By Charles Sullivan
11/09/07 "ICH" --- - We are living in extraordinarily dangerous times, when evil, rather than justice, prevails. The schoolyard is terrorized by thugs and punks with names like Bush, Cheney, Limbaugh, Robertson, Clinton, Rockefeller, Rice, Rumsfeld, Perle, Kristol and Giuliani—pedigreed people all.
In an inconspicuous corner of the schoolyard, the good people—and they are legion—keep to themselves, afraid. No one wants to be hurt; and the thugs and punks are dangerous, even criminally insane people. They have terrible weapons and criminal gangs who patrol the schoolyard to intimidate and terrorize, looking for those who talk to others; looking for signs of organization and resistance. The good people have witnessed their maiming and killing countless times. They have every reason to be afraid.
An aberration of nature, the blood of the punks and thugs is not red like ours; it is green, the color of money. They have an insatiable thirst for blood—our blood; the blood of all innocents. Blood money is their currency. Through some kind of strange alchemy, they are able to convert blood into money to own the world.
Every aspect of the schoolyard: the church, the Federal Reserve, the banks, the workplace, the corporation, and the militia are under their control. Not only do the thugs and killers have weapons, they have chemical and nuclear weapons, doomsday machines by the dozen. They have no regard for life, human and non-human alike. They are incapable of rational thought guided by just principles. The world, every inch of it, belongs to them. They are its rightful masters, so they think—holding patents on life’s genetic blueprints; gods among mortal beings, without limitations. They are our all knowing superiors and we are their helpless, foolish children tugging anxiously at their pant legs, vying for attention.
The thugs and punks are aggressive without restraint, and they wear the garments of priests and saints and public service. Their minds are disturbed, their hands stained with the blood of the innocent. Their conscience, if it exists at all, is unstained by guilt or principle. Their decadent, wrinkled bodies are devoid of soul, sustained by the embalming fluid of the walking dead.
Their ancestors were the inventors of chattel slavery; ours were their servants who worked the fields and died in their wars. Their ancestors tormented and eradicated the aboriginal peoples under the flag of religion and manifest destiny—testaments to their stupendous strength and superiority; ours were the vanquished and oppressed.
It was their ancestors who busted the unions of our ancestors, who killed our ancestral kin at Wounded Knee; at Ludlow and the McCormick Reaper Works at Chicago, and thousands of other places like those. It was their ancestors who shot Joe Hill in Utah and lynched Frank Little from a railroad trestle in Butte, Montana.
And it was them who murdered hope and kept fear alive; a fear that stalks and haunts us to this day: a horror that has given the Manitou of Dick Cheney to the present like the kiss of Judas; a specter of endless war and war profiteers that parasitizes the innocent and the just, with the insatiable appetite of maggots that feed on the decaying flesh of the dead.
The thugs and punks are not like us. They know they are superior to us and to everyone; to every being on this planet. We are not of their class, the descendants of wealth and property, with social pedigrees obtained through terror and mayhem. They and their ancestors have always been the terrorists, and we and our ancestors have always been the terrorized.
The present is a manifestation of an unbroken chain of events converging from the distant past. The reign of terror can be ended, must be ended, by breaking the chain and casting its hefty iron links into the sea. The bullies, the punks and thugs terrorize the schoolyard because they were not dealt with in the past. We did not arrive at this important moment in history by chance. Cause and effect brought us here. Those in the present are reaping what was sown by those who came before us, just as the future will be the result of what we do now.
Most of those in the schoolyard, aside from the thugs and punks, are peace loving people. They do not want trouble, so they knuckle under and do what they are told, and the decay continues to spread like a dark plague of pitiless death that blots out the sun. Like ghastly cadavers, the good and the innocent lie in quiet repose, paralyzed by fear and uncertainty, unable or unwilling to act in their own defense.
Because the social disease that leads to injustice and war was never adequately addressed, it persists; it festers and mortifies. Our gangrened limbs blacken, stink, and fall by the wayside in response to festering injustice. The sickening stench that envelops us is the half buried corpses of our ancestors clamoring for truth; screaming not for vengeance, but for justice. We pretend that we do not hear, but a deafening crescendo of the dead is rising all around and within us, too awful, too persistent to be ignored indefinitely; a nightmare that haunts and tortures our sleep, our every waking moment.
The chain must be broken or it will continue to grow and it will beat down our children and our children’s children. It is a frightening and troublesome thought, but it is wholly rational and based upon convincing physical evidence. History has borne ample witness to these events, as we bear witness to them now. It explains both past and present, and it portends an ever worsening future—a nightmare worse than all of those of the past added together; for injustice, like cancer, does not grow linear—like, but like crystals of quartz; it grows exponentially, like atoms unleashed in a nuclear explosion that consumes the world in fire and smoke.
