2021

History Exists

My granddaughter asked me once: Why do we need to study boring history? I hesitated. What do I tell her? That we do that in order to learn from our mistakes and not repeat them when we have been doing so for thousands of years? That we learn about other Countries? Politics? Wars? Major Events in our Journey on this Planet in order to become Wiser, Kinder, More Peaceful, Less Bigoted? None of the answers i was thinking of made any sense to me, let alone that they would to a bright young adult who hears every day of individuals targeting others for being ethnically, religiously, sexually, politically, or any “other” differences? Any explanation is bound to sound hypocritical, untrue and vacuous. So I just said: History Exists.

And, yes, History Exists, and, it was always written by the Victors, those who painted themselves as the Gallant, Righteous Knights who only subjugate, discriminate, enslave and kill the Bad Guys in order to save The World for the Good Guys. Simple, huh? And this argument was sold to humanity for thousands of years, and most people bought it until recently! So, what happened? What happened was that some of the World’s Colonized People, who were studying about their history in schools where curricula where set up by the Colonizers, with books written by the Victors, woke up one day and said to themselves: That’s Not What Happened! And so they began Writing and Writing and Writing . . . and they have no intention of stopping! However, some of the Victors decided that the Colonized People’s Version of History was Untrue and they worked themselves up into a frenzy ranting and raving about “Critical Race Theory” and “Cancel Culture” while claiming that the Only Valid History Is Their Version. In doing so, they are attempting to negate the Fact that History Exists, and that their racist and frenzied denials will not and cannot change that.

The latest example of how History Exists is Abdulrazak Gurnah the Tanzanian writer (born in Zanzibar in 1948) who won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his articles, essays and books (Paradise was his first; After Lives his latest) addressing Colonization, Diaspora, Exile and how they impacted Africa, its People and the World. Bravo!

This brings me to four books I read recently along Gurnah’s work. The first incredible two: The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate, and The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates talk of the experiences of Black Slaves in the United States. They are a Must Read! I have read quite a few novels and historical documentation about this subject, and they never fail to mesmerize me as to how cruel, ruthless, merciless and heartless slavery was, and to how Black People endured all that pain, suffering and dehumanization. This sorry state of affairs lasted well after slaves were declared free in President’s Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, and well after Martin Luther King Junior’s Marches, Speeches and Assassination, as well as after President Johnson’s Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Nota Bene: The Prophet Mohammad called for freeing slaves around the year 613). In fact, not until the Black Lives Matter Movement did many people finally realize that there were grave injustices still being perpetuated, first and foremost being the actual history of Slavery, as well as the massacres of Indigenous People wherever White People were Occupiers and Settlers, not the white-washed version. However, History Exists and Facts Don’t Lie as the three writers mentioned above (as well as many, many others) prove, whether it is through writing novels, or producing movies, or through the plentiful fact-based historical documentation that is available in America’s and the World’s archives.

Whether it is Slavery, or the Separation of Families at our shameful borders, or the Virus Vaccination Process still lagging far behind in most of the Brown/Black world, or Climate Change and its severe effects on the Developing World when it was mainly caused by Industrial Societies, this same horrific story continues to unveil itself, and it is going to require a whole lot of Actionable Reparations and Mea Culpas by Advanced and Wealthy Nations. Not Denials!

The two other books that I was so proud to read were written by two of my friends: The Lebanon I Knew by Bushra Jabre, and Has The World Lost Its Humanity by May Al-Daftari. Both are Memoirs based on the historical facts of how events unfolded in Lebanon and in Iraq. They are interspersed with touching personal stories, anecdotes and experiences. The first book is about the Lebanon that we lived, loved, smelled, tasted, pined for; a beautiful country crushed because it was The Weakest Link, and, therefore, the starting point of the conspiracy to destroy the Middle East. While reading, I felt each chapter transporting me back into time, into nostalgia, heartbreak and rage at those who caused this still ongoing tragedy and suffering of the wonderful Lebanese People. The second memoir is mainly about how merciless the Sanctions, and later on that farce of a “Shock and Awe” War imposed on Iraq; how much suffering, sickness, sadness and heartbreak they caused; about how in order to punish a political leader that the Colonizers – in this case, Bush and his Criminal Gang – wanted to get rid of they punished, starved and sickened millions of innocent humans and their children. History Exists, and these two writers are the Witnesses who lived it, and who wrote about it for all of us and our children.

As for Israel’s ongoing and constant attempts to rewrite the story of Palestine and the Palestinian People and to erase any vestige of our existence, our history, archeological relics (claiming some of them as their own!), cuisine, and culture this, too, is being vociferously countered by an abundance of writers (some of them brave Israelis; others, Jewish people in the US and Europe); documentation; eye-witness accounts; movies and songs that tell our story again, and again, and once again! History Exists, despite the Israeli Government’s denials, lies and Colonist white-washing. Two wonderful books, amongst the hundreds that I read much earlier than the ones mentioned above are: the terrific Golda Slept Here by Suad Amiry and the daring Against The Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa. Both novels brought on my tears, anger, frustration, and a host of other emotions that I share with so many of my Palestinian and Arab friends. History Exists! Not the Victors’ white-washed version of it, but the Facts!

