Witnessing various reactions on the radio and internet today over the U.S. finally finding and killing Osama bin Laden — though when and how the U.S. knew where he was, not to mention what justification they had to go into Pakistan to get him, are well on their way to becoming the “stuff of legend” (surprizing, I know) — I can’t help but feel concerned over what comes next. Frankly, exactly how his death equals “justice” is beyond me, and is beside my point.
So instead of assigning any relevance towards an event I, not only couldn’t possibly know at this point, but probably will not understand when its implications inevitably come to fruition, I’ll simply urge everyone to read Chris Hedges Speaks on Osama bin Ladenâ€™s Death for some much needed context. In part;
So I was in the Middle East in the days after 9/11. And we had garnered the empathy of not only most of the world, but the Muslim world who were appalled at what had been done in the name of their religion. [But] [w]e responded exactly as these terrorist organizations wanted us to respond. They wanted us to speak the language of violence. […] These groups learned to speak the language we taught them. And our response was to speak in kind. The language of violence, the language of occupation — the occupation of the Middle East, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — has been the best recruiting tool al-Qaida has been handed. […] The tragedy of the Middle East is one where we proved incapable of communicating in any other language than the brute and brutal force of empire…
I think Mr. Herbivore said it quite succinctly on Twitter today, “SO glad that the US and NATO forces have no reason to be killing people in Afghanistan anymore. What a relief that’s over!”
So I got to thinking last night, after reading Medea Benjamin’s and Charles Davis’ article Under Obama, Better to Commit a War Crime Than Expose One, if Obama regrets his decision to run for President? It will be hard to imagine he won’t come to. How on earth could he not?
Everything he’s supposed to believe — given he was a constitutional law professor previous to becoming President and should know a thing or two about his constitution — and does, are two completely different things. Granted, I’m no expert, but I’ve read, seen and heard enough to know his actions are everything but inline with what the American Constitution actually says.
It’s no secret I didn’t expect much from Mr. Obama. I realize there is essentially no difference between Democrats and Republicans. Even prior to Obama assuming office. It’s irresponsible to think otherwise. But even I’m shocked over where the state of American politics has gone in just two years following the election of a man who said so much that was contrary to where the world was headed. Yet, we’re here, regardless of everything he said?
Continue reading A pretty high price to pay
The title of today’s post means “the earth trembles” in Creole. One of Haiti’s two official languages — the other language being French. I’ve chosen that title along with the subject of today’s post as an ever so small gesture of solidarity with the Haitian people. For those unaware, there has to be one or two of you out there, and cares that today marks the one year anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake that merely furthered, but exponentially worsened, the destruction, misery and hardship a bunch of nations, Canada most definitely included, has unleashed on Haiti.
No matter how desperate things may seem and are on the ground in Haiti, I guess the least — as in the very least — I could do is let the world know I’m thinking about them and trying to get others to do the same?
Continue reading TÃ¨ TremblÃ©
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