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Orlando and the Future of Terrorism


Orlando and the Future of Terrorism

John Feffer

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the recent tragedy that left 49 dead at a gay bar in Orlando. The shooter, Omar Mateen, declared his allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call he made during the massacre. President Obama and much of the news media have declared the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history an act of terrorism.


Surely this is not one of Mr. Feffer's better essays since it's suffused with Western Exceptionalism. In this long essay there is not ONE WORD about U.S./NATO sponsored campaigns of massive violence which surely look, feel, and seem like terrorism to those on its receiving end.

The antiseptic analysis of ISIS--as if it just generated out of nowhere--makes for a sterile analysis.

It's now understood in holistic medicine that bacteria is only a threat when the body's OWN immune system has already broken down. In parallel, the terrorist cell can only plant itself when a national body has been broken down. And since the U.S. military (along with its Anglo-European allies) satisfied that sickening objective in at least 5 Middle Eastern nations, the violent blow-back in the form of ISIS and other organizations was a de facto given once the aggressive acts were perpetrated on these regions.

Because the U.S & NATO are the true aggressors and entities like ISIS a response to them, any argument that focuses on the evils of ISIS without speaking honestly about what generated it is in my view far too prejudiced to meet the Truth Test.

There are other mistaken notions in this essay. Some of them are subtle and some blatant. I don't have the time to deconstruct them all.

Feffer sounds like State Department here... this is a narrative that favors the Exceptional Nation's false view of its own acts.


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