On The Brink

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”

Albert Einstein

And wasn’t Einstein, indeed, a genius?

“History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and mistakes of mankind.”

Edward Gibbon

This has always been evident, never more so than in Trumpistan!

“I think comedy and satire are a very important part of democracy, and it’s important that we are able to laugh at the idiosyncrasies or the follies of people in power.”

Rory Brenner

. . . and as the world perched on the edge of its seat these past two weeks, I, for once, and as such high drama was going on in the world, sat back and watched with great amusement. I am still amused, though fully aware that we might yet be edging toward the abyss as political follies and mischievous hands try to “create an incident” in order to precipitate the eruption of a conflict. It is a well-known evil tactic that was quite evident during the Lebanese, Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Nonetheless, it has truly been two weeks of Alfred Hitchcock worthy suspense!

After General Qassim Suleimani was assassinated by a US drone, some – not all – media personalities and “experts” told the American people that Suleimani was responsible for the killing of “many” Americans. Then, that became “hundreds,” and then that he was responsible for “thousands” of dead Americans. Thousands! Well! Was General Suleimani, the man who was fighting ISIS – the ones who are factually accountable for killing thousands –  responsible for all of those killed Americans? Or, was this just another highly inflated lie that Trump and some in the media, who claim that they do not indulge in fake news and hyperbole, forgot to fact-check, or, maybe to fully explain? The idea behind peddling “thousands” was to make the unjustified, unnecessary and dangerous assassination of an army General, who was a hero to many and is now a martyr, more palpable to the sheeple. It is an outrageous exaggeration from the President and the corrupt echo chamber! Mike Pence outdid that, though, by claiming that General Suleimani had aided and abetted “10 or 12” of the 9/11 attackers! Was this aimed at the Maga hats and extremist Evangelicals, or was it plain ignorance? Both are inane and shameful!

However, some in the media did say that the President had made an egregious miscalculation. And, on CNN and MSNBC – sounding slightly more balanced than usual – they now had another chance to beat the anti-Trump drums, while the “usual suspects” on FOX – but not all their talking heads, for a change – unduly lauded and praised the heinous act! I wonder, had the President been a Democrat if the media roles wouldn’t have been reversed? And, I believe, that they would certainly have been! Extraordinarily Shameful, though quite Amusing to see such hypocrisy right in front of our eyes!

The vaunted media, as well as the government, can also never get the spelling, and/or pronunciation of Arab names correctly. Soleimani, or Suleimani? Kassim, or Qassim? Moslem, or Muslim? Osama, or Usama? Khaddaffi, or Qadhafi? Mohammad, or Muhammad? Is this anything but utter disregard? Pick up the phone and call an Embassy, people, or the Cultural Attaché, or an Arab linguist! Not so hard, really!

However, the most disconcerting aspect to me, and to so many people like myself, is the utter disrespect with which our region of the world and its people are treated. Constantly. There seems to be no differentiation between terrorists, bad elements, bad leaders and the ordinary people who are made to go through extreme suffering due to US/Israeli/Colonist/Imperialist actions and policies and the counter-actions they generate. The fact that the US can saunter into the region in order to occupy, assassinate, install political leaders or remove them, and, generally, do this at its whim is extremely disrespectful, intrusive and infuriating. This is Not amusing! And, the amount of hatred that this is generating against the US is immeasurable! It could be different!

After the assassination of General Suleimani, and after the Iranians lobbed some harmless missiles on two American military bases in Iraq, and as the world held its breath for the umpteenth time during these past three years, and in the Grand Foyer of the White House, there stood the top Administration and Military Officials (looking quite constipated, as if they were reluctant and forced to attend?) at somber attention as the huge brown doors behind them opened and a dazzling aura of blue-tinged, glaring white light was seen through which in walked Jesus Trump looking very artificially serious while he delivered another speech meant to reinforce, yet again, his Omnipresence (either by Tweets, or in TV Person at least three times a day, every day in our faces!); his Omniscience (he knows Everything, but had never heard of General Suleimani until a few years ago, or maybe even seven months ago as, apparently, this event was put into motion?); and his Omnipotence (always stressing and flaunting how powerful is our military, and how that power lies in his hands and at his command only!). If that choreography was not absolutely amusing, then I don’t know what is!

