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Attack on America - the enemy is always evil
Posted: Friday, September 14, 2001

( Ijahnya Christian ) Heartical Love to the Rastafari Nation

May the Might and Iwa of the Hola Trinity reign within I an I hearts for Iver.

Blood and Fire, Death and Destruction in the USA. I an I join all Imanity in feeling the pain of the victims and their loved ones who were simply reporting to work another day - but not because Caribbean people are among them and not because all this is happening in the USA. It is the pain that I an I must feel everytime in every place for who can breathe the breath of life?

I am therefore responding to the media reportage that has given a particular face to the terrorist completely forgetting the unrepentant face of Timothy McVeigh at the time of his execution. The terrorist is the evil infidel who has different genes, a different religion and culture and who comes from a different part of the world. The mother of the terrorist feels no pain at his birth for she and his father are not created by the Almighty like the rest of us but by Satan. Decent, civilized, God-fearing people like Americans do things in a brave, civilized and God-fearing way. We train soldiers and raise armies and ask God's blessings on our troops before we go off to fight other armies, trained by other nations to respond in a similar manner. We tell righteous lies to our people about how we won the war and may or may not apologise for the tremendous loss of civilian life - not just human but the evil enemy. It is the same USA that just decided that it would not even be confronted with the demand for reparations much less issue an apology for the transatlantic slave trade as a crime against humanity. Remember, part of the rationale for our enslavement was that we were infidels, heathens who needed to be enslaved so we could be Christianised. The terrorist prays before he does the honourable thing of giving his life for his cause. Honourable? He is a coward and his god is not really God.

I say we Americans for in the Caribbean Region, our world view is shaped and influenced by the USA. For some of us this is literal as well as symbolic. Uncle Sam is really our Uncle. I live on the island of Anguilla which is still a British colony but the USA feeds us, clothes us, shelters us and provides us with medicine. We allow its greatest tool and weapon to raise our children and then wonder why their behaviours seem so akin to those they soak up so many hours of daily watching.

If America says the terrorists are evil, then they must be evil and conversely the victim nation must be good. Somehow I am helped to think not just "what a terrible act" but "what a terrible act upon so good and upright a nation as the USA." Unfortunately, the history of the USA does not look so good. Nothing much has changed in the world and shortly, we will witness more in a retaliation that will be "justified" but will not necessarily be just. The allies in the developed no doubt recognise their own vulnerabilities. We on these small islands may be of no interest to the terrorists but one good hurricane, earthquake or volcano can give us the same result.

As I reflect on the carnage, it is the words of HIM immortalised by Brother Bob as 'War' that remove not the horror but the surprise.

"Until the philosopy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is War, Me say war

That until there are no longer first class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the colour of a man's skin is of no more significance than the colur of his eyes,
Me say war

That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all, without regard to race,
Dis a war

That until that day
The dream of lasting peace, world citizenship,
Rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued but never attained
Now everywhere is War...

War in the East, War in the West,
War up North, War down South,
War, War, rumours of War..."

and further,

"These are crucial times when nations rise against nations, tensions increase and disaster is possible at any moment. Distances are shrinking. Peace and life itself are threatened by misunderstanding and conflict. Now is the time when man's relationship to God must be the foundation for all his efforts toward enlightenment, and learning, the basis for understanding, cooperation and peace..."

It is not the way our nation would have preferred to celebrate the New Year but let us learn from the events of September 11th. and let nothing detract us from the "basic premise...that men of all races, beliefs and status share some essential common goals..."

and further still,

"Our efforts as free men must be to establish new relationships, devoid of any resentment and hostility, restored to our belief and faith in ourselves as individuals, dealing on a basis of equality with other equally free people. We believe in cooperation and collaboration to promote the cause of international security, the equality of man and the welfare of mankind. We believe in the peaceful settlements of all disputes without resorting to force. All well ordered and modern states can only base themselves upon Courts of Justice and Conduct of Laws which are just, correct and geared towards the protection of the rights of individuals..."

Somehow I do not think that the USA is preparing to go to Court.

Just sharing the views of a Sister Empress with the Words of His Majesty. What do you think?

One Perfect Love

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