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~ This is Post #5 in the Series “Leaving Afghanistan”.
All God’s Children Have Shoes
~ Growing up in the land of the free.
We seem to have some time to kill while we are waiting for the past to synchronize with the present – here, in Syria, in Afghanistan. This is only the sixth or so, our last letter (meaning my mother’s) was written on the sixteenth.
So, a plane or two had been shot down over Russia (then). Nobody knew who owned the plane (or why), or what it was really up to (before it came down). At least that is what the western media said. Russia said it looked like war. It wasn’t until the seventh when Russia (then) broke the silence and said they had the plane and the pilot. Reports are circulating that Syria has “the pilot”, a survivor from the bombing run on Damascus; maybe it’s like Japan capturing the pilot of the Enola Gay.
The difference of course is that America was not trying to keep it a secret that they had used a nuclear weapon, an atomic bomb, a new weapon that no one had ever seen before on the battlefields of the middle east, meaning west, not east Asia. No, this time the secret was kept from America. Only one or two of the agencies within the government knew it would happen and they did not tell the President – he had no “need to know”. That’s how turf wars are; they are wars for turf and territory and the hearts and minds of men and women and all the children too.
Assuming that they really have him it makes sense that they are working him over like they work over the detainees at Guantanamo (Bay). Fair’s fair in love and war, one side sets the standard and the other side is sure to follow. I’m sure they’ve checked his teeth. Secreted pills are so easy to swallow; it’s better “red line” than dead.
How much does a pilot need to know when flying a “weather plane” (that was the cover for the atomic bomb run). The cover for the latest bomb run was “Hezbollah“. Like if the Japanese had captured Paul Warfield Tibbetts Jr., it would soon come out that the pilot knew it was more than a weather plane, it was in the name, “War-field” – who would ever believe the ironic details in the script? One never has to look to far.
It’s like the Boston bombings, or not unlike the Boston bombings. Agencies don’t always communicate. There is always something one or another branch of government wants to hide. There is always something that no one wants to hide, or one that thinks something hidden should be revealed. Do you think the first third Reich was one happy family that just worked well together? No; there’s infighting, there’s outsourcing, there are differences in the way powerful people see things. There is always a struggle for power if not the constant possibility of an outright coup.
While one person might see one flag, another person sees a field divided by those with opposing stripes. While one person sees a field of blue; all another person sees is red. It’s a matter of perspective (always). It is never so much what you might be told; it is what one believes.
Every story needs a hero. Every dark empire needs an underground or underpinnings that can be revealed that offers proof that there was always light, always hope, always the push for the possibility of change even in the confines of the darkest hell, or hell on earth. Like Mr. Tzarnaev “singing like a canary” maybe the Israeli pilot is “singing like a canary” too. He (like Tsarnaev) knows he has no rights, that he’s been conned, that only the truth and nothing but the truth “so help me God” will ever make one free and ready to meet ones maker.
The “back story” in the story from Afghanistan, meaning mine and my mother’s and my father’s, is of course “the diary”. The diary has (as she has said) the details, the whole story, the things that one does not just drop in the Mail, or the Embassy mail, or even the American mail where even the stamps are stolen; where even whole letters might disappear.
To understand the diary and the why and how of how things work I must explain a few things, first. It is clear from the past several posts that there were “enemies” everywhere, or potential enemies. Go back and read things carefully if you don’t really understand. There was Russia (the Soviet Union) of course. There was the Afghan government, it had its own agenda, not necessarily just the American one. Within the American community there was a real villain (meaning antagonist to Fred) in the form of a “pseudo” boss, the “acting” Director. The Embassy did not always see eye-to-eye with USOM. Things were so bad that plans were made to secure an “ark”. My mother writes so glibly that the real danger that there was is not always entirely apparent, from my parent.
The diary was not really written in code. If it were nobody could ever read it. Anyway a pen, a pencil and a typewriter was all that was ever at hand. The typewriter did not travel well, it was too valuable and too heavy.
My mother learned shorthand in high school. She was very good. She had a shorthand version of her own shorthand that really helped to speed things up. She could record far more in less time than any man then alive in Afghanistan and not one other person alive could ever decipher her notes. Even she could not decipher her own notes after the passage of too much time, hence her concern about “keeping up” with the diary.
She typed up her shorthand (shorthand) notes using lined paper. The typed area was almost as wide as the paper itself. The typing started very near the literal top of the page and ended only at the bottom of each literal bottom. She typed on both sides “back to back”. The idea was efficiency, to have the lightest, easiest to carry or conceal manuscript possible if it ever had to be secreted out of the country or had to be kept secret within the country. But that was not all.
Everything she typed was typed without any capitalization or punctuation. There was no spacing between words, or paragraphs or sentences. Nothing was indented. Everything was in English of course, but it was in an English that virtually no living soul would ever have the patience to read (as she mentioned to her mother, “you will perish trying to read it“). I believe my grandmother took her warning seriously, and never did.
To demonstrate how this works I shall borrow from a paragraph above:
Now imagine trying to read this entire post without paragraphs and with paragraphs written like that. Then recreate nine pages and without any numbers (meaning page numbers) that verify what really is “back to back”. Nobody in America today, or at least very few, are willing to go to the lengths my mother did to make sure that her message and the truth would get through.
There is a lesson here. My only comment at this time is that when I get through with all of her letters then I might try to upload the diary.
So, reading between the lines is easy when you get used to reading lines that are hard. The only question is what to do when the message gets through. The truth always has the potential to change everything. And the truth always comes out in the end, so that means that in the end EVERYTHING will change; you can bet every bank that there ever was or that will be on it. And I do believe you will see.
So do all God’s children really have shoes? Is the Pope really Polish? Does what was once written really hold water now? Is it just a letter we’re reading or is it a diary? What will be said if the pilot stays alive and is allowed to speak up; as if Tibbitts were shot down and was captured and tortured and was tortured about the mission and the death and the destruction that his “success” in life would really mean, really bring?
Every sentence, every chapter, every page of history can always be easily rewritten. Some times history is just copied. Sometimes it is rewritten because of the finding and identification of a new source, or a better source. Keep looking. Keep searching. The truth really is out there and the truth will make even the most downtrodden prisoner eternally free if he or she is not guilty as charged after EVERY affidavit is in. And EVERY affidavit is NOW coming in.
2013.05.06 – 23:10