Its odd how, when reading about government intelligence agencies reports on research into ‘terrorism’ and ‘extremism’, one might be forgiven for thinking that that such reports are more of a reflection on themselves rather than a dissertation on the state of mind of ‘terrorists’ and ‘extremists’. It would almost seem that the personalities of those that they consider to be ‘terrorists’ and ‘extremists’ and themselves are identical if the report in today’s UK Telegraph is any indication.
As one reads through this article the irony of similarity becomes unmistakable, almost compelling. For example, it says: “MI5 has concluded that there is no easy way to identify those who become involved in terrorism in Britain.” Oddly, there’s also no easy way to identify those who become involved in the intelligence services either. Indeed, if anyone in the intelligence services did demonstrate an easy way to identify themselves then they wouldn’t have a job.
The article goes on to say “…that it is not possible to draw up a typical profile of the "British terrorist" as most are "demographically unremarkable" and simply reflect the communities in which they live.” Such a profile, of course, is also an essential qualification for employment with the intelligence services.
The conclusion the report comes to, among other things, is this: “The "mad and bad" theory to explain why people turn to terrorism does not stand up, with no more evidence of mental illness or pathological personality traits found among British terrorists than is found in the general population.” The reports other findings conclude that generally British ‘terrorist’s’, far from actually being ‘extremist’s’, are really quite normal to the point of being boring.
The obvious question here is: Are there any actual ‘terrorists’ then? Are the stories we hear about their fanaticism and extremism just stories made up to justify… well, whatever the government of the day feels like?
On the other hand, what about the people that make up the intelligence and so-called anti-terrorist services? We often hear about how ‘dedicated’ they are but is ‘dedication’ the same as fanaticism? We often hear of how they have ‘eliminated’ extremists and terrorists in so-called shoot outs and straight out assassinations but do ordinary everyday people go around doing that sort of thing? What sort of person would do those sorts of things? Violence always begets violence.
Apparently it would depend on whether or not you work for the government or the other lot. If you work for the government then you are a dedicated brave officer protecting the lives of ordinary citizens. If, however, you work for the other lot then you are a fanatical crazed person dedicated to destroying the lives of ordinary citizens – or at least, until now, according to the mainstream media you are.
The reality is this: The government maintains an intelligence service not to protect us from ‘terrorist’ and ‘extremists’ but to protect the government from having the truth revealed and to do the underhand bidding that government may from time to time require then to do in pursuit of some policy or another that would otherwise be unacceptable to the boring everyday person on the street.
The real ‘terrorists’ and ‘extremists’ out there are not the ones that the government often like to ‘warn’ us about those that charged with ensuring that the government’s will is imposed upon all of us. It is done remorselessly by ruthless extremists who we call our ‘intelligence services’.
Stuck in the middle are the teeming masses of ordinary everyday citizens anyone of whom, according to the intelligence report, could become a ‘ruthless extremist’ just when it suits the other ruthless extremists and the government of the day for them to become so.