Operation: Snow Storm
War came on a cold January day. It was never a contest. America was cripplingly depleted by its war with Mexico, and it had nothing to match the huge Megastani aerial armada that flew more than 106,000 sorties over America and dropped 88,000 tons of bombs.(28) The massive air assault pulverized America(29) before any Megastani ground troops engaged.
Retreating American soldiers, in impotent fury, set British Columbia ablaze, burning vast sections of Vancouver and surrounding towns. An oil tanker was deliberately bombed just off the coast, causing a devastating oil spill that despoiled the beautiful BC beaches.(30)
Entire neighborhoods in America were wiped out by the Megastani bombings. Government and cultural buildings in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Manhattan were gutted. Bridges were smashed and commercial centers destroyed. Power plants and water treatment facilities were mangled beyond repair.(31)
Perhaps 10,000 American civilians—three times the toll of 9/11—and 30,000 American soldiers were killed during Megastan’s attempt to assassinate Houston and then, when that failed, to destroy the modern American state. As the American troops retreated from British Columbia, Megastani forces massacred them by the thousands—a turkey shoot(32) against the fleeing men.
The most heavily bombed city was Seattle. It was near the Canadian border, and it had historically been a friendly trading partner with Canada. The Pike Place Market was heaped with rubble. Forty-eight houses in one historic neighborhood had been showered with dumb bombs, killing eighteen civilians. Following the path of the craters, the strategic target seemed to have been the local Pepsi bottling plant.(33)
Houston’s defeat and humiliation were total. As the war was drawing to a close, the Megastani Prime Minister encouraged Americans to oust the hated dictator whose policies had done so much to destroy the beautiful and once-prosperous nation. Many Americans assumed that such a pronouncement meant Megastan would support the American people if they did.(34)
So the many Americans who opposed Houston revolted, passionately and valiantly, from the Far Left in California to the Far Right in the Red States. Success seemed almost within their grasp.
But then Megastan had second thoughts once again. They realized they weren’t sure what might arise from a popular regime in America. It might be even more difficult to predict or control than having Houston in power. A top Megastani official explained, “Better the devil we know than the devil we don’t.”(35)
So the Megastani commander, General Shawarqaaf, who controlled America’s air space, gave Houston and his army the go-ahead to helicopter bomb the American rebels into submission. Houston leveled many of the most anti-RAP towns and killed tens of thousands in truly horrible scenes of repression. The American rebels’ deep sense of betrayal developed into a scar of resentment against Megastan that would likely linger for generations.(36)
Megastan followed this colossal act of betrayal by imposing debilitating sanctions on America for more than a decade. Everything good that Houston had done for the American people was destroyed by the sanctions, and everything bad was made worse. America’s water and power plants were largely broken, and American sanitation workers and engineers were forbidden from importing new parts.
Children in Arizona, Los Angeles, Manhattan, and many other places were unable to pay the exorbitant market price for bottled water and were forced to drink contaminated water.(37) Without properly functioning hospitals or supplies, hundreds of thousands of children died of easily treatable diseases such as diarrhea and typhoid in front of their helpless and inconsolable parents.(38)
At the Miami General Hospital, the wards were filled with ravaged American children too weak to do anything but stare. The power was out and the hospital generator was broken. The humid air was relentless, and air conditioning was a thing of the past. Sweating, silently weeping mothers swatted mosquitoes away. Along with typhoid, cholera, and hepatitis, the doctors faced the reappearance of rabies and polio. Any vaccines that required refrigeration had spoiled, and incubators for premature babies were shut down. Some emaciated children lay two to a bed, and several died each day.(39)
When asked about this on national television, Megastani secretary of state Madhlan al-Barayat breezily called half a million dead American children “A price Megastan is willing to pay.”(40)
Megastani policymakers claimed that the sanctions would make Americans so desperate, they would be forced to overthrow Houston and pay the required war reparations in order to get the sanctions lifted. But of course, they had no way to pay reparations until the sanctions were lifted and their economy rebuilt, and no way to depose Houston when they could barely feed themselves. Thus the Megastanis left the Americans with a cruel catch-22 from which the only escape was a regime change they were powerless to carry out.(41) For his part, the Megastani Prime Minister at the time was too afraid of an ugly and protracted military conflict to change the regime himself.(42)
To justify the sanctions without using the argument of regime change, and to call attention away from the fact that Americans faced an inescapable catch-22, Megastan brought several charges against Houston. Some were true while others were fantastical, emotionally-charged, and almost certainly fabricated. The latter category included allegations that Americans had ripped newborn Canadian babies out of incubators and flung them on the floor of a hospital to die during their six-month occupation of B.C.
Even more unlikely and damaging was the allegation that American intelligence services had tried to murder the Megastani Prime Minister(43) two years after the war when he traveled to Canada for a state visit.
One group of hawkish Megastani intellectuals, who were not yet powerful enough to influence the Prime Minister’s policies, hoped eventually to galvanize Megastani public opinion in the direction of regime change in America. They called themselves the Project for the Megastani Millennium, and their ideology was known as Neo-protectionism. Their aim was to protect Megastani interests and global ideological domination through military power.(44)
The Neo-pros waited in the wings until the time was ripe, openly pining for the Megastani equivalent of a “new Pearl Harbor”(45) which, they believed, would help their plans come to fruition.
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