When We Do It, Itís OK
Smoking Mirrors Ė December 3, 2007
Switched on CNN for two minutes to see the headline ticker and they were having the headlines update before going to Amanpourís hatchet job on Vladimir Putin; commercial in constant playÖ Putin evil... yack ÖyackÖ yack. What did I see? - Ötiming is everything. Hugo Chavez is claiming that CNN was calling for his assassination based on Ďmistakesí made by CNN in their broadcasting. They actually said that, ďmistakesĒ but no explanation. Iíll just bet whatever it was, was an accident; no way did the alien life forms over at Time Warner send down a memo to make a mistake. I donít know what the mistake was but it must have been one. These kinds of people donít admit to mistakes unless someone has Polaroids and DNA and not then either.
The gangsters in charge donít like Chavez the same way they didnít like Castro. They donít like Ahmanedijad and they didnít like Saddam or Bin Laden; after liking them both a whole lotÖ Now theyíre both goneÖ None of these men are the same as any of these other men except in one respect; they didnít knuckle under for our corporate dime. They didnít play the game. Itís the same as the democracy thing. We donít like it when people donít have democracies. Right now we are spreading it around the globe- our way. Even if you have a democracy we donít like it unless itís done our way, just ask the Palestinians what happened to their democratically elected leaders.
Putin has an 80% favorability rating. Whatís Bushís favorability rating? Putin and Chavez were legally elected; Bush has yet to be legally elected except in Texas. Chavez also has wide support among his people. On and on the news hammers at them, throwing up waves of innuendo and lies. Who controls these airwaves and why donít they like Putin and Chavez? It couldnít be because of Putinís position on Iran and Russiaís new economic ascendance could it? It couldnít be because of Chavezís opposition to US control and exploitation of the southern Americas could it? Cui BonoÖ What were we up to in the Ukraine and Georgia? What are we up to in Columbia as regards Venezuela?
Chavez is asking his people on Sunday if they would like him to be their leader for a longer period. This may sound like democracy in action but itís not, even if it is, because itís not our kind of democracy. BesidesÖ the poor like him and the rich hate him. Now it appears that the referendum has been defeated. The comment from Chavez was that democracy in Venezuela is ďmaturingĒ; positively dictatorial.
In America you have free speech- unless we donít like it. You have the freedom of assembly, as long as itís a mile away behind a chain link fence. You can vote for your president and he will be the president unless we donít like it and then weíll rig the votes and send the decision to our homeboys in the court; if itís closer than we wanted.
Itís a funny thing about how the land of the free has more people in prison than anywhere else. Itís a funny thing how the land of opportunity has more homeless people than anywhere else except in the countries where we are making people homeless while we bring them democracy. Itís a funny thing about how we have so much crime.
We hated Castro. We had people working over time on ways to kill him; poison his cigars and other things. Castro was stirring up trouble all through Latin America and getting in the way of United Fruit, Anaconda, AT&T and Coca Cola and all our democratically protected corporations that had the unalienable right to hire workers for two bananas and a Coke a day. So we had to go down to Central America and other places and kill tens of thousands of poor people so that we could make them safe for democracy. We cooked up a Ďdrugs for armsí cartel and all kinds of neat little solutions for their own good.
I donít see where Castro killed nearly as many people as we did but Iím sure we can tell you that we have proof that he did but you canít see it.
Saudi Arabia is a good friend of ours but they donít have anything like a democracy, which is okay because it is our kind of a democracy. I like how democracy rhymes with hypocrisy. It doesnít rhyme with irony but it does sleep in the same bed.
When youíve got the power you can make anything be anything you want. England practiced brutality on the Irish for hundreds of years and when the IRA came along to resist that then they became terrorists. They objected to the treatment they were getting and that wasnít acceptable. They are still called terrorists todayÖ but not by me.
Then it turned out that a lot of those IRA bombing were done by British intelligence; just like the bombings in Iraq; why they caught a couple of boyz in the hood in Basra, red-handed in the act and the Brits had to send tanks in to get them away from the people whose country they had invaded to protect them from something or other. The British are our friends.
Iím reading The History of Rome by Titus Livius at the moment. I see a lot of parallels and Iím learning again the things I learned a long time ago and that is that nations can get along or not get along depending on what any nation has and what any other nation wants and who is running that country. Leaders can do the right thing or the wrong thing according to who they actually serve.
Weíve killed over a million Iraqis and made another four million homeless. We look the other way when children are murdered in Palestine and the people starved into submission. We slander countries that donít go along with our desire to attack sovereign nations under false pretenses. We threaten and blackmail and twist arms. If someone else were doing this it would be wrong. When we do it, it is okay.
Our friends in England murdered a whole lot of Chinese (of course, thereís plenty of them) so that they could sell them opium. Imagine that. They went into India and a lot of other places to rape and pillage and they made the world understand the meaning of ĎBritish Justiceí. Of course, a few hundred years ago they used to hang nine year old boys for stealing a loaf of bread. They distinguished themselves in Africa and continue to. Whatever they do, its okay when they do it. Australia and Canada are supposed to be sovereign nations so why do they build their governments around the celebration of the English queen? Sometimes it looks like royalty is right where it always was only now its called democracy. And I guess it is a coincidence that Bush is related to the royal family.
You canít piss in my ear and make me think itís rain. You canít make me believe you instead of my lying eyes. I realize itís a fault I have and a problem for those who insist I be otherwise. There are more people like me than one might suspect, given what goes on every day. I donít know when the populations of the world will get a clue. Youíd think they would make the connection between their hardships and the people responsible. Youíd think they would know who was in their corner but they donít. I donít see any more of that news about Chavez this morning. Maybe there wonít be any more mention.
As long as people are determined to put their interests above the interests of their fellows there will always be a waiting line to serve in the Court of the Conqueror Worm. As long as you are with us it will be okay whatever you do. The media will say so and history will record it as so. There are a lot more Oliver Northís at work today than there were before.
Youíre going to have to decide for yourself where you are about the way things are. Every single day you make decisions that are a matter between you and your conscience. The strangest thing is that Ďweí are collectively stronger than Ďtheyí will ever be. As we have seen, a single person can change the dynamics of an entire nation. Nelson Mandela comes to mind as an obvious example. There are others. I often wonder why there are so few. You would think there would be more.
Sometimes I lie in bed and I can hear people crying far away. Itís almost like the music that the wind makes at my window. I can hear laughter too. There isnít anyone close enough to me to make any of these sounds but I can hear them. You have to wonder how people can be so far away from the voice of their own heart when it is so close to them.
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