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Saturday, April 03, 2004



Light under the door

I've purposefully kept out of the politico blogosphere for most of my short blogging-career (begun in mid october 2003 - apparently I am one of the many who heard the word "blog" on tv one fine day, decided to check it out and got swept in without hope of ever getting out - I hope I am just kidding here).

But this Clarke affair re-ignited in the most powerful way (for me, mostly a tv-viewer) an issue that I thought was long buried in hopeless and fated onslaught of events - and by that I mean the Iraq War, and why the hell it's even happening, and what it did to the USA of America, and the rest of the goddam world, and where is the light in this fucked up situation.

For the first time since the beginning of this whole build-up for war and then war itself and then the transparent lies and bullshit speculations about how fine it was going, and the stupid superficial bitching and bickering between Amerika and Europe, and the half-disclosures of half-truths inside USA (wmd's, bush-awol, oil-for-us, oil-for-france, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit), and the blown-out underminings (Dean-on-the-net, gay-marriage-for-Bush, Jesus-Christ-superstar, Kerry-in-Nam, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit) -- after all this endless boundless hopelessly inept yapping and shrieking, after all this stagnating darkness, muteness of big media, overpowering lies against blatant reality, after all of this - finally! - the dam of fated *untruth* has given a crack: Kerry took shape, gathered a wave and in stepped Clarke.

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What is the significance of Clarke-effect? Is it about how Clinton was better than Bush or how Bush was worse than Clinton? Is it about how 9/11 could or could not be prevented? Is it about how the lefties were right and the righties were wrong or vice-versa? Is it about...

NO. It is about none of this combined. The only, the deepest, the most important effect of Clarke's meteoric apparition in these particular circumstances, on that particular wave of political and popular *zeitgeist* is the furry he's unleashed by throwing all his seasoned weight against the cracking dam - of the fucken big media, in the fucking big media - the epicenter of which furry is the War in Iraq as personified by Bush, the bleeding sore of all untruth and of all divisions inside and outside USA - and the question of what to do about this war-as-Bush and how. What to do about it inside and outside Iraq - NOW.

For the first time it appeared clearly, clarkely, that *something* can be done - that there is light under the door - that the media can talk after all - that there is a crack in the dam - that it can fall. That Bush and Iraq are not one and the same - that Iraq and all its dead and dying can be taken away from Bush's grip and saved - yes, saved.

And when I say Bush I don't mean that guy who appears on tv all the time - Bush stands for something else entirely, ladies and gentlemen, and it is against this *something else* that the furry is unleashed - this something is a hydra with many heads and not all are visible, and it's no use trying to cut the god-head first - this something is to be dealt with at the source, at the root - pull the root to light and it will whither like a fucking earth-worm under the blazing sun.

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John Dean has said that the War in Iraq in worse than Watergate and is actually an impeachable offense. This sounds literal and will be hotly disputed in its literal sense, but in truth it is a very symbolic representation - J.W.Dean's book is a shadow of Clarke-effect, it only gives real words to that *something* that's been gagging the whole country into complete and utter submission.

Deep Throat of the Watergate era is an obscene reference to the most popular porn movie of the 70's. Deep Throat means and implies exactly what it means and implies: that a whole nation has been gagged into submission and put on its knees in a sort of erotic elation over being so thoroughly dominated.

Where's Andrew Sullivan? It's his area of underhand S/M expertise and he'd write it up with much more gusto than I can - and publish it in a national review as well. And no one would as much as *squeak*. Because, hey, that's where you have it - deep down your throat, folks.

How can a government that sits proudly on its own people's face even consider to answer to its people? How can you talk to your gov while it gags you stiff? Throw it off and spit it out - then you will talk, then will they listen. That's the root, you gotta pull it out - and now you can, enough to groan and fight back at least.

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Fallujah happened and brought it all home once more. Had it happened a month or even a few weeks ago, it would have meant something entirely different. The usual - nothing would come out of it - no resonance, no echo, no light. Today Fallujah may mean a blessing in disguise. It sends a strong appeal to the public mind that all is not well in Iraq - that all is not right in Iraq-as-Bush.

I have not words strong enough for all the lefty morons who think it's a great occasion to spit out once more how they were so right about this bad war and how they hate the righties with their "one-sided patriotism" (as if it were such a paradox) - and all the useless inane pseudo-humanistic bullshit that usually comes out of them on such occasions.

Don't you see, flaming idiots (strong words? not nearly), that this is not the moment to yap and beat your chest, but the very moment to seize so as to open the public eye on what is happening there - not to inflate your poor pundity egos and feed your ideological venom once more, but to work to reverse the horrific messy policy that is sinking Iraq like a giant Titanic, with all its locals and all its US troops. Work to overturn that policy, take away Iraq from Bush, force and pressure this iron-fist administration to cooperate with allies *for real*, loosen US-only hold on Iraq - and you will completely unravel this hydra that is speaking through Bush.

You will unravel the hydra behind Bush and you will pull Iraq back on track by the same token - can you believe that? It can be done now, I think. For real.

I'll tell you a secret: the core of Bush-power depends on US-only control of Iraq. That's what it's planted in, both feet in. That's what it means by "War on Terror" - it's no war on terror, it's war for Iraq as a dominion of USA. You can and must pressure to take it away. Loosen their grip on Iraq - and the grip will loosen at home.

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Why am I writing all this? Because it would never have occurred to me to write anything of the kind only a month ago. Am I wrong? Am I right? I say what I think and I say what I see. I see things moving. Or maybe I am looking too closely and all this is nothing but a myopic delusion and play of shadows on the blank wall.

I say what I feel. Other people feel that too. They have no voice, they don't shriek and yap for all to hear, they're not marching in useless peacenik parades, or pounding their chest in continuous celebrations of fake victories. They sit in their homes and wait for the tide to turn, for the light to trickle in, they wait for truth.

Watergate was a moment of truth - it broke the dam of lies, opened and cleaned a festering wound. What would it take to break this dam today?





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