in that part of the world – unless something is done to
stop it.


The great danger, right now, is that Osama – reported to be
somewhere in the wilds of Pakistan – may already be seeking
refuge in Kashmir. If that is the case, then he will have
deposited himself right at the epicenter of the region's
geopolitical fault-line – in which case anything can and will


Look, I don't want to write another "I told you so" column –
really I don't – but in researching this piece I reread all my
New Year's columns, or, rather, both of them, and I have to say
I was a little frightened by the one dated December 31, 1999,
"Millennial Madness Around the World." I had completely
forgotten about it, as I have all the others. After all, I write
three times a week, usually at length, and it's a defense
mechanism, really, a way to keep going by constantly clearing
out the old to make way for the new.  In any case, I took a look
at it again, for the first time since writing it, and it was
clear that I had foreseen the new spirit of the age, if not the
full horror of its defining moment:

"If the millennium madness that has gripped the world in the
weeks leading up to this climactic night is a portent of things
to come, then the 21st century promises to be even crazier,
bloodier, and more tyrannical than the last. Let's get past the
official optimism and all the Panglossian hype about how the
ubiquity of the Internet, free trade, and capital-D Democracy
are going to usher in a global utopia: if we project the present
state – and mood – of the world into the future, then, as Bette
Davis put it in All About Eve: 'Fasten your seatbelts. It's
going to be a bumpy night.'"


I even got the geographical details of my dark vision right,
pointing specifically to the Middle East as one of the
persistent "sore spots" of the world. If we judge how some of
the more troublesome peoples of the world are planning on
celebrating – or not celebrating – the New Year, then clearly, I
wrote, the new millennium is not going to be party time.
Consider Saudi Arabia, where:

"Sheik Abdullah bin Jabrain, a leading Muslim cleric, flatly
declared that 'celebrating the holidays of the infidels is not
allowed, even if its [sic] out of courtesy, because they are not
holidays that Allah revealed.' The conceits of  universalism are
so easily overthrown; not even courtesy is globally recognized
as a virtue, as anyone who lives in our 'multicultural' society
knows all too well."


The austerity of the Muslim mindset was matched by the Israelis,
who invoked a similarly stern religious edict against millennial
joy. "The party is no merrier in Israel," I wrote,

"That beloved theocracy, where an official council of rabbis has
made it all but impossible for even foreigners to enjoy a New
Year's party. Hotel owners have been told that they may not hold
New Year's celebrations. While not forbidden to rent facilities
to non-Jews, hotels must somehow make sure that no Jews would be
admitted. Music, at any rate, is strictly forbidden at these
gatherings – no, not even a single verse of 'Auld Lange Syne'!"


Remember all those New Year's 2000 events that were canceled
because everybody was "cocooning"? What has really changed?
Indeed, things have gotten much worse. We're all still cowering
in terror, only this time with good reason, and the anti-joy,
anti-pleasure ideology of the ayatollahs and their Israeli
equivalents has infected even American society. "Don't you know
there's a war on?" the prudish warmongers ceaselessly remind
us – how can you engage in such frivolous activities as partying
and cutting taxes at a time like this? Caught in the crossfire
between warring theocrats, we've all been drawn ineluctably into
this ancient blood feud. It's gotten so bad that we're as
obsessive and involved as these two battling desert tribes – who
are so much alike in their dried-up asceticism.


Okay, now we get to the scary part. I had completely forgotten
my reference to the Weekly World News, that ludicrously lurid
tabloid no one will admit to reading on the supermarket
check-out line, and its oddly prescient story: "Face of Satan
Photographed Over US Capitol!" There was even a picture that
oozed sheer malevolence: a thin, mocking face that peered out of
a black swirling cloud, manic eyes ablaze and the mouth twisted
into a satanic sneer. This, it seemed to me, more than any other
news story about the terrorist threat or the prospect of war in
the Middle East, described the spirit of the coming age.


Of course, compared to its sister publication, the good old
National Enquirer, which is almost respectable now, the Weekly
World News is not too reliable. But this account of how
"intelligence agents" using "handheld" cameras "that are
generally found on spy satellites photographed the hideously
evil Face of Satan hovering over our nation's Capitol on
November 17" seems to have presaged the gibbering evil that
hangs over us all today. The Weekly quotes "one unidentified
veteran CIA operative" as saying:

"The image is a portrait of terror unlike anything we've ever
seen in this country. Is it something supernatural? Is it some
kind of life form? Is it – and hell yes, I'll ask the question –
is it Satan himself?"

That awful apparition, the Weekly continued, was "sitting up
there over our nation's Capitol like a crow on a clothesline,
taunting our every move. Is it somehow a sign of events either
bad or good to come?"


Well, uh, definitely bad, I would say. But you didn't need a
special camera to capture the spirit of the nation and the world
as it stood on the brink of the new millennium. This Weekly
World News story, I averred, "perfectly expresses the Zeitgeist
of the new age: a dark, ominous sense of foreboding." A crow
sitting on a clothesline, taunting our every move with maniacal
cawing – sounds like Osama to me.


As the world races to the edge of the abyss, with the US racing
the fastest, this sense of foreboding has been more than
confirmed. We have unleashed – through our arrogance, our
carelessness, and our shortsightedness – forces that we can
neither understand nor control. Having planted the seeds of the
war that is now only just beginning, this year, which the
President of the United States has promised will be a "war
year," we are bound to reap the whirlwind.


I take no satisfaction in having predicted – all too
accurately – the course history has taken since 1999. It sickens
me, really, to know that one can rail against the darkness, even
as it descends, and all to no effect. It seems, at times, that
we are helpless to defy the march to war, powerless to fight an
invincible evil that hovers, like that image of Satan above the
US Capitol, over the days of our lives. War abroad, and the
specter of repression at home: this is what we have to look
forward to, and it isn't pretty.  Looking into the future, on
this first day of 2002, what is visible with striking clarity is
the clearly discernible Face of Satan.


But all is not lost. There is still time – time to wake up the
American people, who may yet perceive that their interests do
not lie in perpetual war. Time to revive the spirit of the
Constitution and the memory of our Old Republic, in spite of the
deformations of Empire. We must fight for all that America once
was, and can be again – with all our might, and using every
weapon at our disposal. This is the final battle, and we must
either win it, or die in the attempt. will be there,
to inform you, uplift you, and keep you company. And that's the
only comfort I have to offer: the knowledge that you are not

[Copyright 2001]



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Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far
better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR. That
awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a
horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and
shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse. -
       -Mark Twain.