Psyche of a terrorUSt
translated as "soul" in some older English Bibles, actually has a meaning closer to "living being” ψυχή (psūchê), the Greek word for soul.
The New Testament also uses the word ψυχή, but with the Hebrew meaning
and not the Greek.
So does that mean Christian psyche ala Cadet McNasty can assuage the conscience to the point where “ he who is responsible for many criminal bombings of the people... bombing densely populated places for sport, speaks of such banal things as if he were at a cocktail party.” *
“ #HEROick ?
McCain is often called a “war hero”, a title adorning an unlovely resume starting with a father who was an admiral and graduation fifth from the bottom at the US Naval Academy, where he earned the nickname “McNasty”. McCain flew 23 bombing missions over North Vietnam, each averaging about half an hour, total time ten hours and thirty minutes. For these brief excursions the admiral’s son was awarded two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Bronze Stars, the Vietnamese Legion of Honor and three Purple Hearts. US Veteran Dispatch calculates our hero earned a medal an hour, which is pretty good going. McCain was shot down over Hanoi on October 26, 1967 and parachuted into Truc Boch Lake, from whence he was hauled by Vietnamese, and put in prison.
A couple of years later he was interviewed in prison camp by a Spanish psychiatrist living in Cuba. The interview appeared in Granma on January 24, 1970:
“He (McCain) showed himself to be intellectually alert during the interview. From a morale point of view he is not in traumatic shock. He was able to be sarcastic, and even humorous, indicative of psychic equilibrium. From the moral and ideological point of view he showed us he is an insensitive individual without human depth,who does not show the slightest concern, who does not appear to have thought about the criminal acts he committed against a population from the absolute impunity of his airplane, and that nevertheless those people saved his life, fed him, and looked after his health and he is now healthy and strong."
McCain is deeply loved by the press. “As long as he’s the noble outsider, McCain can get away with anything it seems – the Keating Five, a drug stealing wife, nasty jokes about Chelsea Clinton – and the pundits will gurgle and coo.”
Indeed they will. William Safire, Maureen Dowd, Russell Baker, theNew Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, have all slobbered over McCain in empurpled prose. The culmination was a love poem from Mike Wallace in 60 Minutes, who managed to avoid any inconvenient mention of McCain’s close relationship with S & L fraudster Charles Keating, with whom the senator and his kids romped on Bahamian beaches. McCain was similarly spared scrutiny for his astonishing claim that he knew nothing of his wife’s scandalous dealings. His vicious temper has escaped rebuke.
McCain’s escape from the Keating debacle was nothing short of miraculous, probably the activity for which he most deserves a medal.
* "criminal acts he committed against a population from the absolute impunity of his airplane" : homicide bomber
Added \/ ~0100est23July in response to nerd cred's comment a little while ago about McNasty's talent for escaping doomed aircraft, it should be noted as well, he is quick to abandon potentially doomed ships like the USS Forrestal about which he said days after his bombs had blown up on her deck: "It was such a great ship."
McCain’s actions after the fire show a determination to exit the ship as quickly as possible. When New York Times reporter Apple finished gathering his notes on the fire, McCain boarded a helicopter with him and flew to Saigon. Given that fires still burned on the ship and some of his fellow airmen were gravely wounded and dying, McCain’s assertion that he left the carrier for “some welcome R&R” in Saigon has a surreal air. Apple, now dead, said nothing in his news reports about inviting McCain to leave the ship, although he did report talking to him in Saigon later that day. McCain does not mention receiving permission to leave the still-burning ship. Merv Rowland, a commander and chief engineering officer of the Forrestal at the time of the fire, told me that he had not known that McCain left the ship within 30 hours of the fire and that he found this “extraordinary.” Rowland added that only the severely wounded were allowed to leave the ship and that no one, as far as he knew, would have been given permission to fly to Saigon for R&R. McCain’s quick flight off the Forrestal meant that he missed the memorial service for his dead comrades held the following day in the South China Sea.
Not long after McCain left, the Forrestal set off without him on its somber voyage to Subic Bay in the Philippines, where it would undergo initial repairs. He rejoined the ship a week later when it was docked at Subic Bay. There he gave an official statement and asked for a transfer to the aircraft carrier Oriskany.
