ARE BLACK LIVES TERRORIST LIVES?
A petition urging the US government to recognise Black Lives Matter as a terrorist organisation has now gathered more than 100,000 signatures, it means that the White House will consider the request and formally respond to the demands made.
The calls to have BLM registered as a terrorist organisation gained momentum as five police officers were shot dead by snipers during a BLM protest in Dallas on July 7th – and one of the alleged gunmen, Micah Johnson, reportedly died during a standoff after police used a robot to detonate an improvised explosive device.
The creator of the petition, identified only as ‘Y.S,’ wrote that “terrorism is defined as ‘the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims’. This definition is the same definition used to declare ISIS and other groups as terrorist organisations. Black Lives Matter has earned this title due to its actions in Ferguson, Baltimore, and even at a Bernie Sanders rally.”
What Y.S. fails to note is that state-led organised violence in pursuit of a variety of aims is also worthy of classification as ‘terrorist’ behaviour. The United States is a nation plagued by institutional criminality and racism, demonstrated best by the comprehensive fraud of its debt-based monetary system and the prison-industrial complex.
People of colour in the United States have an entire sub-culture of wiles dedicated to the successful navigation of a racist society, and ideas such as ‘do exactly what the officer tells you’ and ‘do so immediately without the faintest suggestion of resistance’ have become standard rites of passage for young black American males.
Governments do indeed have a legal monopoly when it comes to killing people; though in truth, this Mafioso style of pseudo-democratic dictatorship mixed with corporate oligarchy is as illegitimate as it is possible for institutions to be: with one simple example of such essential corruption being demonstrable United States government ties to hyper-violent terror organisations such as Fursan al-Haq and the infamous Al-Nusra Front – an organisation which for the life of the State Department can’t be determined as either moderate or not-moderate – leaving the careful observer in a no-man’s-land of perpetual uncertainty: is Al-Nusra a terrorist organisation? Or is it a moderate band of merry-rebels? The reader shall have to decide.
Probably a petition should be launched to hold State Department officials, along with the CIA and the broader American establishment to fully account for their various campaigns of violent intrigue, in Middle-Eastern nations and further afield.
Innocent and unarmed men, women and children, the world over, have fallen victim to the lethal and remorseless brutality of the American planners, in whose psychopathic narratives such deaths are seen as either a necessary evil or even perhaps even a stimulating turn of events; after all – these people who rule over us are not what one might refer to as sane and balanced individuals, and if we were to travel down the sinister road of sadistic-abuse and its use as a weapon of political blackmail, we might be forgiven for suggesting that many of our presumptive rulers are in fact themselves ruined children: intellectual and emotional adolescents at best, who are stifled in a toxic state of perpetual arrested development, and sadly exercise their wretchedness on the poor of the world according to an endless assortment of dastardly pretexts determined by their hyper-sociopathic and schizo-paranoiac divinations of ‘realist’ foreign-policy imperatives, apparently drawn from some Mythical well of human degradation long lost to the chasms of time.
Overseas operations conducted by the United Snakes have tarnished and torn countries in the Middle East, throughout Africa, and elsewhere, with a trail of inconceivable destruction and sorrow: all the while paving the way for American transnationals to pillage and plunder under the guise of nation-building; whilst networks of immortal crime and corruption syndicates flourish uninhibited just as in the direst straits of that most pitiful of raped nations, baleful Kosovo.
Urging the Pentagon to classify Black Lives Matter as a terrorist group alike to ISIS or Al-Qaeda [of whom Al-Nusra is the Syrian franchise] is an exercise in absurdity, and it demonstrates a patent disregard for the American historical and social context of systemic and profoundly deep-rooted racism. Lest we forget the sordid history of evil American race-science that provided the very inspiration for the Nazi European project [which in turn became the European Union] via the provision of a vast base of scholarly works and discourse characterised by social Darwinism and pseudo-scientific notions of inferior human beings – this is where the term subhuman takes its primary relevance, from the nightmarish worldviews of eugenicist psychopaths hellbent on social-engineering themselves a super-race of some sort. Preferences have varied, though of course Hitler and his cohorts were after the Aryan ideal.
Another act of terrorism which targets universal values, human rights, freedom, and even democracy itself – is the last thing anyone needs within a picture of global escalation. Since January this year, racial brutality by American police forces has killed a total of over nine hundred darker-skinned residents of the United States. At least 1,134 young black men were killed by US police in 2015 alone, and since January of this year, race-based police-aggressions have continued apace, killing nearly one thousand already with only just over half of the year behind us.
Well, this is what happens when the full force of the domestic state-terrorism apparatus sets itself against the innocent and frequently impoverished citizens of colour that mistakenly chose to be born in the world’s self-acclaimed freest and most prosperous nation: aka the Home of the Brave and Land of the Free.
The Greatest Nation on Earth…?
Unarmed and unprotected men, women and children have been killed. And more are set to die; yet as I draw comparisons, from years of experience as a war reporter, across the very breadth of Middle Eastern deserts, I cannot help but see the glaring similarities between this kind of oppression at home, and that practised abroad. For whilst we see States commit violence against their own citizens, that same violence from these very same states is frequently visited upon the innocent subjects of other states across the face of the entire miraculous Earth.
I’ve seen with my very own eyes the sheer bestiality of dictatorial regimes supported by overt and covert US funding – dictators who were massively involved in the systematic ending of innocent lives, for no better cause than their being in the wrong place at the right time – whilst racism within the US has stepped in much the same type of crimes against humanity, and therefore it is the Washington administration and the elite caste in control of the American alphabet agencies that ought to be considered for the latest bout of regime change that is currently sweeping the dawning decades of the twenty-first century, and it is these controllers and financiers that must be held to full account for their seemingly endless violence.
