In my last article I pointed out how lucky we are to have such a stupid enemy. While every Islamic attack is a horror for those who are targeted, on an existential level they’re nothing but blips on the radar; bee stings and car crashes remain the larger threat. The ineffectiveness of your average Muslim is as laughable as their false prophet squatting to pee like a girl.
I say we are lucky, because our civilization’s infrastructure is incredibly vulnerable. If these terrorists had half a brain they could have shut the whole country down a dozen times over. Thankfully, they don’t. Like most regressed pedophiles, they seek out immediate sensual experiences. Blowing up an electrical substation doesn’t excite them; but killing three people with a machete does.
Those in the patriot movements, on the other hand – those who served in the military, and who actually know how to employ rifles and explosives properly – if one of them decided to take down America? If a dozen of them decided to team up? The country wouldn’t stand a chance.
An officer with the S.W.A.T. Team once confided in me that their biggest worry was having an ex-military guy go crazy (not “go terrorist”, mind you, just “go crazy”). Their tactics are aimed at druggies and gangbangers, not soldiers, and even a broken-down veteran-turned-crackhead could easily take out half their team before they managed to put him down. The “crazy soldier” is a legitimate concern for Police Officers, because he actually exists. The stresses of the military life – as well as the stresses of post-military life – can overwhelm some, causing them to snap. Usually this results in a tragic suicide; sometimes a murder-suicide; once in a blue moon it’s something even worse.
But no matter how bad it gets – no matter how violent and crazy a PTSD addled veteran gets – it will never turn into political terrorism. It’s simply not in a soldier’s character. A veteran might be furious with a particular government agency, with a particular judge, with a particular organization or a particular person – but he will never turn against America.
Allow me to personalize this for a moment. I enjoy riding in my Sports car; blowing up a pipeline would take that away from me. I enjoy the wealth of information that the internet offers; attacking one of its nodes would deny me all of that free literature. Air-conditioning makes the summer heat bearable; what profit would there be in me disabling the electrical grid? Of course, these are merely luxuries, and given that I strive to be a man of principle, I would be willing to forego any one of them for a higher cause – but what are these principles that I, and other veterans, are so willing to sacrifice for?
Our principles are civilization itself. We enjoy luxuries as the just fruit of a just civilization – but we love civilization for its own sake.
A soldier does not place his frail body in harms way for the sake of pay, or adventure, or even for the accrued social status – there are easier routes to all of these! No more does the patriot spend his time, and risk his good name, standing up for a cause in which he believes; adventure and profit may exist, but the true reward is in living in accord with his values. The patriot is a man who struggles against the flaws of our civilization: unjust laws, corruption in the body politic, gangsterism and depravity amongst the general population. The patriot feels called upon to resist these forces, but by which methods can he do so, if he loves the civilization itself? The tactics of the terrorist are denied to him.
Some patriots – those who are hot tempered, those who lack forethought – might occasionally lash out against a particular entity which they view as symbolic of the widespread flaws. Thomas Ball might self-immolate in front of the family courthouse; Joseph Stack might fly his plane into an IRS building which he believes to be empty. These men, driven mad by grief, might lash out at the forces in the world which have wronged them – but take note that, however criminal they might be, they do not lash out at the civilization itself.
The human mind is a wonderful and interesting thing, and no matter how stone cold and comitted and elite and amazing you are, unless you are a suicide bomber (just another tool) the facts are that a part of your mind is going to plan on the aftermath, and having a way of continuing life as normally as possible.
We had *lots* of IRA spectaculars here in the UK back in the day, and they all targeted high profile targets, hotels with politicians in, financial buildings, you know the sort of thing, because that is the sort of thing you do, when you are expecting to go on living in that same country with few changes .
If you did NOT mind changes, or if you were a foreigner so the changes would not affect you, you would not target any of these things, you’d take your 1,000 lb of ANFO and target infrastructure, whether it be an electricity substation, a major road or rail bridge, a water pumping station, and so on.
We see the proof of this every time one power attacks shit in a foreign country, it is *always* infrastructure that is targeted, it is *never* “spectaculars” like hotels full of politicians or financial buildings.
