Through much of history the abnormal has been the norm. This is a paradox to which we should attend. Aberrations, so plentiful as to form a terrible normality of their own, descend upon us with frightful consistency.
And so it begins...
I could never do justice to what this man says but I will offer just a few snippets in hopes that you would read his essay.
This country and those considered "the west" have done massive damage around the world for no other reason than the attempt to make others follow the rules we have abandoned.
There were the centuries of heartless slavery in the Americas and elsewhere,
Let us not forget the extermination of some 200,000 Filipinos by the U.S. military at the beginning of the twentieth century, the genocidal massacre of 1.5 million Armenians by the Turks in 1915, and the mass killings of African peoples by the western colonists, including the 63,000 Herero victims in German Southwest Africa in 1904, and the brutalization and enslavement of millions in the Belgian Congo from the late 1880s until emancipation in 1960—followed by years of neocolonial free-market exploitation and repression in what was Mobutu’s Zaire.
I could share the atrocities he points to and possibly should but I hope you would read this in full.Well maybe one more taste.
Today in much of Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East there are “smaller” wars, replete with atrocities of all sorts. Central America, Colombia, Rwanda and other places too numerous to list, suffered the massacres and death-squad exterminations of hundreds of thousands, a constancy of violent horrors. In Mexico a “war on drugs” has taken 70,000 lives with 8,000 missing.
That doesn't scratch the surface and is not the gist of the argument. After laying out the suffereing throughout fomented by those that were and are chasing the gold they see at the end of a false rainbow and trampling those they might see an obstacle he offers this...
Knowing your enemies and what they are capable of doing is the first step toward effective opposition. The world becomes less of a horrific puzzlement. We can only resist these global (and local) perpetrators when we see who they are and what they are doing to us and our sacred environment.
Democratic victories, however small and partial they be, must be embraced. But the people must not be satisfied with tinseled favors offered by smooth leaders. We need to strive in every way possible for the revolutionary unraveling, a revolution of organized consciousness striking at the empire’s heart with the full force of democracy, the kind of irresistible upsurge that seems to come from nowhere while carrying everything before it.
You need to read it. Often you read the phrase "a must read" rarely do I write it but here it is.
A must read...