Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My Daily Extremist Narrative

Gonna tell you all a story 'bout a man named Jed
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his fam'ly fed
And then one day he was shootin' at some food
When up through the ground come a-bubblin' crude ...
Or lithium, or diamonds, or gold, or whatever ...

I'm sure it will do no good to suggest that, perhaps, what's under the ground in Afghanistan is purely the concern of those who live there, and that any development deals or assistance they might or might not want from Western concerns, they can be relied upon to negotiate for, just like real grownup people. 'Cause, you know, that would just be a lot of kum-ba-ya singing on my part, no doubt. Still, you can always count on some realist to say something that's really funny, in a hideous sort of way:
Some experts cautioned the U.S. to avoid giving the impression that it has designs on the country's mineral wealth.

"That would play right into the extremist narrative that the West is out to subjugate Muslims and plunder their resources," said Paul Pillar, a veteran CIA official now at Georgetown University.
No, we Americans would never, ever, ever consider subjugating Muslims and plundering their resources. I'm guessing that Veteran CIA Official Paul Pillar has probably never seen any bumper stickers saying:


I've probably never seen one either. I'm probably just imagining things. You know how it is with us extremists and our narratives.


Brad S said...

Define things as you see them. They are the extremist, irrational, ignorant. You are the mainstream, logical, learned.

Love is Love, Hate is Hate, Peace is Peace, War is War - even when they say otherwise.

Brad S

Jim Wetzel said...

So, why does it still say "0 COMMENTS" under the post? And will it still say that after I post this one?

Ah, Blogger, thy name is "mystery."

akaGaGa said...

that would just be a lot of kum-ba-ya singing on my part, no doubt

It's occurred to me recently that if you ignore the sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll, us hippies had some valid ideas. Christian ideas, even.