No Need to be Shocked
Posted on January 24th, 2012

Hameed Abdul Karim

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The media is awash with the pictures of US marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters and commentators and anchor personnel use the word ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”shockingƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ to describe this stomach turning act ofƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ US barbarism. But judging by past exposures of AmericansƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ cruelty and sadism from My Lai in Vietnam to Nicaragua in South America to Abu Graib in Iraq this should not come as shock or surprise.
What can you say of a nation that has been at war with one country or another for the last hundred years at least, killing millions, maiming many more and destroying property worth billions when its apologists come out with statements like ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”this is not consistent with AmericaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s core valuesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ and to trivialise the latest scandal to hit the empire as an aberration and not the altruism the empire stands for?

Prior to this we had Der Spiegel showing pictures of US soldiers posing with the bloodied corpse of an Afghan boy they had killed in cold blood. There were other such trophy photos showing US soldiers pose for snap shots with corpses of Taliban fighters at their feet.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Here we have a president who thinks heƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s doing the morally right thing when he orders the murder of a US citizen violating his own constitution in the process and then goes on a bragging spree when the evil deed is done. I am talking of Anwar Awlaki who the Americans killed, along with another US citizen, in a drone attack in Yemen with the support of the empireƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s henchman president Abdullah Saleh. We had Barack Obama ordering and then watching the murder of Osama bin Laden in the White House with his top aides. Again we had his usual gloating, propelling mass hysteria in the US. In both instances his ratings went up. If their president can behave in such an uncouth manner, what do you expect of US marines even if they were an elite sniper corps battalion as was in this case?
To the Americans Awalaki was a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”terroristƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ to thousands of Muslims the world over he was a much loved and respected scholar of their faith. Were the TV anchors or the news readers shocked when they reported this extra judicial killing? Or was AwalakiƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s murder acceptable because he was a Muslim? Or was he, like millions of other AmericaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s victims, a victim who deserved to die? Bear in mind we have only the empireƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s tales to go by in assessing the merits of the atrocities that America commits as a matter of routine. No mainstream media outlet ever gives us the narrative of the empireƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s perceived enemies. So in a sense we are living in a one way street, never mind the hoary claims of globalisation and all that jazz.
If you listening to the stories about the latest inhuman act coming from the empireƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s apologists you might be brainwashed to think that this urinating business is actually an unconventional behavior of a few rowdy elements.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ But should we be not wondering about the culture that could produce such disgusting behavior? A culture that always talks about ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”usƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ being the good guys and the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”otherƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ as ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”injunsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢, as demonstrated in movies produced in Hollywood?
ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ And whilst you watch pictures of US army personnel urinating on dead fighters, spare a thought for little children who were bombed to bits when reveling at wedding parties or as they played in the open fields like your children or mine or the tiny tots smashed to smithereens as they slept in their cots when the Americans and the British bombed their homes hoping to kill their parents or elders whom they suspected of being Taliban fighters or sympathisers. Ask yourself ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”which should shock me moreƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢. The answer will expose the empireƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s evil face in all its horror.
As you probe your minds ask yourself if you will be shocked if you get to know that behind the cameras and the print presses there will be guys laughing their guts out and patting each other on their back paraphrasing the urinating US marine saying ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”have a nice day, palƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢. Well, donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t be. ThereƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s no need to be shocked. Such are the ways of the empire.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

5 Responses to “No Need to be Shocked”

  1. aravinda Says:

    The owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times, Andrew Adler, wrote that Israel’s options vis-à-vis Iran’s nuclear program included the assassination of U.S. President Barack Obama..

    Adler devoted his January 13, 2012 column to the disagreement between the U.S. and Israel’s regarding the threat that Iran would develop nuclear weapons. Israel has three options, he wrote:


    1 – Strike Hizbullah and Hamas;

    2 – Strike Iran

    3 – Give the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice president to take his place, and forcefully dictate that the United States’ policy includes its helping the Jewish state obliterate its enemies. “Yes, you read “three” correctly. Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence. Think about it. If I have thought of this Tom Clancy-type scenario, don’t you think that this almost unfathomable idea has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles?
    “Another way of putting “three” in perspective goes something like this: How far would you go to save a nation comprised of seven million lives…Jews, Christians and Arabs alike?
    “You have got to believe, like I do, that all options are on the table.”


    You think American are nasty. But they are shit afraid of Mossad, even the American President. It appears nothing will happen to Adler, touch him will enrage Israel and Mossad, and Americans appears to cow before the Jewish lobby. What disturb most is, not a single Jewish commentator, politician or newspaper has advocated that threatening to kill the Obama is punishable. If a Muslim had done it, he would be spending 20 years in G’bay ina tiny cage.

  2. S de Silva Says:

    Devinda – You comments are nuclear!! – Can you please put up some historically valid references on which you conclude the above on the Prophet?? – S de Silva – London

  3. Devinda Fernando Says:

    *** Can you please put up some historically valid references on which you conclude the above on the Prophet? ***

    I did yesterday, but the Moderator has not allowed them to be posted? I shall post them once more, if they are not published again I will direct you to do the research yourself… the Truth is a few point and clicks away on the internet.

  4. Vis8 Says:

    Alistair Reynald’s article highlights how the US marine who went on a shooting spree killing 50 innocent children, women and men was termed ‘innocent’ by the US courts. How and why???????

  5. S de Silva Says:

    Devinda – thanks, I await your references. I am surprised that the moderator allowed your comments to be published but not the references to support those comments…!! – S de Silva – London

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