Sunday, September 14, 2008

American Extremists

Posted by willyloman on September 14, 2008

From We Are Change Ohio

by Scott Creighton

I met a woman like this just the other day while I was walking around the Bay. She didn’t know Saddam Hussein’s name or Osama bin Laden’s but she hated them all the same. She didn’t know Bush had said Saddam “had nothing to do with 9/11″ and she swore up and down it was Iran that had something to do with it as well, though she couldn’t tell me what. She hated Iran and when I asked asked her who held candlelight vigils with one million people in their capitol for us after 9/11 and who was the first country to help us go after the Taliban, she answered “Israel?”. When I asked her who was videoing the towers on Sept. 11th on a van across the river, caught dancing around as the planes struck them, she paused…she had heard that story.

She condemned Russia for invading Georgia and she thought 9/11 was mostly Bill Clinton’s fault. She was an avid Fox News watcher. She stated that Americans don’t become terrorists and when asked about Oklahoma City, Olympic Park, and the anthrax attacks she insisted those weren’t terrorist’s acts. When I asked her why, she proudly proclaimed “Because Americans did it.”. She said “we don’t kill innocent people. That’s evil”.

So I asked her about Hiroshima and Nagasaki; I asked her about the American Indians and East Timor; I asked her about firebombing Japan. She said “yes I know…but we don’t do that anymore“. I asked her about Israel and she couldn’t name the people that they are in conflict with or why, but that they are terrorists that “hate Jews” and anything Israel does is for good.

Fervent blind nationalists and faith-based zealots will never listen, will never learn anything more than that which they want to learn. If it doesn’t compliment their world-view, they don’t want to see it.

They are blind as an act of will, ignorant by choice, and angry at those who do not wish to share their self imposed limitations. These are the American Extremists and the poorer they get, the more dangerous they become. And we are all about to get real poor real soon.

see 9/11 Fundimentalism

see The Gift of 9/11

see 9/11 and the Just War


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