So the big news here in God’s Country last week was that “President” Joe Biden visited a Javelin missile manufacturing facility down in Pike County, Alabama. Unsurprisingly, His Eminence rarely graces our deeply Red state with his presence. Equally unsurprisingly, no local politicos showed up for photo ops to ride his coat-tails — not even the handful of Blues whose gerrymandered districts keep them in office. It’s worth noting that Obama, who was not loved here to say the least, still warranted a visit from the governor et al when he visited. But not Biden — he’s about as welcome as poison ivy or the clap, as far as I can tell. As proud as Governor Ivey is of the Javelin — she is on the record saying “We want the last thing Putin ever reads to be ‘Made in Alabama’” — Biden’s visit didn’t even rate a mention from her office.
The visit was interesting, though, and I don’t think enough of our local commentators keyed in on the irony of it. Biden recently declared that the US would send an additional 33 billion dollars of “aid” (i.e., things that explode) to the Ukrainian war effort, and the Javelin — thousands of them — is a big part of that aid. It really is an impressive weapon — basically a hand-held guided anti-tank missile, with the capacity to turn a lowly foot soldier into the explosive equivalent of a howitzer, but with eyes on the target in a way that artillery can only dream of. To the degree that the Ukrainians have had success against the Russian invasion, it’s largely because of these missiles and their close pals, the Stinger shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile. To be sure, they haven’t the slightest chance of winning the war for Ukraine, but they can certainly prolong the war and cause great suffering to the Russian military in their effort to pacify Ukraine without having to completely destroy it.
But the thing that I feel like everybody has missed is the jaw-dropping irony of Biden, who has relentlessly played up the threat of “white supremacist terror” in the US, and who campaigned on an explicit pledge to persecute the Charlottesville protestors, going to so much effort to send thousands and thousands of unsecured high-powered explosives to international neo-Nazi paramilitaries in Ukraine. Russian Twitter is full of pictures of Javelins and Stingers just sort of laying around in Ukraine after the Russians blew up their owners and there’s no doubt that many of the foreign “volunteers” who have tried, with varying levels of success, to join Azov et. al. to kill Russians and other Untermenschen have fled the Ukraine as refugees through what I imagine are incredibly porous borders. My guess is that there is 0% chance that those missiles are going to stay in Ukraine; the neo-Nazis and assorted Hunter Biden-style gangsters who have them are almost certainly going to move them onto the black market where they will end up gods know where. I would be very surprised if they don’t end up right back here in America, ready to escalate our burgeoning cultural civil war to the next level.
You read it here first, folks — ASD is predicting that a Javelin or Stinger missile will be used in a terrorist attack within the United States within the next 5 years. Let’s all hope I’m wrong!
But if I’m not, it will be just another depressingly predictable chapter in the US’s history of conjuring enemies out of its own fever dreams. Back in the early days of the War on Terror, a book called Blowback by Chalmers Johnson was making the rounds, in which the sordid history of the US’s involvement in arming radical Islamic extremists was laid out, along with how those efforts led directly to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It’s so similar to what’s going on now in Ukraine — the Soviet Russians invaded Afghanistan, we armed the domestic resistance to try to bleed the Russians without having to fight them ourselves, and we conveniently ignored the fact that the resistance we were arming were gangs of utter moral reprobates who were orders of magnitude worse in terms of their ideology than the Soviet Union of the 1980s. Ultimately the Afghani mujahideen we armed formed the core of the Taliban and al-Qaeda, who would humiliate us on 9/11 and then again, after 20 years of futile war against them, when Biden cravenly surrendered to them in 2021. None of that would have happened were it not for the US desire to hurt Russia, regardless of the cost. And now here we are again, recklessly arming Russia’s ne’er-do-well enemies, who are the ideological allies of the people Biden claims are the biggest domestic threat facing the US today.
But it doesn’t stop there, ladies and germs! After 9/11, the US became absolutely obsessed with the threat of terrorism. In reality, most of al-Qaeda died onboard airplanes before noon on 9/11/01, but our leaders became convinced that they were everywhere and needed to be fought with maximum energy. We had to invade Iraq to fight them there before we had to fight them in, like, California or something. But in the early aughties, there were basically no well-organized Islamic groups capable of projecting power the way bin Laden did on 9/11. UBL himself had been harassed into hiding and was effectively irrelevant long before the US invaded Iraq, and few/no significant terror attacks occurred in the US or Western Europe throughout the Bush years of 2001-2009. Nevertheless, the US ruthlessly bombed, invaded, starved, tortured, occupied, and humiliated Muslim countries and their people throughout that period, ostensibly on the premise that we had to in order to stop the next 9/11.
So all of that was pointless — or was it? There was no significant terrorist threat after 9/11, but after a decade of constant abuse, things were very different. By President Obama’s second term, there was a massive explosion of Islamic extremist terrorism throughout the western world, with major attacks almost every week and hundreds, maybe thousands, of dead, including many in the US. And then Osama bin Laden’s dream happened — the Islamic State group called “ISIS” by the western media actually managed to conquer a transnational caliphate and bring it under brutal Wahhabist rule, taking advantage of the chaos created by our wars to forge a new nation. It’s easy to forget how bad it was by 2016 — who today remembers the Pulse nightclub massacre, or how it rallied a segment of the gay community around Trump’s MAGA movement when he swore to protect gay Americans against radical Islamic terrorists? But it was bad, at least until Trump (and Russia) exterminated ISIS and their collaborators.
Are we seeing the same dynamic in action again? Right now there is, within the margin of error, no threat of white supremacist terrorism in the US. But if Biden mercilessly humiliates European-Americans, and then looks the other way while international Nazi gangsters funnel heavy weapons from Ukraine into North America? How long till we see some deranged Atomwaffen-esque asshole take down a passenger jet with a Stinger, or blow up a synagogue with a Javelin? At a bare minimum I figure these things end up in the hands of Mexican cartels — but how far is it from that, to these kinds of weapons ending up as just another everyday accoutrement of the flowering US civil war? To be clear, the US is pumping thousands of these things into a chaotic war zone in the most corrupt part of planet Earth, famous for organized crime. But when the blowback comes, and the weapons we scattered all over Ukraine come back to bite us, who do you think will take the brunt of the punishment? Just like in Iraq, it will definitely not be the bad guys, it will be the average citizen.
Let it never be said that the United States of America has given up on manufacturing and innovation. We are the world’s number one developer and producer of terrorist movements. Gotta be good at something!