“When it comes, the U.S. assault on Iraq will explode as global spectacle, an awesome pyrotechnic display of rolling thunder and lightening death intended to shock and cow the entire planet. The effect, the planners fervently believe, will be comparable to that which occurred when cannon clashed with spears and arrows on the ever-expanding frontiers of European empire: incomprehensible devastation, soul-consuming terror, complete political disintegration, followed by abject submission. In the grand imperial scenario, the satraps and sultans of the Earth, heads bowed at angles of unmistakable subservience, will gather up their robes and beseech the Americans for life on any terms.”
– Black Commentator, “The Mother of All War Shows“
Statement from CBS News Anchor Dan Rather: “We assure you this report contains no information that the Defense Department thinks could help the Iraqi military”
— CBS News, “Showdown With Saddam“
WAKE UP, monkeys!
Gaze upon the Alpha Males–you’ll need binoculars, so high are they above you. Yes you have your “work,” or more accurately, your “jobs” to keep you busy, or you have no jobs and are hungry and afraid, terrified, quaking in your boots. Either way, while you the employed pick nits out of each other’s hair (for generally, what are jobs in a land whose major employers are Fast Food dens and Wal-Mart?) the Alpha males–no, why call them that? They are so superior to you, you monkeys, they are men (occasionally women; occasionally) but BETTER, for they have INCORPORATED, legally morphed into the all-powerful eternal entity we know as THE MAN.
Oh how pitiful you are with your newspapers published by HIM; your courts judged by HIM; writing letters to “your” representatives owned by HIM; distributing petitions for HIS perusal; demonstrating in parks according to rules and parameters set by HIM and under HIS license. I’d pity you, but you don’t deserve it, nor do I, for I am one of you–curse my gray jelly soul!
Nevertheless, it is indeed time to stop our nit-picking. As for the legions of unemployed who have no nits to pick, all the better: more energy to fight. If we find food and shelter to sustain us, we can do what needs to be done. For these are the days of SHOCK and AWE… “If the Pentagon sticks to its current war plan, one day in March the Air Force and Navy will launch between 300 and 400 cruise missiles at targets in Iraq. As CBS News Correspondent David Martin reports, this is more than number that were launched during the entire 40 days of the first Gulf War…On the second day, the plan calls for launching another 300 to 400 cruise missiles…’There will not be a safe place in Baghdad,” said one Pentagon official who has been briefed on the plan…”The sheer size of this has never been seen before, never been contemplated before,” the official said. … The battle plan is based on a concept developed at the National Defense University. It’s called “Shock and Awe” and it focuses on the psychological destruction of the enemy’s will to fight rather than the physical destruction of his military forces…”We want them to quit. We want them not to fight,” says Harlan Ullman, one of the authors of the Shock and Awe concept which relies on large numbers of precision guided weapons… “So that you have this simultaneous effect, rather like the nuclear weapons at Hiroshima, not taking days or weeks but in minutes,” says Ullman.” -CBS News, “Showdown With Saddam“. I thought only us ham radio amateur subversives knew about such things, but project Shock and Awe was reported on CBS News, so called. Hence, many, many monkeys know, yet they do nothing. They go about their nit-picking, day-after-day-after-day-after-day-after-day, and take their two-week vacations, and pay their loans and mortgages and (yuck, yuck) taxes, and monkey see monkey do no evil nor hear it.
I refuse to insult your simian intelligence. I will not monkey around like Dan “little man” Rather, who’ll assure us that the people we are about to obliterate with a massive air and missile assault might be able to–heaven forbid!–find some way to defend themselves by studying his report; or that this has to do with anything but murder. Murder murder murder murder mark of Cain monkeyshine tattoos. The Nazis had the capacity for mega-death and used it well. THE MAN has the technology for Giga-Death and he SHALL OVERCOME (whoever’s in HIS way). “Showdown with Saddam.”
