Seattle Times staff columnist Jerry Brewer's latest column begins with a conversation he had with Seattle Seahawks head coach and noted 9/11 truther Pete Carroll over a year ago. Somehow, the conversation veered into Carroll laying out his plan for handling the war in Iraq.
Here's Carroll dropping knowledge:
"OK, let me give you an illustration," Carroll says. "Let's say, after all the stuff that we heard about what was going on in Iraq, we sent 10,000 people to Iraq as peacefully as we could go. And we walked wherever they would let us go, and we just talked to people and listened to what their issues were. And then we tried to figure out the best way we could support them and change things, as opposed to bombing (expletive) thousands of people with shock and awe. It might've taken us longer to influence change, but nobody would've died. And the power that we could've generated by just being willing to listen and see if there was a way we could answer their call and help them, whatever they wanted.
"Not tell them what to do. Not change them. Just help them go where they wanted to go. What if we had done that? How much money would that have cost us? Give me a thousand peace workers that would go over and do that. Just listen and talk. Think of what we could've done, as opposed to killing hundreds of thousands of people or whatever we did. And leave the wrath of what we did."
Carroll is trembling with intensity. His eye contact is so powerful that you can't look away from him.
This plan may seem a little out there to you right now, what with it not even being lunch time yet and the harsh glare of the fluorescent lights making it difficult to think. But if you get really stoned tonight and revisit that passage again, I guarantee you it will be the realest shit you've ever read.