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9/11 - ‘No more Mr. Nice Guy’
Since it is September 11th we're talking about, perhaps it's [fitting] that we remember what that date means, not only to those who lost their loved ones in America, but to those in other parts of the world to whom that date has long held significance.
This historical dredging is not offered as an accusation or a provocation, but just to share the grief of history, to thin the mist a little.
To say to the citizens of America in the gentlest, most human way, welcome to the [real] world."
For those who have been reading this blog for some time, this extraordinary film includes the short clip featured in my post It all started September 11 - not 2001 - but 1922.
On a scale of 1-5, I give it a 10.
In just over 60 minutes, it brings the whole world into focus and is appropriately titled We - because no man, woman, or nation is an island unto themselves.
This powerful, thought provoking feature uses historical footage and compelling soundtracks to illustrate the words and concepts conveyed in Arundhati Roy's 2002 speech Come September.
In it, Roy frames history as an endless struggle between the powerful and the powerless, with the latter always suffering from the ruthlessness of the former.
At the heart of that ruthlessness is not racism alone, but racism coupled with merciless supremacism.
It is in the context of this power struggle that she asks us to view September 11th, how it fits into the rest of human history and how they are all interrelated.
To that end, Roy draws our attention to the world's power players - bankers and multinational corporations - who, by now, most people understand are somehow responsible for much of modern history's death and destruction. Anyone who doesn't is either not paying attention or knows it and is trying to hide it from others.
There most certainly IS a conspiracy on the part of a group or groups of people to rule over as much as possible of the world, its resources, and its peoples. And it is clear from history that they will stop at nothing to accomplish their goals - including nuclear annihilation.
However, in her speech, Roy alludes to the primary, and most effective, way in which they achieve their goals - surreptiously - through the manipulation of words.
[For example,] once someone is branded anti-American, chances are that he or she will be judged BEFORE they are heard and the argument will be lost in the welter of brute national pride.
But, what does the term anti-American mean?
Does it mean you're anti-Jazz?
Or, that you're opposed to free speech?
Does it mean that you don't admire the hundreds of thousands of American citizens who marched against nuclear weapons?
Or, the thousands of war resisters who forced their government to withdraw from Vietnam?
It would be absurd to think that those who criticize the Indian government are anti-Indian. Although, the government itself never hesitates to take that line.
It is DANGEROUS TO CEDE to the Indian government, or the American government, or anyone for that matter, the RIGHT to DEFINE what India or America are or ought to be.
It is especially dangerous when the group who controls the power to define our language and our lives has as their agenda total domination of all other peoples of the world.
These masters of deception use symbolic words like freedom, equality, nationalism, communism, fascism, Islamism, etc. - all loaded with a constant stream of images, designed to create mental associations that are diametrically opposed to reality - thereby setting the stage for political manipulation on a grande scale.
In other words, they market one thing under the brand name of, say 'freedom', only to deliver the exact opposite.
In short, they are LIARS, swindlers, and thieves.
However, as the saying goes - fool me once . . .
This state of affairs lasts only so long before its effect wears thin.
When people start waking up from their ignorant stupor, covert and overt military operations begin.
September 11, 2001 was America's initiation to the growing club of nations around the world for which 'the powerful' have instituted over 'the powerless' the age old policy of 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' also known as 'Rule by Iron Fist.'
If Americans don't wake up soon, it will be too late to do anything about the military coup that is already well underway.