Thursday, December 30, 2004

We Will Crucify jesusland

History is made by people who seize the moments that circumstances offer and bend them to their purposes. When the conditions are adverse, they nurse their purposes, their dreams of freedom, dignity and power, so that when their moment arrives, they are ready to seize it, even at the cost of their lives. On April 19, 1775, 700 British troops reached Concord, Massachusetts, to disarm the American colonists who were preparing to start an insurrection. When the British ordered them to disperse, the colonists fired back at the British soldiers. This "shot heard 'round the world" heralded the start of an insurrection against Britain, the greatest Western power of its time. And when it ended, victorious, in 1783, the colonists had gained their objective. They had established a sovereign but slave-holding republic, the United States of America.

The colonists broke away because this was economically advantageous to their commercial and landed classes. As colonists, they were ruled by a parliament in which they were not represented, and which did not represent their interests. The colonies were not free to protect and develop their own commerce and industries. Their bid for independence was made all the more attractive because it was pressed under the banner of liberty. The colonial elites had imbibed well the lessons of the Enlightenment, and here in the new world, they had an opportunity to harness liberty in the service of their economic interests. Backed by the self interest of their landed and commercial elites, and inspired by revolutionary ideas, the colonists had a dream worth pursuing. They were prepared to die for this dream - and to kill. They did: and they won.

On September 11, 2001, nineteen Arab hijackers too demonstrated their willingness to die - and to kill - for their dream. They died so that their people might live, free and in dignity. The manner of their death - and the destruction it wreaked - is not merely a testament to the vulnerabilities that modern technology has created to clandestine attacks. After all, skyscrapers and airplanes have co-existed peacefully for many decades. The attacks of 9-11 were in many ways a work of daring and imagination too; if one can think objectively of such horrors. They were a cataclysmic summation of the history of Western depredations in the Middle East: the history of a unity dismembered, of societies manipulated by surrogates, of development derailed and disrupted, of a people dispossessed. The explosion of 9-11 was indeed a "shot heard 'round the world."

Most Americans heard the shot clearly, (I, Memes, sure did that's for sure) - what they heard was deafeningly clear to them. And this is why we now stand with our Muslim brother in the Arab-American Revelutionaries Together (AART).

I only hope that we can musterd up as much bravery as our fellow brothers of the Jihad. These are heady times, When we will change the course of the history courses of the future. No longer will American hegemony spread like an oil slick across the oceans of time. No longer will we be haunted by the American hyperpower construct. No longer will the American gaze come blazing out from TV's to rape our women.

We will come like a thief in the night and arrest jesusland and bring him befroe Caesar and Herod to be humiliated by a law not of his dominion. We will beat him in the townsquare with the cat o'nine tales of postmodern diversity. We will thrash him with the 39 lashes of tolerance. And finally when he feels as if he can take no more we will hang jesusland upon the cross purposes of church and state. Will let him hang and hang in agony until he cries out "Why have you forsaken me?

And we will answer, "Because we hate you, because you are Bushitler the Beast."

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