I despair for the state of humanity

by Natalie P.

June 3, 2008 | Filed Under The Heartless Bitch Way | 4 Comments

A friend who loves “dark” movies, suggested we go see Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) last night. What a charming, and “light-hearted” movie. Not. (Then again, despite being the queen of dark, she found my recommendation, “Osama” to be too depressing, so I think we are about even.)

Despite some harsh reviews, what I found so difficult about SOP was that people were so willing to “go along” with what their superiors or even comrades were doing, just to fit in, even when it involved degrading, hurting and humiliating other human beings.

And while nobody over the rank of staff sergeant was indicted in the Abu Ghraib incidents, and I am in no way EXCUSING the heinous behavior, they WERE nothing but scapegoats for the REAL shit that went on in those prisons. The atrocities that were never captured on camera.

Even more disturbing than the shit that goes on in the name of “justice” is the SHEER IGNORANCE of the US public regarding the actions and behaviors of their administration and the atrocities enacted on the behalf of “US interests” and “National Security”.

Shortly after 9-11, I was at a retreat in the USA. People were in a “sharing circle” talking about the twin towers disaster, genuinely ignorant of the kind of atrocities that have been perpetrated in other countries on behalf of the “USA”, and beseeching, “But we HELP so many other countries. WHY would anyone want to hurt us?”  Not having a CLUE that their government does things like send CIA interrogators into third world countries to train the dictator’s henchmen in torture, er, “interrogation” techniques.  Not aware that their government (or big business interests supported by their government) will support repressive dictatorship regimes, that KILL dissenters, so long as they allow US-Owed/backed companies to operate unimpeded. Not aware that their government supported “rebels” to take down the Nicaraguan Sandinista government, not because it was communist, but because it wouldn’t “play ball” with US conglomerates, despite the fact that with the Sandinistas in power, for the first time Nicaraguans had universal health care, education and a lower infant mortality rate than the USA. 

 No, I can’t imagine WHY any other people in the world might have a DIM view of the grand old US of A.

The soldiers in Abu Ghraib, who were charged, WERE nothing but scapegoats. Sure, they may also have been sociopaths, sick, and depraved, but what they were caught for, was NOTHING compared to the REAL atrocities that took place at that, and many other prisons in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo.  What is just as disturbing as what was NOT captured or punished is that which was labelled as “Standard Operating Procedures”. Apparently, humiliating, degrading, and torturing by sleep deprivation, water torture, and psychological torture is just A-OK by the US govt. standards.

I swear, this really harkens back to Cynthia Heimel’s famous words, “There is nothing worse than a man who thinks himself a victim, because victims think it is within their rights to fuck everyone else over.”  It is patently obvious that the current US government regime sees (or at least portrays) themselves as victims – especially post 9-11 – and as such, is putting the country in a position of “raging from victim-stance” as a nation. Abu Ghraib is a prime example of the kind of crap that results. They think that their own victim stance makes it OK to do whatever they want to their “prisoners”, without regard to things like evidence, a fair trial, human rights, dignity. Heaven forvend anyone should do that kind of thing to an American, but it’s A-OK to do it to someone else. As long as you suggest they are a “suspected terrorist”.  Yeah, I despair for the state of humanity.

Does no one else see the insanity in this double standard?

It’s a damn good thing I don’t have a heart or it would be aching.

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  1. Rod June 3, 2008 11:56 am

    Is it really humanity in decay? I’m coming to the view that it is more the result of the reach of Anglo-American liberal democracy concerned only about drawing back in other’s resources to drive economic growth and propagating the brainwashing to ensure all citizens of these countries think economic growth actually matters one ounce of crap, as each day the future is mined, eg. climate change, etc. This leaves us with a framework that is simply a front for legitimizing legal entities to screw people and weaker nations over, making property rights precedent over human rights.

    With more accountable forms of liberal democracy or social democracy, maybe humanity wouldn’t appear to be in a state of rigor mortis. Under such conditions it may be possible for nations strangled by the Anglo-American liberal democratic tradition to stop inserting weak, partisan and despotic figureheads to terrorize nations that have desirable resources to ship to the global marketplace.

    Until the delusion that the next dollar is the end game is smashed, this abhorrent crap will just keep on keepin’ on. A circuit-breaker is needed so the masses will snap out of this BS.

  2. Sheila McLaughlin Sikorski June 3, 2008 2:56 pm

    I totally agree with you. This country has harrassed, bullied, and destroyed societies that stood in its way since its inception. Our forefathers’ (!) treatment of the Native Americans and their acceptance of black slavery to appease the southern signers of the Constitution stained our newborn nation. We hardly did better with our land-grabbing wars as our nation “grew.” But it really became “fun” when we began exporting our militarism in the Spanish-American War. Even with all that, I am not saying that many American individuals aren’t generous with their money and materials during disasters, but very few of our leaders through our history have clean hands when it comes to exporting the American brand of terrorism. It’s just a damn shame that it took this long for a woman candidate to be taken seriously, and even she supports military action. Aieee! We need more men and women with more democracy and less facism running our government. I hope we begin with this November’s election.

  3. Kimberly June 4, 2008 8:14 pm

    Oh, I whole-heartedly agree with EVERYTHING in your post. Having lived here my entire 39 years and being a federal employee for the past 9 years, I see this all too often. I’ve put my neck out there on several occasions and, yes, I have been shunned by the upper echelons. I’m still here, I’m still ranting to my, ahem, superiors on a daily basis. Many of us are disgusted with the actions of the current (and past) administrations, especially when they attempt to justify these actions in the “name of democracy.” We protest, we get arrested. We speak out, we are “out of line” or labeled unpatriotic. It’s sick. So very sick. Things are slowly turning around and now with the upcoming election, people of ALL voting ages are engaged. Let’s just hope the voting machines aren’t hacked as they were in the past two elections.

    I can’t remember the name of the comedian who said this but he called us the “United States of Entertainment”…so very sad. I can’t take our government seriously and this country has lost the world’s respect. I just hope it isn’t too late to turn that around.

  4. Ida June 5, 2008 9:56 am

    It gets really scary when a country that’s both stuck in the victim mindset and in possession of WOMD cranks up the propaganda machine to espouse words like “liberty” and “freedom”. Possibly this means they’ve the liberty to bomb the shit out of foreigners, who are free to die?


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