“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”
For centuries, scholars, philosophers and laypersons from every religious persuasion have contemplated and wrestled with the question of heaven and hell. From Dante to Milton to Lewis, the milieus may change but the siren songs remain the same. While heaven may still be questionable, for citizens from Kiev to Baghdad to Tripoli, the existence of hell is no longer up for debate. The common thread in the narratives of the escalating body counts for each of these countries is the involvement of U.S. and NATO forces in destabilizing political and societal status quos and introducing regime change to unsuspecting populaces. This is a redux of the 1970-1980’s era Latin America where right-wing “opposition” groups, trained by the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas, honed and perfected the signature instruments of torture and destabilization we see today. The past twelve plus years have seen more than a decade of unending wars which can be traced back to a singular event that took place on U.S. soil and gave the justification required to implement full spectrum dominance on the Muslim world from the Middle East to Africa and now Eastern Europe. When the world trade center towers fell in lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001, so did the remaining vestiges of moral and military restraint that lent America any shred of diplomatic credibility on the international stage. The neofascist and Islamic radical forces funded by bankers and billionaires, such as Pierre Omidyar, have been willing and able to swing wide the gates of hell to further the agendas of the Western powers and global elite.
In more Groundhog Day from hell news, there were reports of alleged white phosphor0us bombing by Ukraine’s military in Slavyansk, reminiscent of the use of white phosphorous by the U.S. military in Fallujah and by Israeli military in Operation Cast Lead. In Syria and Iraq, the ascendance of ISIS, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, mirrors the rise of the Ultra Nationalist party, who have been alarmingly referred to as “the Nazis even Hitler was afraid of”, in Ukraine. Without a hint of irony, Western media has described ISIS as too radical even for al-Qaeda. According to independent reporters, “Leading Gulf and Western powers have unleashed forces that behead, slaughter minorities, do daily terrorist attacks, destroy cultural monuments and a host of other barbaric realities.” Meanwhile, this week, in separate interviews with National
Public Puffpiece Radio (NPR), Hillary Clinton magnanimously termed the torture and humiliation of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib “unfortunate violations” and cagily framed the Libyan “intervention” as quid pro quo for NATO’s pledge of allegiance to the U.S. post-9/11. Since the brutal death of Gaddafi on the streets of Sirte, which H. Clinton crowed and cackled over, Libya has descended into violence and societal chaos. One must listen to these interviews to fully absorb the self-delusion and Cheshire Cat-like quality of American politics…”we’re all mad here.” As these seemingly random global events are viewed as interconnected and interrelated, the scope of the struggle comes into focus and it’s not a pretty picture.
Perhaps, the most nauseating aspect of this spectacle is having to listen to the captor-in-chief scold the Iraqi people for not doing more to pull themselves up by their shock-and-awed bootstraps, “But this should be also a wake-up call for the Iraqi government. There has to be a political component to this so that Sunni and Shia who care about building a functioning state that can bring about security and prosperity to all people inside of Iraq come together and work diligently against these extremists.” Here, we have a textbook example of the “blame the victim” mentality that is a hallmark of the captor-captive relationship between oppressor/colonizer and oppressed/colonized. Iraq was systematically dismantled and privatized by the U.S. and it’s coalition of the willing to make a profit off of the wholesale destruction of the country, yet it’s the Iraqi’s fault that “we have not seen the kind of trust and cooperation develop between moderate Sunni and Shia leaders inside of Iraq.” All while conveniently ignoring the fact that the U.S. has been funding and arming not-so-moderate leaders hell-bent on preventing this so called “trust and cooperation” from developing in the first place. Apparently, Bush’s banner aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln should have read “Mission (Would’ve Been) Accomplished (If It Weren’t For Those Lazy, Good-For-Nothing Iraqis)”. Heaven may be real but it sure seems like a hollow victory as long as our neighbors are being consigned to hell on earth. Kind of like donning a flight suit and proclaiming conquest from the deck of an aircraft carrier that’s thousands of miles away from the battlefield.
Peace and solidarity to all readers.