And, finally, let me not get started about that Corrupt Catholic Institution and how Racist and Bigoted it has always been whether we go back to the Crusades, the Inquisition, or Native American Schools in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the US where Catholic Racists sought to reprogram kids, Christianize them and white-wash them of their tribal roots in order to make them Acceptable! Criminal! Shutter up that whole corrupt, criminal and pedophilic institution!

So, yes, they began Writing . . . and Writing . . . and Writing . . . and Whistle-blowing . . . and Investigating . . . and Exposing all that had been white-washed and hidden and, they have no intention of ever stopping, nor should they! History Exists!!

2021

Population Problems

To the few of you reading my post: I have some interesting numbers to share with you. The reason why I looked up these numbers is due to the brouhaha regarding the Haitian migrants on our US borders, as well as the latest refugees from Afghanistan.

The Haitian migrants, as well as other Latin American migrants are a result of a century (plus, plus) of US intervention in the Southern Continent, and to understand that history, Eduardo Galeano’s: Open Veins of Latin America is a breathtaking must read. It is the same with the Afghani refugees, the Syrian, Palestinian, Iraqi etc. etc. who are also here due to our meddling and warring in the Middle East for decades. Moreover, there are millions of refugees from many nationalities strewn across this world mainly as a result of the many occupations and wars that Colonialism engendered, as well as the Western World’s obsession of fighting Communism, hence causing coups, upheavals and installing puppets in many countries. This endeavor is ongoing, and has never stopped! In the coming decade there will be many more refugees fleeing floods, volcanoes, famines, fires and what have you as a result of Climate Change, because it is going to take at the very least a decade to begin reversing the effects of that if we are serious about solving the problem. How do we deal with all this?

In the United States we do not, as of this date, have a proper Immigration Policy due to the constant wrangling amongst our political parties. As it sounds to me, it seems as if the Racist, Radical Rightists only want to allow White People to immigrate, because their White numbers are dwindling as per the latest census figures, and, maybe, reluctantly, admit a few other Coloreds to execute the “slave” jobs. The Bleeding Heart Leftists almost want a Wide Open Border Policy. Neither is going to work, and that’s why we are stuck having to deal with our disgusting and inhumane border issues! This same saga has been going on through many Administrations. It is totally reprehensible and illogical! But then, creating issues and brouhahas rather than sensible solutions is what politicians do best!

So, here are the figures that I looked up:

The latest US Population Count in 2021 is: 333,000.000

The number of US Military Personnel in 2021 is: 480,000

The number of Covid deaths as I write this are: 693,000 and counting!

There are roughly 580,00 people in 2020 who have experienced Homelessness.

In 2016 there were about 1.4 million humans housed in about 15,600 nursing homes across the nation. (Many of those have died due to the Lethal Virus)

In 2019 there were 19.6 million students in colleges and universities.

As per the 2020 fall registrations there were 48.1 million children in schools.

To date there are 90,000 missing children in the US.

In the beginning five months of 2021 there were about 8100 people killed (54 a day). Unbelievably tragic!

Anyway, this tells me that out of the 330,000.000 Population Count, our functioning/able/available human beings who can contribute their efforts to the civilian and economic realm in whatever capacity (teachers, first responders, doctors, nurses, stay-at-home mothers, tech workers, industry, politicians, media people, laborers etc. etc.) would be a pretty paltry number and we can, therefore, absolutely afford to take in, at the very least, 10,000.000 human beings – if not 100,000.000, especially if the President’s Infrastructure Bill passes. Who will be filling all these jobs?

Europe’s Population is 448,000.000 people. I do not know the numbers of their functioning/able/available human beings. The area of the United States is roughly 3.79 million square miles. The area of Europe is about 3.93 million square miles.

Moreover, with the dearth of drivers (Massachusetts has deployed the National Guard to ferry children to and from schools; in England they were considering deploying the army to deliver gas to the stations, as well as both the US and UK experiencing grocery and other product shortages due to lack of laborers and other humans required in different sectors of our agricultural and other economies.) So, we certainly need people! Right? On top of that, it won’t hurt our tax base, would it? So there you have it! Why, then, can’t we come up with a Reasonable, Sensible Immigration Policy whereby we can Legally and Humanely allow for Immigrants to come into our country at a pace that can allow the different States to Assimilate them without stressing their systems to an unreasonable extent? Do our dis-honorable politicians think Logically, or do they just want to score points amongst their sorry selves, and for their parties? Incredulous!

The tragic thing about all this is that our vaunted politicians, as well as the media, are sadly succeeding in chipping away at this Democracy in every way that they are able to, while continuing to say they want to preserve and uphold our Constitution. How so? How much more un-patriotic can some people behave? How much more dangerous? However, and as most of us know, there is Abundant Ignorance all around and very little Conscience. I really don’t think that this can go on! Never, ever have I, or anyone else, anticipated this occurring in the United States! Never! Totally reckless!

Thinking of all this nonsense makes my blood pressure rise! However, my favorite shows are back: FBI, FBI Most Wanted, FBI International, SVU and SVU Organized Crime. In that world the bad guys always get nabbed rather than preying on innocent people, and, until the ending, my blood pressure is happily soaring rather than its rising due to our stressful realities! Incidentally, I sometimes wonder why high-schools don’t run some of these shows that are relevant and educational to teens? The shows I mentioned will do a much better job of delivering the message to this wired generation far better than any lecture, or book can do. Right? Adapting would be good!