As the Christianest nation on the planet heads into the capstone of its yearly religious observances, Easter Sunday, I was wondering to myself, “Self, I wonder if the American military machine gets to take the holiest day of the Christian year off from bombing other, shall we say, non-Christians (Muslims).” Heck, Chick-Fil-A, an outwardly Christian company gives its employees Sundays off to rest, attend church and spend time with their families. Even the Man himself rested on the seventh day, of course he was not fighting hummus eating, jihadist/terrorist/infidels/insurgents constantly. And there was that amendment the NRA lobbied Congress for to add to the Bill of Rights…Thou shalt not killeth unless thou is right. As, the bobble heads in the bought and paid for corporate media act like a bunch of emos with angst when they debate the merits of the Iraq War on its tenth anniversary, more than one million Iraqi citizens are dead and their families are not going to find the stone rolled back and their loved ones eating with the disciples. How much disassociation and compartmentalization will it take to attend Easter services next Sunday while bombs and bullets are taking the life of others across the world on a continuing basis? Maybe we should let an actual Iraqi weigh in on the toll the war has taken on his country and fellow citizens.
Perhaps, our Christian avowing POTUS will lift up his voice to lead us out of the wilderness of death and destruction that our country has wrought nonstop for the last decade, and a bit more covertly before that. It probably wasn’t a good sign, though, when Obama laughed at a protester during his visit to the Middle East this week. Obama espoused the usual rhetoric of “direct negotiations with Israel” and refused to call for the dismantling of illegal settlements on Palestinian lands. Well, I’m sure the indigenous people of North America can give the Palestinians a heads up on how the “direct negotiations with the United States and Canada” worked out for them. At least, here, we let them build casinos so they can have more money for their booze and those really cool turquoise chokers, them being a population that “before European colonization…was relatively naïve to alcohol’s effects.” Obama added further insult to injury when a 25 year-old student activist asked a perfectly legitimate question, “Did you really come here for peace or to give Israel more weapons to kill and destroy the Palestinian people? Did you happen to see the apartheid wall on your way here?” The POTUS’s response was to make fun of the student and paint him as a “heckler” for which he received a standing ovation from the attendees. Yeah, the Palestinian people probably shouldn’t wait too long hoping for the POTUS to bring change to their living conditions.
Meanwhile, Good Friday will not be so good for everyone especially if you are a resident of the island nation of Cyprus. Here, the latest shot fired in the economic warfare being waged by the global ruling class on anything that moves made its effects known. The citizens learned that in order to qualify for a bailout from the Troika in Europe known as the EU/ECB/IMF, they would have to agree to a levy on their personal savings accounts. This is an unprecedented assault on the private property of a sovereign nations’s citizens and is sending waves of shock and awe around Europe where the Age of Austerity© is in full effect. All eyes in America should be on the unfolding events in Greece, Spain, Portugal and now Cyprus to see what is in store for us. Unfortunately, it might distract from waiting for the Kim/Kanye baby to drop or catching the latest episode of Duck Dynasty. In America, it is hard to get people to understand that you can wage war without firing a single shot. The bankers and billionaires declared war on the people a long time ago. The fiscal chasm between a typical CEO’s pay and a minimum wage worker’s is a disgrace for a nation that proclaims to be Christian, while having a hard time holding on to the truth that wage parity is a mythical facet of the American dream rather than a self-evident reality.
This war without end, because its all one big never ending war in the end, against any nation that dares to stand up to the multinational corporations and the bankers who bankroll them like Chavez, Gaddafi and Ahmadinejad have done has produced a decade of unparalleled human misery and suffering. But, at least the stock market has reached record highs and corporations are turning profits again after that pesky 2008 housing meltdown and bank
bailout handout. I guess next Friday will be good for some people but if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably not one of them. In America, the assault on teachers and shutting down of public schools continues while anything that isn’t nailed down is a potential source of profit for the princes of privatization. You would think a country that loves to proselytize their religion as much as America does would be just a little less capitalist not to mention a bit more peaceful. I am working on a more in-depth analysis of how and why Americans continue to love their captors no matter how much abuse they inflict. Until then, I’ll just get my best Sunday suit ready and thank God in my prayers that I’m not black, brown or Muslim while I continue to pray for war without end to, well, end…amen.