We are to blame - TAC Weekly Review - March 24, 2016 - by Jeff Fitchett

Cause and effect rarely enters into the mindset of the collective populace.  Media tends to bombard us with repetitive images and phrases that quickly numb us with sensory overload.  
It is no wonder people choose to ‘check out’ and find a safe happy place that provides comfort.  Addictive foods, light hearted TV shows & movies, video games, drugs, alcohol, pornography and other methods of distraction allow an escape.
I’m not here to tell you what is right or wrong; I’m merely highlighting the obvious.  The bombings in Brussels this week can be partially blamed on the mass population.  I feel for the people who lost their lives and who were injured.  It saddens me that so many people were negatively impacted.  Death and destruction is an every day occurrence around the World in this day and age.  
Western media generally only focuses on bombings when it occurs in Western linked nations.  Rarely do we see 24/7 news coverage when a bomb rips through a village in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, etc.  Western mainstream media ratchets up hysteria when Western societies have been targeted.  
It’s notable to mention that after each attack in the US, France, England, Belgium, as well as in other Western countries, that civil liberties are diminished, privacy is infringed upon, military spending increases, security measures are enhanced and in turn the masses support the new initiatives.  Fear allows for governments to tighten their grip on a population.
The same playbook has been used over and over throughout history.  The control mechanisms over society would collapse in a short period of time if the population woke up and started to ponder what is the root cause of terrorism.  Statistically speaking, there is a direct correlation between the increase in Western military intervention in the Middle East and the increasing rate of Islamic terrorism in response.  
Months ago I got into a debate with someone about terrorism.  The person remarked that terrorists use horrific methods for attacks.  I asked in return; “does a hellfire missile that is initiated from thousands of miles away and in turn ends up killing hundreds of people different?”  Furthermore, I highlighted the fact that the West is responsible for more death and destruction than any terrorist organization could possibly do.  Poor populations do not have the military wherewithal to fight against a Western backed standing army.  Suicide bombers are a common tactic used by guerrilla fighters.  We have been brainwashed to accept the bombing of nations, but not the blowback that logically follows.  
Think about Iraq for a moment.  Sanctions against Iraq, during the 1990’s, caused the deaths of approximately 500,000 people.  On September 11th, 2001, roughly 3000 people died.  Everyone watched the planes crash into the Trade Centre Buildings over and over for months.  The news coverage about 9/11 was nonstop.  In contrast, there was hardly a peep from Western media covering the carnage caused by the sanctions against Iraq in the 1990’s.  What gives?
I liken Western foreign policy to Western health care.  We are awesome at treating the symptoms of health problems using pharmaceutical products, but rarely do we focus our efforts on what causes our health problems in the first place.  After all, we are predominantly treated by doctors of medicine.  Similarly, our reaction to ‘terrorist attacks’ is to go and bomb a specific country in retaliation.  All it takes is for an inquiring mind to sift through the piles of information to realize that most of what we are told, from a foreign policy standpoint (and most others items of topic), is either an outright lie or at the very least half truths.  Terrorist attack = bomb a Muslim country in response.  Keep in mind that ISIS has been directly funded by the US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and a number of other countries. 
In the coming days and weeks, pay attention to how EU officials react to the bombings.  More than likely you will hear the importance of the European Union standing in solidarity.  New powers will be granted to law enforcement and new laws will be passed to allow for the government to monitor the population.  As well, new military spending within EU member nations and NATO will likely be announced as well.  
I know my thoughts may come across as cynical.  I have noticed patterns that keep playing out time and again.  Last week I wrote about awakening and I standby my view that anyone still stuck in the matrix paradigm must snap out of their slumber because our way of life is disappearing. For instance, Swedish authorities are now recommending that woman do not go outside at night alone. It is hard to see what I’m talking about as we go through our daily lives, but when you step back and take a hard look at our world you can’t help but notice stark changes taking place.  
Politicians and their ilk will continue on with policies that will result in the further deterioration of humanity.  I think the US political process is a prime example of what I’m trying to convey.  Donald Trump is getting a ton of support because people are starting to wake up and realize that they are getting screwed.  The outsourcing of jobs, the inability to save for the future and get out of debt, a standard of living that is slowly slipping away, endless wars, Wall Street bankers that never go to jail for obvious frauds that have been committed, food companies that are responsible for poisoning people and the environment and there are a multitude of other issues worthy of thinking about.  The Donald is tapping into these topics and a significant portion of the US public is agreeing with him.  I think it is foolish to believe that he will be a saviour.  There are many similarities between the rhetoric Trump spouts and what Hitler promoted in the lead up to Nazi Germany.  During that time period Jews were targeted; today it is Muslims. It is well known that Hillary Clinton is as corrupt ‘as they get’.  She is bought and paid for and many people are clueing in to this fact.  Trump is offering to make the USA great again, but his words are empty promises.  I digress.
The bombings in Brussels are just a symptom of a World gone amok.  Western politicians, think-tanks, banks and specific multi-national corporations are partially responsible.  They have promoted military interventions all throughout the Middle East and have destroyed peoples lives and societies.  A response from an oppressed people is predictable and terrorist attacks are an obvious response.  The biggest share of the blame should be placed on us for deferring our rights, freedoms, foreign policies and political mandates to individuals who have been corrupted.  We have allowed for our existence to be sold off to the highest bidder.  In turn, we continuously vote for the lesser of evils in the hopes that we can change our lot in life.  Right now George Carlin is ringing my head.  I hear him saying; 
“There’s a reason for this, there’s a reason education sucks, and it’s the same reason it will never ever ever be fixed. It’s never going to get any better. Don’t look for it. Be happy with what you’ve got… because the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners now… the real owners. The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. That’s right.”
As I have stated before, it pains me to see our world unraveling before my very eyes.  I can’t tell you how many people I know who are making racist remarks about Muslims these days.  The dogmatic thinking is remarkable.  I wish I could be shocked and surprised by all of this.  Sadly, I am not because history seems to keep repeating itself.  There is always a minority population to blame for the woes of a people, a country and our world.  Not long ago Jews were the target of prejudice.  The same goes for blacks and other minority groups.  As I always say, think for yourself.  Take a step back and think about the causes of the problems we face today.  If a foreign nation bombed us how would you feel? Would you feel resentment?  What if you did not have the means to protect yourself and your family?  Would you sit still and just take it?  Migrants and refugees are fleeing war torn countries that our governments bombed to smithereens.  In turn, as destitute people flee their home country and flood into nations throughout Europe there is backlash from the common European person.  ‘How dare they enter our country and mess with our culture!’  Some of the anger should be directed at the politicians we elect.  But mostly, we have ourselves to blame because most people choose a state of cognitive dissonance over being informed.  Cause and Effect!
Jeff Fitchett B.A., FMA, CIM
Analyst - Trivium Analytics Canada


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