Like Judas of old, you lie and deceive.
A world war can be won, you want me to believe.
But I see through your eyes and I see through your brain
Like I see through the water that runs down my drain.
Bob Dylan, “Masters of War”
All for freedom and for pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world.
Tears For Fears, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”
Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet Act III, Scene I
Like most stories, what was needed was an inciting incident, a starting point for
the tale that was about to begin. An excuse for action. A reason to issue a call to arms. Something that would necessitate inspirational speeches on the field of battle as the fight began. Something time-tested, past-approved and entirely foolproof.
They needed a scapegoat; that much was certain. They needed a failsafe; that, too, was without question. They required a lie with which to blindfold the public; this was unspoken, yet completely understood. They needed personalized artificial motivation to back up that lie, and they needed it in spades.
Wars had been waged. Invasions had occurred. The reign was in trouble, and
what was needed most of all…was a siege. To prove our nation’s might. To prove we were still top dog, despite the fact that others lorded their connection to the heavens over us. These men of power wanted nothing more than to show the rest of the world that America was not to be trifled with.