I received this email in a public park surrounded by people of many nationalities and beliefs, including Muslins. That was interesting, partly because it underscored the flawed premise of the story. We spent 770 million on projects that indirectly helped mosques. Ok. That sounds like a lot of money if you think of it in personal terms, but it’s not even an ant on the floor in federal terms. With an annual budget of around 1.4 trillion, or 14 thousand thousand million as the British put it, the scale is clearly beyond what most people can grasp, and 770 million is probably on par with what the Feds spend on flushing their toilets!
I am fairly pro-Israeli, but I have to wonder how many synagogues—and churches—in foreign countries we’ve helped through the decades. Yes, most Israelis like us, but that’s no surprise. We support them so they like us. Hmm. Could there be a lesson there? More to the point, if you cut support to one side but not the other, of course you anger someone. True, some will hate you regardless, but those people must recruit others to be the foot-soldiers. Those others are young and impressionable men, and that’s something to think about. How did Capitalism beat Communism? We did it by forcing the Soviets to try to keep up militarily even while we automatically flooded them out with the benefits of Capitalism. Their people ultimately turned away from their leaders, an effect that I think is both Capitalism’s greatest strength and weakness. Put one way, Capitalism tends to make people more selfish, and thus less inclined to sacrifice themselves for any pseudo-religious cause. Hence, putting internet access in a mosque could have some interesting propaganda benefits; the young men may be told to only use it to communicate with terrorist leaders, but they may also check out our pornography sites. Let Capitalism do its thing on them.
From: kb5ziv [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2011 19:17
To: gary; mcasalini; SdCarroll; k5zpf; Scott Royall; Susan King
Subject: Fw: Atlanta TV Station Breaks Big Story
|OUR SO CALLED “LEADERS” HAVE SOLD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OUT BIG TIME FOLKS…
I’M GLAD THIS ATLANTA TV STATION HAD THE GUTS TO BREAK THIS STORY