Friday, September 22, 2006

Who Dares Debate the Empire?

"I don't hate America. In fact, think it's one of the best countries anyone ever stole."- Mickey Z -

The Empire began here. Over five hundred years of expansionism later and the Empire is currently here. Who dares to debate the Empire? Anybody into masochism or maybe just feeling a little suicidal lately? Occasionally we will see some of our citizens who have the conviction to question the Empire!

The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines the word terrorism as: "The unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives." The FBI's definition of terrorism begs the question, "Is the U.S. itself guilty of supporting or actually carrying out state sponsored terrorism?" Perhaps Orwell had a moment of clarity whe he wrote, "And in the general hardening of outlook that set in . . . practices which had been long abandoned - imprisonment without trial, the use of war prisoners as slaves, public executions, torture to extract confessions . . . and the deportation of whole populations - not only became common again, but were tolerated and even defended by people who considered themselves enlightened and progressive."

Maybe it's time we make a committment such as activist William Blum, who declared, "I'm committed to fighting U.S. foreign policy, the greatest threat to peace and happiness in the world, and being in the United States is the best place for carrying out the battle. This is the belly of the beast, and I try to be an ulcer inside of it."

It was John Lennon who said, that our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I believe this has been true since our country was first stolen. As long as we allow the fear of recrimination to dictate our thoughts and actions, we will continue to allow the status quo to control the terms of the debate. Who dares to question the Empire?


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