missiles. F-15s. F-16s.
we go again.
skies filled with flashing lights and explosions heard
and seen on CNN around the world
have seen this before.
troops on the ground there, but there are troops on the
ground here, telling us there is no money. Few billion
here and there, but they ain’t got no money, except for
prisons, or prisons here, they have money.
headline at Methaba.net reads: “America’s
1st Black President Invades Africa” (March 20, 2011).
At 1.5 million apiece, 110 missiles in a matter of minutes
announce the U.S.
presence near Africa. Civilians died.
Only the most depraved (of mind and spirit) Black American
could applaud this historical first. A man of Kenyan decent
on his father’s side invades Africa.
Civilians die. A man with Hussein for a middle name continues
wars in Iraq, Afghanistan,
a Black man pursues “terrorists” around the world and
bet it never crossed John Kennedy’s mind to invade Ireland.
After the U.S. Civil War, presidents of Anglo-Saxon decent
never thought to implement Manifest Destiny by invading
a European nation. Here in the U.S., habits are hard to break. Patterns set in…
proved fruitful when offered to the discovered indigenous.
Practitioners of that Peculiar Institution from which
all other American institutions derive their influence
and power, established a system of substantial rewards.
A good slave is always a loyal slave. Barack Obama, if
nothing else is a good and therefore loyal slave. Change
you can believe in. The legacy of Frederick Douglass was
never his cup of tea. Good slaves indebted to Master denounce
freedom movements or remain silent while freedom fighters
are interrogated, tortured, and murdered.
now, the unthinkable has happened again.
March 20, 2011, without waking the peoples’ representatives,
most, who themselves are chained hand and foot and branded
Property of Corporate, Inc. U.S.A., exercising unconstitutional
use of executive powers, Obama announced the beginning
of Odyssey Dawn to support European and Arab allies in
the liberation of Libyan freedom fighters. Masters stand
above the U.S. Constitution - and so does the good slave,
the well-trained “constitutional scholar,” and Masters
always determined who is deemed a good freedom fighter.
you cannot believe in?
a few days before the announcement, Obama channels Bush
in response to criticism that the U.S. treatment of whistleblower
Pvt. Bradley Manning amounts to torture:
with respect to Pvt. Manning and torture -
actually asked Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Lockheed, Raytheon,
Boeing, and all the oil interests I could gather in a
conference call, in between calls to South African President
Zuma to forestall the return to Haiti
of that troublesome Aristide…
as any good slave and all slaves as well as their Masters
are de-humanized beings, Obama asked Master what is next
on the agenda and Master, ever the master at deflecting
attention from corporate capitalist’s distain for humanity,
spoke: HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION IN LIBYA!
all the gin joints in all the world…of all the despots
reigning so benevolently - as crusaders of justice, rooting
out “terrorists,” it is Muammar Gaddafi. His number has
come up - not Saleh of Yemen, not Al Khalifa of Bahrain,
not Gbagbo of Cote d’Ivoire.
How quiet Obama has been for a long while. Tunisian and
Egyptian freedom fighters met with Obama looking the other
way at perhaps some portrait of Nixon or Ronald Reagan.
The leader of the Free World is MIA with ally states of
Behrain and Yemen. Or is he?
to author and political analyst, Kevin Ovenden, interviewed
by Press TV, March 23, 2011, Yemeni President Saleh is
losing the support of Saudi
Arabia and the Western powers that
back him. It is Saleh’s job “to suppress anti-government
protests… [and] to keep him afloat until a favorable replacement
is found” - by the U.S.
Obama in consultation , perhaps just listening to his
corporate Masters, watching them choreograph the appearances
and statements of the Secretary of State, the French President
Sarkozy, and the British Prime Minister David Cameron
while the Arab League, mostly loyal to the U.S./British
imperialists, confers with the African Union, mostly loyal
imperialist subjects to the newest “terrorist,” Muammar
Gaddafi? (“The parasitic sheikhdoms of the Emirates, including
Dubai and Abu Dhabi and in Qatar - these are country-selling regimes. They
preside over their own subjugations and for at least six
weeks the Saudis and Sheikhdoms have been mobilized by
the US to prepare shock troops to invade” Behrain, where
those freedom fighters are being tortured and brutalized,
reports Ralph Shoenman, author and political commentator
from Berkeley. Interview, Press TV, March 23, 2011). But
play no attention to the business of corporate capitalist’s
the Free World Leader flies to Latin American to discuss
“strengthening ties” - i.e. strengthening chains - to
further politically and economically ensnare Brazil
Salvador, both once infiltrated with
CIA tricksters and assassins.
