Growing up, I played a lot of video games, and one particular game was Command and Conquer. My friends and I waged countless skirmashes, and one thing that seemed to hold true is that NOD always wins. 

For those that don’t know, NOD is a faction in the game. There’s two armies to choose from: NOD and GDI. GDI consists of first-world nations with advanced technology and developed economies, where as NOD consits of terrorists that idolize a warlord. With the GDI, you control powerful but expensive units, some of the strongest units in the game, and while NOD has weaker and cheaper units, they’re strength is in numbers, sabotage, stealth, and chemical warfare. 

 If you think this sounds a bit familiar to our current reality, then you’re with me. 

Right now, we’re at war. We are at war. Anone that tells you differently is a fool. We live in reality where people fear that at any moment a bomb could go off, a truck could plow through, or a shooting could happen. This isn’t peace. And it’s telling, very telling that we can guess as to the identity and ideology of the suspect with 90% if not 99% accuracy. 

#NotAll, but that’s shouldn’t have to be said.

 We’re fighting a war against radicals and extremists that have no homeland because of the shit the US had done. They outnumber, they have demonstrated creative ways to circumvent laws and restrictions to kill infidels (that’s non-believers),  and they would be the worst group to have access to chemical and nuclear weapons. 

It’s like NOD, but the real life in the flesh version. And maybe it’s because of the wake of another, yet another terrorist attack, but I feel uncertain about our future, about our opportunity to grow from this. As I parent, I can’t stand it, but what can we do? Give up more privacy? The powers that be already have the magic key to Everything we do. EVERYTHING.

We stand by like piñatas, piñatas filled with guilt and remorse. And like kids hungry for candy, they just beat on us. Well, America fights back. From the Bush wars, to the Obama Drone Wars, to the Mother of all Bombs, we fight with a powerful force, highly trained troops, and carpet bombs, much like the GDI. And much like the GDI, we’re waging an intense battle while an enemy we can’t see slips through our defenses.

NOD always wins… and right now, it’s like we’re fighting for resources and map control while NOD has already snuck into our base with a stealth tank with a nuclear missile on standby. That was the go to strategy in Command and Conquer, because it is sure to work. 

Owner of Dedman Productions, a small production company that focuses on bringing entertainment in both fiction and film.

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