Friday, April 20, 2007

Baghdad Wall: Closing In On Us

An image from the wall between Israel and Palestine

It is not enough that George W. Bushler and his administration of overgrown schoolshooters have succeeded in perceptibly increasing worldwide hate and division in the last 6 years, they have also been the driving force behind 3 major inter-community barriers -- I refer, of course, to the Walls of Hate between Israel and Palestine, the United States and Mexico, and now, between Iraqis in Baghdad.

Twenty years ago when Reagan banged on about how the Germans should "tear down this wall" and that "no one would ever be able to do what they are doing again," the great majority of the American public, German public and all sorts of other publics throughout the West, believed him. Not so in the "East" where people have a long tradition of accepting that politicians are liars -- especially colonialist-imperialist politicians. Will the Western publics again forget that it is repeatedly their governments who put up these walls, only to forget and act innocent when it is opportune to them to tear these structures down?

The Baghdad Barrier is allegedly "to protect a Sunni Arab enclave surrounded by Shiite neighborhoods" but we don't know -- we'll never know. What we do know is that this same neighborhood had no need for such "protection" before the Coalition Occupation. What we do know is that before the US and its "coalition" violently attacked this country and its people, these neighborhoods got along just fine.

And people still laugh at the ancient Chinese for building their Great Wall over 7 thousand years ago -- but why? Our civilization has clearly not progressed from such elementary behaviors.

With this many barriers and Berlin walls going up throughout the world, one only wonders how many generations, how many millennia, it will take to break them down -- but worse, how many Walls will it take for us all to be trapped between checkpoints, and for the world to realize that this is enough.

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