Salee Allawe, who endured a direct US missile attack while playing hopscotch.
(photo source: http://cmsimg.greenvilleonline.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde? )
This is the story of nine-year old Salee Allawe, who was on the receiving end of our Air Boys and their War Toys. Please watch this two minute video by clicking: http://bravenewfilms.org/blog/8546-july-23rd-salee-story?play=1
It is remarkable that she retains her cheerful and lovely character, as you can see in the video. Perhaps her warmth and love moved Divinity to bless her, because she has become one of the lucky few able to come to America for medical assistance. A progressive Christian group in Greenville, South Carolina is helping her to obtain prosthetics and a new lease on life. You can read about this and see more photographs and videos at:
Now, let us realize that what has happened to Salee has also happened to thousands of other Iraqi men, women and children in Iraq, and will continue to happen until the world can stop this horror.
What we are doing to Iraq is the cruel nexus of manipulated fear, of reactionary religious fundamentalism that demonizes Moslems, of deep-seeded American racism against black and brown-skinned peoples, of alienating and alienated Imperialist ideology that reduces humans to objects, and of sheer sadism on unprecedented levels that grows out of an unnatural culture.
America is gripped by an emotional plague that will not be abated until we really, really collectively look ourselves in the mirror and own up to the monsters lurking within us. And deep penance will be in order too. Only then can we expunge them.
Unless America can develop adequate introspection and undergo some manner of healing, then what we are now doing or have done to much of humanity, we will ultimately do to ourselves. You can't be part-time depraved, part-time normal and not become more and more psychotic over time. This is what thousands of returning GIs are struggling with now. Their souls have been shredded by destroying the innocent and this is a terrible burden to bear. Some of them have degenerated into alcoholics and drug-addicts, others have unleashed new violence on their own families and friends, or tragically, upon themselves, or fallen into criminality.
America is presently beset by a Corporate Fascist culture. The underlying human condition in this culture is alienation, fear and loathing. Its halmark has become mass murder. The psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich once said that Fascism is the impulse to murder given free reign, and we are seeing this acted out daily in our foreign policy. How much longer before this impulse, if unchecked, turns inward?
A truly human culture has yet to arise in America on any institutional basis. Instead we have become a classic warfare state, to the point where our institutions and economy depend upon war, and consequently must produce an endless stream of victims to demonize and annihilate.
We are, in this respect, much like the Aztec Empire, which had to institutionalize the "Flowery Wars" with some of its subservient allies, ritual wars that were fought souly for the purpose of capturing warriors for the Aztecs' voluminous human sacrifices. While the Aztecs sacrificed their victims to their blood-thirsty Sun God, we sacrifice our victims to corporate greed and sadistic pleasure.
We are witnessing the devolution of a once promising country, one that is even turning against its centuries old heritage now, the Magna Carta and all the hard-won rights leading up to the Constitution. Changing presidents or tweedle-dee, tweedle-dum parties will not go to the root of this deep and huge problem. An entirely new spiritual, emotional, political, educational and economic paradigm is needed.