Targets in Iraq. Destruction of the enemy’s will to fight. Focus on “military forces.” No safe place. Like the nukes at Hiroshima. Takes only a few minutes in the microwave. Please. If it’s so precision guided, and it’s developed to smash the enemy’s will and bugger his military, then why will there be no safe place in Baghdad? Is that where all the enemies are, all the alleged weapons of mass disinformation? I thought it was just a bunch of poor, war weary civilians. But I’m only a monkey. Monkey. Monkey. What do I know?
“Rapid Dominance is a construct and concept for applying force with the principal and overriding objective of affecting, influencing, and controlling the will and perception of a potential adversary through the use–or threat of use–of shock and awe. Shock and awe arises from the successful application of Rapid Dominance, a concept that has four characteristics: total knowledge, control of the environment, rapidity, and brilliance in execution… Rapid Dominance exploits the entrepreneurial nature of America and the dynamically changing commercial-industrial technical sector from which many of the new information, computer, electronic, materials, and related technologies and systems will come.”–Defense Group Inc. (DGI) “Warfighting Systems & Concepts“
“Shock and Awe“, the report that has war profiteers and tax-payer-supported vulture consultancies staffed with ex-military personnel, such as Defense Group Inc., creaming their tweeds/khakis, was published in 1996. After we’d beaten Saddam and just before he blew up the Twin Towers and caused those horrible earthquakes in Central America, not to mention the collapse of several “Asian Tiger” economies.
I know, I know. “Ook, ook,” you say, cause you read it in the New York Times. Or “Eeeeekaka! Eeeeeekaka!” you remark, cause you heard it on CNN, and therefore it MUST be true. But even you hominids cannot possibly believe it. Even you urban vine-swingers must harbor deep within your ape-suits real Men and Women who HATE and DETEST THE MAN and what HE has done to our species and worse–for species come and go, even monkeys–our PLANET.
“The US intends to shatter Iraq “physically, emotionally and psychologically” by raining down on its people as many as 800 cruise missiles in two days. …The Pentagon battle plan aims not only to crush Iraqi troops, but also wipe out power and water supplies in the capital, Baghdad….It is based on a strategy known as “Shock and Awe”, conceived at the National Defense University in Washington, in which between 300 and 400 cruise missiles would fall on Iraq each day for two consecutive days. It would be more than twice the number of missiles launched during the entire 40 days of the 1991 Gulf War.” — Sydney Morning Herald, “800 Missiles to Hit Iraq in First 48 Hours“
All us Monkeys know the figures: 400 billion dollars spent on Kill-Ware and some ridiculous fraction of that on educating our children or caring for our sick or finding an alternative to the drug that is killing us, the very drug that drives THE MAN insane, for he is a mean junky who’ll do anything to anyone at any time to get his fix: OIL.
No alternative. Invest in your future? Doubtful, if THE MAN succeeds in Shocking and Awing the other little monkeys who talk different monkey talk than you and I; who shuffle around their monkey cages with different steps than you and I; who are different from you and I in all but their monkey-hood and tears and their ability to feel INCREDIBLE physical and psychological pain just like you and I. They will know this pain quite soon (as if they haven’t had enough since ’91) while you and I might be spared presently, but our children and our children’s children (if our children are selfish enough to have them) will not be spared.
When THE MAN sells his war-spoil-oil to YOU and ME to power our monkey-mobiles and heat our monkey hovels, the air we breathe will be even filthier than we, up to this point, have been conditioned to endure. It will be hotter than it ever has been; the oceans will rise and swallow our progeny; the sun will singe our fake REDWHITEandBLUE monkey fur.
But don’t believe me, don’t listen to me, I’m just another monkey, go look it up somewhere on one of those nice science ecology nature sites, or ask Ralph Nader or someone. No biggie, I guess. Just another little thing that makes our monkey lives unbearable in the sight of our monkey gods.
We are irrelevant now and forever unless we emerge from our monkey suits and become Men and Women and accept the responsibility of adulthood and humanity and fight THE MAN with every quantum of our being. Even if it means our own deaths, and it very well might, perhaps the species can be saved from the Great Slaughter being planned in think-tanks and universities across the land.
