Monday, August 01, 2005

I'm ready for the Struggle

Now that the Washington packagers are leaning toward calling the War on Terror the Struggle Against Violent Extremism (they didn't consider Bush's limited language skills when they came up with that one), I look forward to seeing thousands of American citizens dragged off to Guantanamo, without benefit of attorney. That would be "persons of interest" who belong to the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi groups, neo-Confederate groups, skinhead groups, Aryan Nation groups, Christian Identity groups, black separatist groups, and other groups who exist for the sole reason of hate. Over 700 such groups have been identified in the United States, but none of their members is currently vacationing in Cuba.

Furthermore, despite numerous other right-wing groups who hate the government and fear a "U.N. takeover," our government has determined that the only two that are dangerous are radical environmental and animal rights groups, neither of which has killed or physically hurt a U.S. citizen. These two groups, however have a couple of things in common: They are construed as left wing organizations, and--more important--their goals threaten the core of America's large corporations. Everything from logging to chemical processing to factory farming would be at risk if the U.S. established safe environmental standards and stopped running mass animal torture chambers.

So when the White House resident makes his inevitable speech explaining that we are in a Struggle Against Violent Extremism, it will be time for us to call the FBI and demand they question our neighors with Confederate flags on their bumpers, or those who drop the phrase "new world order" into conversation.

After all, they are persons of interest.


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