Understanding Blowback
By Daily Bell Staff - November 20, 2015

'Spider in web' mastermind of Paris attacks killed in raid … The suspected Islamic State mastermind of the Paris attacks was among those killed in a police raid north of the capital, France confirmed on Thursday, bringing an end to the hunt for Europe's most wanted man. Authorities said they had identified the mangled corpse of Belgian national Abdelhamid Abaaoud from fingerprints in the aftermath of Wednesday's raid and gunbattle in which at least two people died including a female suicide bomber. – Reuters

Dominant Social Theme: Let's kill all these terrorists. It's not as if we want information from them.

Free-Market Analysis: One wonders why perpetrators of mass killings are rarely taken alive. Perhaps it is hard to do so, but let us recall pertinent circumstances regarding the Boston Marathon bombing.

Here is what conservative/libertarian commentator Dr. Paul Craig Roberts has to say regarding that bombing in an article entitled "FBI Evidence Proves Innocence of Accused Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev."

As readers know, I have been suspicious of the Boston Marathon Bombing from the beginning. It seems obvious that both Tsarnaev brothers were intended to be killed in the alleged firefight with police, like the alleged perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo affair in Paris. Convenient deaths in firefights are accepted as indications of guilt and solve the problem of trying innocent patsies.

Roberts then presents us with a lengthy affidavit from Maret Tsarnaev concerning the prosecution of her nephew, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and maintaining his innocence. The larger point here is Roberts's suggestion that the Tsarnaev brothers were "intended to be killed [to] … solve the problem of trying innocent patsies."

In fact, the death of Tamerlan is puzzling at least given that a video taken before his death shows him being stripped naked before being put into a police car. The doctor who tried to save Tamerlan's life reported that he did not show signs of having been run over by a vehicle.

Roberts makes a similar point in another recent article, "Will The Matrix Prevail?"

The aftermath of the Paris attack is like the aftermath of the so-called Boston Marathon Bombing. Fifty heavily armed police converged on two people and murdered them. The murdered female is described even by RT as a "female suicide bomber." If the murdered woman is a suicide bomber, how is she still alive to be murdered by police?

Not even the "Russian propaganda outlet" RT asks why 50 heavily armed police were unable to capture two people alive and had to kill them!

Roberts goes on to ask a number of questions regarding the Paris bombings. Some of this same skepticism could be applied to US mass shootings as well. In such cases it would be better if at least the main culprits in such tragedies were captured alive so we could hear about their motives in their own words.

Certainly, having the testimony of such people would tend to confirm or deny the idea of "blowback." This is a sociopolitical construct that libertarian politician Ron Paul has helped popularize and we've referred to the concept on numerous occasions. Testimony by those involved in these shootings, especially if they seem politically motivated, could provide significant insight into the reasons for the violence.

Ron Paul's perspective, echoed by Roberts in this article, is that the West's involvement in lengthy Middle East wars is creating "millions of deaths and displaced persons." Such violence inevitably creates a desire for violent revenge and one might expect more rather than less of it as these wars continue for decades and evolve.

Of course, there are various kinds of blowback. One kind of blowback not often discussed is the corrosive impact of violence on the societies prosecuting these wars. Increased militarization, interference in personal financial affairs and travel restrictions, among many other ramifications, are the inevitable result.

As these wars continue and even increase, we can see the impact on our lives. Gradually we are losing the ability to work and live without considerable government oversight.

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  • Dimitri Ledkovsky

    How many times and how many different deaths did Bin Laden enjoy? This is a repeating loop. Here are a few more that could have been “singing” but ended up dead or isolated for life. Sirhan Sirhan, Oswald, Timothy McVeigh, Tillman, Foster…. The list is endless if you go into the histories of other countries past and present. It’s not a conspiracy in theory. It’s a conspiracy in fact.

  • PatrickHenry1789

    Just like Sandy Hoax. I don’t believe anything I hear anymore and only about half of what I see.

  • Frank McDuff

    Thomas Pynchon once wrote: ‘If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.’

  • Wrusssr

    Blowback? Pigs fly, too.

  • apberusdisvet

    With all of the false flags like Sandy Hoax, Boston Mind down, Charlie Heb Don’t, et al, the dots can be easily connected by examining cui bono. Unless you have a sub 80 IQ, the ever increasing police state,ON A GLOBAL BASIS, should be enough of a clue. Gotta get the sheep to trade their liberty for security, and the 3rd Reich is a perfect example of what transpires.

  • Praetor

    It is all very interesting, to say the least. All one has to do is study the history of government, to understand the root of terror and the mind set of those who control the governments. Governments are the root of all terrorism The two government system, the one we see and the one we don’t see. Terrorism is just a tool. There is no such thing as blowback. The unseen government initiates an attack and the seen government reacts. The ministry of propaganda weaves the story of how the seen government saves the day, and how we the people, to be safe must institute more controls. It quite simple, we are screwed. Until the people come to their senses and realize governments are the terrorist, forget it!!!

    • There is such a thing as blowback. Our suggestion is that it may not be a “surprise.”

      • Samarami

        Problem – reaction – solution.

        No need engaging definition games. What is Praetor’s “reaction” is DB’s (and Dr Paul’s) “blowback”.

        The thing to appreciate is DB’s vigilance in exposing mainstream media and defining the memes and dominant social themes attached to virtually every “story” put before us.

        Nearly a half century ago I divorced television. That was long before I could be defined as “anarchist”. I really couldn’t have explained why at the time. What was put before us as “news” just didn’t “feel right”. That was shortly after I voted for the last time in a political election. Perhaps it had to do with my exasperation over Lyndon Johnson’s trouncing of Barry Goldwater — the last politician I ever idolized.

        I was beginning to “see it” without really knowing what it was I was “seeing”.

        I think there may be many in the wings of DB in that category today. Keep up the good work. Sam

        • Thanks.

        • Rebecca

          I gave up TV nearly 40 years ago. I might give up Internet next year. I have my five acres and not sure fretting over the world is healthy or creating my future. Working on my land is what there is to do now. Like when I lived off grid, my neighbor stopped by and mention the power had been down 3 days… and I had not realized it because I was off grid already. I guess that it has to wind down of its own accord.