Perhaps if we emerge from enforced monkey-hood we will even be worth saving. God knows, the real monkeys, who deserve to be monkeys and are proud monkeys, not cowed monkeys such as we, deserve to be saved. Even as they are dying in the Americas, in Africa, in Asia…even as we cowed monkeys are dying in the Americas, in Africa, in Asia…even as the beasts on land and the fishes in the sea and the birds in the sky are dying in the Americas, in Asia, in Africa.
What’s your life worth to you? What are your children’s? What is life itself, life as an entity, a concept, a reality on this almost-burned-out planet mean to YOU? Anything? Does it mean losing your nit-picking job? What, no nits to pick? Too bad. Anyway, you needed some time off. No, not to watch television or read “the paper” and have more advertisements for THE MAN’S trinkets pounded into your head, but to look around you, just look at the fucking world around you. Does it bear any resemblance to what you remember it to be, or imagined it to be, or were taught it would be, or to any goddamn place you’d ever want to be?
“Rapid Dominance is an integrated political and military construct for applying lethal and non-lethal force, at the strategic, operation and tactical levels. Its purpose is to affect, influence, and control the will and perception of an adversary by imposing a regime of unrelenting and ever increasing stress through the mechanisms of shock and awe.”–Defense Group Inc. (DGI), “Warfighting Systems & Concepts“
Hear O Monkeys, THE MAN our Master, the MAN is one.
They want to Shock and Awe. We, monkeys though we are, must refuse to be awed (can anything really shock us now?).
No, the good fairy won’t save you, Monkeys. She’s a whore for THE MAN. Every male or female monkey you have ever known has been a whore for THE MAN. I know, I know, it’s hard, Monkeys, to believe our sainted mothers and dear old dads took it where the sun don’t shine and took it hard, but how else could it have been otherwise? You think this night mare galloped shrieking from its stable in just one year, one decade?
We are all responsible, and that is sad, but it can be encouraging too if we face the nastiness that scares us so.
THE MAN isn’t just gonna disappear. He’s so entrenched in every living cell on earth (especially those in our brains) that it will take nothing short of an EXCORSISM to flush this fetid ectoplasm from our once-green world.
“Rapid Dominance is defined by four chief characteristics: total knowledge of self, adversary and environment; rapidity; brilliance in execution; and control of environment. It is based on exploiting the entrepreneurial nature of the American character and the extraordinary advances in technology. Moreover, Rapid Dominance is designed to apply across the entire spectrum of peace, crisis and war, and may be brought to bear at any time either before or after hostilities have begun, within minutes of the attack order being issued. Finally it is designed to be employed in a series of (decisive) waves that will affect and influence an adversary will and perception, irrespective of whether or not U.S. and friendly forces are pre or forward deployed, and includes the capacity for physical occupation of territory.” — Defense Group Incorporated
THE MAN fingers your anuses and vaginas; he stretches your penises like rubber-bands and –SNAP! — lets go till your balls are blue and throbbing, anything to feel the pulse of fear in your gonads, in your guts, in your YOU.
“Shock and awe arises from the successful application of Rapid Dominance, a concept that has four characteristics: total knowledge, control of the environment, rapidity, and brilliance in execution.”–Defense Group Incorporated
Even reading this might get you in trouble. And writing it might get me in even more trouble. But you know what? I don’t give a fuck anymore. Let ’em try to get me, let ’em try to kill me, let the land burn with a hundred thousand WACOS till THE MAN is exhausted because he does not, cannot ever take our will (or so I thought, till I read about Shock and Awe).
By the way: just because I mention WACO doesn’t mean I’m WACKO. Maybe Koresh was off his nut; maybe that guy whose wife and kids the FBI/BAF smoked in Ridge Point or Ridge Dale or Ridge Over Trouble Water or wherever was a bit too paranoid (though the aforementioned events prove this highly unlikely). But since when is it a capital offense (sins of the Fathers borne upon the CHILDREN, no less) to be a fucking lunatic? Look at the news and entertainment shows–but only briefly, lest you turn into a pillar of salt. Lots of lunatics become successful, celebrities, revered, nay worshipped, in this “society” without getting their doors busted down by–what was that phrase? oh yeah–JACK-BOOTED THUGS.
