The Napkin Writer
I can imagine that a thousand and one (mass population-type) crimes have been committed in the name of some form of religion or another. Not just the crimes where innocent individuals lost their lives, but also their dignity, culture, history, personal freedoms, or just freedom of a voice and choice.
Someone said to me earlier in this thread, that my truth just might not be his or her truth, (or something to that nature, I didn’t go back and check), but here is some more of what I believe to be truth, my truth.
When I hear people start talking about people like Hitler, I stop and ask myself of the happenings of those times. The United States has always been a powerful nation, so what, “to me” do I believe that Hitler may have assumed to accomplish? Or whom or what nations he may have assumed would align themselves with his causes. Remember at the time the United States was entrenched in bigotry, and hate crimes it self. This is nineteen thirty-nine, not even a hundred years out of slavery, and a lot of these individuals who went along with this chaos called themselves God-fearing Christians! No matter how, or what you may think about Hitler, he had an ingenious plan, and the United States could have easily gone along with it. There was enough ignorance in the United States at the time for whites to start killing Blacks, Indians, Spanish, Chinese, or any other non-white immigrant.
If certain men would have had their way, America could have entered WW II from an opposite perspective. Europe was already established in Africa, they had been for years. The British had colonized there hundreds of years before Hitler was even born. There is no telling which way the Soviet Union would have turned. The Soviets had been killing the Polish for decades. The Japanese rule and torture of the Chinese had been going on for centuries. Hitler was crazy, but he was also no fool. He knew that the racism, which existed in the world at the time, could and would have brought this whole world to its knees of this neo-nazi/Aryan dictatorship.
How easy is it for mankind to kill, and then say it’s in the name of some sort of religion, or just cause? Germany was under strict sanctions from WW I. They had no true leader at the time, and they were not only looking for a leader, but also someone to blame and or maybe even punish for their situation. Not to play down the Holocaust, but any other non-white culture could have been in place of the Jews. Remember Hitler called for the elimination of all non-white, non-pure races, not just the Jews. You had racial slaughter going on all over the world in the early decades of last century.
As far as 911 is concerned, “I” don’t believe that, that had anything at all to do with religion at all. I believe that the same group of individuals that just screwed a quarter of a million Americans, out of their homes, retirements, education for their children, careers, cars, and just plain accustoms of life, are to blame! These “oil wars” has been going on for years, and corporations based here in the United States has been one of the prime players.
Some may still want to believe that we, in all of are Christian goodness went over to the Mid-east to help save a destitute people, but I don’t, not now, not after the way these corporations just did our own people.
When you stop and think of the terrorist targets, there was only one real target, to cripple what they believed was the financial structure of this country; never believing that it truly is the people, and not corporations. The White House was a target because most overseas deals involving major corporations must be approved through some form of politics; and the Pentagon because intelligence of any source involving a retaliatory strike, would have more than likely initiated in those walls.
So, to me 911 had two meanings, the first being retaliation for what U. S. corporations have done to those Middle Easterners for years, and the other was to cripple our politicians, and slow any military response. I believe this was a military action under retaliatory bases, and the only relationship religion played in this was the fact that the perpetrators were of Islamic backgrounds.
The sad part in this is; since 911 destroyed many middle eastern oil trades, how were many of these corporations who were involved, to recover financially? Now many of these deals may date back before 911, but after 911, there was widespread panic of major losses in the corporate boardroom.
There have been other major investments of American corporations throughout our history that have lead to wars. Vietnam is probably the most notable era the United States could have made in trying to protect investments of American corporations. In the first half of last century, Vietnam, like Cuba, was considered two of the worlds pleasure resort countries. Vietnam resorts were mainly control by the French and American enterprises, and Cuba’s resorts were mainly control by gangsters and American enterprises. These two countries were drenched in casinos, hotels, planned housing developments, and corporate interest groups influencing government officials on all sides, (including the American politician).
In both cases, the Soviets aided these countries in ousting the United States. And this is one of the reasons we stayed on our heels during the cold war. None of this had anything to do with religion, a country being under-developed, and two centuries out of date with modernization or technologies. It had to do with GREED!
I like to make one more point before I stop rattling! Do you know how convicted rapists are let back in the community? Their crimes are listed. Details of their offenses are listed. Their faces are posted. A town meeting is called, and anyone whom, may or may not have any objections to a man/woman who has served their time, could live in a particular neighborhood. Now what about these priest? They hid behind the Holy Bible and the cloth of the church. And if that wasn’t enough, their superiors hid more truth and details of their gruesome sexual exploitations boys, children! How can any American find the shameless-nerve to stand up and cry foul of any religion, when they have stood by and allowed these poor excuses of men get away with raping hundreds children over the past sixty years, that we know about?
There are the stories of how women who are raped are treated by defense attorneys, now there is a portion of male rape victims who understand why some women never even report their rapes. To make matters worst, our cowardly judicial system allows these rapist and their protectors, to go to Dallas, and decide their own fate, what! There is only one other incident that comes to mind of this sort of sorry excuse of a judicial system, was when Pablo Escabar was allowed to build his own prison in Columbia. If that isn’t a double standard, tell me what is?
Now if other religious groups from all around the world are watching this, they are laughing in our face, every time one of us cries about some else’s religion. And there are those diplomats, and foreign interest groups who would rather do business with those countries in the Middle East, than to chance being screwed by one of our corporations here in America. On a national level it may not mean much to a lot of people, but on a global level, it could mean what honesty we may or may not bring to global bargaining tables.
What these priest and corporate leaders did give supporters of terrorism more ammunition and reasons to despise us, (not that they already didn’t). Now if anyone is still confused as to why we are so hated around the world, they should try opening his or her eyes. If we don’t know what’s going on in our own back yard, or willing to deal with it, or even tell ourselves the truth about what’s going on in our own back yard, then it’s us who has the problem, not Islamic religion, or the rest of the world.
Jesus spoke about men with tree limbs and two by fours poking out their eyes, pointing out everyone with a toothpick in theirs.
In saying this I do also recognize the thousands who give their lives that all who lived in this country was able to live as free men, women and children. This is why I believe that so much importance was and has been placed on the athlete of non-white decent of those times, particularly Jim Thorpe, Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph, Jackie Robinson and Joe Louis. They prove that any one man woman or religious belief was not superior over another, but rather any man or woman, could rise above what they were believe to be, if given the opportunity, and it took a lot of “great white Americans” to help this happen. For that I am very grateful of those whom have sought the truth in Christianity! As a matter of fact, every American citizen should be proud of how far we have come as one nation “under God, indivisible!” “Justice for all, we’ve still got a way to go!”
I don’t think that it would be that easy for someone to tell me or convince me to take up arms against my next door neighbor, simply because he’s white, or a Christian, or a Jew, and even Islamic! And in the long run it proves to me that “the individual,” regardless of their race, creed, or color, or religious preference, but rather what’s in the individual heart, that is the “final solution” to what brings us closer to being truly “God-like” creatures.
I know this entry might bring a lot of heat, but the history of it has already been written. And I try to keep weighing out what I’ve been told over the years with what I see with my own two eyes, and I keep coming up with the same answers.
So blast away, and God Bless!