And so began the spinning of a disgusting and dangerous assassination! General Suleimani went from being a circumspect General in the Iranian Army to a larger-than-life planner of “imminent threats” involving so many scurrilous incidents, the threat to our Embassy in Iraq – no, wait, American Embassies, in the plural! – being the one that prompted his demise! In any case, and as protests continue in Lebanon, Iraq and Iran none of us knows what all this will engender. It just might play in Trump’s favor, or it could take us to the precipice. Sidebar to all this, and after his airliner took an unintended missile and exploded killing all the “collateral damage” on board, my heart went out to Volodymyr Zelensky who must be wondering how much more Trump and his doings can damage him and his country??!!

All spinning aside, this assassination was an extra-judicial murder that might have caused another unnecessary war in a Middle East that we destroyed and devastated, and one that Bibi has been itching to do for a very long time, which is more proof that Bibi yanks some of our foreign policy chains! Be proud, America! Is there no more political spine left in this country to stand up to Bibi who’s government through the years has executed almost 80 extra-judicial murders of Palestinian leaders and activists? Or, do we only flex our muscles at those ragheads? However, I was surprised – pleasantly so – by how many more-than-ever brave journalists, and even a few in the corrupt mainstream media, were openly talking about Bibi’s nefarious role and contemptuous desires, despite their knowing how easy it is to smear and libel those who offer any such criticism with anti-Semitism! So, for those who dare to speak up about this, I say: glad that you’re not cowardly yellow-bellies anymore!

However, the Honor for Most Amusing goes to Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who pointed a huge – I mean HUGE – middle finger at The Firm and declared that they were Going Rogue! What an Incredible, Admirable leap of faith those two beautiful souls have taken! I wish them all the very best! Harry was always the little rebel in the family. I am sure that Princess Diana, his beautiful mother, always weighs heavily on his mind, as, I am certain, does his father’s desire to be a tampon up Camilla’s ass! As for our American Princess, Meghan, she has had enough of Palace Intrigues, of back-stabbing (by the corrupt, racist media and by her sister-in-law, too?) and of the restrictive life as a member of The Firm! I can’t blame her. Look, the Royals of today are no more different from the Royals throughout English history, whether they beheaded their Queens, banished them to the Towers, or exiled Edward and Wallis Simpson (the first divorcee, now being compared to Meghan?) to France, frolicked and committed adultery galore – gossip in this regard swirled for long around the Duke of Edinburgh! – and killed off their enemies – amongst other things. And, all this coming on top of the recent Pedophile Prince scandal? I can just see the Queen saying: We are not amused! I am, though!

Lastly, I imagine how Putin and Lavrov, were clinking their vodka glasses in amusement as they watched Trump’s follies playing out!

Stay tuned everyone as we await the next cliff-hanger. It’s probably coming soon on the Trumpistan brinkmanship screen!


Official Secrets

Apparently, and as a recent report revealed (published by the Washington Post and that I mentioned in my previous blog), it has been an Official Secret that our government has used subterfuge, lies and deceit regarding the so-called success of our on-going and never-ending wars, especially on Afghanistan where we send young eighteen and nineteen-year-olds to have their limbs blown off and to die?!!  This is a Huge Scandal! For all our gabbing and yakking about values, constitutionality, freedom, democracy and all those other lofty ideals, as well as shaming and deriding our so-called enemies who do not espouse these same standards, it turns out that, again, we are not Saint Nitouche (Goody, Goody) after all, and perhaps we should stop pretending that we are? In fact, we are shamelessly criminal, especially where these wars are concerned and the innocent victims who were orphaned, displaced, tortured and murdered! This is very unfortunate and very sad, too! Who is left in this rotten world of ours to stand up for Justice, Equality, Human Rights and Liberty? There does not seem to be any country, or any seated leader who can claim this honor. Rather, we are seeing the rise of iron-fisted leaders and unprincipled policies. Whether we look at Bolsonaro, Orban, Aung San Suu Kyi (and when is she going to jail?), Modi, Sisi, Bibi, Duterte and there’s more, it looks like a miserable landscape with which to be greeting the New Year. And, frankly, Putin and Xi are looking quite clever compared to the afore-mentioned specimens and their likes – not that they are above reproach, either!

There have been Official Secrets throughout time. It is not surprising, and it is so-called common practice that there are matters cooked behind closed doors by the powerful and the corrupt in order to advance their agendas. The scandal regarding Afghanistan, as well as other appalling government and military secrets in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Latin America and going back to Vietnam and, maybe even before that, are being slowly uncovered and finding their way into the public domain. It is definitely too late for all the human beings who have been affected by these malevolent doings, but it is also encouraging to know that there are real investigative journalists and whistleblowers who are unveiling these horrible events, and who have been doing so for a long time, although, it seems, that the general public is only recently becoming more aware of them and their reporting. May their numbers increase exponentially!

