mountainous hands of a killer dressed in black
From the 6-14-98
Daily Sparks Tribune
Back in college, I attended speeches by Eisenhower administration
CIA director Allen Dulles and Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.).
Goldwater espoused Republican Party virtue and defoliating the
Vietnam jungle so that we could better get at them dirty reds.
Dulles, like his colleague and eventual Reagan-era successor
William Casey, spoke in a growling monotone. Casey used this technique very
effectively to drone on for hours in front of closed senate sessions. When
the lawmakers had been properly put to sleep, he would slip in some
innocuous line which later would cover his ass when some clandestine
foreign intrigue blew up in his face and congressmen screamed they had been
I recall only two other things about Dulles: the big lie he told
and his hugely grotesque hands.
"The CIA doesn't make policy, it carries out policy," he said.
Freelance foreign policy conducted by murderous spies results in
American deaths to this very day. The Arab nations of the mideast hate us
for our exploitation and political interventions on behalf of BigOil. We
armed Saddam Hussein, then made war on him, killing hundreds of thousands
and exposing our own troops to some as yet undetermined chronic maladies.
We used nerve gas in Vietnam but criticize Saddam for occasionally
doing the same. It's pretty hard to be righteous when you leave bloody
Like the Picture of Dorian Gray, the hoary hands of Allen Dulles
told a story.
His knuckles resembled irregular stalagmites growing like devil's
dunce caps from drippings onto a cold cave floor. His bald pate, gnarled
face and graying walrus mustache emulated countless cartoon versions of
aging corporate monopolists manipulating their lessers like marionettes.
Those craggy, mountainous knuckles would have been just right for hanging
At times, from my position on a college gym floor looking up at the
old man, the height of the swollen joints on his huge, deformed digits
actually obscured his face. At other moments, they looked like horns.
Fast-forward 35 years and it all makes sense. The hands were a
warning to us kids in the audience, a palm reading which said beware of
these men in black.
Ex-Jerry Falwell p.r. man Cal Thomas in his nationally syndicated
column last week quoted from Goldwater's cold war canon "The Conscience of
According to Goldwater, "liberals...characteristic approach is to
harness society's potential into a collective effort to compel
'progress'...I believe they fight against Nature."
Translation: collective is code for commie, Nature means God. How
many people have suffered death and dismemberment because some
self-righteous son of a bitch decided to speak for the Almighty?
The demonizing of the word "liberal" by Thomas and know-nothing
shock jock Lush Rambo continues a tradition of treason which preceded even
"Liberal" has become the modern equivalent of "communist traitor."
For the past half-century, anyone who dared oppose the generals was branded
for not wanting a "strong national defense."
But we have never been concerned with defense, just aggressive
offense. The Department of War was re-labeled the Department of Defense in
order to better sell the American public into subsidizing profitable
A lot of people waxed very rich in the name of fighting communism.
When those dirty Russkies finally collapsed because we spent each other
blind, Gen. Colin Powell had to invent the "two-front regional conflict" as
a way to maintain military spending in the face of no discernible threat.
Alas, perhaps Powell was right. We are indeed threatened, but by
our own hands hands which increasingly resemble those of Allen Dulles.
Back in the '50s, the military-industrial complex, in order to
maintain public relations momentum for nukes, thought up "Atoms for Peace."
Walt Disney produced cute cartoons about the atom as our friend. We
developed nuclear power plants to make weapons production more palatable.
As the world's greatest talk show host Travus T. Hipp once noted,
nuke power plants are the most expensive way to boil water yet devised by
man. We imposed nuclear technology on other nations as a way to build both
political support and corporate profit.
Now, the nuclear genie is coming home to roost. We committed to
become the dumpsite for the waste produced by those foreign nuke plants.
Much of it will pass right through Sparks and Reno on the way to some final
We don't seem to have learned anything from the murderous hands of
Allen Dulles. We have helped India, Pakistan, China and heaven knows who
else acquire nuclear bomb making capability.
Now comes the ironic announcement that the Nevada nuclear test site
will be used for anti-terrorism training. Good. Perhaps someone will be
taught how to defend us from ourselves.
War addiction is like drug addiction: less profit would mean less
of a problem. But as long as we are the world's armorer, providing weapons
of choice to whomever can pay our price, we will continue to suck at that
seductively lucrative crack pipe.
See the results for yourself. Go to the traveling Vietnam wall
which carries the names of some 58,000 unnecessarily dead. Then tell me I'm
It will stand at Mountain View Cemetery in Reno until 8:00 Tuesday.
Wear black and touch it with your own hands.
Be well. Raise hell.
more about it: Bitter fruit 50 years later