Who Is The Enemy?

There was once a group I was peripherally involved with trying to sell arms to the Argentinians prior to the Falklands Debacle.  I was an enemy of the State – though the Argentinian one as the arms were dud, the scam being to remove some of their ability to buy good ones. There is more to say on this, but not for now.

How do we know who the enemy is?  I discovered after the farce above that it could never have been the families I played canasta with in Argentina and Brazil, and it never seems to be ordinary people anywhere I travel or get home to – though at home I am always more aware of an ‘evil poor’ roosting round the corner or across the tracks.  At home, when I see a cop clubbing some poor guy with a few drinks in him at the G20, I know that cop and his ilk is the enemy, until he inevitable cover-up comes along and I start to worry about a more malign influence than a few bullies in uniform (which most cops ain’t).  Dirty Harry would have blown Harwood away before the blow was struck, whipping his club away and sticking it where the sub don’t shine.  None of our cops thought to help or arrest, making themselves an enemy of sorts.  Some of them imagine Harwood is Dirty Harry – they can’t see the integrity issue at the heart of the films.  The use of force has to be against the punk, crook or cop.  And, of course, they hide behind the very bureaucracy and cover-up that is the enemy to Harry.

I turned my attention long ago to wondering how our States get any allegiance from us and a wide range of observations on what an enemy was.  They rarely seem to be the people killed by people like the man I used to be, or my younger replacements now.  In the Falklands Farce the ‘enemy’ killed were at least in uniform and male,even if many were young, conscript boys.  Documents leaked today show this is not true in Afghanistan and that we are fighting a very dirty way there.  The leak is said to be a threat to national security, when the opposite is true.

I’m going to cut a long story short here.  I have a living to make.  Enemies, if we look at how they are created in many different ways, are used to control our lives.  We need deep scrutiny of this to get an understanding of the extent to which we are being controlled by enemies.  We are in Afghanistan and killed untold numbers of Iraqis over many years for ‘reasons’ by no means clear to me, supposedly to keep terrorism away.  Most of the dead enemies will be women, children, old people and other non-combatants; people I would have been very happy to break bread with.  Given the opportunity, I have found little difference between enemy soldiers and my own and there is no real difference between the literature produced about us all, except the Russian stuff is funnier and more sophisticated, even in its knob-gags.

The idea I’d like to throw out, is that even the evil poor might be a creation of an enemy we don’t recognise.  It’s easy enough to recognise the idea, say, that ‘terrorism’ is just another Jabberwock – some mythical figure that will somehow go away if you give up your virgin daughters to it –  (we give up, mostly, our young men to Afghanistan for what?) – but the difficult question is what is maintained because the enemy has to to fought or preparations made and maintained to fight?  Who is being controlled by this really?  Who is really gaining?  There is no draft – whose ‘daughters’ are being given up?

We generally recognise that maintaining large armies is not good for the social economy as little profit is returned from any rape, pillage and plunder they get up to.  But what sort of ‘army’ is being kept in place ‘dealing’ with the evil poor?  We should be directing our attention to just how many of our enemies are ‘Jabberwocks’.  That is, only ‘real’ in the sense that they take away our quality of life to pay a far more substantial and real enemy we don’t spot.

I’m feeling more and more sure that the evil poor are far too much trouble to deal with than their ‘talents’ indicate they should be, and that we need to look to a network to understand who we should be fighting.  I think, more and more, the answers lie at home and in who is taking the money.  I would intend none of this to get in the way of our cops and other agencies getting in amongst criminal underclass types and getting them out of our lives;but I do think what has been going on has been a maintenance action, almost ‘designed’ to keep the problem there almost in the manner a protection racket works.

What is not happening is any kind of secular, democratic development of freedom being both creative in individuals in society and structured as freedom from crime, exploitation and crass aspects of tradition and religion.  In short we don;t know what tolerance is and are confusing it with being so laid back we fall off our chairs under the boots of whatever diversity fascism is in fashion.  We need to free up our thinking.  Even at basic levels, we struggle to listen to anything that is going to lead to change.  ‘PC Copperfield’ is now serving in Canada.  The short article in the Telegraph link below is revealing.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/7908488/Free-the-police-and-save-billions.html

One needs to read beyond the obvious claim we can slash police budgets and get much better policing, though I’m sure this is true to some extent.  I’m afraid we have to get round to working out we are now in the remedial class when it comes to using technology and avoiding gross bureaucracy when we design systems.  We complain about our work-shy evil poor, but can’t see we are all at it in wanting bloated salaries for sitting in offices and, in fact, are training our people to want this through endless classrooms, playing with paper.  If Copperfield is right, GMP employs around a third too many people, still doing a substantially worse job than the Canadians.  We often found the same in manufacturing restructuring 30 years ago, and lots of productivity comparisons suggest this kind of disparity.

