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SPEAKING OUT:

If I Were a Tank, Men Would Bite Dogs

by Anwaar Hussain

When "think tanks" 'think,' their ruminations make it straight to the mainstream media, as if they're reporting 'a man biting a dog.' The media ignore real news and clear thinking from other sources, viewing such reporting as merely 'the dog biting the man.'
There are main battle tanks, there are fish tanks and there are simple water tanks. Then there are ‘Think Tanks.'

Odd as it may seem, Think Tanks are 'tanks' that think. And just as when a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog that is news, their ‘thinking,' whenever they do that, makes it straight to the mainstream media. Ours, on the other hand, remains confined to free google blogspots.

So when in a recent study, the Oxford Research Group Think Tank said the “war on terror” has been a disaster, it was a man biting the dog, but when we poor bloggers cried ourselves hoarse to “bring out the nails to hammer into the coffin of the Empire dream because the Empire seekers tried to defeat with brawn what should have been conquered with brain," it was a dog biting the man.

When the Tank warns against attacking Iran, it was a man biting the dog but when we said, “America’s invasion of Iran may finally prove to be that last straw on the camel’s back in the unraveling of that great country à la the Soviet break-up post Afghanistan invasion” and that “it is not wise to deliberately alienate 1.3 billion Muslims and act as lackey for the miniscule Zionists who are the only ones to benefit from the Iran misadventure while the Americans will foot the bill and take the brunt of Muslims’ wrath,” it was a dog biting the man.

When the Tank asks for major changes to the West’s military policy in Iraq and Afghanistan because the two places had become jihadist training grounds, it was a man biting the dog, but when we said, ”From Sudan to Pakistan and beyond, the ranks of America haters now stand swollen like never before. The recruiters for suicide brigades now drool non-stop with glee at the long queues of raging applicants outside their murky caves," it was a dog biting the man.

When the Tank said, "Every aspect of the so-called war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan has been counterproductive” it was a man biting the dog, but when we said, "For the time being however, riding on the wings of terra, the Americans are being sleep-marched into history’s hall of shame. But when they do finally wake up, they are sure to ask themselves, in a deafening global chorus of error, error, error, the fateful question, ‘What have we done?,’” it was a dog biting the man.

When the Tank said that “From the loss of civilian life through to mass detentions without trial, in short, it has been a disaster,” it was a man biting the dog, but when we said way back in March,” post-invasion excess deaths in occupied Iraq now totals 1 million” and, ”When Bush hastily declared 'mission accomplished,' he stated that 'Saddam’s torture chambers are closed.' He did not tell the world that he had already opened his own...the first one at Bagram,” it was a dog biting the man.

When the Tank talked of secret detentions and renditions, it was a man biting the dog, but when we said, “America’s torture trail at the present weaves across the globe. America has now become the biggest patron of torture by proxy in the history of planet earth,” it was dog biting the man.

When the Tank said, "Western countries simply have to face up to the dangerous mistakes of the past six years and recognize the need for new policies,” it was a man biting the dog, but when we said, ”That this bloody US occupation practically guarantees that Americans and their sidekicks will continue to be targets of violence wherever and whenever possible and that the soon-to-come Iran misadventure is most likely to swell the ranks of these very ‘terrorists’ like never before,” it was a dog biting the man.

When the Tank said, "Going to war with Iran will make matters far worse, playing directly into the hands of extreme elements and adding greatly to the violence across the region,” it was a man biting the dog, but when we said that there is a likelihood of hundreds of thousands of Taliban types who will come screaming banshee-like down the surrounding mountains to take revenge on our unfortunate troops bogged down in Iran,” it was a dog biting the man.

When the Tank wants the West to take heed, the mainstream media sits up and takes notice because it is a man biting a dog, but when we shrieked from the rooftops for years that America has to realize “that many other empires have had their day in the sun as superpowers before which others trembled. But today their crumbling ruins stand witnesses in mute silence to the fact that none were sovereign over the kingdoms of men for infinite times. All came to sad, inglorious ends,” it was a dog biting the man.

If I were a Tank, every time I would think, men would bite dogs.


©2007 Anwaar Hussain. Mr. Hussain, a former officer of the Pakistan Air Force, is now based in the United Arab Emirates. This story is reproduced courtesy of Truth Spring, Mr. Hussain's blog. Mr. Hussain may be reached at eagleeye@emirates.net.ae. On his website, the author states: "I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy. Now--what religion do I have?"


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This story was published on October 8, 2007.