Vertigo-Inducing State Department New-Speak

In 2001 al Qaida destroys the World Trade Center, hits the Pentagon, and kills nearly three thousand Americans.

Al Qaida is bad.  Islam, we are told, is good.

The U.S. invades and occupies Afghanistan, fighting against the Taliban.

The Taliban is bad.  Al Qaida is bad.  Islam, we are told, is good.

In Iraq Saddam Hussein is bad.  The U.S. invades and occupies Iraq, eventually sending Saddam Hussein to the gallows.

Al Qaida is bad.  Islam, we are told, is good.

The U.S. withdraws from Iraq.  Civil war between Shi’ite Islam and Sunni Islam breaks out.

Al Qaida is bad.  Islam, we are told, is good.

Libya’s Moammar Ghadaffi is bad. Islam is good.

In 2011 the U.S. joins al Qaida, providing air strikes and missiles to topple Moammar Ghadaffi.  Ghadaffi’s fall plunges Libya into civil war with various tribal militias and jihadi groups currently killing each other by the thousands.

Al Qaida is good.  Islam, we are told, is good.

Rather suddenly and mysteriously al Qaida becomes the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.  The Caliphate is re-established.

Islam is good.

Civil war breaks out in Syria.  The U.S. supports ISIS in its attempt to overthrow Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.

ISIS is good.  Al Nusra is good.  Al Qaida is good.  Islam is good.  Bashar al-Assad is bad.

Millions of Muslim males leave the Middle East, invading Europe and the United States. Jihadis strike inside the U.S. and Europe, killing hundreds at a time.  The rape of Europe’s women by Muslims goes on.

Al Qaida is good.  Islam is good.

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is bad.  Islam is good.

Russian and Iranian troops arrives in Syria to support Assad.  Russia is bad.  Islam is good.

Enter al Nusra, DAESH, al Qaida in Syria, or whatever other jihadi group du jour may be grabbing headlines (they all read and play by the same Quran).  The U.S. pivots again, fighting against al Qaida in Syria.

Once again ISIS is bad.  Al Qaida is bad.  DAESH is bad.  Al Nusra is bad.  Russia is bad.  Bashar al-Assad is bad.

But Islam, we are told, is good.

(To be continued)

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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2 Responses to Vertigo-Inducing State Department New-Speak

  1. And even worse is what Hillary wants next, could top the list if Assad is toppled.

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