In the end, there is only one way to remove the thugs and punks from our schoolyard. It is to face them down, not alone, which would be suicidal, but in unison, for we outnumber them millions to one. Unity, solidarity and justice are more powerful forces than hate and violence, just as surely as truth is superior to lies, life is preferable to death; and freedom is preferable to imprisonment and servitude. The disparate parts of solidarity already exist in broken disarray at our feet: We have only to bring them together in a continuous chain of ironclad unity.
There are risks involved. Success is not guaranteed. But without just opposition to terror just outcomes are not possible. So we need courage and faith that translates into principled action—and solidarity. It is high time to call the punks and thugs out into the open. Those who are ruled by fear cannot be guided by justice. Justice demands that we have this fight—us against them.
Charles Sullivan is a nature photographer, free-lance writer, and community activist residing in the Ridge and Valley Province of geopolitical West Virginia. He welcomes your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following "comment" is from a military.com forum and kind of sums up, for me, the absurdity of 'Veterans Day.' What comes after, comes after...
“The White House said Bush was going to also use his Veterans Day speech to scold Congress for not sending him a veterans spending bill. But the president finished without any reference to the bill or Congress.”
Yes, he probably got cold and forgot about it, and left EARLY, like he did in the Air National Guard!
Bush said. "And as their commander in chief, I make you this promise: Their sacrifice will not be in vain."
Yes, instead of shutting the VA down altogether he'll only cut the budget by ANOTHER 50% this year!
“Post Commander Clayton Hueske admitted being nervous, …”
Right, inasmuch as, more then 70% of all American’s, INCLUDING most veterans, oppose this war I’m sure the post commander had good reason to be “nervous”! Imagine that!
“The White House said there is no reason why Congress could not have sent the bill to the president by Veterans Day, as he requested, except that lawmakers wanted to attach it to other bills the president has said he would veto.”
Yes, we've seen RECENTLY how well his veto power is working for him! And what other bill's has Congress attached to his funding request, like giving him a time limit to end this mindless war that has cost us nearly 4000 America lives not to mention 600 Billion Dollars, most of which we borrowed from China and NONE of which we'll ever get back! NUTS!
My loyality is to my family, god and then country; exactly in that order! I owe my grand children my loyality not some guy that sits in my white house for 4 or 8 years, that threatens the lives of my grandkids, and their future, and the very foundation of my country! Phooey! To set the stage for my grandkids to be forced to work most of their lives to pay off this war debt and/or have to be conscripted into the military to fight in the middle east for NOTHING, is totally unacceptable! Phooey.
"[America] goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom." -- John Quincy Adams - (1767-1848) 6th US President Source: Speech before the House of Representatives, July 4, 1821; quoted in William Bonner and Pierre Lemieux (Editors), The Idea of America (Les Belles Lettres, 2003)
"War itself requires no special motive but appears to be engrafted on human nature; it passes even for something noble, to which the love of glory impels men quite apart from any selfish urges. Thus among the "American savages", just as much as among those of Europe during the age of chivalry, military valor is held to be of great worth in itself, not only during war (which is natural) but in order that there should be war. Often war is waged only in order to show valor; thus an inner dignity is ascribed to war itself, and even some philosophers have praised it as an ennoblement of humanity, forgetting the pronouncement of the Greek who said, "War is an evil inasmuch as it produces more wicked men than it takes away." So much for the measures nature takes to lead the human race, considered as a class of animals, to her own end." -- Immanuel Kant - (1724-1804) German philosopher Source: Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch, 1795
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.... O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people!" -- Patrick Henry - (1736-1799) US Founding Father
Iraq: Call An Air Strike
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U.S. Aid to Musharraf is Largely Untraceable Cash Transfers
By Spencer Ackerman
A considerable amount of the money the U.S. gives to Pakistan is administered not through U.S. agencies or joint U.S.-Pakistani programs. Instead, the U.S. gives Musharraf's government about $200 million annually and his military $100 million monthly in the form of direct cash transfers.
Why Israel Should Begin Talking With Hamas
By Yvonne Ridley
Hamas is dismissed as a "terrorist group sworn to Israel's destruction" and one that "refuses to recognise Israel and wants to fight not talk". The truth is that Israel is bent on Palestine's destruction.
Democrats Surrender on Torture
Friday was a new low for Democrats, who surrendered the fight they would have won and were morally obligated to make, on torture, and for Lieberman, who attacks Democrats for being too strong, at the exact moment of their weakest of many surrenders.
Waterboarding Republicans vs. Supporting Our Troops
By Stephen Crockett
For those Republicans (or Democrats) who defend waterboarding as something less than torture, I have a proposal. Whenever a Bush Administration official is called before the House or Senate to testify, they should be waterboarded the entire time they are testifying. The technique, according to the Bush Republicans, elicits honest answers and does not amount to torture. According to these Bush Republicans, waterboarding does not cause any lasting damage.
13 Nov 2007 @ 10:33 by : Maybe
you can fix that Military.com link for me, buddy? Some great blogs referenced at that site! (And by the bye, congratulations on your comment over at Judih's poem the other day: artistically and gently put.)
