After having lived for 15 years in a persistent vegetative state, Terri Schindler
Schiavo crossed over from here to the hereafter on the last day of March.
With her blood scent up in the air, the feral American media went berserk in
the last two weeks of Schiavo's life. Using this so called freest press in the
world, the American public was lead on a leash by the right-wing activists with
a not so subtle help from the neofundos ruling the roost in their great country.
The pro-life campaigners remained at the point of this bizarre national entertainment.
Americans never fail to astound the world with their penchant for sensationalism.
Just when it appears that they’ve scaled new peaks, they manage to notch
themselves up yet higher into the dizzying summits of luridness. While the carnival
of mayhem is progressing ahead in full tide in Iraq, the Americans love and
sympathy for the plight of Terri Schiavo is the very embodiment of duplicity.
Hypocrisy in its truest form, it speaks volumes of their OJ Simpson syndrome.
Every facet of Schiavo’s affliction was dissected with microscopic focus
by the voracious lens of the American media. The American public gobbled it
all up like starved men on a king's feast.
Consider the following;
The dizzying media blitz surpassed even the Asian tsunami three months ago
that left approximately 300,000 people dead or missing. According to TVEyes-the
digital monitoring service-in this period the cable outlets and networks have
mentioned “Schiavo” more than 15,000 times. On the other hand, these
same outlets mentioned “tsunami” only 9,000 times during the two
weeks following the Asian humanitarian crisis. Internet chat rooms, letters
to editors, opinion columns, television talk shows and all national debate forums
buzzed with arguments on Schiavo's right to live or die.
The American President played a lead role in this theater of the absurd. On
her death he said, "I urge all those who honor Terri Schiavo to continue
to work to build a culture of life… The essence of civilization is that
the strong have a duty to protect the weak. In cases where there are serious
doubts and questions, the presumption should be in the favor of life."
Some hypocrisy, some gall, some double bloody standards. As the Americans applaud
their president who makes murder acceptable and lies seem true, they neither
challenge the serious doubts and questions in Iraq's case nor force their government
for a presumption in the favor of Iraqi's lives. While their president urges
the Americans to build a culture of life, he sanctions his strong forces to
make it their duty to prey on innocent lives in Iraq with nauseating impunity.
No such debate is taking place on the main stream American media on the false
dichotomies of their government's conduct.
Forever reined by their corporate controlled media, the American nation lapped
at the pool of misery of a suffering human being. For two tumultuous weeks,
the American public really excelled in the festive ambiance of human misfortune
duly projected by their so called world’s freest media.
It would not have been so out of place had the Americans shown the same tenderness
for the misery of other human beings, especially for the ones upon whom they
have inflicted it themselves. The long-forgotten Iraq war got just about 2,900
TV mentions over the same two weeks that Schiavo obsession ran wild.
When they were shedding tears on Schiavo like events, not very long back an
Iraqi girl Fatima was being repeatedly raped by the beasts that guarded Abu
Ghuraib prison. Here is an excerpt from her heart rending letter to Iraqi resistance
"…I say to you: our wombs have been filled with the children of
fornication by those sons of apes and pigs who raped us. Or I could tell you
that they have defaced our bodies, spit in our faces, and tore up the little
copies of the Qur’an that hung around our necks? ….By God, we have
not passed one night since we have been in prison without one of the apes and
pigs jumping down upon us to rip our bodies apart with his overweening lust.
Kill us along with them! Destroy us along with them! Don’t leave us here
to let them get pleasure from raping us….Leave their tanks and aircraft
outside. Come at us here in the prison of Abu Ghurayb.
They raped me on one day more than nine times. Can you comprehend? Imagine
one of your sisters being raped. Why can’t you all imagine it, as I am
your sister. With me are 13 girls, all unmarried. All have been raped before
the eyes and ears of everyone. They took our clothes and won’t let us
get dressed. As I write this letter one of the girls has committed suicide.
She was savagely raped. A soldier hit her on her chest and thigh after raping
her. He subjected her to unbelievable torture. She beat her head against the
wall of the cell until she died, for she couldn’t take any more.
Brothers, I tell you again, fear God! Kill us with them so that we might be
at peace. Help! Help! Help!"