“Lessons will be learned concerning how to bring Rapid Dominance power to bear on an adversary.”–Defense Group Inc.
No more silence or secrecy, as if speaking of STOPPING massacres were an act of subversion and not the other way around. That’s just one of the ways THE MAN controls discourse, even among your family, oh Monkeys, as you break bananas and coconuts around your radioactive hearths.
You’re afraid, I know you’re afraid, to speak the truth, even among your love-monkeys. You are afraid to say this is worse than any of the crap they taught us caused the American Revolution. Taxation without representation? Have you ever had any say whatsoever in how your taxes have been spent? Do you really want to be taxed out the asshole to pay for Shock and Awe?
Quartering of soldiers? How many military bases does the United States maintain all over the planet? Do you think the Brits had anything on us just because they made some colonist take in John Bull for a couple of months free and feed his corpulent red face? Rape rape rape in Okinawa. Rape rape rape of little girls. Not nice, nor is it neighborly or particularly democratic. Never mind South Korea, who we’re “protecting” to the tune of 30K troops a year. Don’t tell me GIs stationed there too don’t pay wholesale for native pussy–or just take it gratis. Protection honey.
No more silence–anywhere. Talk everywhere and always about how much you love your neighbors and your friends and monkeys in general because you believe in their potential to be human again, but how you hate THE MAN. You don’t have to mention names; names are irrelevant. THE MAN is incorporated, which means no one Alpha Male is ever gonna have to take one for the team until We The Monkeys become We The People and take back the present and thereby the future. Until we take back LIFE from THE MAN’S centuries-in-the-making DEATH.
Again, however diligent and industrious the Nazis were, they just didn’t have the technology to master giga-death. True, most of us six billion hominids are abject monkeys on the verge of death, or walking dead, but we’re not DEAD EN MASSE. We are still a species and we can save ourselves and maybe other species, but only if we open up our monkey yaps and talk constantly and talk straight.
“A major project for DGI has been the development of a far-reaching concept for organizing, employing and equipping the U.S. military in the next century. Referred to as Rapid Dominance, this concept is based on the experience of a group of senior military and Department of Defense officials who believe that technology offers the opportunity to use “shock and awe” as a decisive tool to affect the will and perception of an adversary. …Work on Rapid Dominance has been underway since 1995 and has resulted in two books, Shock and Awe–Achieving Rapid Dominance, and Rapid Dominance–A Force for All Seasons, as well as several other studies. A third book is now in preparation.”–Defense Group Inc.
We want to clean up the joint (“save the environment” sounds so corny by now, though I don’t know why). We want to ensure the health, welfare, and freedom of every fellow monkey that he/she may emerge from monkey-hood and become beautiful and human. That is, joyous intelligent erotic free.
Might be asking a lot from ourselves, but what’s THE MAN been asking? Abject submission; total loyalty; uncritical assent; money; labor; pain; fear; and yer little dog, too! And for what? The general welfare and common defense? Do you think the “founding Fathers” however hypocritical some or all of them might have been (what with their proclivity toward slavery, misogyny, genocide and aristocracy etc.), would ever in a million years have envisioned Shock and Awe as the basis for common defense? Or the trillions of dollars wasted on it as formula for ensuring the general welfare?
MONKEY! MONKEY! If you’re going to hell, go kicking and screaming. Practice civil disobedience, go absolutely limp. Force Satan to CARRY you to eternal torment. After a few million mush-monkeys, his back will be sore as JFK’s after a creme de menthe hangover tag-team romp with Marylyn, Bobby and that gangster’s nympho gun moll.
