13 November 2015:one of the many days that will live in infamy

2015-11-16 16:09

Let me be unequivocal here. What happened on 13th November 2015 was yet another day that will live in infamy. But when editors and media houses frame the agenda, I am of those to sit up and take issue. I am mindful of what Noam Chomsky in collaboration with Edward S Herman  warn in their work "Manufacturing Consent". They substantiated that contrary to the image of the media  as 'cantankerous,obstinate and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defence for justice"  the media houses have divided the world as that framed by the late Professor Samuel P Huntington as a 'clash of civilizations". (See  " Do Paris terror attacks highlight a clash of civilisations?" by Gideon Rachman in www.ft.com accessed on 16 November 2015).  How else can one interpret President Francois Hollande's description of  the latest outrage in Paris as 'an act of war'?

We must recognise how the media houses defend the economic, social and political agendas of the privileged groups in the West that dominate domestic society, the state and, yes, yes,yes, the global order. Are those who perished in Paris more worthy that those who perished in Beirut or Gaza on the same  day and the days following this abomination? I hope not. So I am not as sanguine as others who agree without intro and circumspection as to what has happened and why. There is always a trigger and to merely reduce the narrative under labels is compounding injustice for all victims and adding insult to their memory. I object to anyone who frames the debate in terms of worthy and unworthy victims.

It was an 'act of  barbarism" as one guest editorial in this morning's newspaper described it. No buts. Simply an act of brutal execution that all human society must unequivally condemn in the strongest terms. No human life should  be pegged or indexed according to western  or eastern paradigm or value systems which is why I argue that history should be revised to be all inclusive, to reflect the universality of inhumanity as executed under various genocidists as well as heads of state purporting to act in the national interest of that State. I am talking here about how, for instance, the US inspired NATO took out Mu'ammar Ghadaffi and Saddam Hussein and supplanted in their place mayheim and anarchy.....all for the sake of oil. I am also talking about drone strikes that decimate families and societies that resulted in moderate Muslims for instance losing out to fundamentalists who spawned the Taliban and, arguably ISIS both of whom inexorably morph into mass murder. What other reasons are there for people to don explosive belts and blow themselves up hurling expletives and deluded into thinking that they would be rewarded in heaven? I wept for those innocent revellers in gay Paris when, at dawn on the 14th November 2015 the news of the terror attack broke but I shan't be apologising anytime soon for there is a cause and effect. We often focus on the effect without honestly dissecting through the miasma of broken/shattered bodies and lives in the aftermath of yet another outrage and treating the cause. Those madmen and women who were the vilest species had a history. Look into their history for therein lies the clue as to what motivated them to commit these dastardly deeds that shames our collective humanity. As ISIS reportedly announced, this is only the beginning and I am despondent that instead of a political solution, France and the US proceed with a military response as if the enemy, brainwashed as are their opponents, give a damn. Its a war of ideas after all fueled by arms manufacturers who profit from the misery of the real victims.

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