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What a bombshell it was when Martin Luther King called his government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world!" - large bold headlines in every newspaper all around the world. Now, nearly a half century later, and tens of millions of additional innocent human beings, a third of them children, slaughtered to protect the super wealthy's mostly white capitalism, as it continues profitable exploitation of all humanity, what If a few world famous celebrities listened to their conscience and spoke up as King did?
What if tennis number one Nowak-Djokovic, this years UNICIF Goodwill Ambassador, felt a roll-model's responsibility to set a good example and humbly observed publicly the crying need for the prosecution that would stop this permanent genocide continuing under the ploy of anti-communism or anti someone else's terrorism?
Would a surprised celebrity watching world not react with appreciation and relief and some personal shame for having remained silent for so many years? Along with the surprise and sense of guilt awakened, would there not be some expectation or demand for rectification of our macabre and almost silly situation of having allowed massive death and destruction to be sold to us as necessary and good?
Of course when speaking out against mass murder publicly accepted as necessary and unchallengable foreign policy, choosing a moment when one's voice will be heard is most important.
When Nelson Mandela said "If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America - they don't care," he had not just won the US Open Tennis Tournament and had the attention of a huge and influential segment of humanity. If Mandela had condemned US atrocities upon his release from twenty-seven years of imprisonment when world attention was focused on him, his voice would have been heard.
Might it not be useful if some reader were able get this article to Novak-Djokovic's attention?
Imagine the snowball to avalanche effect of a few media made world personalities choosing a propitious moment to be covered on world satellite powered prime time evening news saying the obvious, namely, that this blood-letting US foreign policy of illegally using its Armed Forces to the profitable advantage of speculative investors has been obvious and prosecutable crimes against peace and crimes against humanity, that like any other crime should be prosecuted. Otherwise, why would these crimes ever cease and justice be had by surviving victims? What is the result for society of any crime left protected from prosecution over a long period of time?
The reader is invited to pick a name from the list below, close his or her eyes and picture a favorite media celebrity demanding justice for the victims of what Martin Luther King called "atrocity wars and covert violence on three continents since 1945 meant to maintain unjust predatory investments," barbarous military killing and deadly covert violence which King held all Americans, including himself responsible for during his blistering world shaking sermon Beyond Vietnam - a Time to Break Silence.
From Forbes Magazine's World's Highest Paid Celebrities:
Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Katy Perry, One Direction, Howard Stern, Garth Brooks, James Patterson, Robert Downey Jr., Taylor Swift, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rush Limbaugh, Ellen DeGeneres, Lionel Messi, The Eagles, Dr. Phil, Roger Federer, Calvin Harris, LeBron James, Justin Timberlake, David Copperfield, Sean Combs, Gordon Ramsay, Ryan Seacrest, Fleetwood Mac, Lady Gaga, Rolling Stones, Ed Sheeran, Jay Z,Beyonce Knowles,,Kevin Durant, Elton John, , Toby Keith, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lawrence, Paul McCartney, Phil Mickelson, Tiger , Woods, Jackie Chan, Kobe Bryant, Ben Roethlisberger, Rory McIlroy, Novak Djokovic, Vin Diesel, Judy Sheindlin, ,Michael Buble, Gisele Bundchen, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Bradley Cooper, Adam Sandler, Tom Cruise, Bruno Mars, Drake, Lewis Hamilton, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ndamukong Suh, Foo Fighters, Tim McGraw, David Guetta, Florida Giorgia Line, Jimmy Buffett, Jerry Seinfeld, Tiesto, Fernando Alonso, Scarlett Johansson, Gareth Bale, David Letterman, Jon Lester, Derrick Rose, Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Maroon 5, Dr. Dre, Sebastian Vettel, Akshay Kumar, Rafael Nadal, Zac Brown Band, Mark Wahlberg, Pharrell Williams, Dwayne Johnson, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Eminem Neymar, Britney Spears, Carmelo Anthony, Johnny Depp, Maria Sharapova, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Hannity, Carson Palmer
Jim Parsons, James Rodriguez, Channing Tatum, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Kevin Hart, Miranda Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, Blake Shelton, Sofa Vergara
Coming to mind of the top of your author's head:
Noam Chomsky, Ed Herman, Stephen Stephen Hawking, Mohammed Ali, Winton Marsalis, Yoyo Ma, Zubin Mehta, Will Smith, Bruce Willis, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Whoopi Goldberg, Venus Williams, OJ Simpson, Diahann Carrol, Oprah Winfrey, Vanessa Williams, Sylvester Stalione, Madonna, Yoo Jae Sook, Bill Cosby, Denzel Washington, Chia-Hui Liu, Wesley Trent Snipes, Michio Kaku, Steven Spielberg, Steven Seagal, Chuck Norris, the list could go on for maybe a thousand recognizable famous names that would include those of civil rights leaders, like Harry Belafonte, Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, Colonel West, and Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a list which could a;sp include names of those famous (or infamous) just for being rich and the politicians, anchors and clergy who are beholden to them.
Then there are presidents and prime ministers of countries bombed, who, in spite of worry of heavier retaliatory sanctions against their nations, could soon or eventually speak out:
Pres. Maduro of Venezuela, Mujica of Uruguay, Morales of Bolivia, Correa of Ecuador, Sa'nchez of El Salvador, Ferna'ndez of Argentina, Rouhani of Iran, Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong--un of N. Korea, Assad of Syria, Castro of Cuba, Xin Jiping of China, Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Choummaly Sayasone of Laos, Ortega de Nicaraqua, Truong Tan Sang of Vietnam, Hun Sen of Cambodia, dos Santos of Angola, Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique, Vaz of Guinea-Bssau,
Pick one name an close your eyes, imagine seeing your pick saying the sweet and kind and honest words calling for a merciful bringing down of the law on those whom everyone has oddly been given immunity for so long - in the age of super intelligent outer space exploration, no less.
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(Article changed on September 15, 2015 at 14:39)