Sunday, July 23, 2017

The tenacious propagandist

 Congratulations
 You’re the tenacious propagandist
 A tape recorder mindlessly repeating
 The words and actions of others
 You blame the dark-skinned immigrant
 For everything wrong
 In your country

 You blame the protester
 Every time the police
 Crushes his skull
 People point out
 The vast discrepancies
 In your «reasoning»
 You keep on chanting
 Your insane support
 Of the tyranny in your country
 Of oppression incarnate

 Nothing can rock your stance
 You claim Muslims are the terrorists
 Even though white Christians
 Are proven far more violent
 Xenophobia and Islamophobia
 Are just words to you
 Distant echoes without significance

 Congratulations
 You’re the quintessential watchdog
 Of the ruling order
 You’re the most tenacious
 Honorable racist and Nazi possible
 The tenacious, irrational propagandist
 Striking again and again and again
 With pride and dignity
 In your deluded mind
 Your reward is in the mail
 Your medal is firmly attached
 To your overblown chest

 Amos Keppler
 2017-07-11/12

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Defending the indefensible

  United Nations has finally prohibited nuclear weapons, a prohibition supported by a large majority (122) of the world’s countries. Those either boycotting the vote or voting against it were basically NATO-countries or supporters.
  The prohibition is described and celebrated as a historic document. The judicially binding text for all countries ratifying it has a total ban on production and use and threats of use of all types of nuclear arms.
  The atomic weapon states and their supporters have to the last minute attempted to stop, sabotage the vote. They reject the vote as «inconsequential» and claim it will not have any practical significance. The Norwegian minister of foreign affairs, Børge Brende states: «We’re siding with our allies in this matter. Norway won’t support a proposition damaging NATO as an alliance of defense».
  1984 ministry of peace much?
  This is a typical stand taken by a Norwegian or European government official, yet another abolition of responsibility, more support for a destructive war machine without peer. In the eyes of European governments, it doesn’t matter what the United States happens to do. They eagerly support it, no matter how insane it is.
  Once again we see illustrated in excellent ways how NATO governments put the loyalty to one of the most aggressive military alliances ever above the welfare of the world’s people.
  The support for US/NATO is sickeningly unison, also in establishment media all over Europe and the western world. Establishment media keeps serving up what’s basically pure propaganda in support of US/NATO, what ever it might decide to do.
  The world and humanity are celebrating, though, in spite of knowing that the prohibition won’t have any instant practical effect. The proponents of the prohibition are correct. It will have an effect. It shows where the world at large stands, how insane the people of the world think it is that there are nuclear arms at all.
  It’s clearly a major blow to the atomic powers and their loyal supporters, a failure of their often uncontested propaganda. There is no defense for making, stockpiling and using nuclear weapons and this prohibition states that in a crystal clear manner.