Can we just take a moment to appreciate the irony of all the world’s leading governments “taking a stand against terrorism” by launching the most massive surveillance apparatus the world has ever seen. And the perpetual warfare in countries with vastly different cultures than the West and victory is only declared when the countries more or less resemble the Western ideal of the corporate state. And if that’s not bad enough, how about those flying killing machines called drones that they like to launch over countries not even declared war upon, making sure that for every civilian killed, 20 more revenge-bent “terrorists” pop up. And let’s not forget about the West’s own citizens, in their desire to protect us against dark boogeymen, every ounce of privacy awarded us through the ages are wiped out in less than a decade “for our own protection”.
Hey, sociopaths in charge, guess what? Living has always come with certain risks. One of them is death from unexpected events. Like falling in the shower. Or getting shot by your gun-crazy neighbor. These things happen. That doesn’t necessarily mean that your neighbor, or the shower, is conspiring against you. That just means they are careless and/or morons. Considering that dying at the hands of terrorists in a Western country is smaller than the chance of getting struck by lightning, maybe there is some disproportionate use of resources we need to discuss here. Unless of course, this isn’t about terrorists with 30 year old Kalashnikovs and spotty internet connection at all.
Isn’t it funny that most natural resources in developing countries are immediately privatized after a “successful” US operation? To understand why that is, you first have to admit to yourself the sad truth that at this time the US government is pretty much a corporation, too. They love to privatize other people’s shit. Not because of some favorable ideology, although I’m sure their hand-picked puppet politicians still have to tell themselves that, but very simply because it makes them and their companies more money.
So the broad conclusion here is that the real terrorists are the ones that instigate violence for personal gain. People who already have more money than they could spend in a lifetime, yet somehow feel it is a good thing that water in the poorest regions on the planet can only be traded for a paper currency – with profits going directly to their own corrupted bank accounts. Like the president of Nestle, who feels like water as a human right is an “extreme viewpoint” and water as a commodity is better handled by private interest.
What this feels like, to me, is the final nail in the corporate agenda. Money over everything. Extinguish every culture that doesn’t feel the same way and terrorize the population with fear until they blindly obey orders. “For their own protection.”
It’s been 13 years since 9/11. That means every child under thirteen living on this planet has not known a time without war. Remember the 90’s, the first time in history when world peace actually seemed attainable after the fall of the Berlin war? I’m a child of the 90’s and maybe that’s why I still cling to that illusion. A state of war for me is abnormal. Peace is normal. But the children growing up today, war for them is normal because they have never not known it. They are living ‘1984‘s perpetual warfare – a book written in 1949 meant to be a warning, not an instruction manual. It’s up to us, who still remember a time when peace seemed normal, to teach those ideals.
So quit worrying about ebola, or even your plane blowing up mid-air. If that were to happen it would be a tragedy. But you are still way, way more likely to die in traffic and I don’t see you stop driving your car any time soon. It’s illogical. But then again, life is illogical. The real criminals are the ones buying up every piece of land and fresh water aquifers they can get their hands on. The ones that are buying up patents that could revolutionize our energy sources and get us off dirty oil once and for all, because those new inventions interfere with their current monopolies.
At this point in time, we are all terrorists. Everyone is a terrorist, except the ones in charge actually launching missiles. You are one if you want to fight for a healthier planet, a more just social system, and economic reform. But you are also one if you think the current system is just dandy, that military imperialism is a-ok and that billions starving so that you can maintain your lifestyle is justified. You are a terrorist if you fight for the survival of your culture. You are a terrorist if you practice non-violent activism. You will be spied upon, you will be encouraged to go into debt, and soon you will be thrown in prison if you can’t repay that debt. Never mind that jobs as we know them are disappearing daily thanks to automation and machines, and that the right to be paid a living wage is being fought tooth and nail by the corporations. Never mind that the monetary system that rules us all is designed for perpetual debt and that there will never be enough money in existence to repay it.
We are living in exciting times, guys. I may not have the answers but asking questions is usually a pretty solid place to start.