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Tuesday, May 24, 2005 | World War III and Colonialism the Religion
World War III is a religious conflict, though not in the way you may think.
It is also a war of survival, but again, not in the way you may think.
The first step in understanding WWIII is to acknowledge that it is currently taking place. The easiest way to do this is to make a list of all countries on earth who are not currently engaged in armed conflict, either inside or outside their own borders, either directly or in a "support" capacity.
It is popular with the anti-war fringe to characterize various theatres as "the last colonial war."
Sometimes people will argue: The war in Palestine is the last colonial war, no it's Sudan, that's the last colonial war, no no no, Iraq - OK, Iraq and Afghanistan, it's really one war, and it's the last colonial one.
All are correct. World War III is colonialism's last stand, the death agony of imperialism. They are, as Bush likes to (inaccurately) portray the Resistance, desperate.
They are desperate because they are increasingly outnumbered. 15% and falling of the world's population simply cannot sustain colonial rule, in any guise or under any name, over the other 85%.
Colonialism is basically a fancy name for group greed, and neither can 5% of the world's population maintain control over 95% of the world's resources.
But even with all that, World War III would not be possible without religion.
And even then, what we normally think of as religions, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, etc, while they have certainly done their duty as tools to expedite many wars for many years, for a project as big and important as World War III, only one faith tradition will do: Colonialism itself.
Make no mistake, Colonialism is a faith tradition, one of the oldest and most persistent, it was around before the Divine Right of Kings, and it has insinuated itself like an angry little parasite into just about every religion that succeeded it. It has Resolve.
It has even become the de facto religion for millions in the west who claim no other faith. You can no more convince a colonialist that the world is not the property of the west, specifically the US, than you can convince a Christian that Jesus was not crucified or a Muslim that the Angel Gabriel did not visit Mohammed.
Nor should one attempt to, in my opinion. Faith is, well, faith, and if someone believes that Ganesh will remove obstacles, or St Anthony will help them find lost objects, and they derive comfort from that, it is neither productive nor kind to spend one's time and energy on efforts to disabuse them of those notions.
The only time religious beliefs are a problem is when they run up against someone else's; kind of like the "your freedom to extend your fist stops at my window" construct.
If someone believes that their ethnic group is the one God likes best, for example, until and unless they receive a revelation that God has given them permission to kill the people he likes second best, no one is harmed.
Similarly with colonialism, it is not the belief that the world is US property that is the problem, it is the willingness to attempt to enforce this heaven-manifested destiny here on earth that threatens, ironically, Americans even more than the planet's lesser beings.
A couple of weeks ago, there was an article about "widow cleansing" ceremonies in rural Africa, an ancient custom of obliging widows to engage in intimate relations with their late husband's relatives, and/or, in some cases, the village chiefs. Although today such a practice clearly constitutes a grave risk to life and health, as noted in an interview with such a chief, on the subject of HIV infection, he stated he simply did not believe that.
With a few generations of education, his great-great grandson might believe that, if the people in the world with the money and resources to provide that education did not have other priorities, which they do, so that is a moot point, but my point is that HE, the chief, will not be convinced to change his religious faith merely because someone shows him some charts and graphs in a book, or a microscope slide.
What is killing the widows is not simply a matter of ignorance, but a matter of faith.
The whole world likes to joke about the ignorance of Americans, but the fact is that most Americans' faith in the idea of colonialism is not really based in ignorance. Quite a few of them are aware, for example, that Mesopotamia is an older civilization than that of Europe. Many even know that there were city-states, nations, in the Middle East long before Europeans invaded the Americas.
It is simply their belief that those civilizations were inferior to that cobbled together by the rather, um, late adaptors in the frostier lands.
There are some women in the African village who are trying to convince people to make some adaptations in the widow cleansing custom - maybe instead of sleeping with the brother in law living with AIDS, they could jump over a cow. The important thing is to release the husband's spirit from the wife, after all.
Maybe that is the best tactic for those who feel compelled to try to convert American colonialists from their faith.
Maybe America can be the property of the US, but in a spiritual sense, too precious to be appreciated or manifested outside the pure heart of the believer.
To contaminate the principle with the earthly blood of wars, occupations and interference is blasphemy. posted at
Tuesday, May 17, 2005 | NewsWeek: I have changed my mind. I was wrong.
Initially, I was somewhat indignant. That even the tiniest hint of diversion from White House press briefings on the part of the fawning corporate media would spark such a bizarre sequence of events left me somewhat bewildered, and more annoyed than usual with the American public's willingness to march lockstep to the slaughter without a whimper of protest.
However, on reflection, I have changed my mind. An independent media is not appropriate for the US at this time.
I have come to realize that not only has NewsWeek still not done enough to prove its loyalty to Washington, but every single media outlet has fallen short of the glory as well.
I call on NewsWeek to expand their statement to include complete and categorical retraction of any mention, in the May 9th as well as any previous issues, of any allegation, report, statement from witnesses, interviewees or any source whatsoever, any text that implies that any individual acting on behalf of, and in the pay of, the United States has at any time participated in or condoned any action that could be interpreted as a violation of either the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Convention, the US Constitution, or any other law, statute or treaty to which the US is signatory.
Nor am I singling NewsWeek out. Every single newspaper, radio and TV station and network in the United States should make the same retraction. And with that retraction, a solemn commitment not to repeat the offense.
I call on the Congress to make it a federal crime to publish, in print or on the airwaves, any report that could cast the US and its policies in an unfavorable light.
There is no excuse for this. The US makes available to the press, every single day, a wealth of material that contains all any journalist needs to know about the government's position on any topic.
No other sources are needed.
The last four years have demonstrated this beyond any doubt, and the fact that this practice has been so seldom diverged from does not lessen the gravity of the offense, but it does make it extremely jarring when it does happen.
Any honest news editor will tell you that advertisers do not like to be associated with stories or editorials that oppose or criticize US policy.
Even the wire services have occasionally been caught snooping around closed military zones interviewing residents of towns where US forces have been operating. And their remarks are seldom flattering to Washington. This must stop.
The Michael Jackson trial is now entering a crucial phase. US news media has a perfect opportunity to turn around a disturbing trend. It is long past the time when the cable networks should have gone to live continuous extended coverage of this important event, while they revamp their news segments to include, for one, more stirring march music.
I have also noticed that none of the three major cable channels have a portrait of President Bush on the anchor set.
This sends the wrong message. The subtle flag graphics worked into the icon bars are simply not enough any more. They look almost like the networks were ashamed.
The anchor desk is the place where White House press releases are read, and the flag should be clearly visible at all times, along with the Presidential Portrait, over the heads of the anchors, to remind us all to be careful what we say. posted at
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