Apple filed two stories about McCain’s time in Saigon. Apple’s first story said: “Today, hours after the fire that ravaged the flight deck and killed so many of his fellow crewmen, commander McCain sat in Saigon and shook his head. ‘It was such a great ship,’ he said.” Apple’s second story was filed three months later, just after McCain was shot down over Hanoi. In that story Apple wrote: “It was almost three months ago that the young, prematurely gray Navy pilot was sitting in a villa in Saigon, sipping a Scotch with friends and recalling the holocaust that he had managed to live through. He was John Sydney [sic—spelling is Sidney] McCain, 3rd, a lieutenant commander. The day before, he had watched from the cockpit of his Skyhawk attack plane as flames suddenly engulfed the flight deck of the Forrestal, on which his squadron was based. ‘It’s a difficult thing to say,’ he remarked after a long time. ‘But now that I’ve seen what the bombs and the napalm did to the people on our ship, I’m not so sure that I want to drop any more of that stuff on North Vietnam.’ ”5
The record suggests that after McCain left the burning Forrestal for the greater ease of Saigon, he saw his Navy career as being in jeopardy. Soon, he went to London, where his father, Adm. John S. McCain Jr., was stationed as commander in chief of the United States Naval Forces in Europe. Sen. McCain has written little about the fire, and his book does not mention any conversations with his father about bombs dropping from his plane …”
Initially posted as comment on OSmember Gordon Osmond's "Time to Bid No Trump":
' ' Over the past eight years, the country has sufficiently suffered the consequences of putting romance over reason.' '
~The ideological culture that is left on a sheet of one's conscience after taking in the vile concoction ( half teaspoon of 1 medal per hour awarded Mr. Mcain the Third for his total wartime hours in flight on missions to drop napalm) that is Senator McCain heroickism in plut0crak$' wet dreams.” is romance over reason.~
Perhaps the Christian soul of Cadet McNasty underwent some sort of paradigm shift toward Heaven during his R&R (a wartime war hero’s reward: rest, relaxation) in Saigon with a media hound while his -- “She was a good ship”, McCain says to war correspondent)— USS Forrestal was still burning, seamen’s bodies and parts still being collected, McNasty's crewmates still killing the beast that McNasty’s unleashed two bombs had created on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier he just couldn’t get off of fast enough: not quite 30 hrs of Hell (fear of his shipmates, no doubt) for homicide-bomber McNasty before he could abandon ship, hitchhike/commandeer without the Forrestal captain's permission a media helicopter to Saigon for some good whiskey and butt… plenty of both to be sure; it's exhausting being a wartime war hero to a legUSy of admirals.
McNasty’s enthusiasm in the U.S. sport of napalm bombing civilians on mainland asia --or elsewhere his testimony to a rally/fundraiser indicates:: “… bomb, bomb,bomb … bomb, bomb Iran…” to the tune of BeBop delUSional decades after u.s. war crimes in Indochina-- is in one of McNasty’s karmic focii consisting, among other immoralities, of his napalming/firebombing civilians in gloriUS communion with fellow homicide-bombers for terrorUSt$ hegemony, and, his (his plane’s) napalm bombing the USS Forrestall, the other focus will likely best be defined by Herstory.
USS FORRESTAL was the first "super - carrier" in the world. Commissioned as attack aircraft carrier CVA 59, the FORRESTAL was ...
Despite these protections, in December 2014, Congress promised to hand the title for Oak Flat over to a private, Australian-British mining concern. A fine-print rider trading away the Indian holy land was added at the last minute to the must-pass military spending bill, the National Defense Authorization Act. By doing this, Congress has handed over a sacred Native American site to a foreign-owned company for what may be the first time in our nation’s history.
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Why is Congress giving federally protected Arizona land sacred to the Apache to a massive mining conglomerate?
But last December, in a deeply cynical and undemocratic move, Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake ** snuck last minute language into a must-pass defense bill transferring the land directly to the Rio Tinto mining company.
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As concerned citizens, we believe the recent rider to the National Defense Authorization Act that opens up National Forest land in Arizona to copper mining, land held sacred by the San Carlos Apache, is an outrage likely tied to campaign spending by the mining industry. We the undersigned demand immediate repeal or amendment of this rider, and an apology to the local Apache whose cultural heritage is being put up for sale.
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In days, Apache leaders will start their journey to DC. Let's make this petition huge before they get to Capitol Hill. Forward this to everyone:
The US government is about to handover a beautiful stretch of national forest held sacred by the local Apache tribe -- to a giant foreign mining company. It’s a national disgrace, but if we come together now we have a real chance to block the mine.
Our country’s shameful, criminal mistreatment of Native Americans is no secret. And when Arizona lawmakers snuck this mining proposal into a critical national defense bill last year, Apache leaders and activists vowed to fight back. That pressure is working and right now Congress is considering whether to stop the mining project. If we back the Apache’s call with tens of thousands of voices nationwide, we can help protect this land for good.
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The Oak Flat area of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona has had protected status since the Eisenhower Administration, out of recognition of its natural beauty and cultural significance. The local San Carlos Apache use if for coming of age ceremonies and other rituals. And repeated attempts to open the land up to mining have failed to pass Congress. That’s why Arizona’s Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake’s decision to tie the provision to a critical national defense vote last year was so cynical.
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Selling Off Apache Holy Land (New York Times)
Tribe's protest of mine plan near Superior is in 3rd week (Arizona Daily Star)
Apache tribe distressed by privatization of sacred land (Arizona Daily Star)
Save Oak Flat
Opponents renew fight against Superior copper mine
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