A tale of two beasts
How could greedy and blood thirsty warmongers
take a back seat to a prosperous world in peace?
January 12, 2004
It was a clear morning on August 6,
1945. The doom and gloom of World War II changed its course when
Harry S Truman dropped the
first atomic bomb, nicknamed as "Little boy" on Hiroshima
killing tens of thousands of innocent people instantaneously.
As if the "Little boy" was not devastating enough,
it was followed by the "Fatman" on Nagasaki three
days later! Half way around the globe Adolph Hitler was defeated.
Make Believers in Democracy were jubilant because human sacrifice
to the almighty paid off as it always does.
To the dismay of Japanese, it was simply their bad
luck that Truman got his hand on the atomic devil first. Since
both Hitler and Truman
were elected leaders of two democratic nations, it is safe to draw
the conclusion that had it been Hitler, Britons would've
been chosen for the sacred ritual of human sacrifice in Manchester,
Glasgow or other cities.
The vast land of the U.S. would've become just what it was:
A great land like that of Australia. The Europe of Hitler would've
become the center of the universe to sanctify Nazism as brain drain
of less developed countries fueled the needed intelligentsia. Racist
nationalism as one of the many dark sides of Nazism would've
been polished nicely as a charismatic Polish leader would've
marched to Berlin instead of Martin Luther King to Washington.
It is safe to believe a refined Nazism would've become the
core ideology of democracy as the Europe of Hitler would've
become the Mecca of freedom!
The only major effect to the rest of the world would've been
learning Dutch instead of English as the required second language.
Jews would've lived in a semi peace environment with Palestinians
because the troubled spot in the world affair would've become
the island of United Kingdom instead of Middle East. Since Anti
Irish sentiment, instead of Anti Semitism, would've become
the crime of the civilized world, the Germany of Hitler would've
backed an Irish political group to suppress Britons instead of
Zionists doing it to Palestinians.
History has experienced the rise of little or unknown
nations to great empires only to witness them falling when every
one of them
seemed immortal. The great Persian, Roman, Greek and so many
other empires were doomed to fall off the pinnacle of their position
in the history of mankind, not because they became the center
the universe for knowledge, technology, economic and military
might, let alone great civilizations, but because emperors lost
vision of reality. In its very recent 20th century, the great
empire of United Kingdom was gradually reduced to a boss boy for
colony. Strikingly enough both the rise and fall of great empires
were at the expense of oppressed people becoming even more devastated.
The dream for peace and harmony within and without
all empires was always shattered when an arrogant power wielder
took a great
civilization for granted to proclaim: either my way or highway.
Fortunately, the diligent and natural process of cross cultural
understanding amongst different peoples supported our civilizations
to not only carry on its fundamental principles for human rights,
whether declared or implied, but also to preserve such rights,
at least as dreams, despite all kinds of abuses to this date.
It was a sweet moment in the modern history when
an evil empire, Soviet Union, collapsed and the world took a deep
breath to experience
the first instance of global economy in socio political peace
no major conflict presented an obstacle in the world affair.
The only superpower left in tact was to create a huge national
for "not to worry", at least on economic front, for
years, if not generations, to come. Then again, maybe that was
the real problem. Yes, how could greedy and blood thirsty warmongers
take a back seat to a prosperous world in peace?
No, I am not going
to fall for the conspiracy theory at all. It was just a pure
coincidence that five members of the high court
of the greatest nation on earth selected a new born Christian
over an elected candidate to become the first appointed president
the United States of America in the new millennium. It was just
another twist of fate when a former CIA operative mistook World
Trade Center for an apartment complex in the Middle East. How
about the worst of bad lucks for warmongers when virtually all
around the globe expressed their sympathy over the tragedy instead
of cheering up! It was obvious. People were not going to shoot
the little pigeon of peace over an isolated but devastating terrorist
act that so many of which has happened all over the places including
Not too long before, the pacifist Carter broke the
old tradition of the western imperialism to let an old ally, Shah
of Iran, fall
instead of engineering a coup against lawful leaders of the less
developed countries. That was indeed a new era in imperialism.
