Fascist Eva Bartlett is so fevered denouncing Ilhan Omar for this tweet that she hasn’t had time to express her denunciation of the Christchurch massacre. But then again, as an apostle of David Icke, she hates on both Muslims & Jews:
“The people of Syria revolted against Assad’s repressive dictatorship 8 years ago today, demanding a more just and free government. Peace loving people around the world stand in solidarity with them in this struggle!” –Ilhan Omar
Thank you Ilhan Omar for standing with the Syrian Arab Spring uprising as you stand with Palestinians.
Today is the 51st anniversary of the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War. It certainly wasn’t the first military massacre of civilians in US history, nor even the worst. Monstrosities on a colossal scale are the very nature of colonialism & war which characterize the last 500 years of human history, including the extermination of indigenous peoples in the Americas. What distinguished My Lai & made it a political turning point was the Vietnamese struggle against US military might & massive international opposition to US intervention. The Vietnamese anti-colonial struggle succeeded where others failed because it had a regular army combined with irregular forces experienced by 40 years of fighting French colonialism & because support for their struggle actively involved millions of people in every country.
For a generation raised on the glorification of colonialism & war, descriptions of what happened at My Lai were a rude awakening to reality. The antiwar movement, along with the civil rights movement, emerged in the 1960s & broke the chokehold of the McCarthy witch-hunt which suppressed all political dissent in the US. The combination of antiwar & civil rights was a double-whammy to the colonial mentality. The US army in Vietnam was a conscription army with thousands of mostly young men forced to deploy against their wills. It became an antiwar army & Black & Latino soldiers played no small part in making it so.
When My Lai happened in 1968, it took over a year for three soldiers who tried to expose the massacre to be heard. Seymour Hersh, then a reporter for the NY Times, is attributed with breaking the story of My Lai & toured campuses speaking about it. But it was in fact helicopter crewmen Hugh Thompson, Glenn Andreotta, & Lawrence Colburn who intervened to save villagers, to expose the crime, & to get the soldiers involved prosecuted. Hersh gained fame while Thompson, Andreotta, & Colburn were vilified as traitors for nearly three decades. It might be added that in his campus lectures, antiwar activists had to rebuke Hersh for blaming My Lai solely on the psychological perversities of the lieutenant in charge & not criticizing the US government for deploying troops in Vietnam.
My Lai remains an issue because there has never been justice for the over 500 unarmed Vietnamese men, women, & children who were raped, mutilated, tortured, & murdered. It didn’t just change consciousness about the character of war but it changed the way the US conducts war. Which is why the Pentagon works tirelessly for security agreements in Afghanistan & Iraq to give impunity to US soldiers for war & human rights crimes.
Photo is bodies of mostly women & children after My Lai massacre.
(Photo taken by US Army photographer Ronald L. Haeberle on March 16 1968)
One thing we’ve learned for sure from this monstrous crime at Christchurch: the term “Islamophobia” falls short. It makes hatred & criminality toward Muslims seem like a mild aversion rather than the wars, occupations, persecutions, massacres, genocides it represents.
“This dastardly terrorist attack against Muslims is not a rarity or an aberration, it is unusual though that it comes from a non state actor. In the usual scheme of things, Muslims are victims of state terror directly, be it colonisation of Muslim lands for resources, unjust military occupations, ethnic cleansings or communal pogroms. The intense hatred and racism against Muslims, inadequately termed as islamophobia, is the most deadly pandemic of our times and is directly responsible for these atrocious acts. Even the majority of victims of nihilistic terror by the likes of ISIS and TTP are Muslims. Despite millions of Muslim lives lost to state and non state terror, the image one can conjure of a terrorist remains of a bearded Muslim man brandishing a gun, that is the power of a narrative peddled by the corrupt, complicit and hateful media all across the world. Thanks to the latter, this “event” will soon be forgotten, conveniently, without hashtags of global solidarity, candle light marches or social media safety badges, simply because Muslims are the other for the current global world order. But resistance to such globally rising fascist bigotry is also waged by Muslims, despite their many shortcomings and relative powerlessness, in many parts of the world and that too will not change anytime soon.
May God’s peace be with the victims and may their families find strength to bear the unbearable.”
Apparently condolences for massacres come cheap these days. Even Netanyahu chimed in on Christchurch, saying, “Israel mourns the wanton murder of innocent worshippers in Christchurch & condemns the brazen act of terror.” He said that yesterday while Israeli snipers were shooting down unarmed protesters, journalists, medics, children at the Great Return March in Gaza & during a week of airstrikes over Gaza. According to a UN agency, just in 2018 almost 300 Palestinians were killed & 29,000 were injured in the West Bank & Gaza by Israeli occupying forces & settlers. According to the Gaza health ministry, over 6,000 Palestinians have been injured by live ammo during the Great Return Marches, 14,000 people were hospitalized for injuries sustained during the protests & over 12,000 were treated at field clinics.
When Modi, Netanyahu, Trump offer condolences for acts of terrorism against Muslims, sarcasm dies another thousand deaths. What’s next in this festival of sarcasm? Condolences from Assad, Suu Kyi, & Duterte? God save us.
(Caricature of Netanyahu & the apartheid wall by Gerald Scarfe, 2013)
“Australian politicians of both major parties have stoked the flames of that racism we call “Islamophobia”. Mainly this has been done by creating an artificial fear of refugees from Middle Eastern countries. In Australia at least we cannot combat Islamophobia without confronting head on our nation’s demonisation and illegal mistreatment of refugees. You cannot fight Islamophobia while remaining an accomplice to anti-refugee fear mongering. Free the refugees!”
It’s true Trump tweeted something about Christchurch. But every guttural utterance from him is more like flatulence & regarding Muslims cannot be taken seriously except as threat. No fouler toots are even heard from hell. It’s an indignity to the deceased to even mention his name in the same breath as theirs. Ignoring him is the better part of indignation.
(Caricature of Trump by N. Anderson)
In an act of supreme sarcasm, Indian prime minister Modi sent a letter to the prime minister of New Zealand expressing “deep shock & sadness” at the mosque massacres in Christchurch & “strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms & manifestations” because “hatred & violence have no place in diverse & democratic societies.” Two words: Gujarat & Kashmir. Pogroms & persecution of Muslims will be one of the hallmarks of his inglorious career. File his ‘shock & sadness’ under “You can’t make this crap up.”
(Caricature of Modi from Pinterest)
While the corrupted antiwar movement limps into oblivion after betraying the Syrian Arab Spring uprising with ‘war on terror’ rhetoric, a Syrian academic powerfully describes the crimes of the Assad dictatorship against Syrian women, including rape, torture, incarceration.