As a white-skinned male, I stand in full support of Black Lives Matter.
I do so because of its essentially humanitarian raison d’être. And as its scope and power increase with each passing month and well over a thousand demonstrations within the past two years alone, I am optimistic that some real reformation of the US race-machine might finally be envisioned, and that the whole apparatus of violation shall at long last be dismantled once and for all – if only through the compassionate force of persistent intention and determined civic-actions designed to specifically earn attention in a Media-savvy way that effectively demonstrates all of the vital ethical points surrounding the realities of living in a race-perception-world.
BLM protests are spreading across Europe also – protesting in solidarity against the latest American racial atrocities – whilst the end of June and beginning of July last saw hundreds of people in Amsterdam, London and Berlin take to the streets with the refrain:
NO JUSTICE – NO PEACE!
Awakenings in nations such as the UK give us something to go by: where marches for peace have been held in solidarity with the endless victims of US state-violence; and whilst this just force of international recognition is promising; it must expand itself into an all-encompassing philosophy of peaceful resistance versus the soulless transnational architecture of systemic violence and exploitation, or else be lost entirely.
For the ninety-nine per cent are real people, with lives and children and loves and woes; they think, feel and love as we do, within the broadest parameters of the infinite human landscape. And if we harbour any illusions that our lives in Britain or Japan, for instance, are worth any more than those of the impoverished nations that are so brutally laid waste before our eyes over coffee each morning then it is sure to come as a nasty shock when the secret police inevitably arrive at our very own door for no reason better than that we allowed a malignant tumour of totalitarian evil to take root and even then to thrive whilst all the while we got busily about that business which somehow seemed more pressing and yet which sowed the very seeds of our irrepressible destruction with persistent criminal negligence defined by its astounding indifference to suffering in the lives of others; ceaseless miseries whose stage is the so distant tides of forgotten elsewheres forsaken to the crimes of Man.
Call it karma, call it what you will; but the effects of our actions are inescapable, and this system of world tyranny will leave no life untouched before all is said and done.
To return to the specifics of this particular issue though, on the very same day of the Dallas shootings this grim terror-petition reached 4,000 signatures out of what might be referred to as well-intentioned sympathy for police officers who lost their lives.
It is sad enough that any police officer loses his or her life to an event of unjust actions or circumstance – yet having now already lost their lives, still, they are used as fodder in a broader front of social conflict, manipulated and seized in the generation of a distasteful reactionary-act responding to an event of pure provocation; the latter of which is itself likely tied as with the rest of the contemporary transnational terror-theatrics we have come to so blindly expect from the ‘News,’ to all of the usual covert forces of supranational subterfuge and standard international intrigue; and all this with a petition that began before the shooting took place, a fact which shall be treated here as an unequivocal coincidence naturally emergent without any prior knowledge or intention and entirely off-limits to all questions within ‘polite circles’.
The ignorance of Americans is a trope of long humour to citizens all over the world, though as we know their portrayal in this way has been part of a systematic attack of what was once a strong intellectual culture founded on old moral traditions out of Europe and combined with the adventurous rigour of settling a new world, without putting the atrocities of that age aside or failing to acknowledge the sheer injustices of the past, the point stands that Americans are much like the other peoples of this world, and once again it is the ruling classes we must look to for answers when it comes to the sources of all these inconceivable and so relentless human sufferings.
Invasion of Iraq was a terrible error for United States’ prestige, and what was once a bounty of world-sympathy following the attacks at the turn of the new-millennium has plummeted to plumb new depths as foreign adventures and crimes have been conducted elsewhere throughout the Middle East and the rest of the known world.
Massive civilian casualties are a common recurrence within the parameters of the American empire; with the killing of unarmed men, women and children a regular feature in the Western press; whilst our favourite brand of Washington hypocrisy is served time and again with the worthless mantras of ‘lessons learned’ and ‘condolences to families.’ Such brazen lies are a manifest sickness on this earth.
An administration of oligarchs rules the day in America, it is no democracy. And though the nation may subscribe in a hollow speech to Human Rights, it has failed to sign the relevant international conventions that enshrine those very principles.
President Obama ‘embraced the ‘Black Lives Matter’ [Mythos of] a racist war [conducted] by white [police] officers against black civilians,’ or at least so says Rush Limbaugh, in whose deranged psyche BLM is ‘a terrorist group [in wild perpetration of] hate-crimes,’ within the broader context of a ‘war on cops,’ no less.
The corporate beast is avid that dissension is quelled and controlled unrest is stirred across the western-style-nations allowed a relative measure of prosperity, and the reason for this managed theatre of carefully dealt terror and privilege is one of astute political nous and remarkable illiteracy; with our purpose on this planet being prosperity and peace, these idiots have sown wars and tactless distractions, with their ambitions limited and defined by poverty of vision that plagues their every waking hour; it is no longer enough to watch voyeuristically from the sidelines or through a newspaper-article-window into the broader horrors of the wider world: this is the time for every self-respecting human being to walk out into their community every morning with the spirit of ‘I am sick to death of this – and it ends now.’
Cover Photo: View of a line of Black Panther Party members as they demonstrate, fists raised outside the New York City courthouse, New York, New York, April 11, 1969. (Photo by David Fenton/Getty Images)