Remembering 9/11: Captives to the Logic of Violence
By Robert C. Koehler
The abyss keeps deepening; the wars keep squandering our blood and treasure beyond all logic except the logic of violence. What ended on Sept. 11, 2001, it sometimes seems, was human evolution.
What ended on
Suddenly, an irreparable schism opened between those in power and the rest of humankind, and a decision fell into place that war for profit would never end -- and there was nothing to be done about it, as the corporate media conveyed to the world with a knowing shrug. What fell into place was armed insanity as perpetual background noise, and any reach toward global community, understanding and forgiveness went on permanent hold.
"Peace, of course, is not just absent from video games. It has faded from any debate in
Thus spake the
"By this logic," Jaffe goes on to tell us, "America's wars are unending and any talk of peace is quixotic or naive."
Pondering the profound changes this has wrought in American society, Jaffe visits video game culture, specifically a game called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which, he reports, portrays "a very different kind of war" -- full of good old slaughter, just like the World War II games, but without any kind of ending, no victory banner or grandly hoisted American flag, just dead bodies. "Victory is unattainable."
This is it, sucker, get used to it. Jaffe adds: "'Peace,' meanwhile, has become something of a dirty word in
All this is a warning: The powers that be and their scribes have had it up to here with "peace consciousness" and are trying to imprison it in the dark cell of their contempt. A decade after 9/11, the agenda couldn't be more stunningly clear. The enemy is Evil Itself, and we're taking it out with drones, but Evil regroups. This is going to take forever. We'll keep you informed just enough to stay terrified.
This, of course, is absolutely nuts. The mainstream media, beholden to power and corporate interests, have given up challenging their agenda and want the rest of us to as well.
It is in this context that we must take our stand. "Be a hero for peace!" is the cry of a group called
"Be a hero for peace!" This is the cry of empowerment -- the cry of those who insist on a future that is not the endless playing out of the cycle of violence. And it is the cry of those who believe, with passion and a life's commitment, that we will end not simply the current bloody, pointless wars in
"We know everything about war," says
Heroes for peace are beyond number, but one of them is named Rais Bhuiyan, a South Asian immigrant living in
"I've had many years to grow spiritually," Bhuiyan told MSNBC reporter
Though Stroman was executed in July -- this was
Forgiveness, think of it, in the name and spirit of 9/11.
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