I have little more to say. I merely repeat, remember always your duty of enmity towards Man and all his ways. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend. And remember also that in fighting against Man, we must not come to resemble him. Even when you have conquered him, do not adopt his vices…And above all, no animal must ever tyrannise over his own kind. Weak or strong, clever or simple, we are all brothers. No animal must ever kill any other animal. All animals are equal.’
-George Orwell (Animal Farm)
It’s been an interesting week in the sweet land of liberty as the national media has been working it’s State Department teleprompters overtime debating whether or not the POTUS and Congress will put aside their differences (translation: shared investment portfolios) long enough to agree to bomb Syria into the pre-Jurassic period. Of course, there’s a perfectly good reason to make it rain on Syria…Bashar al-Assad is a really bad guy who single-handedly delivered sarin gas to the residents of Ghouta in Eastern Damascus. His feat, in fact, did not go unnoticed by local Fedex recruiters who were sincerely impressed by Assad’s ability to absolutely, positively get the packages there overnight. Meanwhile, the political pundits delivered a stern message to the White House, “Show us the evidence or we will ask you again, uh, unless you’d rather we not. Furthermore, we’re on for the White House Correspondents Dinner next year, right?” While the corporate media outlets were deftly steering the conversation toward the question of Did he? or Didn’t he?, it’s the questions that weren’t being asked that matter more. Who supplied Assad’s regime (or the rebels) with the weapons? Why are conventional weapons including drones permissible but sarin is not? Why did the U.S. military get away with using Agent Orange in Vietnam and white phosphorous in Fallujah (Israel used it in Operation Cast Lead against Gaza) and no declaration of war from Western powers has been forthcoming? Why is France (Syria’s former colonizer) so quick to rush to judgement? How the hell is it that there is a sequester (translation: austerity) taking effect yet Congress has enough greenbacks stashed under the mattress to start another bombing campaign? And most importantly in my mind…when did the American government or it’s citizens at large start to give a damn about the Syrian people?
It’s a good thing that Syria doesn’t have any natural resources that the West wants to appropriate (steal) or the multinational corporations would be setting sail on the U.S.S. Niña, U.S.S. Pinta, and the U.S.S. Santa Maria in search of religious tolerance and Native Syrians to partake in a Thanksgiving feast. Now, no one deserves to wake up to a forecast of cloudy with a chance of (seared, fleshy) meatballs but let’s not kid ourselves. Barack Obama doesn’t care about black people…or brown people or elderly people or poor people, for that matter. While America continues to move mountains to preserve the civil rights that their forefathers fought and died for by dumping tea in the harbor before the Battle of Gettysburg, the denizens of the rule of the third world have been spending their siestas sitting around on their lazy, complacent bums sippin’ on guava and juice. It must be nice to take freedom for granted, unlike Americans who are willing to export democracy on the business end of a Hellfire missile wherever truth, justice and the American way are threatened. And because we value due process so much, we’ll even tape a DOJ white paper to it ahead of time. You see, we have learned the hard way that it’s better to fight the enemy over there than over here. When we were forced to deal with the Injuns, Negroes and Japs over here it just resulted in reservations, ghettoes and internment camps. Enough is enough, it’s time that other people’s property values are affected for a change. So, as the lab rats in Greece prepare for more planned misery and secretive back room deals are made that will affect labor and environmental regulations around the globalized block, the U.S. is shocked that more countries don’t want to do the empire’s bidding. Oh well, those wayward souls can always come around in time for the next just war.