bush has played right into binLaden's hand. Since his bombing began, the black front over North America is deeper and more depressing than ever. That affects human -- also known as "consumer" -- behaviour. And as a result, it is likely to cost the economy big-time.Last weekend, the bombing initiated a huge escalation of insecurity for North Americans. This is a body experience. It takes personal energy to process. And it doesn't matter whether you're waving the American flag or holding your heart in sadness, as I am. Fear is energy-draining. It is zapping us in ways we aren't fully conscious of.
Yes, the bombs are far away. And our comforts are still rich beyond the typical Afghani's dreams. But fear is invasive. Uncertainty has penetrated into the personal core of life. If you aren't anxious about what hardships may be coming as you make daily decisions, it's because you're working at it.
Before last week Bush had a claim to the moral high ground. Buy it if you will. Unfortunately, by behaving like a terrorist himself, he has blown his ethical capital. So his alliance is now fated to fly into a million pieces.
The result is new levels of uncertainty for non-combatants everywhere. We are all bystanders in an unimaginable drama spiralling out of control. That is scary and tiring, regardless of one's point of view. Which is why it undermines "consumer confidence," the engine that fuels our economic life.
On the other hand, they -- al Qaeda and friends -- have anger. Anger is far more energizing than fear. Of course, fear is a fixture of life in many parts of the Middle East, whether by way of war, repression or debilitating economic conditions. But it has had generations to harden into motivating anger.
Bush's deficit of emotional intelligence is likely to bite the empire in the ass. By escalating insecurity here, his bombing binge has blasted new holes in the world economy while adding fuel to all the fury stirring the hearts of his enemies.