is all about the illusion. An illusion is a distortion of the senses,
revealing how the brain normally organizes and interprets
sensory stimulation. While illusions distort reality, they
are generally shared by most people. An example is: “America
is a democratic nation that upholds the principles of democracy,
freedom and sovereignty,” or “The United States is the bastion
of liberty.” Most Americans hold fast to this illusion
and have been conditioned to believe it, regardless of what
our federal government does - whether action or policy.
universally accepted statements bring us to a reckoning
of the doublespeak that roots our country’s political paralysis
and contradictory foreign dilemma. Our relationship with
other foreign nations is perilous, at least, and fatal at
most. Our interventions in Libya, for what we said were
“humanitarian” reasons, fall into questionable waters when
we stand by and watch Syria murder its citizenry on a daily
worse, we (the USA) support the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi
in Libya in favor of what we have labeled “freedom fighters”
as they undertake the identical conduct of the one we seek
to displace. In a 112-page report released September 13,
Amnesty International stated
that the regime of ousted leader
Gadhafi and the rebel government - the National Transitional
Council - have both committed war crimes during the current
conflict and someone needs to take control to stop the abuses
report on human rights violations during the Libyan conflict details many examples
of abuses by Gadhafi loyalists that include "mass killing
of prisoners, torture, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary
arrests." They shot their first appointed leader in
the head in a mob-style murder just two months ago. America
never flinched. The illusion of building a democratic Libya
is what we’re selling.
question here is how can we stand behind - with our money
and military resources - a manufactured ally who contradicts
the principles we purport to stand for? Do most Americans
believe an illusion?
the ousted leader’s regime and the National Transitional
Council have committed war crimes. Is the USA confronted
with a Hobson’s choice - a choice between the devil and
Satan? Oh, forgive me: That’s what Christians think of
me share with you another illusion. The Palestinian Authority has
been steadily building support for the United Nations (UN)
to sanction, this month, the State of Palestine as a member
whose territory includes all of the West Bank, Gaza and
East Jerusalem. This move could place Israel in a diplomatic
vise. If the sanction is granted, Israel would occupy land
belonging to a fellow UN member;
Israel would occupy land it settled and has controlled for
more than four decades and some of which it expects to keep
in any two-state solution. Though the US says it espouses
of democracy, freedom and sovereignty, it has committed
to veto any majority vote, if the UN votes to grant Palestine
its state sovereignty. I was taught in Poli-Sci 101 that
the majority rules. That’s how it works in US elections
- save Gore v. Bush, 2000 - but of course, that too was
can we Americans maintain confidence in a system, society
and nation that contradict its core principles by blatantly
denying its values? The expectation of loyalty is a tough
row to hoe when we citizens watch the US consistently renege
on her word to others. One knows that the same has been,
could be - and will be done to any one of us; it’s just
a question of when.
Barack Obama said that a Palestinian bid for recognition
next week at the UN was a “distraction” and would not result
in viable statehood, as Arab foreign ministers agreed to
gather support for the Palestinians at the UN. Why would
any people NOT want to be free of occupation?
Why wouldn’t the United States champion the thing she cherishes:
In a roundtable with Hispanic journalists, Obama on Monday
said that Israel would “hurt itself” if it retaliated against
the UN vote by withdrawing resources that might harm Palestinian
self-policing efforts. Yet, The US has said it will work
up to the last moment to avoid a Palestinian statehood bid.
Of course, the US wouldn’t dream of denying its own statehood
or that of Israel’s.
the uprising at New York’s Attica prison 40 years ago, the
media today is distorting reality, just as a magician does
through illusion. Case in point: The media reported that
the prisoners slit the throats of their hostages in a step
for prisoner dignity, but television cameras showed that
New York state police fired volleys of high-powered firearms
- killing 39
people - 29 prisoners and ten correctional officers
and civilian employees.
takeaway is this: We
continue to believe the “stories” reported by the press.
They’re more often than not illusion; a clear distortion
of reality, yet shared by most people. Why do we so readily
believe? I believe we’d rather believe the lie because believing
the lie commands us to no nothing; it’s a balm, a soother,
a comforter, a pacifier. Doing what we’ve always done will
continue to get us what we always got (to do): struggle.
Gotta wean ourselves from the pacifier.
BlackCommentator.com Columnist, Perry Redd,
is the former Executive Director of the workers rights advocacy,
Sincere Seven, and author of the on-line commentary, “The Other Side of the
Tracks.” He is the host of the internet-based talk radio
show, Socially Speaking in Washington, DC. Click here to contact Mr. Redd.