I was listening to C-SPAN’s call-in segment the other day and the topic of discussion was the perception of the war in Iraq and whether or not the Bush Administration was properly handling what is fast becoming (or has become) a civil war. I was flabbergasted by the number of people who called in from all over the country ( mostly on the Republican phone line) who insisted on the U.S’s right to be there and going so far as to blame the Iraqi government for not stemming the tide of the rivers of blood. Several apologists for the Bush Administration later paraded their twisted logic concerning this matter in their expected passionless, dim-witted manner. This was/is bothersome. I am encouraged, nonetheless, as there seems to be some detectable sign of life within the Democratic party . Impressively, they tried to pass a non-binding resolution opposing President Bush’s troop surge in Iraq, but the GOP succeeded in knocking that down (twice)–but the battle rages on.
As they bicker about policy,strategies and recommendations in the safe inner sanctums of power and privelege, helpless innocents just going about their business in Iraq continue to be blown to pieces: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3519855663545752103
Sloooowwwwly, painfully but surely, the real story of what’s going on in Iraq is trickling out, especially through the blogsphere and from a few mainstream personalites (Keith Olbermann, Jon Stewart, Lou Dobbs) who are just fed up with this insanity. Many people are rising from a deep sleep that has kept them in a catatonic stupor for far too long (thanks to widespread mass media and rhetorical manipulation). Yes, manufacturing consent is still alive and well in the U.S, but it is taking some big hits.
It’s amazing how a few sparks here and there can potentially start a raging fire. This is borne out in the history of this country: The British Empire manipulated, deceived and enslaved its’ subjects for decades until a few colonists started to question and discern the truth behind the patina of lies. Folks like Jefferson and Paine (Tom) exposed the self-destructive mercantile system that provided blood wealth to the British Empire and sparked the imaginations of their countrymen ( farmers, philosophers, writers, businessmen…). Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness became the mantra for revolutionary change–a better world was envisioned and it caught on like wild fire. ‘America’ would never be the same.
I am aware of the enormous power and influence of an empire to strike back and recalibrate the blood-encrusted scales in its favor, yet as powerful and destructive as that is, it is no match for the power of the masses united with a vision that enough is enough and that a better way..a better world is not just possible, but urgently necessary.
“Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again,
The eternal years of God are hers;
But Error, wounded, writhes in pain,
And dies among his worshippers.”