Are You a Terrorist?
PLEASE NOTE: What follows is obviously not directed at my friends at The 99. It is an essay excerpt written for a different place. I wanted my colleagues to see it, because parts of it are inspired by things I've learned here and by links I've followed that were posted here.
Let us Synchronize our Moral Compass
We should be ever mindful of the fact that ISIS are a creation of US imperialist slaughter and mass displacement, along with secular liberal authoritarianism and suppression.
Any US meddling in the region should be opposed wholesale by the genuine left, if it does exist, for the horrors of US imperialism that it is
I am struggling to reconcile the logic of Europeans, Americans, or other foreign entities who heroically opposed the Iraq war with now supporting mass slaughter against sovereign nationals or so-called rebels in Syria, Iraq, or anywhere else in the Middle East. My position is this: Oppose any bombing of Syria or any sovereign region by the US, France, Great Britain, Australia, Russia or any other murderous regime with a squadron of warplanes ready to inflict the terror of aerial bombardment.
Solidarity with those people being terrorized from the skies is the natural position of a truly sentient human being with an undamaged mind.
The attack on the World Trade Center and the Paris Massacre were specifically targeted terrorist attacks in response to specific imperial violence against Middle East people and their assets. These specific occurred as a direct response to the Imperialist ideologies and actions initiated by France and the US that operate in the two locations that were attacked. If you believe that the criminal attacks against the WTC or Paris were attacks against "The West" by the "uber-Islamic ideology," then it is your buy-in to this delusional notion that is actively fostering US imperialist slaughter.
The very idea of a "monolithic West" that is somehow under attack is the ultimate achievement of Anglo-centric media propaganda and brainwashing. It compels you into a psychic crisis, where you lose your moral compass and actively condone atrocities against humanity, which is executed in your name and on your dime. To help neutralize the propaganda effect, study a world map and consider this: Cui bono, while escaping direct blowback?
A word about terrorism: Terrorism is a war tactic that has been used by all "armies" throughout all of recorded history. Terrorism is an attack on civilian (or cultural) targets inside the enemy's territory. The purpose of terrorism is to demoralize a people and turn them against the wars that their armies are waging. It is a popular subject in classical art and is displayed on the walls of museums throughout the world. Remember the ever popular "rape and pillage" and "sack and burn?" That is terrorism. Raping and pillaging was a beloved terrorist activity among US troops during the deadly "surge" against the innocent tribal people of Fallujah — men, women, and children who were unable to "resist" the savage terrorist attack of the Americans.
The United States is both adept and prolific in the use terrorism as a modern military tactic. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were both US terrorist attacks in Japan that were focused entirely on Japanese civilians. No military targets were harmed by the US deployment of nuclear weapons. The firebombing of the city of Dresden in Germany was a US terrorist attack directed specifically at innocent civilian flesh and cultural targets. There is no nation on earth has come close to the masses of humanity that has been slaughtered by modern US terrorist attacks directed at civilians.
If the word "terrorism" gives you a thrill of fear or triggers a judgement of "evil" directed at foreign-others, or if the word "terrorist" elicits any particular emotional rise in your mind, then you are caught in a tsunami of hypocrisy and may be brainwashed beyond all help.
So, I ask you to ask yourself: Is your moral compass calibrated in a sane fashion relative to reality on-the-ground in this cosmos? Or, are you enabling terrorism.
Questions, comments, or concerns?