Sunday, September 11, 2011

"I will provoke you by those who are not a people, by a foolish nation I will anger you" (Deuteronomy 32:21)

Chris Hedges, who was there, described in "We Are What We Loathe" how the US response to the 9/11/2001 attacks made Americans become the same kind of people as those who planned and carried out the attacks. No news rhere, but he describes it unusually well, especially the lying that began right away - the 200 or so that jumped to their deaths were scrubbed out of all accounts and video immediately. I hadn't thought of that before:

William Rivers Pitt was good today. Gave me a new understanding of how thethe young kids have been abused by this 10 year pity party, the 10-year-olds and less that have known only the whiny, violent, emotional self-indulgence of the past 10 years; and the "leaders" that have manipulated fear and rage to get elected and make more money, to rob us of our liberties and even the interest in having them:

The disgusting hypocrisy of all this sentimental grieving and whining about the dead gets really clear when you see how the 9/11 first responders are being treated by this nation that supposedly cares so much. It's just like the "Support Our Troops" blather from the same crowd that is very pleased to flatter them while they are there and fighting for nothing, and when they get back have no interest in how they're being ripped off by their rulers who, having squeezed the juice out of them, drop them on the sidewalks and in the mental hospitals - or jam them full of chemical crap and send them on another tour.

Bob Considine, "First Responders' Health Care an Insult to Heroism"

People who live by the sword must be killed by it, but not because someone else kills them. Instead, they die by the sword in their own hands, which goes up into their own hearts as Psalm 37 says. We become arrogant, strutting insolently through the earth and doing abominable things, because recklessness and haughtiness are a great way to hide our fear from ourselves. Relying on the sword we become cowards.

God's judgment is clear in that all this godless hatred, arrogance, and unresolved fear makes us extremely stupid, and so we end up doing stupid and self-destructive things. The US has managed to turn what should have been a routine police matter with the world's sympathy and bin Laden in a perp walk into exactly what bin Laden wanted - for the US to be bled to death in stupid wars by its own hand, revealed to the world as being as vile as he said it was, with himself dignified as a successful strategist against America's imperial designs.

That's pretty stupid, especially when the guy explained his plan - in 2004 when it was well underway and working!

We, alongside the mujahedeen, bled Russia for 10 years until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat . . . We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy . . . All that we have to do is to send two mujahedeen to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written 'Al Qaeda', in order to make generals race there and to cause America to suffer human, economic and political losses without their achieving anything of note other than some benefits for their private corporations.

And those benefits to private corporations are exactly why there's a lot of motivation in our rulers and those who purchase them to keep up this stupidity. Too bad for the country, too bad for you, sucker, but they're making out all right.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

9-11 Again

I'm reminded of Alexandr Solzhenitsyn's observation that sentimentality is the compassion of the cruel, something like that, that he wrote in Gulag Archipelago - even the title a reminder that the US has been busy metastasizing its own Gulag all over the world for some time, but especially since that day 10 years ago.

Now if all the remembrances and memorials of those 3000 dead people had anything clean about it, wouldn't there be some concern about doing away with cruelty and murder generally? Wouldn't there be some interest in remembering other innocent victims - say, the 3000 people murdered in Chorillo by the US Marines in 1989? After all, what was really wrong with all those people being killed in September 2001, if not that innocent people were killed? But I've noticed for 10 years that if there's one thing these remembrances are all about, it's to forget about anybody else's death and torment, especially at the hands of Americans. That's if they ever notice in the first place. And they don't like it too well when I or anyone else draw their attention to these very many dead and tortured people, innocent victims of US imperial power.

One event Americans can't seem to remember, no matter how often reminded, is September 11, 1973. That's the date the US brought to fruition the overthrow of Chile's democratic government and put in power the especially brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, which promptly set out to murder and torture thousands of people with the hearty approval of the American government.

The lesson here for us as individuals is to consider carefully when we want to nurse grievances and take emotional baths in our hurts. It's not about remembering. It's about forgetting. What we want to forget at such times is exactly what we need to remember in order to be sane, generally our own injustice and cruelty.

For a little trip down memory lane.

And another, since we're doing remembrance.Link