The Unnamed War Unfolding Around Us
RECENTLY I posted on YouTube's yanking of a vlogger's account due to the torture practices he was exposing that are perpetrated by Egyptian police. I was definitely disappointed in YouTube, although I sort of expect any large corporate entity to ultimately suppress free speech, because inevitably, free speech involves telling the truth, and at the end of that road can be found many ideas that might not support the agenda and behavior of corporate entities. As the RAND Corporation, "a California based think-tank with close ties to the military-industrial-intelligence complex" sees it:
RAND maintains "homegrown terrorism" will not be the result of jihadist sleeper cells. Rather, it will result from anti-globalists and radical environmentalists who 'challenge the intrinsic qualities of capitalism, charging that in the insatiable quest for growth and profit, the philosophy is serving to destroy the world's ecology, indigenous cultures, and individual welfare.' ...
Further, RAND claims anti-globalists and radical environmentalists 'exist in much the same operational environment as al Qaida' and pose 'a clear threat to private-sector corporate interests, especially large multinational business.'
So through these types of statements, we begin to see it all come together. The War of the future, already taking place now. Those who refuse to consider any ill effects upon the world and the animals and the poor and simply the common gente, a breed who refuses to let go of a philosophy of greed, despite the mounting consequences of such a failed paradigm vs. those of us concerned first and foremost with the weakest of us, the meekest of us, the poorest of us, and Mother Earth herself.
We already know the weapons that the State will use against the people who dare to question all the powers that are wreaking havoc upon our world. They will call us "socialists" and then "terrorists," and they will lump free speech in with "treason" and Empathetic and Concerned Human with "Al Qaeda," and they will spy on us using our own consumerist and increasingly networked goods, and then lie about it and nobody will stop them (because in this unnamed war taking place now, the Government is by necessity on the same side of the corporations) and even suggesting these kinds of actions should be actionable or halted is to be seen as anti-American (a word which will continue to be broadened and already includes those who simply want Peace between all humankind!), they will tase us and disappear us and the choice will be before us to either bow down and get with the New Brave World (even as it destroys the natural world), or to be seen as a "jihadist," an "anti-american" or an "extremist." Even though there really is nothing more extreme than choosing not to stand against the harm being done against the world and the people and the creatures and the environment today.
For now, it seems the monstrous (and growing bigger and more all-seeing and powerful every day) Google has chosen the wise tactic:
We are committed to preserving YouTube as an important platform for expression of all kinds, while also ensuring that the site remains a safe environment for our users. Balancing these interests raises very tough issues. In this case, our general policy against graphic violence led to the removal of videos documenting alleged human rights abuses because the context was not apparent. Having reviewed the case, we have restored the account of Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas - and if he chooses to upload the video again with sufficient context so that users can understand his important message we will of course leave it on the site.
—Google/YouTube's statement, according to The Skeptic
And so Wael Abbas' YouTube account has been restored. For now. But really, it all depends upon exactly what he is saying, doesn't it? Of course it does.
I do hope everyone is paying attention to the statements that come from RAND et al. They have been echoed by Gonzales and Rumsfeld and we have every reason to believe these people see it exactly this way. They are making the declaration of war, the ultimatum on belief, and the assault even on (rational) thinking.
Either way, there's no more time to be pulling punches or using euphemism, unless we want to be fully unprepared. Because as I see it, sooner or later, we will all be forced on one side of this fight or the other. Truth...or comfort at the cost of everything else. Maybe there is another way to say it, but that's how I see it. Some people I know think the Democrats will save us from such fates as we now teeter before, but I'm not counting on it. I think it must be "us" who must save us. But maybe that's more socialist thinking, or anti-American talk. It's hard to tell about such things anymore, in a day and age when being against torture is anti-American.
For now, I'll be glad there are these means of speaking and sharing information and telling stories and waking each other up. These seem the types of things we wouldn't, as a People, need to thank anyone else for. These seem like rituals that every culture and civilization have, and with good reason. It is so we do not forget, do not go blind, and do not become controlled and owned and abused by those more powerful, or fall prey to the worst of our own natures.
But this is where we do our talking in this age. Through this series of tubes is where we do so much of our storytelling and our speaking truth to power. And if that's where many energetic and concerned people are reading, then it is good that we do. My thanks, as always, go to Wael Abbas, and to Brad Will, and to Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela, Amy Goodman, Michael Moore, Al Gore, Helen Thomas and all the other storytellers and truth-seekers with whom I share esta planeta, and especially the ones who risk their own perch for the good of the Whole. You are a huge part of our survival as a planet and a People. Thank you, mil gracias, and keep the faith.