The dark night rises

(Photo credit: Wasfi Akab)

(Photo credit: Wasfi Akab)

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

 -Victor Hugo

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.

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(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

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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.

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26 Responses to The dark night rises

  1. cthebean says:

    I admire your ability to darkly analyze and express lucidly as I swim in such sadness and outrage for what the Iraqi people are enduring.

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    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      I am sad and outraged along with you. The ongoing traumatization of the Iraqi people are shameful acts of moral cowardice. The U.S. and COTW instigated this horror show and should be the ones to put a stop to it. Now, please excuse me while I start holding my breath waiting for this to happen.

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  2. tubularsock says:

    “. . . pull themselves up by their shock-and-awed bootstraps . . .” Tubularsock just loves this!

    Excellent post. It may be getting warmer from those hellish reasons you have given. Another part of the global warming experience.

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    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      You have a gift for connecting the dots, Tubular. Seriously. It sure as heck ain’t the birds and bees causing global warming. The correlation to global warming and the hell on earth conditions we are creating through cutthroat capitalism that bankroll these wars of opportunity are undeniable. The only way to sustain the obscene levels of wealth that the elite have accumulated is through the continual subjugation of land, labor and natural resources.

      An interesting tidbit from one of the articles I linked to: “Washington has only itself and its collaborators in the anti-Assad crusade to blame for such an outcome. As ISIS captures more cities and territory in Iraq, it is also capturing stockpiles of weapons and military equipment that America supplied to the post-Saddam government – weapons and equipment that will enable further gains by ISIS fighters.”
      (Source: http://original.antiwar.com/?p=2012317234)

      FYI…my first grade students this year barely tied their bootstraps much less pulled themselves up by them. I’m sure that was on my annual evaluation somewhere.

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  3. skulzstudios says:

    Perhaps we should all offer up a wildly ringing round of applause to George W. Bush and his very special lapdog the ex Prime Minister Tony Blair. For giving our world one stinging if not obscene powerpoint presentation on the utter arrogance and war criminal nature of US/UK hubris. LOOK AT IT BOYS- see what you have wrought…

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    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      Bush/Blair know exactly what they have wrought and are proud of it. Both have embarked on highly lucrative speaking and book tours. In the amoral universe of corporate-capitalism, they enriched the bottom lines for their “stakeholders” and earned an impressive return on investment. In other words, mission accomplished.

      In the universe you and I inhabit, donzo, they would be in chains in the Hague facing a war crimes tribunal. As soon as I’m done holding my breath (see above comments), I’ll start holding my breath again waiting for this to happen, too.

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  4. HI Jeff, I remember Philip Zimbardo speaking about the blame of the victims when it is the rotten system which is at fault. At the same time, I’ve been thinking about constructions of morality, and how these are sometimes imposed upon children in humiliating (and sometimes brutal) ways. We teach children terribly, and we do it in the name of training them to ‘be good’. In effect, we teach children that anybody who is bad deserves to be treated with contempt, without any right to dignity, or is terrible to begin with. Is it any wonder that children grow up (if they don’t reflect on this or question the system) to defend social definitions of morality, and with enough rage within to feel like killing ‘the enemy’?

    I’m beginning to wonder whether changing humanity’s behaviour towards the most vulnerable of us all would actually help in the deepest of ways to create a far more compassionate world?

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    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      These are really good points you’ve made. In America, there is an ongoing war on children who are the most vulnerable casualties of the elite’s war on the poor, drug users, homeless, mentally ill, and pretty much anyone who isn’t a “productive member of society” (translation: actively enriching the corporate-capitalists). We, as a society, teach children from an early age to hate their authentic selves and adopt the colonized mindset. Thus, we end up with children who one day become adults who are psychologically stunted and incapable of empathy and compassion for others.

      “I’m beginning to wonder whether changing humanity’s behaviour towards the most vulnerable of us all would actually help in the deepest of ways to create a far more compassionate world?”… this is a great question and an approach that I think would go a long way if the most vulnerable were given the rights, protections and dignities they deserve. Your comments always make me think a little harder and a little deeper about the topic at hand. Thank you for that, Nicci.

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  5. carolahand says:

    Another compelling post, Jeff. We may all share the same fate as Iraq, Ukraine, Palestine, Libya, etc., if the powers that be have their way: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/13/1306734/-Guardian-Pentagon-Preparing-For-Mass-Civil-Breakdown-DoD-Report-Activists-Are-Social-Contagions?

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    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      It is naive for the public to think that the Homeland Security apparatus hasn’t been constructed to secure the homeland. I came across an article recently which stated that local law enforcement and any agencies tangentially related to DHS interests have been getting choice hand me downs from the military to increase their paramilitary capabilities:

      http://nyti.ms/1pZ4WS4

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      • carolahand says:

        Fascinating article, Jeff, and interesting that it was published by the New York Times — a blatant scare tactic to keep the populace in line? What is scary is knowing that merely having weapons means they will be used because it’s easier to shoot than it is to resolve conflict through diplomacy human-to-human.

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      • Jeff Nguyen says:

        It’s pretty much a given that if it runs in the NY Times then it’s something the elite want us to hear. As the article you referenced talks about, the ruling class are constantly calibrating the public’s responses to and tolerances of state repression. It’s the boiling frogs approach by turning up the heat incrementally lest we awaken to our true condition. We’re all in this pot of boiling water together.

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  6. State terrorism at its finest.

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  7. Digital Empire says:

    Gonna have to agree with this. And also, thanks for the info.

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  8. Jeff, my perpetual quest to understand the madness–not just the US leadership sort of insanity that you so eloquently bring to the forefront, but of man[un]kind’s madness in general–has recently brought me to researching our genome for clues.

    You probably know that our DNA determines our characteristics, but did you know that only 3% of DNA is active, the rest is switched off, or as some scientist say is junk DNA, but I’m going with the on/off theory. Like a dip switch you might say; ha that’s funny.

    Anyway, within our DNA is a dominate vile ugly mean gene, no argument there, the evidence is overwhelming. But, genome can morph and / or evolve. How long that change takes can vary, from eons to nearly instant, due to viruses, bacteria, space bacteria falling to earth, and other such anomalies, and perhaps, to a degree, we can will it so.

    My theory then is that some of us, present company included, have or have had these parts of our DNA “switched on” enabling sympathy and compassion and giving us this uncanny ability to see through the bullshit and criminality of man[un]kind.

    And so while we seek to enlighten and share what we know and learn, we’re only going to reach those who have it in their DNA, in the ready-on position. Unfortunately, that’s not many. None in Washington, for sure.

    But, that’s just my theory.

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    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      This is an interesting theory and one I haven’t come across before, Peter. To be honest, it’s as good an explanation as any for why our so-called “leaders” take the courses of action that they do. The only caution I would have with relying solely on genetics for explanation of human behavior is that it might be a slippery slope as the accumulation of biological data, in the wrong hands, could be used against us, e.g., the eugenics movement.

      However, all technological and scientific advances have their ups and downsides depending on who is wielding the tools at hand. We shouldn’t stop using computers (I think) just because the state can use it to track us. It would be fascinating to explore this theory further and see where the trail leads. I always enjoy the discussions that take place here which often lead in unexpected directions. Thanks for sharing this information.

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  9. mechasketch says:

    Thank you for the pingback, glad to know my writing can be of use to people :)

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  10. For far too many in this world today, it seems there never will be a sunrise.

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