Instead of getting life without parole in one of those white isolation cells in the toughest of jails for aiding and abetting terrorism, he is feted the world over and is America’s third-richest man, after Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Step forward, Jeff Bezos, third-richest with 87 billion big ones but numero uno when it comes to physical ugliness. I will get to ugly Jeff in a moment, but first I have to declare an interest: My Greek heritage has played a role in my selection because the ancient ones believed an ugly countenance came from within and portrayed an ugly soul.
Now back to why this monster belongs in jail. Like his counterpart, Facebook’s Zuckerberg, Bezos puts profits ahead of lives. Both men refuse controls that impede terrorists’ bomb-making and information-exchanging abilities.
I write this a few days after a bomb partly went off in a London train, planted by a Muhammad type: 18 years old and from Iraq. Although unable to speak English, he knew enough to follow the instructions on Amazon. The online retail giant was found to group key bomb components under the “frequently bought together” tab. Yes, I know it sounds unbelievable, but it gets worse: When buying a certain chemical on Amazon, the ingredients to make black powder are offered. As well as ball bearings. Ignition systems and remote detonators are also available on the Amazon website.
So what do you think, dear Takimag reader? Would I be aiding and abetting the killing of this greedy pig—and my deepest apologies to our porcine friends—Bezos if I encouraged some gentle soul to build a bomb via the Amazon website and plant it up Jeff’s rather unattractive backside? Knowing the government’s abhorrence of true conservatives, I’d end up where Bezos belongs quicker than you can say “Zuckerberg.” Yet the owner of The Washington Post can flaunt his lefty credentials while aiding and abetting terrorism and the U.S. government can’t do anything about it. Any online onanist can go to the Amazon website, follow instructions, build a bomb, and blow good people away at will, yet Bezos is walking around free. Schomeshing very wrong here, as a drunken editor once said.
Theresa May, the British prime minister, has called on Facebook and Amazon to do more to keep terrorists from using their sites to plan attacks and fuel extremism. It’s like whistling “Ave Maria” in a whorehouse—useless and an insult to those who have died from terrorism. People like Bezos and Zuckerberg wouldn’t care if the Almighty came down and asked them in person. Money is their god, and nothing else matters.
Silicon Valley pretends that it is in business to make the world a better place. That’s on a par with “Bernie Madoff meant well.” So why are these giant companies that aid and abet terrorism and are recklessly irresponsible not subjected to the full force of the law? That’s an easy one to answer: money. They’ve got plenty, and the politicians want some of it. It’s the same thing all over again. Why are the Saudis allowed to fund terrorism through their mosques while the palookas in Washington do nothing about it? Money—what else? Why is a man like Richard Spencer pilloried by everyone, including National Review, after he declared he was proud to be white, but his equivalent on the left appears regularly on Charlie Rose? The latter is well funded, the former is not.
Advertising makes up 98 percent of Facebook’s sales. If the great American and European public took the time to warn the advertisers that they would stay far away from their products unless Amazon and Facebook stopped playing ball with terrorists, these two lookers would change course quicker than you can say “Shylock.” Advertisers are the answer, as well as major banks and the government. Mind you, wouldn’t the world be a far better place if neither Bezos nor Zuckerberg had been conceived by the lepers who conceived them? Retail shops would definitely have been better off, and some people would even still be reading books. Personally, I have never used Amazon; I use bookshops, and wouldn’t know how to use Facebook if my life depended on it. In this I count myself lucky. The idea that I would be contributing to these two scumbags’ fortunes would surely make me follow instructions on bomb making on Amazon, and we all know how that would end: with the poor little Greek boy in prison, but a great hero at last. For any potential saviors of humanity who are planning to follow Amazon instructions on bomb making, you have been warned.