Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sweet Song

All one must do is silently listen to the mourning cry and they will hear the most precious song of a caged bird singing softly, gently, from behind the gilded bars of the cage of generational genocide.

My Response to an Email Entitled "The 'Arabs' Are Not Happy"

I was accosted this evening with an email from someone who is close enough to hurt me - and there are not that many people in my life who have retained that luxury. Regardless of my choices, however, there is a commonality that will never allow me to remove this person from my immediate circle. And it is times like this that we must recognize the value of receiving a piece of information that tells more about the sender than the content of the message sent. Still, the content was inflammatory enough for me to respond (below) and my response was volleyed back with a monologue of rhetoric that could only have been equaled by mainstream media.

The email was entitled 'The Arabs Are Not Happy'. I will not re-print it in its entirety, as one need only turn on Fox News to get the gist of what it says. The document was titled 'The Arabs Are Not Happy'. Its premise was that 'the Arabs' are not happy and it is their own fault, the fault of 'their' religion, and the fault of 'their' leadership. And since the 'Arabs' are not happy, they come over to "England, France, USA, Germany, (and other countries) where they can "live comfortably, don't have to be productive, can pray in the streets, and exploit social services', etc.

My response, a bit of a rant, is below. Yes, there are many points I could have made, but didn't. There are perhaps some points I made that were unnecessary. I only hope this person takes the time to read the response. The sickness I felt within the pit of my stomach after this exchange is difficult to describe and it leaves me wondering why it's there. I know this world well enough to understand quite clearly and quite personally its cruelty, its institutional hatred, its nationalistic filter that drives the throngs, waving flags of patriotism, to the consumer trough. But the underlying self-righteousness that rules today's world and the lies that are the wind in its sails, create the type of individuals that support a government that wields the weapon of racism - and the ammunition for that weapon is the very people that support or oppose it. And when the machine that controls that weapon determines the time has come, all that is necessary is to turn the people on one another based on the filters through which they've been fed.

Religion is made to divide. Politics are devised along the same lines, with the same defined goals; divide and conquer. When religious and political idealism take the place of common sense, when propaganda and interpretive prophecy become the rationale utilized to guide the moral compass, when truth is never even sought, let alone identified for what it is as it stands right before our eyes, then we recognize that we can no more replace darkness for light than we can replace light for darkness. People take a stand and there is no reasoning, no reconciling - only a reckoning that unwinds in a time that seems often not to be our own.

What we are called to do now is to not allow our own position to be watered down or influenced by those by whom we are overpowered or outnumbered. This makes me think of the Goldstone Report and how he caved after being isolated and ostracized. And I know the feeling. There are people who have read what I've written in the past few months and have walked away from me. I've drawn inward and reflected on my own statements, essays, and narratives and have returned at all times to my original position; educate and inform yourself from as much a position of objectivity as possible, establish a position, keep an open mind and heart, and yet be resolute and stand firm, hearing the inner voice that transcends propaganda and hyperbole - the inner voice that tells you quite simply that right is right and wrong is wrong - and it's rarely as complex as people try to make it.

Here is my response:

I don’t know who sent you this, but it’s pure Islamaphobic racism.

The idea that anyone lumps ‘Arabs’ into a group is, in and of itself, a racist concept. The idea that one can ignore the stark reality of (true) history that shows that ‘Arabs’, when left to their own existence, have experienced periods of relative peace, especially compared to the warmongering, bloodlusting Anglo Saxon trek across the globe. ‘Arab’
countries have also been subject to probably more colonization (exploitation) projects than any other people on the planet. The first four places mentioned in the list of your email are all included in the fourth (Israel), which incidentally is a country that is nothing more than an illegal occupation on ‘Arab’ land.

‘Arabs’ are not happy because white Christian Europeans, Americans, and Zionist Jews (no, this is not an anti-Semitic term, rather a term that identifies a racist group that literally has a racist apartheid state that is based on a prophetic belief that they are God’s chosen people). Indeed, Palestinians are spread throughout many of the countries in the list as a result of genocidal practices by ‘Israelis’, also known as Zionists, also known as racists and murderers. The only group that has murdered more ‘Arabs’ under the guise of prophecy and religion and simple plain racist nationalistic hatred, always the cover for the ulterior motive of power and profit, is Christian Zionists. Erik Prince, the leader of Blackwater, now called XE and operating under several other names, is a self proclaimed ‘Christian Crusader’. The US claims this is not a ‘holy war’, a claim that is coupled with a claim that these wars on Islam are to spread democracy and that these wars are humanitarian efforts to ‘free’ the people. Indeed, the US ‘freed’ over one million innocent Iraqis by murdering them over the past ten years. This does not include the first Gulf War and the 8 years of sanctions that starved the innocent civilian population.

