Give Us Your Planes and We'll Give You Our Baskets
I must preface this comment by saying that at the time of my writing this, no one has any idea who the perpetrator of the Boston Marathon bombings is. The author whoever he turns out to be is really irrelevant to the points I am trying to make.
At times like this I am reminded of the furor Malcolm caused when he characterized the Kennedy assassination as a case of "chickens coming home to roost." And the condemnation of Ward Churchill's comment about the "little Eichmanns" the planes attacked and killed on 9/11. So I largely keep my own council on the Boston Marathon bombings.
I mourn the death of any innocent. It's just that I have few tears left for my own poor killed and maimed fellow citizens. I have used up all my tears morning the hundreds of innocent men, women and children Obama has killed with his drones and for the ruination our country has visited upon the earth and its peoples. We are a terrorist nation. Is any Amerikan then worthy to be exempted from the deserved blowback our brutal policies have created all over the world?
Not long ago I wrote,
What few Liberal supporters of Obama understand is that we are now and will forever be (until our hopefully imminent disastrous decline) The Amerikan Empire. That means that whoever serves it, from the lowest army private to the most progressive Senator and every future President, will ultimately be an enemy of peace, justice and democracy. The stronger our empire becomes the more diminished will be our citizens' liberties and rights, as well as the sovereignty and security of the world's people. We are the enemy and whoever is not advocating the demise of Amerika and working toward the destruction of this country is against the survival of not only democracy but the survival of the species on the planet as well.
We have ruined Iraq, radicalized Afghanistan and been the most powerful recruiter for al-Qaeda in the world. How can I seriously condemn when terrorists of whatever stripe gives us just a little payback for the atrocities the Amerikan people have largely, willfully supported worldwide?
Derrick Jensen has said that, in civilization, violence is only permitted to move downward. Let our drones kill and maim hundreds of "lesser people" and barely an eyebrow is raised, even by the most Liberal rights advocate. But just let one of those lesser persons or classes attempt a similar act of violence and there is a promise of swift merciless vengeance upon the perpetrator.
And the well groomed talking heads froth with self-righteous wrath calling for retribution against the cowards (as well they should.) I would just like to see a little more fairness and balance in calling for Obama's head or Bush's head or the head any of our other highly placed terrorists for their own criminal offenses.
In Gillo Pontecorvo's classic "Battle of Algiers," one of the "terrorists" is questioned about his ethics.
"Journalist: Don't you think it's a bit cowardly to use women's baskets and handbags to carry explosive devices that kill so many innocent people?
Ben M'Hidi: And doesn't it seem to you even more cowardly to drop napalm bombs on defenseless villages, so that there are a thousand times more innocent victims? Of course, if we had your airplanes it would be a lot easier for us. Give us your bombers, and you can have our baskets."
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