Friday, November 11, 2005

United(Terrorist(State of America

United (Terrorist)States of America

Published: Friday, November 11, 2005
Bylined to: Oscar Heck

The United (terrorist) States of America: One brush suits all citizens? commentarist Oscar Heck writes: There's something seriously wrong with this human race … and most particularly with the so-called "western" world. Recent events in France and Jordan provide additional evidence as to the realities which are striking us flat in the face … yet, realities which we "westerners" often seem to be completely blind to … no matter how hard the blows.

What do I mean?

I mean, for example, that the US government has announced that they will provide all the "help" necessary to "hunt down" the "terrorists" who committed the "barbaric" bombings … killing many innocent people in the process … in Amman, Jordan, a few days ago.

At first sight, the statement might sound honourable, even heroic on the part of the US government. It may sound "American" and "civilized" or "empathic" or even "humane" and "caring" … but it isn't. I will explain.

First of all, the increase in "terrorism" (as it is called by most of us "westerners") is a direct result of generations of US military intervention abroad … and has little to do with 911, as it is called my most of us "westerners."

(By the way, isn't it a coincidence that September 11 is the same as 911 and that 911 is the same as "emergency?" Isn't it curious? Doesn't anyone wonder about this? Did some radical Arab-speaking Muslim extremist living in a hut in the highlands of Afghanistan or Pakistan suddenly come up with the "brilliant idea" to set the "attack" date such that it coincides with "an emergency" a-la-USA ... in other words, a date that is easily remembered due to our common use of the term 911? It sounds more like Hollywood to me … and where are the culprits, the evidence, the "investigation" results?)

Secondly, the increase in "terrorism" will accelerate in the next months … and there is one basic, very basic reason for this. We "westerners" have short-term vision … we think in terms of our individual selves, our own individual lives, our own individual retirement … we think in the short-term. Rarely, if ever, do we think in terms of more than one generation. Based on Bedouin tradition (not to be confused with Islamic tradition) all innocent family members assassinated or maimed by the US military and their allies must be avenged … and this will take generations to achieve … and it will be achieved because, as most tribal units, Bedouin tradition is based on the long-term, several generations worth. Unless we have lived and worked with Native Indians or other nomadic tribes, the vast majority of (us) "westerners" have an impossible time understanding such long-term vision … and this is our inherent (and perhaps genetic) weakness.

Therefore, no matter what "help" the US offers in efforts to "hunt down" the "terrorists" who bombed the three hotels in Jordan, the only consequence will be an ever-escalating number of "terrorist" (revenge) attacks against any "western" installation, against any "westerner" or co-collaborator and in any country and at any time. No matter how one looks at it, the US government and all its allies are sinking their own people into a deeper and deeper pit of their own making. It is a vicious circle which we "westerners" appear to have no understanding of.

Now, let me present another perspective…

As we have recently witnessed in France, the poor, the oppressed, the excluded and the abused are increasingly rising up against our "western" society … a society which has segregated a substantial portion of its own population, often through neglect, dis-concern and racism. This happened in the USA during the 1950s and 1960s when the Blacks rose up against the racism and segregation which openly permeated US society. This happened in South Africa, this happened in many countries … and I predict that this type of event will be on an increase in the next several months and years … and that it will eventually escalate to become a world-wide phenomenon … to avenge the abuses which "western" society has been inflicting on the rest of humanity for the last several hundred years.

The above scenario is understandable … oppression eventually leads to rebellion.

However, here is where the glitch happens … and I believe that we should all keep this in mind. Have you ever heard of a country where the minority wealthy rebel against the government?

Where the minority wealthy feel the need to protest?

Where the minority elite, malcontent, march the streets against their own government?

Why would the wealthy, who have almost everything and who have access to almost everything, march against a government? Compare this to what is going on in France at the moment or what happened in the USA with the Blacks. Does this scenario (the wealthy protesting) make sense?

It makes sense for the poor to protest against injustice but it makes little or no sense for the wealthy to protest against what they might call "injustice." Since when are the wealthy oppressed or acted upon with same injustice which is often imposed on the poor? It makes no sense for the wealthy to protest against "injustices" … yet this is exactly what happened in Venezuela and what continues to happen in Venezuela (although to a lesser degree than in 2002, 2003 and 2004).