We make mountains out of molehills, but worse are capable of defending these in public, wasting money and making everyone feel let down.  Quite decent people concerned with civil liberties become the enemies of cops because they point to obvious indecent behaviour by the likes of  Harwood.  This is pathetic, childish behaviour.  One look at PMQT should be enough to tell us we have this as a disease.  The enemy is at home, in our inability to free ourselves from Jabberwock superstitions.  There are some pitfalls in international comparison, but the biggest is ignoring them altogether, a very British disease.

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8 thoughts on “Who Is The Enemy?

  1. And the rather sad fact for me, reading DC’s article about policing in Edmonton, was that it was a system that was once very familiar to me, in a very British police force.

    As for his technology, I was on a working group that recommended the introduction of in-car systems exactly similar to those he uses in Canada, with such casual familiarity. These systems were available, `off the shelf`. My working group, consisting of officers from all ranks and a variety of departments, made its recommendations in 1993.

  2. International comparisons are very difficult because it’s so difficult to know whether one is talking like for like. Obviously we need to be able to do this – a classic is unemployment where one lot includes disability, another doesn’t and then there are vague issues in the black economy and so on. Yet there are those who use vagueness to become the groupthink enemy.

    It’s good (and bloody awful) to know the 1993 date Hog. I was working on training systems technology in the mid-80s in which we cracked the way to training provision in which staff became support rather than deliverers, The technology was unwieldy and expensive. That end was fixed by about 95. The real trouble now is it’s too cheap and everyone fears their own ‘expertise’ is destroyed by it. Everyone says technology is impersonal, but somehow see nothing impersonal in lecturing in English to 250 students who can’t follow you without it!

    I worked to DC’s system without the technology too. I guess our equivalent was giving a ride to the Unit Beat man and going on a few jobs with him.

    We can come up with metaphors like ‘who is in charge of the asylum’, but I suspect the enemy takes form as self-interested prigs and years of chronic complacency. I wrote a long joke paper once (it got me to Warsaw) in which the ‘hero’ puts forward a workable scheme, but is slow to realise he is always presenting it to the very people who would have to go. It provoked much discussion when the laughter died down. It was actually an expose of World Bank economics. Eventually, a guy with a heavy Moscow accent asked, ‘How then doctor, did you acquire such familiarity with the Soviet system?’

  3. In brief Hog, there is something very theoretical in your decision to act on ‘travellers’ – it’s a public choice theory thing – making personal and public interests the same. You did a balanced scorecard – except nothing had been done to make this in your career interests. Doing the right thing now so rarely is.

  4. The reasons [that are by no means clear to you – quote] that 1.2 million people were killed in Iraq, were revealed by the Daily Mail on Saturday 24th July 2010, in an article written by Johann Hari. As detailed in my comment on your last post, the reason for the invasion of Iraq, and why 1.2 million people ended up dead, was the Bush administration’s PLOT to get their hands on Iraq’s OIL. Greed it would appear, is “the enemy”, and lies.

    If I knew how to provide a hyperlink here, for that article, to save you and anyone else going on to the Daily Mail website to read it, then I would, but I can’t.
    The article headline was “A Slave To Greed”.

    We don’t all have a brain the size of a planet!

    I may have pointed out some wrong ideas and/or attitudes of some cops, but I am not their enemy. I have in fact treated a mountain of crap dumped, as a “molehill”, wanting to be generous of spirit, and tolerant, and patient, knowing full well that it is always the minority of “bad apples” who spoil things for everyone else.

    But then I read your posts on here which state that it is not a case of a few “bad apples” within the system, but of whole “rotten orchards”. You say that I would be disappointed by any attempt to sort out any problems with police, and that the IPCC are useless. [or corrupt]

    How are people supposed to know if cops and local authorities are the good guys, and have faith in them, when the system allows the bad guys to get away with it?

    My pea sized brain just cannot work that one out! 😉

  5. The only real way to have a brain the size of the planet is for us all to use them. My friend’s reference to mine involved Marvin the Paranoid Android.
    The way we would know police and Town Hall complaints systems were working would be open survey of the complainants, suitably anonymised. What we get is secrecy. It’s easy enough to spot some corruption, but whatever is going on is deeper than a few cops or Town Hall people with offshore bank accounts.
    Don’t worry about your pea, Mrs. Magee (poetic licence).

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