a busy man for his Masters, Obama clears brush in Latin
U.S. humanitarian intervention mission, he tells
reporters, will assure that changes occurring in North
Africa and the Arab world are done in a “peaceful” and
“non-violent fashion.” Turn on your television because
obviously Obama has not, nor does he need to do so. Obama
believes in the decisions and the actions his Masters
pursue. Listen to the tally of deaths, injuries, and disappearances
each day in Libya,
Afghanistan, and Pakistan. For Obama, these deaths, injuries, disappearances
are necessary for the maintenance of democracy (similar
to the U.S.’s democracy) built on
the subjugation of enslaved Africans.
can the de-humanized understand humanitarian intervention?
does not seem to be aware of the protesters in the streets
here in the U.S., protesters in cities throughout the
country, desperately demanding the end of draconian laws
that drain workers of their rights, children, poor, and
elderly of health care, and young people of educational
and employment opportunities. In July, the corporate capitalists
will break more records in profit earnings and bonuses
for CEOs - as Obama hopes they will allow him another
term to play Big Man of the free world.
in the U.S. are in need of humanitarian
intervention - and not the kind of intervention defined
by corporate capitalists, but, of course, the good slave
Obama remains silent, except in the decrees which maintain
the Pentagon expenditures at nearly 50 percent and stores
up of prisons facilities and law enforcement personnel.
How many freedom fighters do we have here in the United
States serving 30 and 40 years in
of Liberty’s dungeons? We are
fighting skirmishes with representatives of corporate
capitalists determined to wipe from our minds any memory
of our human rights!
are the freedom fighters the U.S.
is liberating now in Libya?
Who are these rebels in Benghazi
calling for the intervention of one tyrant to ouster another
tyrant? Revolutionaries, are they? What
are their demands (freedom from the oppressive capitalist
regime as those protesters demanded in the Egyptian Revolution)?
What are the motives of the opposition, which includes
former Ministers of Justice and Interior no less? Does
anyone remember the planes of “terrorists” rendered to
Egypt for torture? (The U.S.
loves a good slave anywhere and everywhere these days
- except when they say no more!). What was exchanged in
the whispering between the Western coalition and this
collection of freedom fighters?
lover of the free market is busy establishing more business
for the corporate capitalist.
told of his mother forcing him to wake up early in the
mornings to attend school in Indonesia. I hate it too, she said, but we have
to. Could such a mother have thought that a child of hers
would end up a man committed to the greedy and heartless,
to the cold and indifferent murders? Could such a mother
have thought that a child of hers would end up a man dangerous
not only because he proves willing to say and do anything
necessary to cling to power, but also because he stifles
the truth of a Pastor Jeremiah Wright, a State Department
Spokesperson J.P. Crowley, and a Julian Assange, and the
thousands upon thousands of freedom fighters here in the
his mother is no longer among us. But for some of us,
there is nothing banal in the evil we have witnessed longer
than two years, 30 years, but well over 400 years. We
find ourselves witnesses to moments of disbelief, then
anger, and then disbelief again, even though we have known
there were always good slaves. The first Black American
president invades Africa, history’s
record will read, although many of us know better. But
history looks at the blood and the face. “Plain, ordinary
faces,” Jean Amery remembers. “And the enormous perception
at a later stage, one that destroys all abstractive imagination,
makes clear to us how the plain, ordinary faces finally
become Gestapo faces after all, and how evil overlays
and exceeds banality” (At
the Mind's Limits: Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz
and Its Realities.
Some will say, but no, it is not so serious. Who
remembers a Jewish citizen in Germany
saying the same thing? Some on the west coast of Africa,
those hundreds of years ago, hearing of kidnappings by
strangers, might have thought the same.
“appropriate” and well within the “basic standards” of
Operation America, is the good slave of that Peculiar
Institution, slaveholders, cavalrymen, generals, and cowboys,
aside. Fascism here in the United
States already has its unique foundation
in the Peculiar Institution. It weaves in and out, masquerades
as Reconstruction or the War on Drugs, as neo-conservatism
or neo-liberalism, as free market entrepreneurship or
humanitarian intervention, and even as democracy itself
with the rise of the good slave in this post racial era:
“Events happen around the world in which the United States,
with our unique capabilities, has to respond as a leader
in the world community” (Obama, Los Angeles Times,
March 22, 2011). Our…Our Unique capabilities…Right! We
got it cold, Master!
Black American president invades Africa!
Whatever the U.S. Empire thinks up next, Obama is ready
habits must come to an end!
Editorial Board member, Lenore Jean Daniels, PhD, has a Doctorate
in Modern American Literature/Cultural Theory. Click
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