13 Nov 2007 @ 16:44 by : Jazzo!
Hey,bro... Repaired the link. ;)
22 Nov 2007 @ 06:47 by a-d : from one of the links....
Hi Nahida, Sue, Wassup!
( http://www.haloscan.com/comments/tf2777/article18754_htm/ )
Oren Ben -Dor Bursts out of the top of the mountain with a message of importance for the world in his epistomological masterpiece," THUS SPOKE EQUALITY"-WHY ISRAEL HAS NO " RIGHT TO EXIST" AS A JEWISH STATE.
Oren Ben- Dor has it right in preferring to see the flag of Palestine fly over it's ancestral lands with Jews and Arabs living in equality, freedom, and justice, without war.
Historicly speaking , we have the bible to blame, at least the old testament,for the Jewsih belief that Arabs are heathen and Jews are chosen.
Old book, Old reasoning.
It's a brave new world now. The prophets of the bible are all dead, but God is not dead, and neither is Oren Ben-Dor.
Prophecy is new and fresh in every age and likely to nudge along a paradigm shift from time to time. Why not go with the flow?
No disrespect to God, but a little disrespect to the idea of a chosen mish mash of those who call themselves Jews, like me, is a little too much to take with so much hatred and killing going on.
It's tough to put ones finger on when this all started, or how it has played itself out to date, but one thing for sure is that it's coming to a head, and it aint going to be pretty.
It's going to hurt, but only for awhile, and Jews will end up happier than they are now, just wait and see.
Being pressured into being barbaric isn't all it's cracked up to be, really! Just take a breath and see the utter truth in Oren Ben-Dor's words.
Nahida, your the greatest inspiration Palestine ever had.
Not much to add to a perfect work accept that we are looking to Hamas for the truth about their ability to assimilate into a world where Jews and Arabs drink their morning coffee together and smell the flowers on the table with a smile.
jerry gates | 11.20.07 - 8:35 pm | #
Gravatar @jerry gat
and this as well: @cluemein,
You are right.Not all jews are bad people.Just like not all Christians,Muslims,Buddhists,Hindu's etc etc are not bad people.But one thing that sets Jews apart is this.They consider themselves the "chosen" so therfore they do have an air of superiority about them.Many let you know it.
The dangerous zionist fanatics are a minority.But they have a major military force and army that terrorises and butchers innocent palestinians in their country.
Yes,the US government and the israeli government are predominately run and controlled by Zionist.
ex- vet | 11.20.07 - 8:14 pm | #
annn... what did the Good Ol' Yeshua say: ".... Jews who SAY they are Jews, but are NOT"
Already then this was an Issue!... and , besides, we know that "the Children of Israel" today are NOT the "original/real ones"!....
Leaves a lot of wonderful people -born inside a "wrong" Culture/Group-Identity, which is holding a tight throat-grip on them, as its HOSTAGE/SCAPEGOATS!...
"It's going to be ugly soon...very soon... Could it be averted somehow???...
annnn.... here's another link to show what supremacy of a particular "race" ( in this case; the White Supremacy Supporters' thinking/ acting) can do/ have done and will continue till THIS -also- will collapse!.... http://www.bestcyrano.org/THOMASPAINE/?p=452
Heyyy, whaddddzzz with the joke about Sili-Kilimanjaro???.... I didn't get it!
izzzdat 'cause of me( my ignoranze) -or "?".... ; ) heheheh...
22 Nov 2007 @ 08:17 by : Heh, heh...
You are indeed not ignorant! Just having some fun is all. Note the pic of siliman Jaro above? There is a square at the top you know? In any case I missed talking longer with you tonight. Crazy puppies! Howlers!
I guess I'm partly to blame cause I take them out to howl, with me, at the full moon...they are getting quite good at it and snowpaw loves me for it. We have a howling language that only he and I understand. ;)
Since you're in Amerika - ka - ka, now, I'll say happy thanks-giving A-d! I'll send thee some turkey based thought. ;) Down with Veganism! ;)
25 Nov 2007 @ 18:39 by : Vivid
Very vivid imagry by Charles Sullivan.
25 Nov 2007 @ 20:40 by : Always...
good to see your bright face here koravya san. And, of course, you are welcome. Hope you had a great 'turkey day.'
25 Nov 2007 @ 22:36 by a-d : U could have chosen a more
handsome pic!.... WHERE did u find such an ugly one???? Silly Kili!... but he's gorgeous!
Turkey-Day was great! Had a good time at Amy's. Good turkey too! ; )
BTW. do you have a link for the Sullivan article? I would like to send it to some friends! : )
26 Nov 2007 @ 15:25 by : Darn!
Got the article from ICH so I'll have to go back in the archives and dig it up. Patience. Or...copy paste send. ;) Glad you had some bird. Raining here today. Roof leaking. Cold. Just right... ;)
Did send ya the link, A-d. Hope you got it.
28 Nov 2007 @ 07:41 by : well..
i read most of it lol
wow.. talk about metaphor and adjectives