Sent in by Lonewolf. Both of these articles are interesting in what they imply for the future:
Last week in Currituck County, N.C., Superior Court Judge Russell Duke presided over the final step in securing the first criminal conviction stemming from the deadly actions of Blackwater Worldwide, the Bush administration’s favorite mercenary company. Lest you think you missed some earth-shifting, breaking news, hold on a moment. The “criminals” in question were not the armed thugs who gunned down 17 Iraqi civilians and wounded more than 20 others in Baghdad’s Nisour Square last September. They were seven nonviolent activists who had the audacity to stage a demonstration at the gates of Blackwater’s 7,000-acre private military base in North Carolina to protest the actions of mercenaries acting with impunity — and apparent immunity — in their names and those of every American.
The arrest of the activists and the subsequent five days they spent locked up in jail is more punishment than any Blackwater mercenaries have received for their deadly actions against Iraqi civilians.The symbolism was stark: Re-enact a Blackwater massacre, go to jail. Commit a massacre, walk around freely and perhaps never go to jail. Pioneering Blackwater Protesters Given Secret Trial and Criminal Conviction
Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) — Barton Biggs has some offbeat advice for the rich: Insure yourself against war and disaster by buying a remote farm or ranch and stocking it with “seed, fertilizer, canned food, wine, medicine, clothes, etc.”
The “etc.” must mean guns.
“A few rounds over the approaching brigands’ heads would probably be a compelling persuader that there are easier farms to pillage,” he writes in his new book, “Wealth, War and Wisdom.” Bigs Tips For Rich: Expect War
Ok, what I’m hoping to convey is this – the future holds much more of these type of things. Why? Because it is the only course of action now available. Private armies will be used by politicians (and the rich) and they will be protected from scrutiny (and accountability). The rich will be encouraged to do what I’ve long advocated for everyone else – buy hard, tangible assets to help you with your survival.
Both stories are about the future and what it holds. This (should be) self-evident. That future isn’t going to be pretty, moral, safe or just. It will be about survival of the fittest, including those legal machinations employed by the elite to quell any protest.
Blackwater (with the help of a compliant judge) is setting a trend here, and that trends is “don’t mess with us, don’t question us, don’t bother us“. Barton Biggs is stating that the “strategy” is to dig in and get ready for hungry hordes.
Sound familiar? As signs of the times, these news stories are more indications of what any and all of us should have come to expect by now. They’re also instructions. Don’t engage in useless protests, something I’ve long advocated. Don’t plan for a rosy future either, it’s too late for that. Gear up and get ready, the world that awaits you will be brutal, hard and totally “unfair”. No point in whining about it either, because to be honest, nobody is listening. You’re not going to find a lot of friends on your side either, they’ll be too busy trying to survive themselves.
Lessons are there for the learning if we read carefully and understand what the news is trying to tell us.