One hundred resistance fighters launched a fierce attack on the prison lead
by Fatima's elder brother. People died, Fatima among them. Go talk of Schiavo's
right to live or die.
While the Americans and their media kept a macabre death-watch over Schiavo's
plight, Dr. Hafidh al-Dulaimi, the head of “the Commission for the Compensation
of Fallujah citizens” has reported the destruction that American troops
have inflicted on Fallujah. Here is a brief gist;
"7000 totally destroyed, or nearly totally destroyed, homes in all districts
of Fallujah. - 8400 stores, workshops, clinics, warehouses, etc. destroyed.
- 65 mosques and religious sanctuaries demolished - 59 kindergartens, primary
schools, secondary schools and technical colleges destroyed. - 13 government
buildings leveled. - Four libraries, that housed thousands of ancient Islamic
manuscripts and books, gutted completely. – on and on and on…."
Human beings lived in those buildings; make your own guess of their toll. Go
talk of Schiavo's right to live or die.
It seems that having wallowed in the deceptions, lies, crimes and war mongering
of their rulers for centuries, and now immersed neck deep in a smothering swamp
of consumerism, the Americans have lost their sense of impartiality, justice
and fairness. It also seems that there are too many Americans with blood lust
out there who look at pictures of butchered Iraqi kids and rejoice.
The coverage of Schiavo like events allows the Americans to whet their appetite
for tragedy, hone the fine art of hypocrisy and feed their morbid addiction
of calamity. It may be a blatant affront to the sense and sensibilities of the
enlightened world citizenry, they don't care.
Haven't the lies of their rulers now been fully exposed? Why is it that the
common Americans do not see the Iraqi butchery for what it is--a brazen plan
for occupation, suppression and theft of vital resources of an already aggrieved
and impoverished nation, whatever the human cost. Or is it that they see it
and agree with the plan of maintaining white man's license for as long as possible?
Why else would they reelect this gang of criminals and thus be responsible for
the carnage by default. Or has the American nation too lapsed into a persistent
vegetative state and thus did not notice the gang sneaking into the white House?
Should their country now be named as the United Vegetative States of America?
Why can't they see the horrendous atrocities that the United States military
is visiting upon unarmed Iraqis who never posed any danger to their beloved
country? Why can't their free media catch on its eagle eyed lens the raining
cluster bombs, the showering napalms, and the tortures in the dungeons? If the
BBC can broadcast an interview with a grieving Iraqi woman whose pregnant daughter
had been machine-gunned by U.S. troops, why is there nothing on the US media?
Why the common Americans are not out on the streets protesting the horrendous
actions of their administration and the sinister complicity of their media?
Would they show the same stoic indifference if a couple of tons of depleted
uranium are shot up the New York alleys? Go talk of Schiavo's right to live
Where was this concern for human misery when the death toll in Iraq shot past
the 100,000 mark? Where were the tears of human compassion when Fallujah was
razed to the ground and its citizens-men, women and children alike-gunned down
by the valiant American troops and left on the streets for the dogs to feed
on? Go talk of Schiavo's right to live or die.
Where is the free American media and their kind hearted patrons when their
G.I. Joes are pumping up Iraq with depleted uranium, napalm bombs, cluster munitions
and poisonous gases even as these lines are being written? Is death less camera-friendly
in Iraq or is it less worthy of the Americans' attention? Are Iraqis children
of a lesser god? Go talk of Schiavo's right to live or die.
When it comes to Iraq, the Americans' sympathy wells suddenly dry up. While
they shed tears for a woman who remained in a halfway house for the past 15
years, the dead and the maimed of other nations are forgotten as soon as their
media leads them to yet another thrilling topic. Or are these crocodile tears
that they shed when they are ready to devour?
Who was it that said, "The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive
his deception, the one who lies with sincerity."?
The American writer Lee Harris was spot on the dot in his article “Good
American Hypocrisy” when he wrote,” America’s current critics
need to recognize that in pursuing its self-interest the United States is hardly
unique-what singles us out from among nations is our obdurate hypocrisy. We
have to pretend to ourselves that we are doing the right thing-often at the
cost of actually doing it.” Go talk of Schiavo's right to live or die.
Long live the United Vegetative States of America.
Copyrights : Anwaar Hussain
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