Sunday, September 22, 2013

There's a country in the world that keeps wanting us to go to war

         On a better-late-than-never
         reading of history, a nation
         we all favour commends war
         to us routinely, and has en-
         trapped three generations of
         our people in a neurotic re-
         flex. Well, with so many such
         dependencies - Wall Street,
         the South, the sugar lobby -
         it seems discriminatory to
         isolate an amiable national
         chum, for corrupting our pol-
         itics and tethering us as its
         own judas goat. 

         War is different from subsid-
         ies and tax breaks, deregula-
         tion and rigged elections. We
         indulge such habits because
         our oligarchs insist. But war
         takes youth who are gone from
         us, when they are gone. That
         vile choice is for the humble
         to deliberate. It would be
         more in the interest of this
         nation to see such people in
         office again, than to do an-
         other dependent the favour of
         a war.


         But we have our own nemeses
         to thank for being friends
         like these, who think nothing
         of donating our youth to be
         chopped up in these charitable
         cauldrons, and yet blanch at
         ceding a crumb from our table
         in economic assistance. Even
         they, however, would have no
         platform for debauching our de-
         bates without that galaxy of
         warmongering columnists clus-
         tered at The Washington Post,
         outriders of a decadently im-
         perious editorial board, who 
         speculate openly and weekly 
         on whose society to punish, 
         whose to destabilise, thwart, 
         toy with, as Caligula teased 
         his beasts. As Connie Corleone
         warned Kay, O, read the papers,
         read the papers!

         Who can doubt, how absolute-
         ly normal this can seem, by
         now, to be suspended in an
         isometric pump of hegemony
         because of the power to de-
         fine the terms. We have met
         that country, and it is us.

         Just sayin'.

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