The ‘Arabs’ are tired of looking around them at their diseased and dying children, as they suffer from generational genocide. They are tired of attempting to stop the burn of white phosphorous as it drips through the flesh of their children, eating bone and anything else until absolutely deprived of oxygen or until the limb is severed from the body. They are tired of waking to bombs that say ‘USA’. No, the ‘Arabs’ are not happy. They are not happy with the US and others paying off the leaches of their own people in efforts to divide and conquer; paying off (and creating) a wealthy elite class that will sell them out to Western powers, who will rule over them and commit their resources to the slave masters in the West.

The ‘Arabs’ are not happy – nor should they be. They tire of neoliberal economic oppression designed to destabilize economies toward the goal of creating slave labor markets, while feeding the ‘middle class’ enough to create ‘developing economies’ (which is, by the way, just another form of slavery, the type of slavery commonly known in the US as consumerism). The ‘Arabs’ are not happy. They run from us to us. Perhaps we should leave them alone, stop murdering them, stop raping their people and their land, and let them work out their own issues. Perhaps we should stop importing weapons and supporting terrorism. Perhaps we should stop committing war crimes against them.

Imagine any of their children as your own. Love that child as you do your own. Dream for him. Hope for him. Cry for him. Weep for him. For he is killed each and every day by drone attacks or by occupying forces. His dreams are dashed. He is starved. His limbs are severed. His future is seen through the lens of “why us, why us ‘Arabs’”.

The fact that we, as Americans, can witness the horrific war crimes that have been committed by our government in our own lifetime, while we live in relative peace with no internal warfare, and still pass judgment on a group of people we term ‘Arabs’, is a sad reality – but it is the reality we live. It only speaks toward our complacent apathetic racist nationalism. We are sold on the lie that if we weren’t trampling innocent people across the globe that they would be here trampling us. It is a lie. Since World War II the US has been on a quest for hegemony. The propaganda that is spewed by mainstream television tightens the shackles of consumer slavery while feeding us the hate we wish to ingest so that we can spew it out against other people.

God help us. God help the ‘Arabs’.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Wrong of Right

After reading through a dialogue wherein pro-zionist rhetoric was regurgitated by elitist Americans (claiming to be 'progressive') who believe everything they're told while at the tourist consumer trough, I engaged in a somewhat defensive rant. It was a 'work' far from 'clean' writing, but it did make an effort to express the awful feeling that I get in the pit of my stomach when I hear yet another complicit apathetic complacent American justify and rationalize the generational genocide of the racist apartheid state, Israel.

I have cleaned up the writing a bit, but much more is yet to be done. Consider it a work in progress and, please feel free to comment, adding to what points have been made and casting light upon those that lay still, yet restless, in the shadows.

To start with, here are a few quotes that provide an appropriate backdrop to the generational genocide committed by Israel over the past sixty-plus years:

1."When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged roaches in a bottle." – Rafael Eitan, former Israeli general, former Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces and later a politician, a Knesset member government minister.
2."One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail." —Rabbi Yaacov Perrin, Feb. 27, 1994
3."We killed them out of a certain naive hubris. Believing with absolute certitude that now, with the White House, the Senate, and much of the American media in our hands, the lives of others do not count as much as our own..." —Ari Shavat. Reproduced in the New York Times, May 27th, 1999.

And a single quote shared by many Jews throughout the world:
1.“I remain faithful to the horrendous suffering of my late parents, yet – the Nazi holocaust has long ceased to be a source of moral or historical enlightenment; it has become a straight out extortion racket; a handful of American Jews have effectively hijacked the Nazi holocaust to blackmail Europe.” The Holocaust Industry, Norman Finklestein


Israel is a murderous racist apartheid state and must be humbled - to the point where it exists as an ancillary portion of Palestine - as the world tears down walls and builds alliances, Israel victimizes Palestinians and Jews alike, creating a torn nation of victims.

Akiva Eldar, Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappe, Norman Finkelstein, and so many, many more Jews that speak out against 'Israel' - and, as Chomsky so accurately paraphrases the official position of the Israeli power-mongers; 'if you speak out against Israel you must be either anti-semitic or a 'self-hating Jew''.

Yes, anything the Palestinians do or have done to seek their own freedom is, in my mind, justified; we can argue all day long over which crime is more horrendous than the next.

