Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Taking the Holy Out of War

Uh, guys... got a minute?

I don't mean to bust up a good demonstration. I'm in the mood for one myself. Still, there seems to be a misunderstanding here, and I'd feel negligent if I didn't offer a national confession, infidel though I may be.

While Americans may not really 'get' Islam, your faith isn't the problem. Oh, your current behavior is pretty unnerving when you decide to blow yourself up among the clueless. It isn't a great strategy for getting your message out. It only makes you seem weirder. But as I said, your actual faith isn't the problem.

You see, Americans simply want your stuff. And in this case, your stuff is your natural resources.

It isn't personal, either. Americans want your stuff, no matter what your race, religion, and creed. We want to exploit the tropics, plunder the minerals, make off with the lucre, regardless of its description and location. We want to stake our fortunes on ripping you off by taking your stuff at the absolute bottom dollar.

Here I am describing the Ultimate Americans--the ones with the most money. They're running around buying up all the cocoa beans in order to drive up the price of chocolate. They're making sure that the gas prices are rising again (damn that cartel! they sigh, casting their eyes heavenward). They're racing into other countries and convincing them to buy up our crappier, more obsolete arms and driving them into debt.

It's wrong, wrong, wrong, but it really isn't about Islam. Insulting your faith is a cynical ploy to provide photo-ops like the one above, the better to conceal what the conflict is really about--money.

My dear fellow children of God/Allah/the Light, please understand that you are being manipulated. Nothing creeps out the people who are paying attention like Behead those who insult Islam. The problem is, I'm just not sure who's paying attention. Certainly not your real oppressors. And you do have real oppressors. You've just done a lousy job of identifying them.

Don't blow yourself up among the clueless shoppers who crowd the mall or surround whatever holiday tree. They're lost lambs who are as manipulated as you are. They're being led down the lane of lies by a bunch of jerks from Fox News who would love to wage generations of war, paid for by the sacrifices of you and yours and our good-hearted but less affluent kids who think they're protecting Freedom.


Like you, they're showing up because some spokesman has convinced them it's important. But big boys in the economic stratospheres has deemed you both disposable, simply moving parts in the machines of their making.

So calm down about the insults to Islam. Looking at belief traditions from the outside is a little bit like taking lovemaking out of context. You can't help but think that the strange, the foreign is weird. But we're all pawns in somebody else's game, and unless I'm mistaken, we'd all be better off fighting our real enemies. They're too rich and isolated from the rest of us to do any more than send their personal shoppers to malls. Tune into one of their mouthpieces and listen to their disdain for the 9/11 families or even the vets, who are returning with traumas that we can't dream of in our worst nightmares. Don't expect anything better for yourselves.

It isn't about Islam. It's not even about Israel. It's about the Big Boys and their lust for your Stuff.


Sad but true. I'm not sure where this photo you posted was taken, but I am always suspect of English language signs in photos of Arabic language countries. Big red flag!

In a little ray of hope there is a post about our shining star long term activists handcuffing themselves to the White House gate....
the usual suspects, Cindy Sheehan, Code Pink's Medea Banjamin, and one Daniel Ellsberg.
Bless their souls for keeping this war topic in the spotlight & being willing to go to jail for it.


But back to the "stuff lust" topic you brought up-- I am sooooo sorry to post this info


Looks like the Apple Company may be rotten to the core.
It was from a protest in London. There are lots of English-speaking radicals, including a very effective recruiter who is American-born, the son of a former Yemeni grad student to the US.

The history of American and European involvement in and manipulation of the Middle East is all its residents need in order to be infuriated.

Instead, many young people are manipulated by the insult to Islam stuff.

Our history is sorrier than that.
Thanks Ms Lulu, I get preoccupied with our local religious nuts. You're pointing out common ground across the f'd up world, doesn't mean we'll find it.
Yeah, foreign dudes, just give us your stuff and we won't have to kill you and bomb you n' stuff.
How hard is that to get?

The Americans
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