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If I were a terrorist
26 Jun 2002
Modified: 10:24:43 PM
An indigenous perspective on terrorism.
Being a fifty-year-old man, raised in the seclusion of world events in East Los Angeles, California, USA, terrorism has never been part of my formal education or understanding of it. For many ignorance can never be an excuse for the arrogance or self-engrossment, the kind that is used to perpetuate a world where women, men, and young children fill a need to kill.
In the search for grasping true freedom of expression, freedom of press and true democracy, in an attempt to understand terrorism, the following thoughts are shared:

If I were a terrorist…

If I were a terrorist would it seem insane? Strapping a bomb to my body to kill those people that claim innocence sounds sick. Like other men and women that kill for a cause in the name of God or religion, territory and sovereignty, justice and freedom, or a taste of democracy, should I kill for those ideals?
Many would say that terrorism is unequivocally wrong, deplorable. But is it not an extension of the violence of war that breeds every soldier throughout the history of humankind?
If I were a terrorist, would I be less of a soldier or warrior than those who are in a stealth bomber, a tank, or an apache helicopter? Those pilots will receive medals for their deadly deeds. Because their proximity to the killing of the innocent (collateral damage) is further, does it make their humane slaughtering less criminal, more tolerable or palatable to the moral, self-righteous, war machines of the technologically rich imperialist colonial complex who rule the world today?
Will you condemn me? Will you see me as a mere crazy psychotic, or do you want to hear the truth?
The indigenous people and others that sit at the bottom of the imperialist cesspool, beaten, malnourished, aids infested, have no alternative but to resist this kind of brutal oppression and you wonder why I seem mentally deranged?
I may be a bomb with no wings, but smarter and more precise than the million dollar “smart bombs.” It appears to be cowardice and sinister to those that do not want to understand our plight, nor attempt to seek out new knowledges, yes, more than just one knowledge.
Those that prepare new arsenals of baby “nukes” to penetrate the caves of ancient warriors, terrorize me.
Ultimately, every soldier knows it might be his own life that is going to be the sacrificial gift to humanity. Japan’s infamous kamikazes in World War II, are examples of combatants who lived by that standard. Others that fell on grenades to prevent the death of their fellow soldiers, fall into this category.
My death will make others see how much meaning there is in the lives of those I am protecting. I do not want to die, but I must. It is my duty, the ultimate sacrifice of the soldier.
I do not kill the innocent because there are no innocent. Those that I might blow up to bits and pieces, must not pretend to always be at the carnival, movies, or oblivious to the hungry, sick, and oppressed of the world. They must all bear some personal responsibility for the actions of their leaders and for their cherished self-engrossment. They can rise to change the governors of imperialism or accept it as their own beliefs and stand side by side with their offspring to face the ugly consequences.
The visions of a life ending with a horrible, violent act, has never been my dream. People that are desperate, undertake steps necessary to correct injustice even when they seem horribly violent. It can never be what I wanted, but what I needed to do without hesitation.
When women joined the ranks of human bombers it speaks volumes. They have included themselves as part of the sacrificial gifts, placing them as equals with men in victory or defeat, in life and death. Proving to humankind that women’s roles can no longer be defined by her oppressive surroundings, but by her communal strength which makes them inclusive. She has exhumed herself passed the patriarchal systems of the world. It proves that they are as strong or weak as any man. The patriarchal world is now under attack, the clock ticks forward as women become inclusive beyond any doubt.
No one’s life should end this way, not mine, not theirs, not yours, not ours. Humanity must face up to terrorism as a lasting tactic that hundreds of years of brutal, violent colonization have created. The constant interference into the natural progression of culture, religion, economy, and government can no longer be the prime directive of the profit seeking oligarchies and the capitalist governments that harbor, provide their military might, to maintain control over the subjugated masses.
In very close proximity to their reservation, the U’wa Indian Tribe of Colombia contemplate mass suicide over the exploitation of land in search of oil by Occidental Petroleum Oil Corporation.
When we do not include the indigenous people of the world into civilization but impose it on them, they become desperate. Many of the terrorists acts occurring in all corners of the world today, reflect the violent cycle of death that plagues and haunts humankind repeating history over and over again.
One last look at my mother’s eyes, my lover, my brother, my life. Saying good-bye to them as I walk on my land, one last time.
If I were a terrorist, it would reflect the tragedy of humankind. It is our propensity to lash out, kill, eliminate, and destroy people, culture, environment, in order to bring justification to a cause, ideology or thought.