Here are some basic humane questions that are deflected by common politically bent idolatrous citizens of the consumer world and questions that are ignored and/or dismissed by all bureaucratic, corporate world politicians:
1.What would you do when someone rapes your wife, your children, beats you, steals your land, and confiscates your property, causing you to live in a refugee (concentration) camp?
2.Who would you be if this were the environment in which you had lived your entire life? How 'just' will you be, if justice is a concept you can grasp beyond the hypocrisy with which you've seen it applied throughout your life?
3.How peaceful will you become after making concessions for sixty years, watching your country shrink and cower beneath an illegal occupation mandated by powers that exert their will by force?

Israel is a rogue state whose time is limited, whose power will ultimately be proven impotent, and who will, if she has her way, drag the US with her into the abyss. Never in history have two nations collaborated more more consistently and more overtly toward the destruction of humanity. FREE PALESTINE.

And this is not rhetorical.

Stop. Think.

Truly have in your mind someone you love, if you know such a person at such a depth - someone for whom you would actually give your life without so much as a fraction of a second thought. Then imagine that person butchered before your eyes, your hands tied defenseless while the cries of the victim are met with laughter, their begging met with rape, beating, and chastisement. If you feel an ounce of rage, if you feel horrified, if you feel so deeply sad that you cannot imagine your life beyond that moment, then you are human. Then you are Palestine.

Now tell me how you would react to someone touting their safety, their 'freedom', their 'choice', their prideful arrogant defense, as they handed the raping murderous butchers more weapons to further denegrate you, your family, your loved ones. If you cannot consider what it would be like to have these people taking your prideful defense from you - if you cannot understand the concept of universalism - that which applies to them applies to me as well - then you stand with the majority of Americans who have no true point of reference other than blatant nationalism, 'patriotism', and bloodlust. The US arms the world and watches it writhe in its warfare.

Hamas, Palestine, and all the regional lands that have been butchered and/or prostituted by Israel SHOULD resist, should not 'compromise', should stand and defend themselves against the systematic genocide that has been inflicted by this Zionist nation that claims its right based on religious prophecy - they should claim their right to their homes, to their freedom, to all that has been not just stolen from them, but that has been taken from them as generations of hope have been spit upon, pissed upon, and raped right before their very eyes. They have been compromised by other nations, other political forces, and by their own leaders who would sell them out to Israel for over sixty years; they have been sold out by everyone, the US, Israel, and THEIR OWN.

A question denied all indigenous peoples of the earth:

What right has anyone else to your resources, your minerals, your labor, your youth - your humanity?!

Unify. Stand, once and for all, and demand the peace that you deserve. Demand, indeed, to settle your own affairs, your own differences, the right to self determination and self defense. And do not for another moment allow some imperialist empire benefit from the bloodlust of division into which you have been cast.

Since the US is so content with providing Israel with BILLIONS of dollars in economic aid in addition to the BILLIONS of dollars in weapons, planes, ships, helicopters, in addition to the MASSIVE diplomatic support, then the least the US could do is level the playing field - it's what the US does in so much of the world - spread out the arms, pit everyone against one another, and capitalize on the instability.

The US should arm Palestine - the GREATER Palestine, which includes the lands that have carried the burden of the refugees and that are the GREATER Palestinian homeland.

If the US didn't make whores of the nations in the region - Egypt, Jordan, Syria - then Israel would not be able to continue its racist apartheid genocidal practices - they would be forced into the position of diplomacy rather than rhetoric, of peace rather than war.

Actually research this issue and you will quickly recognize the disparity between traditional history and reality. Those who have the weapons and the wealth write history. Reality is lived by those who bear the burden.

America, America, if you are ever to be something other than an impotent empire of brute force, you will awaken and demand what is not necessarily your right, but that which has, as a result of the position at which you have arrived by brute force, become your responsibility and your only hope of arriving at a point beyond the impotence of force; a power that could rule the earth with peace, with a force that would be reckoned with only for the betterment of humanity - not as it is, which is a force that lusts for power, that wallows in greed and avarice, and that prostitutes nations and enslaves the poor.

The pendulum on which all things are gauged is swinging evermore, and America is but a complicit society of cattle at the consumer trough, believing it is so much better than others, while it is the detriment, the darkness, of all that is light.

Its people are apathetic, drugged, consumer tourists who believe the world's purpose is to hand over their resources and serve them.

To believe the US supports democracy - moreover to believe that the US and/or Israel is a democracy, is to regurgitate the lies you've been fed through the filters by which you are managed.