It was the minority wealthy who violently protested against the Chavez government, killing innocent people and setting off bombs … it was the wealthy who created an atmosphere of fear … of coercion and of threats to security … just like the "terrorists" are now doing in France and Jordan. The only difference is that the "terrorists" in France and Jordan are fighting on behalf of those who are truly oppressed and repressed by "western" society whilst the terrorists in Venezuela are fighting only for themselves, for their own privileges and for their own wealth.

Big difference.

I bring up this example because in my view, the US government, in its utter absurdity, is experiencing precisely what the anti-Chavez movement was and is experiencing in Venezuela.

In other words, no US-friendly government or institution has ever publicly accused the wealthy violent Venezuelan elite of being "terrorists" ... which they are … just as no US-friendly government or institution ("human rights" organizations included) has ever accused the US government of being "terrorists," which they are.

What I am trying to say is that we "westerners" have been sucked into the vortex of the illogical and the inhuman, like zombies in a horror show.

We have no qualms in labeling Islamic people seeking revenge "terrorists" … yet it never really occurs to us to label the US government "terrorists" for killing and maiming hundreds of thousands of innocent women and children in Afghanistan and Iraq or for criminally threatening, infiltrating and destabilizing foreign nations in order to gain access to their wealth (oil, for one). We have no qualms about calling the recent acts of the oppressed Black and Muslim French minority as "barbaric" … yet it never really enters our minds to label the wealthy self-professed Venezuelan "educated, civilized class" barbarians.

There is definitely something out of whack with our brainwashed "western" thinking process … or our sense of soul and humanity.

Who are we really … if we cannot state facts for what they are?

Who are we … if we fear (or don't care) for the truth?

What do we represent … if we so easily neglect to face reality as it is?

Who are we … if we refuse or do not dare to openly acknowledge that the USA is a terrorist state*?

And … why do we wonder why so much of the non-"western" world hates our guts?

We make the best movies … full of violence. We make the best fast food … with no regard whatsoever for the health of humanity. We have the best ideas but we steal most of them and then we sell them back to the same people we stole them from … because we hold the patent rights. We make lots of money compared to the vast majority of the world population … much of it on the cheap-labor-backs of the same people we parade in public as trophies for charity. We own the biggest and the best homes … with lots of spare, unused rooms filled with the best furnishings. We own the best and the fanciest cars … that use lots of gas. We own the best rivers, lakes and properties … as if it were all ours to covet in the first place. We operate the best jails and the best torture centers … we have the best army and the best weapons. We are the best living and killing machine the world has ever known.

We have the best education … yet we know little or nothing about other cultures.

We, like most of the anti-Chavez Venezuelan mid-to-upper classes, live in an expanding Hollywoodian bubble … which is close to exploding.

Finally, why is it that no country has offered to "help" the world "hunt down" the terrorists who run the US government?

Why is it that no country has offered to "hunt down" the terrorists who run the violent Venezuelan anti-Chavez movements?

I use the term "terrorist state" in much the same way as the US government and the US media do. That is, they use the term "terrorist state" with absolutely no respect or consideration for the innocent people who live in that state.

If the people of the USA call a country a "terrorist state," does that imply that the entire population is composed of terrorists? I think not.

Nonetheless, knowing this, and as an experiment, I have decided to use the term "terrorist state" to describe the USA … a taste of their own medicine.

I wonder how "Americans" would feel if the USA were labeled a "terrorist state?"

Oscar Heck

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Oscar Heck has been a commentarist for nearly 3 years and has contributed close to 400 articles. Born in Canada, Oscar has spent most of his life working as an executive recruiter and corporate investigator. He has traveled to 34 countries and lived/worked in 12, including Kuwait during the Gulf War (1991). Oscar's love affair with Venezuela began 28 years ago when he first went to work as a missionary in the shantytowns (barrios) of Caracas and in the Barlovento area, east of Caracas. Over the years, Oscar has traveled and worked throughout much of Venezuela, living mostly in the barrios. Oscar's strong anti-US-government stance stems mostly from his experience in the Gulf War and from his vast exposure to the inside workings of large corporations. His strong pro-Venezuela stance stems from his love for the Venezuelan Pueblo and from his unwavering belief that Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's current President, is taking positive steps toward enhancing the lives of the traditionally exploited, abused and excluded 80% majority. Oscar is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
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