Tag: Osama bin Laden

May 13

Prepping for the Resource Wars

by fwoan | Comments Off
Edge of Space via flickr
Edge of Space via flickr

To deny it is to be intellectually dishonest. To not see it is to be part of it. The simple truth is that U.S. society has cultivated a disgusting racism to Arabs and a hypocritical prejudice to Islam. These blights do nothing to protect us, but rather excuses the crimes our government has committed and continues to commit in our names; it provides excuses for our imperialist campaigns; and blinds us to institutional genocide. If a better world is something you seek, you know it cannot be achieved while we are divided amongst ourselves and the real thieves of our era run free.

While I am not given to defend any superstition, the ability for a nation so entrenched in the dogma of Christianity to point a finger at its cousin Islam, should make us all retch. The two faiths are so nearly identical in practice and in blood-lust that to even further illuminate the hypocrisy should be demeaning. But as this century has dawned, so it has been defined in America as an era of hatred and dehumanization for our sisters and brothers of the Middle-East and those adherent to the dominant superstition of the region. As our oil resources dwindle and the seeming inevitability of future resource wars loom over this world, we have been inoculated from compassion for humanity beyond our borders – especially for those who still manage to grasp onto some usable resource(s).

This is a subject I’ve touched on several times but with the recent murder of Osama bin Laden, a seeming increase in anti-Arab and anti-Muslim behavior has come to my attention. Between pilots ludicrously refusing to fly Arab Muslims or Public teachers flinging racist insults at Muslim children. With stories like these and even more accounts of mosques being vandalized with racist slogans and symbols, it’s evident that the lessons we have been prepped with are taking hold. If we should be made to further murder and steal from Arab lands to liberate their oil resources, our culture will gladly turn a blind eye and become entertained with fairy tales about “terrorism” and “jihadists” coming to take our freedom.

I know that my regular audience would not be member to such hatred and that this writing has little hope of reaching those (or even to speak of changing the thoughts of those) who would engage in this, but I still feel compelled to warn you. The only way to stop thieves and murderers is to recognize them. If we are too busy jumping at shadows we’ll never see the real threat.

Farfahinne via flickr
Farfahinne via flickr

Ugh, the news of Osama bin Laden’s death has brought forth a cavalcade of jingoism I have not seen since… possibly the news of Saddam Hussein’s capture. We are a culture of grave dancers, are we not? Nothing like a little death to those who would challenge us to really get us in good spirits. I am really ashamed of my fellow Americans. As Jack Crow says, so many Americans this week have proved they are nothing more than “moral and emotional infants who grave dance over symbolic murders while they cultivate a studied indifference to the homeless, the destitute, the war ravaged and the oppressed.” America, do you not see that you are playing directly into the hands of murderers and psychopaths when you march to their pied piper’s tune? You are marching to the tune of your own ruin and death.
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Oct 26

Afghanistan Is Not The “Good War”

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This just dedicated to all the people that will still argue with me on the merits of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan. People who rage against Iraq but still, for some unexplainable reason, see our presence in Afghanistan as some sort of moral imperative – as some sort of cleansing of the world’s evil. I don’t know why I try to engage in these conversations still. My actions express a belief that I’m going to change their minds but my mind knows better and yet I try. One more time, here we go:
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Watching and Reporting on the GameWhen one takes the time to read liberal blogs a pattern quickly becomes apparent. When one is so entangled in the system of our government it obscures what one is actually cheering for or raging against. The line, ideologically speaking, becomes so blurred that thankfully one is able to determine which people deserve cheering or choking with a simple initial next to their name proudly proclaiming R or D! A member such as Arlen Specter, once a Republican and embodying everything “wrong” with our society, can change his party affiliation and suddenly this baptism allows for the ignoring of his policy beliefs by the liberal masses.
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