Thursday, April 18, 2013

Day 296: It's always Boston-time somewhere in the World.

CBU Mark 20 Mod-6 Rockeye cluster bombs mounte...
CBU Mark 20 Mod-6 Rockeye cluster bombs mounted on a LTV A-7E Corsair II fighter at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland (USA), on 13 May 1984. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Boston incident. 
Standing as the evidence that lives don't have the same value and that we are psychopaths that twist words for our own use to get away with murder.

Today I read an article by Norman Solomon titled The Orwellian Warfare State of Carnage and Doublethink, I recommend anyone who is grieving for the Boston victims and non to take a deep breath and proceed to read it.

There is something unsettling about grieving for Boston in a world of violence and wars, the unsettling point is the relativity of such a small event blown up into the World as something Major, why isn't EVERY SINGLE life lost for no reason then a reason to grieve?

Is it because not every life is worth the same?
Is it because we don't know the ones that die in other countries - so how many of us knew the Boston victims?
Is it Nationalism, if we are American we grieve for Americans, if we are Italians we grieve for the Italians, is this why out of every tragedy in the National news we tell how many 'of us' were involved?
I deal with a few old people during my days, they always tell me the news and how many Italians were involved - not because I may know them, just because we 'belong' to something together, a Nation, an Idea of Unity, of Sameness, then displaying more grieving for 'ours' than 'theirs' is social norm, is what is called for.

We normalized our ab-normality, in our division in the name of imaginary lines we call borders that we use to define the value of Lives as more or less we define how much we should grieve for them, bigger value, bigger loss, bigger grieving required and that is not even defined by us, it's system defined.

What struck me about the above mentioned article were just the very simple common sense points outlined, the dismay at the idea that someone put some stuff inside pressure cookers with the intention to maim, it is in this intention to harm that we find the biggest horror of the story.
But it only seems to resonates to the shaking of our very foundation when the intent is to harm 'Us' not when the intent is to harm 'them'.

" Much less crude and weighing in at 1,000 pounds, CBU-87/B warheads were in the category of “combined effects munitions” when put to use 14 years ago by a bomber named Uncle Sam. The U.S. media coverage was brief and fleeting.
One Friday, at noontime, U.S.-led NATO forces dropped cluster bombs on the city of Nis, in the vicinity of a vegetable market. “The bombs struck next to the hospital complex and near the market, bringing death and destruction, peppering the streets of Serbia’s third-largest city with shrapnel,” a dispatch in the San Francisco Chronicle reported on May 8, 1999.
And: “In a street leading from the market, dismembered bodies were strewn among carrots and other vegetables in pools of blood. A dead woman, her body covered with a sheet, was still clutching a shopping bag filled with carrots.”
Pointing out that cluster bombs “explode in the air and hurl shards of shrapnel over a wide radius,” BBC correspondent John Simpson wrote in the Sunday Telegraph: “Used against human beings, cluster bombs are some of the most savage weapons of modern warfare.”
Savage did not preclude usage. As a matter of fact, to Commander in Chief Bill Clinton and the prevailing military minds in Washington, savage was bound up in the positive attributes of cluster bombs. Each one could send up to 60,000 pieces of jagged steel shrapnel into what the weapon’s maker described as “soft targets. - Norman Solomon”

For those that can't read beyond the words we use, 'soft targets' are human bodies, people who were alive and breathing with a family and a life before they became collateral damages in senseless twisted in words and news wars.
'Soft targets' are not plush or squeaky toys, 'softies' were now the targets in Boston, it's totally irrelevant who decided to make them targets but it is absolutely comparable with what we are doing to the countries we 'bring Peace missions to' or our 'Economic Help' or 'Democracy' wrapped in packages that no one in their right mind would like to receive but, as Orwell said

The conditioned reflex of “stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought . . . and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction.”

Sure it would be an heresy to start to imagine that if we did not enjoy the Boston shrapnel we should not send them to anyone around the world for any reason, because guess what, the guy who did what he did in Boston had his own good reasons - about as good as the ones we claim we have when we go and deliberately maim women and children just to then call them 'soft targets victims of collateral damage'.
There are NO good reasons for the existence of weapons designed to harm and kill, we can make an effort, walk the line of heresy to the end until we can see common sense before we are forced to face common sense in flesh, how many Bostons before Boston is outlawed for ALL in the name of a Humane World and the establishment of the brotherhood of ManKind?

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