We love our demons.
If we can’t find them, we will invent them.
Time Magazine, now pretty much a mouth piece for not just American exceptional-ism, idealism, innocence and purity, but for the ignorance, bigotry, myopia and fear-mongering that fuels and justifies so much that passes for politics and diplomacy in the United States today, has once again produced a rather strange piece of photo-reportage.
With no sense of irony, or self-awareness, the editors at the magazine dispatched their writer and a photographer to go explore the troubled, brutalized, suppressed and oppressed regions of the Russian Caucasus, all in the hope that
…to learn what, if anything, the region’s Islamists had to do with Tsarnaev’s [one of the bomber’s] radicalization.
This would be quite fascinating if it wasn’t for the fact that Tsarnaev himself actually told us the answer. He left it in a note on the boat he was hiding in, as recently reported in a piece in the Guardian that stated that:
… the bombings were retribution for the US crimes against Muslims in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and that the victims of the Boston bombing were ‘collateral damage,’ the same way innocent victims have been collateral damage in US wars around the world,” said CBS News reporter John Miller, who is a former spokesman for the FBI.
Tsarnaev was illegally interrogated by the FBI for over three days, where they denied him access to a lawyer despite his repeated requests. Even during these illegal interrogation sessions, as reported by The Washington Post, (no radical, anti-American publication here!):
The 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack, according to U.S. officials familiar with the interviews….
…the evidence so far suggests they were “self-radicalized” through Internet sites and U.S. actions in the Muslim world. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has specifically cited the U.S. war in Iraq, which ended in December 2011 with the removal of the last American forces, and the war in Afghanistan, where President Obama plans to end combat operations by the end of 2014.
In fact, the Pentagon itself released a report recently that basically argued that ‘…they do not hate us for our values, but for our policies’ . But of course, when it comes to ‘Mooslims’, it does not matter what they say. What matters are the myths we can weave around them. Its not our wars, our murders, our tortures, our indefinite detentions, our renditions, our constant humiliations, or invasions, our displacements, our drones, or anything like that. Of course not. Its not that we have, in a cold-blooded and stupid revenge for 9/11, torn asunder entire regions of the globe, and the lives of tens of millions of people. Not at all. It can’t be. Trust us, we are a good people.
It has to be Islam.
Time Magazine, rather than accept and investigate the horrors that have been inflicted on America’s recently ‘liberated’ allied nations of Iraq, and Afghanistan, prefers to continue to confuse and distract its delicate, sensitive, and clearly American-loving readership, by sending its reporters to the far corners of the globe to find its favorite avatars – the Islamic radicals, the Islamic fundamentalists, the Salafis and a whole host of other generic, generalized, bigoted constructions whose basis are fear, ignorance, racism and market share. The mad-Muslim playing the role today what the crazy-Commie did some years earlier.
But perhaps what most surprises me, and reveals a clear act of racist disregard, is the ease with which the statements these criminals actually make are dismissed and discarded. The same courtesy is of course never offered to an Islamist (whatever that is!) whose each and every word, however, delusional is examined for concreteness and reality. If a one-armed Yemeni beggar in the deserts of the North claims that he is on a mission to attack the Pentagon, his statements become fodder for magazines like Time and others , and for the continuation and perpetuation of this fraud called The War Against Terror. But if someone dare mention their motivations – like so many of the attackers in the US have done – we simply discard this as irrelevant nonsense, and instead…well, send reporters to unrelated regions to find us our convenient, and self-confirming causes. Salafi’s in Dagestan indeed. The answer seems to lie a lot closer to home, but Time Magazine seems to now know how to use a simple map to get there.
This is fast becoming a travesty. I am fast running out of adjectives. The sheer ability of a publication to obfuscate, and completely distract a readership is staggering. That throughout this entire tragic episode, not a single person asked the key questions about our nation’s role in the horrors that are the justification for these attacks, is only possible because these writers, editors, pundits and organic intellectuals (for those confused by this phrase, please see Edward Said’s Representations of the Intellectual or just read Gramsci, which is of course a lot harder!) are paid to never bring it up.
Nice pictures. No intellgience. The games continue.