We saw so many of old beloved allies "recycled" for
nothing short of American justice. That is for the so called world
peace, so generously offered to third world people in about a quarter
of a century. Too bad, no Arab country was astute as Israel to
surreptitiously develop its own atomic bomb.
While almost all Middle Eastern countries were in
line to be liberated, warmongers had no other choice but to take
priority over which
one to be sacrificed for the idol of peace first! They tested
Afghanistan, but wasted no time to pronounce the next lucky candidate.
all of a sudden a badly crippled and defeated despotic puppet
was declared the most dangerous monster against the world peace.
was shocked, of course, because his use of WMD was not possible
without their tacit approval. He was already punished for his
misreading the signal to invade Kuwait. Maybe not, he might have
own vision of reality misreading all the signals coming from
his master ever since. Just as easy as I fell for the conspiracy
in three short paragraphs!
As most Iraqis under occupation are confused for
not feeling jubilant over his capture, so is Cardinal Renato Martino
who expressed his
resentment that Saddam was treated like a beast! I am impressed
with his kind and divine gesture. Furthermore, I, now, realize
why western media are so selective in what to report. It is just
their good intention not to hurt this kind of feelings! That is
why they selected Saddam's well dressed smiling posture shaking
hands with his master's ambassador when he was truly a beast.
It would've served no purpose to link it to the devastating
pictures of thousands of dead villagers when he served his master
using WMD against Iranians and his own people. Yes, your honor,
a destroyed and coward puppet in captivity is no longer a beast
to be treated like one.
The high priest is right. Saddam should not be treated
like a beast in captivity as no ferocious animal is brutal in the
zoo for kids' amusement.
And Iraqis have good reasons for not feeling joyous over his capture,
because a native beast was more tolerable than an even more vicious
one who does not let a day pass by without hunting civilians for
guerrillas. They know it too well that this new beast is responsible
for every single soul lost in this unjust war and occupation, but
is accountable to no one. So do religious leaders in the corporate
backbone of Halliburton and Bechtel who have no remorse for thousand
Iraqis or hundreds of coalition forces who keep getting killed
or crippled. And all media love to keep up their ratings while
hurting no feelings for sanitizing the horrible reality of war
making it look like a game. Again, to make it fair and balance,
real people's lives are reduced to keeping score of body
counts. That is, of course, for the better ones because even other
coalition casualties are not cumulatively reported, let alone Iraqi
Meanwhile the ultimate beast in the White House
is well dressed to have his poster painted in Saddam's cell. To
add a spice of bitterness, he had to make sure his painting on
the wall is
accompanied by painting of dead bodies of Saddam's sons.
No torture is, of course, intended as it is just a 24 hour reminder
to the crushed beast to not count on his sons for revenge. In a
way it is like going back in time for centuries to witness a triumphant
tyrant gloating over a defeated fool for not having killed the
cub before plotting for his dad's assassination! Yet, Saddam
expresses his anger over the posters by cussing his sons. Something
like I should've killed you dead myself as you were never
of any use to me! Oh no, he would not offend the smiling presidential
poster. He has a plan to save it for a show down in an international
court of justice as if his master is a fool to allow such a tribunal.
Even if he does, the real devil will survive in the maze of technical
procedures as he has seen it happen in favor of so many criminals
in the great land of justice.
And as the law of the jungle is rewritten for American
occupation, once again a great civilization is falling apart. Liberty
for all is redefined to match those of medieval church for celestial
scripture where only sacred authorities could tell who are considered
people and who are not. No Christian of good heart could feel
comfortable using blacks as slave or killing Indians if they were
people! That is, as it was then, the fundamental question facing
believers. It only takes a new form in our time: The rest of
the world is not yet ready for freedom and democracy (only people
-- as if malicious tyrants controlling the blood life of global
economy and military might are.
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