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Tuesday, August 10, 2004 | Colonialism Said Prime Suspect in America's Death
As the western pre-eminence of the last few centuries fades into ignominy, unable to survive the death agony of the child of its heart, its raison d'etre, colonialism, its passing is marked, if not mourned, by its would-be survivors.
It is unlikely that the United States will make the cut into that category, coming as it did, somewhat late to the game, and shrugging off the lessons of its elder siblings on the techniques and modalities of doing evil efficiently.
It is not my intention to praise colonialism as practiced by the Europeans, merely to point out that they did a better job of it, much as the cat burglar in your town who has successfully fenced all his items without being apprehended is doing a better job of burgling than the lout who falls down the stairs with your TV in his arms, and is summarily hauled off by the cop on the beat.
The brutality of the Raj in India has been well-documented, discussed and can be recounted to you from the mouths of its survivors, few of whom will be likely to laud it as a great thing, but people during the Raj were able to live some sort of life, roti was made and sold, houses built, water drawn and poured into pots, and it is generally agreed that having a common language in a land of a thousand is probably not a bad idea, even if that language is a primitive mishmash of crude barbarian dialects, and most will point out that the same linguistic event could have been effected without colonizing the entire subcontinent and imposing an unfortunate predilection for putting milk in tea.
The US style of colonization differs from that of Europe primarily in that little actual colonization in the classical sense is done. The Americans simply invade, occupy, pillage and slaughter, without concerning themselves with such things as the life of the population. They are there to reduce that population, not make it dress up in polycotton uniforms and sing America the Beautiful.
Their core motive is no different from that of Europe: the resources of the target nation, however Europe has traditionally preferred a more measured, long-term approach to resource extraction, whereas the American view tends more toward blow it open, grab it, sell it, blow it up again.
Naturally, neither method is sustainable, as Europe has discovered over the last century, there comes a point beyond which it is just not profitable to continue the project, and one by one, European colonies have been abandoned by pouting, disgruntled Burden Bearers, leaving behind little deposits of varying nastiness, like a spoiled child, who told that he cannot keep the neighbor boy's toys for himself, breaks them before skulking angrily back to his own backyard.
Partition is one of the most obvious and still copiously bleeding examples of this.
With Europe increasingly out of the colonization business, the United States became quite giddy at the prospect of all that lay before it, and undertook a process of empire that makes ancient Rome look like an underachiever.
So dizzy with greed, it took no notice of the changing landscape, and marches on, burning and looting as if there were no tomorrow, as if their goal, their Grail, were to insure that there is not, marching on unawares through the Valley of the Shadow of Diminishing Returns.
Two schoolboys: one looks at the calendar, and his grades, and remembers why he is at school, and albeit reluctantly, begrudgingly, begins allotting part of his day to study. The other ignores the calendar, insists he is at school for the purpose of playing pranks on the other boys, stealing cakes from the kitchen, and generally doing whatever gratifies his whim of the moment.
While many nations in Europe have come to take nationhood a bit seriously, and set about the business of governance according to the philosophy that the population should benefit therefrom, the US has moved increasingly farther from that ideal, so that the United States today is little more than a network of merchants, pirates and warlords, whose calculations are more likely to reflect those of Kim Jung Il, who a few years ago, answering an interviewer's question about his concern over starvation, replied that he only needed 30% of his population in order to defend himself, and losing the other 70% would not be such a big problem.
Europe is in fact, so disinclined to re-enter the colonization game as more than a symbolic tag-along, that some Washington pontificators have begun to murmur their uncertainty that they can even be bribed with a generous slice of America's steaming oilpie.
For a cabal who is finalizing the GO stage of a Gaza-style lockdown of a swath of the planet from the Mediterranean to the far side of the Russian steppes, not to mention Latin America, this is discouraging news.
For the population held in the thrall and in the marked territory of such a cabal, now synonymous with rape, torture, slaughter of innocents, wanton destruction and piratical thuggery, it is even worse news.
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