The violence exhibited by such individuals comes entirely from their disaffection, not their political beliefs. Ultimately they are no different than a workplace shooter, or a jealous ex-lover. They are common criminals and nothing more, pitiable despite their monstrosity, and the source of their crime is a proximate cause within their own lives, rather than their membership in any sort of patriotic organization. If anything, the patriot groups would reduce these instances of disaffected violence. They would spot the early warning signs, and intervene before one of their members turned to madness.
Fight Club‘s Project Mayhem is nought but a juvenile fantasy of destruction for its own sake; even within the narrative itself the supernatural agency of Tyler Durden is needed for the group to ever form. The reality is that testosterone-fuelled brotherhoods are never nihilistic. They may be proto-nationalistic, as in the case of criminal gangs who seek out their own advancement at the cost of society at large – or they may be fully nationalistic, as is the case with patriots and constitutionalists – but they are never nihilistically destructive in the mien of foreign suicide bombers.
So why is it that certain security agencies display so much concern over these up-jumped gun clubs, filled with law abiding patriots who love the land they live on? It’s because they project their own disloyalty onto the members themselves.
Right-wing rebels are anything but; even the American revolution wasn’t truly a rebellion, since the war was waged by the very individuals who were responsible for maintaining the infrastructure. It wasn’t anti-social; it was anti-imperial; it did not celebrate chaos for chaos’ sake, but rather rejected the unjust control being levied by outsiders upon the natural social order. As Ann Barnhardt points out in her article So When Do We Start Shootin’?:
First, the founders of the American Republic did in fact do what I referenced as a current impossibility earlier. Namely, they FIRST established a replacement government so that there would be no absence of government, no state of anarchy. As St. Thomas teaches, it is gravely, gravely sinful to take up arms against a tyrant without first providing for a replacement government. If a people simply liquidate a tyrannical oligarchy (because there is in actuality no such thing as a pure tyranny consisting of one man – even the most powerful tyrants are still undergirded and enabled by an oligarch class) without providing for the replacement, the result of the state of anarchy will be the ascendancy of an even worse tyrant. Anarchy, by definition, enables the biggest psychopath thug to take control. Anarchy, therefore, is an always-fleeting interstitial period between a bad government and an even worse government.
Contrast this to left-wing revolutionaries. The French didn’t seek out a better form of justice in 1789; they merely wanted to kill the Aristocracy out of jealousy. Lenin didn’t care about the Russian peasants; if destroying the Czar meant plunging them into starvation, then so be it. Saul Alinsky is equally unconcerned with his revolution’s fallout; the misery spread by his tactics is a feature, not a bug, since it drives more to his cause; and Obama’s mentor Bill Ayers gave no thought to law and order when he blew up a police station as part of the Weatherman Underground.
Earlier I wrote that testosterone-fuelled organizations are never nihilistic; it is only amongst the testosterone-deficient left that nihilism prevails.
Right-wing patriots are – hypothetically – a greater threat than all the Muslim terrorists combined… but in reality they’re no threat at all. If they shared the same nihilism as their left-wing counterparts, they’d be deadly: they wouldn’t settle for merely attacking abortion clinics – they’d be blowing up hospitals and train stations, and counting all the innocents as acceptable losses! If they shared the same viciousness as the leftists, then civilization wouldn’t last a day.
Who knows why they haven’t done it already… thinks the effeminate coward, surely that’s what they must be planning!
The left-wing security agent is void of any love of his country. He understands the motives of the Weather Underground, but not the faith of Mother Theresa (Caretaker of a hospice? More like sadist, who enjoyed watching others die!). He presumes that all other groups are as empty as he is, and are merely jealous of his position; that the common cause of the Tea Party is not a love of justice and freedom, but a hatred of X, whoever or whatever that might be. He himself still seethes as the High School jocks and their imagined bullying; surely, the jocks hated him because he was so much “smarter” than they were.
His petty little mind can’t tell the difference between those who arm themselves to fight the forces who would destroy civilization; and those who arm themselves to murder innocents. Because as far as he is concerned – only one of those two groups actually exists.
Beware the sad and pathetic; for they are also vicious and venomous.
In the interest of thoroughness, I should say that there’s another possible explanation for the hostility we see. But that would an international villain of James Bond proportions, and wilful subversion of justice within the system itself. Nothing but a conspiracy theory, if you ask me.