Monday, May 2, 2011

Fashioning Monsters

In our time, every big (inter)nationally-impactive event (other than straightforward news, like "there's a tsunami warning") surfs on mega-waves of information earnestly presented as truth... And then, usually over the course of 24-48 hours (sometimes less), we begin to hear the rumblings of Reveals, facts from the ground that start percolating up into the light of day (and night in the 24/7 cyclathon that defines our Info-Sharing age).

(Graphic by Robert Perry, Consortium News)
Like worms after a downpour, substantive facts pop up in the cultivated meadow of the Official Story that's reported over and over and over and over again in the mainstream news media ~ which hypnotically shows the same scenes, looping them behind a talking head framed by hyperactive graphical distractions ~ facts that contend with aspects of the Official Story.

Such things are generally reported by independent, investigative journalists who ~ if their sources are really strong and can be corroborated by other credible sources ~ can hang in there with the story and get it some traction on various threads and laces on the web. And if the truth of woven, substantiated facts is just too big to ignore, maybe, just maybe they'll get some play in the MSM news spin-zone, where the disinformation zombies will be unleashed to wreak havoc on the truth in what is usually the best interests of protecting their sponsors (oh, what the heck... I mean corporate overlords).

Yeah, so... Osama Bin Laden is announced dead 66 years to the day that Hitler was announced dead.  That's tidy.  And truth is stranger than fiction.  Unquestionably, both were debased and deserving of their role as a Monster of history.  Other comparisons will be drawn to them.  I'll connect some of my own collected dots, anon...

Just as American industrialist corporate overlords facilitated Hitler's Third Reich (Google Prescott Bush, for example), we propped up the very Islamic terrorists we've been fighting lo these many awful years.  Example: Under our own flag, with our tax dollars and using the presses of the University of Nebraska, Reagan's CIA (oh look, another Bush!) published and distributed heinous handbooks that taught Muslim children how to hate and kill.  We encouraged the very madrassas that were created to incite battle-mongering madness that launched cadres of angry, programmed people into instigating these endless wars that our military-industrial-congressional-financial-media complex just can't seem to quit on...

So... What's the point?  What's the point of dragging up something that possibly savvy and certainly curious patriots have "known" for a long time?  What's the point of asking why 9/11 happened in the first place?  Why was it considered unpatriotic to ask "WHY do they hate us?" in the flag-waving jingoism of those awful days and weeks and months and years after the Towers and Pentagon (and a field in Pennsylvania) were plane-bombed and we were threatened with anthrax and random shootings started happening all around DC? (And just put Building 7 in a corner for now, because that's a whole other field of worms.)

The point is this:  The world needs reconciliation.  A leader like America ~ like a good Big Brother ~ needs to be able to say with sincerity and humility, "I screwed up.  I'm sorry.  I love you.  Please forgive me.  Thank you."  Ho'oponopono, as they call it in Hawaii.

And I believe we have to start with forgiving ourselves.  We need to own up that we fashioned this Frankenbinladenstein just as surely as we pursued him.  We need to say, "I'm sorry I let myself be sucked into the glass teat of psy-ops and propaganda.  I regret that my country participated in poisoning the minds of young boys who learn to fight jihad instead of learning to become engineers, teachers, doctors, environmental scientists, kind husbands and fathers..."

Only in reconciliation can we stand with our heads fully tall, breathing deeply into our truths, taking it upon ourselves as a nation to make amends, to help restore that in which we surely held a strong hand in breaking... and as we do so we also must ask why, why did we do such a thing? I'll posit it's because of our addiction to fossil fuels, to the benefit of the industrialists' and politicians' bank accounts, and to the detriment of our quality of life.  Because we were shocked and awed, hypnotized and dizzy from spin-zones.

Let's break free, wake up, clear our heads, and consider our humble worms of truth. Let's expose them to the light of day, and let them percolate the gardens of our lives, the better to fertilize our common soil for future good growth, for the benefit of all HumanKind.


  1. Source on madrassa funding:

  2. We haven't gotten the AQ Operations master yet. But I hope this indicates we will actually be leaving Afghanistan. I am not comfortable with the celebrations. This should be time for reflection, but I guess it can't be helped. What's sad is this will do more for Obama's image than health care. I have friends killed 9/11. I was in Washington and witnessed the Pentagon strike and came back to deal with the NYC strike, but we have to watch our reactions. By electing Republicans, we destroyed the world economy and that was Bin Laden's biggest triumph. We have to make sure we take things in the right direction and stop making hasty mistakes.

  3. It must've really been Something to be In It, Susan.... And I'm not comfortable with the celebrations either. Apropos, this just in from my friend Tara:
    "I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness : only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that" ~ MLKing Jr.

  4. An excellent, related read just shared by a friend:

  5. Susan, this is beautifully written, you have such a way with words and the flow so naturally. I agree with everything you said and u will borrowing that MLK quote because it mirrors how I feel about this situation.

  6. Hey, Abisola! Thanks, sweetness... And gotta update/clarify the MLK quote as a MOSTLY MLK quote. Turns out the first line isn't properly attributed. But Penn Gillette picked it up, verified most of it, and ran with it earlier this week in his Twitter feed or something like that. BAM! Instant traffic. He's released a statement of regret for not verifying all of it first. ;-)