Blowback is a military term that refers to unintended consequences that almost always arise in combat situations.
The latest example is the swine flu pandemic. There are strong indications the virus originated at an industrial pig factory. For those unfamiliar with the process, pigs are raised in extremely stressful conditions. They spend their entire lives in cages too small for them to even turn around in in buildings that are literally full of shit and piss. All told, these pig factories are ideal breeding grounds for creation of new viruses.
The only way they can survive is through massive doses of antibiotics to the point where many American rivers now contain noticeable levels of antibiotics with the result that people are ingesting them on a regular basis. This is now resulting in new superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics.
But that’s not the only element of blowback in this situation. The Mexican pig factory suspected of originating the virus is owned by an American company,
Factory farms can produce pork cheaply, because so many of its costs are externalized. They produce the virus, everybody affected pays the costs.
The plague of Somali pirates is another case. For 15 years from 1991 till 2006
But having a country run by Islamists was too much for
The country’s inability to police its waters has also resulted in factory fishing fleets from Asia and
The classic case, of course, is the
It would not be difficult, in addition, to link Osama’s implacable hatred of
From Bin laden down to the man in the street, Arabs have an implacable hatred of
I’ll never forget how Howard Dean was shot down for saying the
Of course, I’ve barely scratched the surface, examples of blowback are rife.