Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:27 CDT
© Massoud Hossaini
Aftermath of a shrine bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan that killed sixty-three people. The bomb was a direct result of the illegal US occupation of that country.
Every night as I lay my head down to sleep, I think of all those who do not have the luxury of doing so. Those sleepy folks in so many faraway places who can’t afford to close their eyes because they have to keep a vigilant watch over their families, homes, streets and neighborhoods. People who are constantly kept on a razor’s edge of anxiety and fear. People very directly being oppressed, occupied and attacked, living a nightmare reality most here in the West cannot even fathom.
And I know these people can’t afford to close their eyes because of the actions of psychopaths in power in governments that allegedly represent whole populations of people. They cannot get a decent restful night’s sleep because they don’t know if their eyes – or the eyes of their children, their parents, etc…will open tomorrow.
They can’t afford to shut their eyelids because soldiers are stalking their streets and invading their homes on a daily basis and yanking them out into the darkness. Americans mostly have no clue about so many of the things and peoples they claim to ‘hate’ because they mostly just adopt the attitudes and opinions of those who feed them propaganda and opinion parading as fact and truth. For a people who mostly have not a clue about the reality of the situation with respect to current events, past events, Middle East events, or events pretty much anywhere you can stick a pin on a map, Americans sure do seem to bitch and moan a lot about ‘events’ and ‘foreigners’ and ‘Islamic terrorists’ and ‘Muslims’.
Much bitching can be heard coming from the West, but where is any real awareness of the gravity of the overall world situation from the mass majority? One doesn’t have to work very hard to discover that more often than not, there is also practically zero curiosity from ‘Joe Q. Public’ to know the details of what’s happening.
Nobody wants to know because it’s easier to ignore the murder when one pretends the murder isn’t happening. Or,if they know, they justify it by parroting back the spoon-fed propaganda so liberally dished out via the mainstream media.
Americans are apparently quite proficient at regurgitating the repetitive messages of psychopaths. You can see this on any given day on any social networking site.
People spitting hatred for people they know nothing about, have no inherent curiosity to know anything about, or will likely ever meet face to face.
The media decides what the masses will think about you, or you, or you or him or her or them. Today it’s Muslims, but who knows, perhaps tomorrow it will be the Italians we’ll be told to hate, or maybe the Episcopalians. One patsy group is just as fair game as another in these dangerous times, and I doubt the psychopaths will lose any sleep over any of it. A patsy is a patsy. Americans never learned the important lessons from the JFK assassination. The drumbeat of death beats on and the wrong groups of people are being made into icons of terror and punished for crimes they never committed.
People are being killed by the dozen just because they exist.
And every night, I’m painfully aware of the gravity of this situation, and of how the continued silence of my own ‘countrymen’ helps to keep occupation alive, the oppression, genocide, apartheid – the terror – ongoing.
And I bow my head in shame and frustration, anger and sadness because so few people care that there are innocent human beings being profiled, labeled, targeted and terrorized. There are so many children being emotionally and psychologically devastated, severely traumatized, so many being killed for no other reason than that they exist and can be easily killed because the U.S. government can provide the weapons of death and the monies to keep the Death Machine rolling and the body counts high.
And this makes me ashamed to even be called an American.
Blah, blah, blah, we’re supposed to be BETTER than this.
Yet, how the hell can this be so when we keep feeding this beast through silence, apathy and the ever-flowing almighty tax dollars funneled to parasitic, terrorist welfare states like ‘Israel’ and the mass majority of Americans are STILL supporting the political psychopaths orchestrating and perpetrating all the murder and indiscriminate airstrikes on very real human beings so far away.
Why is it we in the West deserve to sleep undisturbed through the night, while somewhere beyond our earshot, out of view, our bombs explode, bursting in air across the same skies we share with those under fire, those who are being ‘liberated’ through death. Where do we get off denying something as basic as sleep, or water, or medicine, or food, or freedom of movement – to others? We’re complicit in human rights violations if we support the psychopaths imposing the inhumane sanctions and implementing psychopathic directives.
Palestinians bury their children that were murdered by Israeli ‘Defence’ forces
Who the hell do we think we are?
How can you sleep when people are being picked off systematically because your government sanctions mass murder of innocent civilians and, smiling for the cameras, carries through with mass murder – day after day, month after month, year after year – with U.S. tax dollars and with the blessing of your complicit silence?