In these United States we have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that we speak from both sides of our mouths, and that we cherry-pick issues about which we get all het up. For instance, those same politicians on both sides of the aisles have the temerity to bemoan that very same corruption which they have profited from as they accepted donations to their coffers from corporations and lobbyists who have dictated laws adverse to the citizenry. Huh? They have also supported corrupt dictators as long as they swear allegiance to the US, and irrelevant of how those despots oppress their own people and trample on every value that we profess to espouse. Hypocrisy is alive and doing well in our Oval Office, Congress and Senate. Moreover, and despite the fact that we have meddled and interfered everywhere that we chose to, and all across this world, by choreographing coups, assassinating activists and installing thugs who claimed that they will do our bidding, we decry the meddling of other political leaders and governments in our own internal affairs. How does that make any sense? These have become very transparent double-standards and have deprived us of any semblance of moral authority in a world that is desperately in need of that. It is simply enough that we have made a mockery of international institutions such as the United Nations where no resolution sees the light unless it adds, or omits, all that we dictate; we attended the Madrid conference that was addressing the dire climate crisis and watered down all the constructive suggestions thus causing it to become a monumental failure; the World Bank and the IMF are merely tools to fulfill our desires, and the list goes on throughout the so-called International Organizations. Incidentally, Putin, during his four hour end-of-year question and answer session, said the same thing regarding the IMF and the World Bank and, honestly, I did not coordinate with him!

Recently, Congress has impeached Donald Trump, and as everyone is fully aware, the Senate will not endorse this. I might be wrong, but couldn’t we have just voted him out rather than having this wasteful and shameful spectacle? Anyway, it was, as I have previously stated on my posts, an ill-timed and unnecessary exercise that exhausted the country; did not change any minds; allowed the corrupt media, especially the despicable, unprofessional CNN and MSNBC, to carry on with their anti-Trump conspiracy, superficial analysis, their banal breathlessness, their venomous hatred, and their feigned indignation; and, in view of how the FISA Court has reprimanded the FBI for how it handled matters, whether that was deliberate or not, we, the people, are left wondering what else the FBI higher-ups are screwing up on? If you really want to know the answer to this and to so much more, watch a movie called Official Secrets, a current-year British-American production based on a true story that exposes the immoral Bush-Blair conspiracy of going to war on Iraq, how it all unfolded and the lies and maneuvering that took place in order to achieve this heartless, criminal decision. This docudrama is an incredible and brave effort that will compel us all to seriously think, and rethink, how dirty politics really is and why it should not be allowed to continue on this track. What other sordid Official Secrets remain behind closed doors in our own, and other governments, that are not only dangerous, but sinister as well?

Undoubtedly, and as we come to the end of 2019, we find many humans in an enormous mess within their own nations, internationally, and in so many places on this planet. This causes undue anxiety in people and leads to the rising extremism, chaos, wickedness and random shootings and murders that we are witnessing all over the world. It is as if world leaders, politicians and international organizations have given up on trying to salvage the planet, since by their sheer hubris, hypocrisy, arrogance and ignorance they have allowed matters to come to this boiling point without addressing them intelligently and when they were brought to their attention ages ago by investigative journalists, activists, community leaders, specialists and scientists and were totally ignored. How utterly, dangerously sad!

Where does it all go from here? I do not know the answer to this conundrum, however, what I am hoping is that we will not be lamenting our miserable situation again and again as more “Official Secrets” get cooked up behind closed doors that do not address the perils we are facing, and, in fact, might make them even worse.

This Impeachment Year in the US will end, and 2020 will begin the earnest Election Year that will determine whom our US President will be. I truly don’t know if a second term Trump Presidency will make matters better, worse, or crueler, and I don’t know, either, should the Democrats pick Biden, if his Presidency could fulfill the Obama promise of Hope and Change that was, and remains, largely unfulfilled. Perhaps a Bernie Sanders Political Revolution and Presidency could bail all of us, and the world, out? I really believe so. And Tulsi Gabbard as Vice-President? Perfect!

Meanwhile, let us all hope that it will be a Better and more Peaceful Year.

Put on a Happy Face and have a Happy New Year, Everyone!