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Saturday, June 05, 2004 | Losing the War against Humanity
Man's inhumanity to man is neither new nor exclusive to East or West.
Just a few centuries ago, torturing people to death in public was quite common in Western Europe - men, women, children. In fact, it was a popular form of entertainment. People took their children, their elderly parents, down to see it - fun for the whole family.
The practice of arresting, torturing, maiming, or simply killing the family members of those suspected of crimes, or opposing the King was also common. And accepted.
When the Europeans invaded the Americas, their brutality did not abate, despite the fact that many claimed to be fleeing from the same atrocities that they proceeded to gleefully inflict on the residents of what they called the "new world."
Despite language in the US constitution prohibiting the use of "cruel and unusual" punishment, cruel and unusual punishment has steadfastly remained a proud American tradition.
Indeed, the biggest difference in the Western practice of atrocities is that they are no longer done in the public square, but behind closed doors. This is not to be sneezed at; recognition that an act is shameful and wrong is progress, and any progress is better than none.
The cognitive dissonance of a culture that decries people in far-flung lands as "uncivilized" on the basis of their failure to respect "human rights" while its rank and file cheer crimes against humanity committed by its own torturers, sexual predators and assorted psychopaths, as long as the victims meet the requirement of being sufficiently "other," is taking its toll, though probably not noticed by the sufferers.
Americans are subjected to screen after screen of experts who craft elaborate, impassioned, emotional and "logical" arguments in favor of torture, ethnic cleansing, genocide, even the sexual abuse of the children of the "others."
An internet message board the other day echoed an oft-heard sentiment from the amber waves of Amrika's grain: " 'They' are attacking in 2 steps, first bomb, then a second to kill the people who come to help, so the lesson is, we must stop going to the aid of the injured and dying."
The civilization, the enlightenment, the reason, that the west loves to boastfully claim as its own invention, a millennium and change after discovering fire and tool use, and now magnanimously wishes to bestow on ancient lands, as it has spent the last few centuries doing, seems to have undergone little transformation since the days when Wallace bled. The Inquisition, Vlad the Impaler, Wicked King John, Bloody Mary, Leopold of Belgium, atrocities were then, and are now, committed to stuff the bulging coffers of the King. What has changed is that the King is now likely to be called President or Prime Minister, and his court consists of multi-national corporations.
Invocation of spirits national and theological continues to be the modus operandi, time-tested and true, and subjugation of women stands unrivalled as the single most effective method of social control.
Where the Inquisitors preferred hot tongs and the rack, their modern counterparts employ electricity. Beatings and sexual abuse remain largely intact in their classic forms.
In fact, the only thing that has changed is technology: For all he may have wished it, Leopold simply lacked the wherewithal to depopulate Africa. His ideological successors in the New World are making very good progress with it.
Today, thanks to the rapid pace of technological development, the King need not mount his steed and draw sword against the serf who dares draw his own sword to protest the droit du seigneur.
Today, His Imperial Majesty can sit comfortably in his castle, and dispatch a yeoman to flip a switch and destroy the upstart serf's entire family, his entire village. He need not ask, as Leopold might have, who will work the mines? A giant bird of iron stands ready to fly through the night to bring new serfs seized from the next kingdom. There is an endless supply. And should the King wish it, the supply can easily be lessened through other modern marvels. It can be lessened considerably. It can be pared down to the bare essentials, carefully calculated to the man, how many serfs, how many bourgeouis, how many Lords, how many loaves, to result in the maximum profit for the King and his Court.
The war against humanity is for all intents and purposes, lost. The biological process of evolution that saw the first humanoids struggle clumsily upright and totter about on two legs, until they were almost assuredly slain by their fellows as "terrorists," is a slow one, and though in an ideal world, the species might have eventually matured into one in which Sgt. Camilo Mejia, consciencious objector just sentenced to army prison for refusing to return to combat in Iraq, would be a typical specimen, as opposed to a one-in-200,000 anomaly. Sadly, anthropological progress cannot keep up with the remarkable pace of the R & D department of General Dynamics.
Actions like Sep 11 do not happen in a vaccuum.
Long before those hijackers ever stepped foot on the planes the damage
had been done. They were brainwashed with the same type of garbage
propaganda that is spewed from Fatwa's weblog.
Middle Eastern countries are so much more barbaric today and preAmercia than America can ever hope to be...America has only been around 230 years...who did you blame for everything before that Ductape? I am calling a Fatwa on your bullshit!
IMO - terrorist plain and simple. He is an Al queda operative who
should be put in a cage on gitmo Skinner
My favorite..."In Defense of Holocaust Deniers"
I always thought that "The Enemy Within" was just a metaphore for liberalism, that is, until I encountered Ductape Fatwa. He should be in an orange jumpsuit for sure.
peopleforchange.netductape is either a commie, al queda, or a deep cover mole
Tells you something about this asshole doesn't it. He's really serious.
I believe that DF is nothing but a Republican plant...
Ductape is a commie, a terrorist, and he drinks blood too. He drinks
Capitalist blood. He eats unborn babies too
Give me your address and I'll send you $20 and a thank-you note for taking your hatred elsewhere.
A terrorist with a sense of humor!
He ain't nuthin' but shit
inadequate, halfway house bullshit
You are a dumbass. Fuck you and your condescension about us "benighted sheeple." hamletta
Untruthful, damaging bullshit
no better than the neocons and no different than Timothy McVeigh
dailykos.coma turd in the punchbowl...if DF were Joe Hill he probably would have killed himself rather than get put to death.
A compost pile of fecundity
dailykos.comdespicable and literally mentally ill