A lifetime ago The Beatles sang, “Nothing’s gonna change my world”. It was part of the mantra-like chorus to their song, “Across the universe”.
Today the opening lyrics strike me with a singular sadness:
Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup.
They slither wildly as they slip away across the universe.
Sadness, because when we consider the news media, words do indeed flow out like endless rain. And yet, the world remains unmoved. Words are products of awareness. But the public acts as if they are stoned on drugs, preferring to live in a dream, rather than facing the cold water of reality. Words that might otherwise help waken them, just slither wildly and slip away.
Exhausted from dealing with years of disinformation, I now try to avoid the news. But because my wife reads our local paper, she brought this to my attention. On page 5 of our local paper was an article reprinted from the New York Times about an 8,000 man army, supported by South Sudanese living abroad, who wiped out an entire town because they were of the wrong “ethnicity”. The United Nations had 3,000 “combat ready peacekeepers” who did not intervene to protect the town because, “they were vastly outnumbered and could have easily been wiped out.”
From the Jeffery Gettleman article,
The raiders had even broadcast their massacre plans in advance. “We have decided to invade Murleland and wipe out the entire tribe on the face of the Earth.”
Also from the article,
Gai Bol Thong, a Nuer refugee in Seattle who helped write the militia’s statement, said he had led an effort to cobble together about $45,000 from South Sudanese living abroad for the warrior’s food and medicine from South Sudanese living abroad. (sic) “We mean what we say,” he said. “We kill everybody. We are tired of them.” (He later scaled back and said he meant they would kill Murle warriors, not civilians).
Of course that flies in the face of the fact that they killed everyone — men, women and children. In all fairness, I am not really informed about the ethnic problems in South Sudan. According to the Nuer, the Murle have also been guilty of killing civilians and kidnapping children too. I am not in a position to say one tribe is more to blame than another in their ethnic disputes.
But what about this guy living in Seattle — Gai Bol Thong? Is what he did legal? Is Homeland Security’s Nana Napolitano the least bit concerned about him? Will she drag her cyber spies away from their stake-outs on conservative journalists long enough to bring him to justice?
What deeply saddens me is that the intention to massacre these people was broadcast in advance. Despite that fact, the United Nations Peacekeeping force was totally useless, and as a result, an entire tribe was “wiped off the face of the Earth”.
That, in itself is troubling enough, in light of the popularly assumed concept of “the international community” and looking to the United Nations as some sort of power for “the greater good”. What really hurts is that Americans aren’t supposed to consider African problems all that important (unless, of course, our oil supply is threatened).
The story of the massacre of hundreds (perhaps thousands) appeared on page 5 of our local rag. But the really important story, the one that got the front page head lines, was “Marine video sparks outrage”. [For those who have forgotten, that was the story about the photo of U.S. Marines urinating on the dead bodies of their enemy.] What’s really important for the United States is shouting out to the world how morally offensive we are, and bowing and scraping to the likes of the Taliban, a more brutal enemy you will not find.
There it is in a nutshell. The United Nations is inept. People the world over are being cruelly slaughtered, but a case is being made against the United States military, particularly its most feared Marines, to justify in the minds of the mindless that military cuts will save us. The media is complicit in shouting out what they want us to hear and mumbling what they want us to miss, so we won’t pay attention or do anything to prevent the cancerous spread of tyrannical powers gradually killing the body politic. And the unwashed masses just sit there singing, “Nothing’s gonna change my world”.