It's the day after - the day after the anniversary of the US bombing of Hiroshima. Nagasaki is coming soon. For some reason I can never forget these Atomic Starburst dates in history - and to think that there was a ceramic dish set for 1950's US households with a pattern called the Atomic Starburst in fab fifties colors - Made in American and California at that - not China - called Franciscan. I remember hearing Gore Vidal saying that Japan had been trying to surrender for months but the US military industrial complex wanted to try Einstein's and Oppenheimers new toys in real time on a real place on real people. If you ask me we have been lied to by the US government over and over to justify their war games. Now we are doing much the same thing again in Iraq and Afghanistan - which we were lied to about - and we are going to try to do the same thing in Iran. The lie with Iran is it's nuclear ambitions or rather nuclear intentions - and we are asked to forget that Israel has upset the nuclear balance of the middle east for years now with its gruesome nuclear arsenal disproportionately large for the region - and we are expected to forget Israels wonton disregard towards their human rights record with Palestine and the Palestinians or towards any Internationally agreed Geneva Conventions.
I find it hard to live in this country knowing these things. Knowing I can do nothing about the course of this history as it unfolds around me in my life time. I don't like that the US is known the world around as a liar. Wether it is lying for entertainment purposes from the US ministry of misinformation and propaganda otherwise known generally as "Hollywood" - or for R. Murdoch's version of the "news" - or the US "local" news - which is the idiot news. Or wether it's the invisible Electronic Iron Curtain of Information that surrounds the United States that is only pierced from within by those people with the time and drive to find alternative non-domestic news sources via the Internet - thank God for that tool.
What sort of times are these we live in? A dark age - caught in the analogy of Plato's Cave from his ancient tome the Republic book Seven? A book Republicans in the US know nothing about.
How does one reconcile that we live in Gog and Magog from Saint John the Apostles vision from the Isle of Patmos as recorded in the book of the Apocalpse - The Revelations - from the Christians Holy Book - the Holy Bible. Gog and Magog - Israel and United States.
How does one accept that as Leo Strauss pointed out in the 1950's that the Americans drive for individualism and consumerism contained the very seeds of our own destruction - (not foreign terrorists as we have been told) - a wise warning if ever there was one - a warning which the Neo-Cons in Washington DC missed the basic point of while trying to capitalise on for their own greed and ambition.
I find it hard to live here and know what's going on between the lines of misinformation. I find it hard to pay taxes to a system that is manipulated by the AIPAC for non-American aims. Where is McCarthy's UnAmerican ideals now? With companies like Exxon and Wal-mart (to name a few) exploiting the hardest working, lowest paid workers. When there are no labor unions or governmental bodies to protect the interests of the lowest wage earners from blood thirsty corporate Vampires who are feeding on the lives of we the People. When people close to the bottom of the food chain have to juggle how much gas to put in their car or food on their table. When there is no health insurance or car insurance or public transportation.
What does America fight for when it drops Atom bombs? When we fight a phantom idea of "terrorism" and only hurt ourselve by losing our unique civil liberties. When we decimate or have decimated places like Cambodia or Palestine - do we really have anything better to offer to replace things with? Clearly not anymore. Drive through Ghettoville and see the rotten American pie dream that is many peoples reality. There is nothing to believe in, nothing to live for - it is a nihilist nightmare thanks not to failed liberal democratic policies but to lies and mis-information brought on by the losers without a cause the Neo-Conz - con-artists if you ask me.
We as a nation aren't spreading democracy at home or abroad - we are spreading the lie of Consumerism. Consumption of military aims and products, then useless and meaningless goods engineered with planned obsolence - all at the expense of our environment and our communities and families.
The only remedy to this disease is to Kill Your TV - but no one is going to do that for it is the new opiate of the Masses.
The nightmare that began on a flight called the "Enola Gay" in Hiroshima and Nagasaki is still like a rising and spreading toxic mushroom cloud expanding and trapping us all in its poisonous and demonic trance. Like Dresden Deutschland those cities succumbed to an Anglophone Allied lie - a lie which years later is still trapping and encircling and enslaving us all.