Given that the foxes are in charge of the hen houses, and the social contract that, in other times, would prevent the rich from taking advantage of the poor, is no longer in effect, the political leaders have to do something to get all these people to work together.
That is, the rich don’t want to be doing the stealing and the killing themselves. They need the poor and the weak to do their dirty work for them and to stand around as buffers when the inevitable blowback occurs.
In order to fight these bad bad terrorists, the strategy has become, more or less, fight fire with fire, fight terror with terror, that is, become worse than the crazy people who stand against you.
Lummis, who writes for COUNTERPUNCH, discusses the changes that have occurred in the U.S. as the poor have become unwilling to do the dirty work of empire.
Terror, Legality and the New Rules of War
Round Up the Usual Suspects ... and Shoot Them
By DOUGLAS LUMMIS
The issue is not whether bin Laden was a very bad man (I suppose he was) or for that matter whether Barack Obama is also a very bad man (looking worse all the time), but what happens to the law when states violate it with impunity. Yes, the fact that bin Laden is believed to have been a terrible man makes it easier for the public to accept his killing, but that’s just the danger. For years, Hollywood has been thinking up villains so detestable that the audience positively yearns for Dirty Harry and his many clones to blow them away without doing anything so silly as to read them their rights. People fail to notice that when they blow away the crook, they blow away a piece of the law as well.