In the Beginning Was The WORD
“The Bush men intend to show the world what Armageddon looks like. The time is nearly at hand, the clocks synchronized to the movements of armies and fantastic machines that hold even their masters in thrall. For the moment, Bush directs the world’s attention to Colin Powell’s February 5 appearance at the United Nations, in New York, where the game of diplomacy will lurch toward its foreordained end.”–The Black Commentator
The only way to free discourse is normalize it. Turn “radical” and “dangerous” talk into hum-drum chit-chat. Open up any old conversation with, “So how are we going to get rid of these fascists and create a society that really works…” or “Isn’t it about time we dissolved this illegal corporate/military/government sham and least ATTEMPTED a government of the people by the people and for the people?” or even “FUCK YOU, YOU ZOMBIE MONKEY FREAKS!”–at least the latter might get folks’ attention and spark some interesting debate.
Talk. Talk. Talk. I didn’t always believe in talk. I used to think, “Hell, we gotta act.” But talking is acting. If we monkeys can become We The People and change the discourse–savage the drivel those pasty TV/Newspaper globs so glibly pretend emerged from the womb of Mother Tongue herself–so that “Common Sense” becomes the norm, and madness, militarism, Shock and Awe become the obscene perversions they are, the misfired synapses of a psychotic minority, then the talk will lead to action, or better yet, INACTION.
First we might say, like Bartleby the Scrivener, “I would prefer not too.” Stop picking our nits and paying our war taxes and buying baubles. We might just sit down and do nothing for a while. This would be bad news for THE MAN. Only a few days of millions of Bartleby monkeys will stop the machine by depriving it of it’s fuel. For that’s what you are, Monkeys, fuel for THE MAN’s Money Machine, and don’t pretend otherwise. There ought to be enough food to go around, if we’re committed, free, bold, generous monkeys, for a couple of days or weeks, or however long it might take to shut down the Machine. Believe me, the Machine gets even less mileage outta you monkeys than your monkey-mobiles squeeze from the gas THE MAN forces you to guzzle in order to move from point A-minus to point B-minus on his long, depressing roads to nowhere.
“Then the event will occur, signaling the end of the Old Order. The world will pause in ‘Shock and Awe.'”–The Black Commentator
Violence is out of the question–for both THE MAN and his monkeys. Really, HE’S got 5 trillion of our dollars worth of nukes, chemical weapons, bio-weapons, jet-fighters, helicopters, tanks…but once we refuse to be either shocked or awed, or bought and sold, HE’S got serious problems. Can’t bomb the Homeland. Or can HE? Well, I guess we’ll just have to see. Somehow, I don’t think so. He’ll rant and rave and threaten at first, then whine and whimper, then beg and plead, then realize that the system’s crashed and he can’t figure out how to fix it. HE’LL be about as powerful as a…as a monkey.
We will stop picking our nits and look for REAL WORK. Clean up the joint. Heal the sick. Feed the hungry. Make real art, music, literature. Engage in the exchange of things of value rather than the selling of nothing to everyone that masks itself as commerce or the market or whatever shell game THE MAN has going at the moment.
“The Bush men believe humanity will first recoil, then cower–that the world has no choice but to surrender in “Shock and Awe.” The opposite is true. By initiating Permanent War, Bush presents the world–including, ultimately, the American people–with no choice but to turn on their tormentor, and remove him and his pirate class.”–The Black Commentator
Good luck, Monkeys. May you break free from your hot furry, REDWHITEandBLUE costumes and bare your many hues of human skin to LIFE.
ADAM ENGEL has a few monkeys he truly loves. He doesn’t wanna see them live like monsters or die like dogs and he’ll prevent this from happening BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. He hopes you feel the same about the monkeys who make your life worth living. As for the monkeys who can’t see that THE MAN ain’t with us, he’s against us, well, let’ em save themselves, take their case to the Dodo or the Spotted Owl or Alan Dershowitz …Send all the bananas and coconuts you want to firstname.lastname@example.org. Oh, and by the way, George, Rummy, DICK, Prince of Darkness and all the other vampires who made this Manichean struggle possible: it’s over. “Shock and Awe” is VERILY the last straw…Ain’t it, Dan? Long live life.