L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 52, July 31, 1999
Welcome to the Jungle
by Victor Milán
Exclusive to The Libertarian Enterprise
Welcome to the Third World, folks.
Welcome to the jungle.
As Neil Smith points out, the US is already a police state. Now get
ready for that foremost appurtenance of the true "Third World
cesspool," as Danny deVito's character so eloquently put it in "Jewel
of the Nile": tanks in the street.
Tanks on your street.
Hardly anybody's talking about it, but the Posse Comitatus Act is
just about to get shot behind the ear. If - when - passed the new
Defense Appropriations Bill will greatly expand circumstances in
which the American military can be deployed within the United States.
The reasons? The usual smoke'n'mirrors: drugs, terrorism, illegal
Excuses. And flimsy ones. Ask the Seventh Day Adventists murdered by
ATF agents gunning for glory at Mt. Carmel. F-Troop lied that it had
information the Branch Davidians were running a meth lab, thereby
triggering exemptions already sleazed into the Posse Comitatus Act,
and allowing the Army's Delta Force to help train and equip (and
possibly more) the ATF agents sent to attack the church. A good many
members of the Special Forces community feel very strongly they were
betrayed by their own brass on that one -- and they're right.
Lying about something like a nonexistent meth lab is risky: it can be
found, well, not to exist. But terrorists -- they can be anywhere.
They can be anyone. Didn't you see "Arlington Road"?
If we give our rulers a magic wand like "terrorism," they'll wave it
till they sprain their wrists. And tanks will appear on our streets.
This might be the most sinister political development in America in
my lifetime. Perhaps it's the moment's fever making me write this:
certainly there's plenty of competition, given that the Clinton
Administration has already, with the slobberingly eager assistance of
the "opposition" GOP, not just gutted the Bill of Rights, but
quartered it, ground it, and packed it as sausage.
But it's hard to get past this one. It makes us a Third World
dictatorship with tanks in the street. It's just that simple. It's
why the Founders always warned against a standing military. It is
carte blanche for the military occupation of America, plain and
Of course, the bill is still being reviewed by a joint House/Senate
committee. It isn't law yet. The civil-liberties-loving Democrats and
big-government-hating Republicans might rise up together to smash it.
Maybe the Tooth Fairy will veto it, too.
Look out your window. Imagine a machine gun nest sandbagged on your
corner. Imagine an Abrams tank buckling the pavement in front of your
house. Imagine an Apache attack helicopter hovering above your
neighbors' rooftop like some malignant insect. All bristling with
horrific firepower, ready to unleash it at the least suspicion of
"terrorist activity," with the brilliant, breathtaking, mathematical
precision of ...
... a "smart-bomb" campaign that managed to trash everything in
Yugoslavia except the Yugoslav army.
So what'll be the first sign of terrorist intent the troops on your
block will be ordered to root out? Why, naturally, ownership of guns.
What's the first thing the US military has done in every one of its
myriad interventions in the Nineties? Disarmed all the civilians it
could catch -- including, disgracefully, the would-be Iraqi freedom
fighters the US was urging to rise up to overthrow Saddam Hussein
even as it deprived them of the means to do so (they rose anyway --
and were slaughtered).
These things will happen. The tanks will appear before your front
door, as they did the Branch Davidians'. The troops accompanying them
will be told your guns are a threat, to themselves and the nation.
Oh, and if you hate guns, and like Rosie and Rambo would welcome the
military coming to take them from your neighbors: Maverick missiles
and cluster bombs don't care if you're innocent. Ask the thousands of
unarmed Serb and Albanian civilians Clinton's Kosovo terror-campaign
killed. Ask the tens of thousands who fled to neighboring countries
to escape the hell we created in humanitarianism's name. Your
children will burn as readily as ours when an M202 FLASH rocket
smashes "accidentally" through your picture window.
Enjoy being "collateral damage."
The tanks are getting ready to roll. Maybe the government will use
Y2K as a pretext; maybe something else. But one morning they'll come.
Please think long and deep about what you will do then.
Or, better, before it happens.
Prometheus Award winner Victor Milán is hard at work on a novel of
your future: The War For America.
Freedom can win.
Calif. Enacts Gun Bill
State Bans Assault Weapons
By Harry Mok
The Associated Press
San Francisco, July 20
As relatives of people slain by assault weapons watched, Gov. Gray
Davis signed into law the nation's toughest ban on military-type guns
and a measure to limit buyers to one handgun per month.
"Guns have a place in the theater of war, they have no place out on
the streets," Davis said Monday during a ceremony six years after
eight people were killed in a rampage at a San Francisco office
OK, so next we should expect the governor to disarm all government
Because criminals and loonies still have guns?
Then what was the point of the law?
What we need now is an initiative to petition the Gov to take the
first step and disarm (1) his personal protection unit, and (2) all
other armed "law enforcement" and government officials!
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