I got the following interesting response to my 9/11 retrospective piece that went up a few days ago and is still on the ZNet top page. The author is a European currently living in NYC:
The writer’s comment about
the “horrible torture of never being heard” reminded me of something Martin
Luther King, Jr. said in a speech he gave in 1967:
There’s more worth reading
in this speech delivered at Ohio Northern University sometime in 1967. It
can be read at:
Every US football game yesterday began with solemn remembrance of the people who died on 9/11 and I suppose there were more than a few references to the now more than 1000 US troops who have died in Iraq. What about the 13,000 plus Iraqis civilians who have died (www.iraqbodycount.net) as a consequence of our misdirected and (sorry) racist response—not to mention the thousands of innocent Afghans who have been killed? They are next-to-invisible - deleted from history - in the Orwellian version of history created by dominant “mainstream” (corporate-state) US media.
In his best-selling book Imperial Hubris, CIA analyst “Anonymous” says that Islamic extremists and indeed much of the Muslim mainstream hates America “for what we do [our imperial foreign policy in the Middle East], not who we are.” But stupid and imperialist is as stupid and imperialist does and maybe an arrogant Empire is what we are or at least what too many of us have quietly, meekly --- shame on us --- let our masters make us become.
Last night’s Chicago 10 O'Clock News on ABC (WLS) I think (the local late night news is generally underestimated by left media critics) featured an extremely smiley and well-tanned middle-aged woman at a local family barbecue who told Chicagoland television viewers that she was more than happy to have given up her dead son on the Iraqi “battlefield” last year because now he’s “part of history,” meaning of course the march of freedom as defined by George W. Bush. No mourning in that household. A handsome smiling anchor man commented on the “great contribution” this young man and the rest of the dead 1000 had made to the human experience.
Meanwhile roughly 1 percent of Iraqis think America invaded to spread democracy. The imperial killing lines are still operating at a rapid pace in Iraq though dominant US media has predictably answered Bush’s wishes by taking THAT inconvenient story off the front page after collaborating with Bush in creating the myth that Iraq has been given back its “sovereignty.”
In some ways, the media masters are the worst criminals of all.
Yes, I imagine a return engagement for the Bush Crusader cabal will invite more attacks but sadly it appears that Kerry’s Middle Eastern policy would provoke much of the same.
King called himself a democratic socialist (and strongly opposed the imperialist war on Vietnam) by the way - something that gets filtered out by the corporate creators of his iconic mainstream image.
Paul Street is a writer and researcher in Chicago, IL. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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