Robert Bracamontes
Community Columnist
Braco8 (at)
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If I Were a Terrorist...
26 Jun 2002
I'd wear a nice suit, live in the Northeast, have a vacation house (bunker) in Vermont or Maine, and employ naive young Americans as my cannon fodder to terrorize the world into accepting my counterfeit money, counterfeit laws and counterfeit democracies.

If I were a terrorist, I'd be a "bi-partisan" member of the Group of Thirty, the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Federal Reserve Bank, the World Bank Group or some other terrorist group that bribes and blackmails puppet politicians, puppet journalists, puppet activists and puppet professors.

If I were a terrorist, I'd have nothing to complain about except my stress-related health problems and the increasing global resistance to my totalitarian proclivities.

If I were a terrorist, my role models would be civilized folks like Henry Kissinger, Paul Wolfowitz and others who understand that little accidents like 9-11 are necessary for "economic" progress.

If I were a terrorist, I'd hope everyone watches TV, reads American "newspapers", attends American "universities".

If I were a terrorist, I'd hope that all Americans continue becoming dumber, and that nobody reads history by Carroll Quigley or William Grieder's "SECRETS OF THE TEMPLE":
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Portrait of a Terrorist
26 Jun 2002
On February 5, 2001, President Bush announced his intention to nominate Dr. Paul Wolfowitz to be Deputy Secretary of Defense. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on Feb. 28th and sworn in March 2, 2001 as the 28th Deputy Secretary of Defense. This is Dr. Wolfowitz's third tour of duty in the Pentagon.

For the last seven years, Dr. Wolfowitz has served as Dean and Professor of International Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University. SAIS is widely regarded as one of the world's leading graduate schools of international relations with 750 students, studying on campuses in Washington, D.C.; Nanjing, China; and Bologna, Italy.

As Dean, he led a successful capital campaign that raised more than $75 million and doubled the school's endowment. Also under his leadership, the curriculum and facilities were modernized and new faculty and programs were added to shift the school's focus from the Cold War to the era of globalization.

From 1989 to 1993, Dr. Wolfowitz served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in charge of the 700-person defense policy team that was responsible to Secretary Dick Cheney for matters concerning strategy, plans, and policy. During this period Secretary Wolfowitz and his staff had major responsibilities for the reshaping of strategy and force posture at the end of the Cold War.

Under his leadership, the Policy Staff played a major role in reviewing war plans for the Gulf War, and developing and executing plans that successfully raised more than $50 billion in Allied financial support for the war and prevented Iraq from opening a second front with Israel.

Other key initiatives included the development of the Regional Defense Strategy, the Base Force, and two presidential nuclear initiatives that led to the elimination of tens of thousands of U.S. and Soviet nuclear weapons.

During the Reagan administration, Dr. Wolfowitz served for three years as U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia - the fourth largest country in the world and the largest in the Moslem world. There he earned a reputation as a highly popular and effective Ambassador, a tough negotiator on behalf of American intellectual property owners, and a public advocate of political openness and democratic values.

During his tenure, Embassy Jakarta was cited as one of the four best-managed embassies inspected in 1988.

Prior to that posting, he served three and a half years as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, where he was in charge of U.S. relations with more than twenty countries.

In addition to contributing to substantial improvements in U.S. relations with Japan and China, Assistant Secretary Wolfowitz played a central role in coordinating the U.S. policy toward the Philippines that supported a peaceful transition from the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos to democracy.

Dr. Wolfowitz's previous government service included:

Two years as head of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff (1981-82):

An earlier Pentagon tour as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Regional Programs (1977-80), where he helped create the force that later became the United States Central Command and initiated the Maritime Pre-positioning Ships, the backbone of the initial U.S. deployment twelve years later in Operation Desert Shield;

Four years (1973-77) in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, working on the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks and a number of nuclear nonproliferation issues; and
A year as a Management Intern at the Bureau of the Budget (1966-67).

Dr. Wolfowitz taught previously at Yale (1970-73) and Johns Hopkins (1981). In 1993, he was the George F. Kennan Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College. He has written widely on the subject of national strategy and foreign policy and was a member of the advisory boards of the journals Foreign Affairs and National Interest.

Among his many awards for public service are:

The Presidential Citizen's Medal,

The Department of Defense's Distinguished Public Service Medal,

The Department of State's Distinguished Honor Award,

The Department of Defense's Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, and

The Arms Control and Disarmament Agency's Distinguished Honor Award.

Dr. Wolfowitz received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University (1965) in mathematics, and a doctorate in political science from the University of Chicago (1972).

(Current as of March 2001)

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