(Oct 30th, 2008)
The military have a tactical maneuver, which’s name I haven’t the faintest and is irrelevant, that has two objectives to it: identify the enemy’s capabilities and intentions.
You pretend you’re attacking and pay close attention to whatever reaction you get.
Basically it’s poking the animal to test its reaction, and from it deduce what he is capable of.
If it’s a bull, you get head-butted, but if it’s a cow, a moo and a glass of milk is all you’re entitled to.
The other advantage of this maneuver is that it allows to keep the enemy pinned down. Either by making sure it doesn’t stick his head over the trenches, under the penalty of the obvious, or by keeping it busy with trivialities while remaining focused on what is important and crucial.
And as long as you know that he is in front of you, you know that he is not anywhere else, especially where he could harm you.
I’ve already stated here, on other occasions, that there is a war raging on. Not between McCanns and Mr. Amaral, not between Britain and Portugal, not even Britain allied with Portugal against the British and the Portuguese.
This whole issue has surpassed long ago that obnoxiously infamous couple who gave fame to this all. Even Madeleine, the child we honor, has relegated to the backstage by events.
It’s about dignity.
This has hit our dignity pretty hard. Each and everyone of us. We’ve been treated like a retarded herd, led to think as if our thoughts were not only ours to manage, but theirs to own. And our wounded dignity is what we are trying to salvage here. If the other side wins, it means we’ve lost.
And I for one, am not willing to live without it.
Today, it’s quite clear that only three kind of people still believe, wholeheartedly, in the McCanns innocence: the mentally seriously challenged, the illiterate and those who will be hurt by the truth.
The first two, deserve my total respect. About the third, well, all I want to say at this point is that it’s a larger group than thought. He who defends the indefensible can only justify with other reasons than reason itself. It’s not that the truth is unknown.
It’s been out as of July. It only lacks minor details that do little alteration to the main conclusions. But each one feels that it has to hide it. Sneak peaks, clandestinely, like a criminal. All simply because it differs from the official version.
Only when the adequate communication entities, known as media, accept its existence will the truth appear “out-of-the-blue”. A miracle of modernity. So, until this happens, we have on one side, the truth-bearers, fighting in name of dignity, and on the other those that, due to survival, will do anything to destroy it.
The first outnumber the latter by about 300 million to 1. Or even greater ratio.
But the latter hold the physical means with which modern society determines what is true, and what is not.
It’s guerilla warfare. They have the “tanks”, we have the spirit.
Using a WWII analogy, Britain has become occupied France, where the British commoner resists at the expense of his peace and comfort, and, who knows, personal safety and financial security.
Portugal, as in the Portuguese, has become Britain, a safe-haven where the British Resistance seeks, and finds, support. Portugal, as in Portugal, has just become a domesticated English province where the fight is to be fought. Preferably by local mercenaries.
Thus the Cipriano trial.
However, as everybody is aware, only when the British newspapers are forced into overturning their positions will this disgusting deck of cards fall. And only then a memorial in Madeleine’s name can be erected with justice.
This forum, and those sites with similar purposes (like the one of my dear friend Xklamation) are the tools we have to keep the offensive on the enemy.
Keeping him pinned down. The ONLY ones with which we can keep on poking him. Irritating it, making him spend resources of time, money and people.
The enemy holds the newspapers and the courts. But here, on the frontierless internet, he is helpless. Even fragile, because he cannot afford for the truth to escape him, or permit himself the luxury to stop paying attention to it.
Here he has to fight as equal, and he’s not even that. We are armed with the truth, he with the lack of shame. The lack of truth implies lack of argumentation. So the enemy hires people, equally shameless, to do its fighting. Whores selling their talent for a handful of coins.
These employees populate the various sites. Threats, bullying, misleading comments and intentionally misinterpretation of opinions, you’ve seen them all.
The most dangerous among them are those that don’t identify the side to which they belong. Sometimes they even disguise themselves as friends, winning your trust.
The tactic is always the same. Politely dropping, here and there and very subtly, a distorting idea in a manner that entices you into going down the path that makes you lose sight of what was you were trying to state in the first place.
This is to erode your will a bit by bit. Reinforcing the feeling of uselessness that invades when we cannot put across our, apparently simple, idea. Wearing you out. Making you lose momentum and sight of reason. Making you give up. And everytime somebody gives up, its one less to face.
We have the reason, but they have the time. We have the truth, they have the patience. Even if they have nothing else. So, if dignity is important to you as it’s to me, don’t give up.
Show them that it’s not easy to pull the wool over your eyes. That you, as an individual, are entitled to information. And that, without any help, you’re able to deduce from it your OWN opinion.
The way to show all that is through participation. Show how many we are. A simple one-word entry is enough. Inundate them with IPs, so that its physically impossible for them even to try and follow most, much less all. Even if they use national resources and institutions. Paid for from the tax-payer’s money. Your money.
So comment away. The decision to unfold the white flag is solely yours. As is your choice to exercise the right of speech, and to demonstrate that you, as citizen, don’t want to lose the capability of intervention.
And if you HAVE to give up that right, they know that you will fight them all the way. Speak now or forever hold your silence.