With the world under attack as it has been, we’re rightly worried about stopping the terrorists. We may have different opinions on how to do that, but we’re unified in that they must be stopped.
Dissent comes when we start talking about a craftier terrorist. It lives here, at home. It’s been living here for ages. And the terrorist is so cunning, we’ve been funding its endeavor, sending it money … regularly … every month for most of us. This terrorist is the Energy Giant.
I’m not just speaking of the BPs, Enrons, and Exxons of the world. I’m talking about every commercial enterprise that has gotten so fat from sucking the insides out of the earth it cannot roll over and see the warning clouds in the sky. I’m talking about the perpetrators of durable pollution who can’t tell a rainbow from the steam plume of nuclear reactor. I’m talking about the generators, distributors, regulators, lawyers, marketers, and spin doctors who steal from under the feet of humanity and then sells it back the loot. I’m talking about an industry that brings such things into my world as NOAA’s Gulf Oil Slick Forecast or Limerick Nuclear Generating Station’s community-preparedness siren that blares so loudly for so long during its six-month test that I’m sure all the birds that nest nearby are deaf.
I’m talking about court cases and backhoes and mudslides and access roads and obliterated mountaintops and wastewater pits and acid mine drainage and exploded bats and cancer clusters. The Giant that covers a desert in mirrors, a vista in turbines, and a riverbank in concrete is the same cold-blooded bully as the one with the fossil straw.
Isis (today’s enemy number one) chops heads off in front of the camera.
The Giant hides behind an oversized veil, then administers poison slowly.
Isis radicalizes fearmongers to obtain support for its way of thinking.
The Giant deceives kind people, making them think it keeps them safe.
Isis kills those who might believe differently.
The Giant manipulates what everyone believes.
Isis launches an extremist jihad.
The Giant launches a political career.
Now, be sure, I am not making light of the evil in religious terrorism. What I am doing is poking a hole in the curtain so that we might see the dark warning clouds that the Giant has summoned for us.
Once we realize how manipulated, beaten down, held back, controlled, and walled in we are by the same people who tell us the impact of their work is worth it for the ravishing benefit of more power, how do we change anything? We can unleash our military on Isis, but what can we do about a virus that has infected every corner of our culture and way of life?
What do we do? We make it so that it doesn’t matter if the lights go out. We figure out a way — a dozen, hundred, million ways — to make it so that it doesn’t matter if the lights go out. We build, test, and use every strategy necessary to make it so that it DOESN’T MATTER. Then, we roll up our sleeves and unplug the lights; we tell the Giant to go away. It’s not so absurd, you know? Just as unsettled countries have used our military aid, supplies and training against us, colleges and technical school graduates can use their education to pursue a future that deems us independent, not just from foreign oil, but also from The Giant and its Grid lock.
As for tactics the military should use against Isis, as I said, we have different opinions. Most importantly though, the enemy has been clearly identified.