Blowback is a description given to a later "reaction" to an action.
Many Americans think that the world trade center attack was unprovoked. They are ignorant of the facts in such cases. There is a complicated cause-and-effect scheme that can be traced. This is blowback:
Chalmers Johnson describes the so-called "successful covert operations" of the CIA:The Central Intelligence Agency has an almost unblemished record of screwing up every 'secret' armed intervention it ever undertook. From the overthrow of the Iranian government in 1953 through the rape of Guatemala in 1954, the Bay of Pigs, the failed attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro of Cuba and Patrice Lumumba of the Congo, the Phoenix Program in Vietnam, the 'secret war' in Laos, aid to the Greek Colonels who seized power in 1967, the 1973 killing of President Allende in Chile, and Ronald Reagan's Iran-Contra war against Nicaragua, there is not a single instance in which the Agency's activities did not prove acutely embarrassing to the United States and devastating to the people being 'liberated.' The CIA continues to get away with this bungling primarily because its budget and operations have always been secret and Congress is normally too indifferent to its Constitutional functions to rein in a rogue bureaucracy. Therefore the tale of a purported CIA success story should be of some interest.
The irony is that many of America's enemies were at one time its allies, and many people throughout history we have fought against are using weapons against us that we provided them.
When someone is taught that only through divine intervention can one be moral or saved, this creates a dangerous emotional condition that leads people to do crazy things. When a Christian suggests that the fear of God keeps him from becoming morally corrupt, the thought of his beliefs crumbling can push him over the edge into depravity. There are many examples of this. When supernatural beliefs are the foundation of your mental stability, and the world doesn't always act in harmony with the nature of what you believe, the potential for blowback is always present.
Last updated by Nelson Feb 12, 2009.