Remember when Donald Rumsfeld got on TV, right after 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks, but before the DC Sniper?
Rumsfeld – the Secretary of Defense – told us that we had been attacked by a world-wide secret terrorist group called “Al Qaeda.” “Al Qaeda” was headed by Usama Bin Laden, who was acknowledged to have worked for the US in the past – and that this formidable terrorist group “Al Qaeda” was headquartered in secret underground caves in Afghanistan.
Rumsfeld provided us this cartoon of the underground caves. Sure, it looks like something I would have drawn when I was about 10, playing GI Joe and Cobra Commander. This would have been Cobra Commander’s Underground Lair, I would have made it out of legos perhaps.
So Tim Russert of CNN is sitting there and Donald Rumsfeld is showing us this cartoon – remember, most people actually thought there would be another set of buildings blowing up or that they would be getting anthrax letters – and Russert has this sort of critical look on his face. But Rumsfeld is being totally serious, he’s like, yep and there is more than one of these underground caves too!
At one point they even suggested going out and buying duct tape and plastic to cover your windows in case Al Qaeda hijacked crop-dusters, flew over the cities, and sprayed everyone with chemical weapons.
The Republicans – the white men, conservatives, even those seemingly “race realist” or at the least “tired of political correctness” – went on TV and intoned this stuff quite seriously. To question any of this narrative was to be a “conspiracy theorist” and you had to take Donald Rumsfeld’s cartoon underground cave very, very seriously, otherwise you were “fringe.”
Eventually they interviewed some US soldiers in Afghanistan and asked them about Osama Bin Laden’s underground caves and Al Qaeda in general. He said, yeah, they found a cave, about 6 feet high and a few dozen feet deep, that the Al Qaedas had kept some supplies, some clothes and food and a few guns. But no multi-level fortified – with their own electricity! – sophisticated underground bunkers that Donald Rumsfeld had told us about.
So, pardon me if I don’t buy your latest bullshit. Pardon me if I’m not helping with “movement harmony” for criticizing white nationalist, alternative right, or North American New Right bloggers who intone this shit quite seriously and expect us to believe in Osama’s Underground Cave – or ISIL – or the latest crop of bullshit.
The best thing about the internet – you can go back a few years. Go back a few years, say, to the 10th year anniversary of 9/11. Who was a cheesemaker? Who was writing bullshit? Who was peddling the same old shit?
Go back to when ISIS was debuted. Who bought it, or pretended to buy it? Who wrote VERY VERY SERIOUS articles about the new Clash of Civilizations and how ISIL was … whatever, something bad? Who spent time attacking the “conspiracy theorists” – people that didn’t buy whatever latest Reality TV Show they were showing – and maintained they were more “serious” than others, and took the opportunity to distance themselves. Go back a few years, look at who attacked the critics, look at those who attempted to isolate and discredit those who called “bullshit!”
Hindsight is 20/20 they say. I take a look at the leading lights of the WN blogosphere and some people don’t look so credible anymore now do they?