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Does the Future America offer Peace?
Another Needless Massacre
Once again, the United States of America must face reality. Americans are in shock with the most recent mass shooting occurring in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Another unnecessary tragedy, a horrific killing of 49 innocent people by one unstable, radicalized Muslim; an extremist born in the USA but influenced by ISIS and the challenge of living within a complex, confused North American society . This tragedy is another event which must, at some point, be taken seriously, like it or not, as difficult as only can be imagined, —and politically-correct or not.
To ignore the reality of fanatic extremism is to invite more fanatic extremism and ever more deadly events. How sublime it seems, then, when each occurrence is followed by foolishly ineffective discussions, knee-jerk political responses coupled with bold but meaningless rhetoric and statements of position, copied, seemingly verbatim, from previous horrific mass shootings, bombings, or other horrific events. America must face reality regardless how difficult that process may turn out to be.
America must face reality, look inward and face both the guilt and results of willfully and inexplicably allowing sales of assault rifles and weapons to deranged racists, lunatics and fanatics of all kinds on watch lists, to unstable individuals, radicalized by brutal foreign influence or not. America must take ownership and responsibility for a society so immune to reason that disgruntled opponents, both foreign and native-born Americans themselves , see no other choice but to lash out and kill; turn assault rifles and other weapons against unprotected, soft and innocent civilian targets in their predictable, hopeless rage.
America Must Face Reality
Yes, everyone knows politically-correct society insists: "a mentally-disturbed individual did it." Regardless of description, those who are angry kill, mentally-deranged individuals kill, radicalized fanatics kill, extremists kill, and religious zealots with sick obsessions, motive and questionable agenda kill. Equally guilty are political and religious leaders who kill by failure to lead; governments which kill by failing to govern with reason and common sense, and all organizations and religions which kill by failing to teach peace, tolerance and understanding instead of brutal demands for compliance to narrow-minded theology, barbaric idiocy, revenge, blood-letting and execution. In the minds of desperate zealots of all stripes, no solution or path is offered but that of hopelessness of violence or death itself.
Yes, America must face reality; the hard truth that fanatic American mandates and 'rights' are cast in bitter, brittle fundamentalist self-righteousness, right-wing Republicanism, or equally bitter Democrat blather. It may be observed there is little separation in terms of stubbornness, intolerance, or mindset from that of black-robed, preachy, AK-waving ISIL extremists, bitter, delusional and fanatic jihadists, or Islamic criminals on watch lists, global or home grown.
The common operating madness is the narrow, bitter interpretation of ideology, self-declared 'righteousness' void of respect for others or any responsible, reasonable social response. Politics and religion, now equally unappealing globally, are based upon the unacceptable, deadly, narrow-minded intolerance of others. Justified by quoting verses from the Quran, chapters from a Bible, or 'rules of the self-entitled' from failed, corrupt and out-dated political platforms, the evil dwelling in the unstable minds of radicalized, angry lunatics has but one purpose; a mandate of intimidation, revenge, and fear by mindlessly killing helpless human beings in crowded venues.
Because of a long history of arrogance, greed, endless warfare and exploitation of other nations, elements in America can be held equally responsible for poverty, prejudice, bigotry, injustice, intolerance, and racism resulting in predictable radicalization, terrorism, and fanaticism, all of which are desperate responses of protest and revenge. Events like the massacres which have occurred in Orlando, the Boston massacre, 9/11, and countless other events will continue to happen. When will you get it?
Name them. You know them all. Make excuses. Declare war. Recall the blood, the horror, lifeless bodies, the maimed. Recall broken families, tears, the dearly beloved, injured or lost forever. Mass murders are happening with increasing regularity. The politically-correct may say "Yes, but, innocent people are killed daily by accident too." So sorry, but we must ask; how do YOU not 'get it' ?
The difference is that these events can be stopped. Is it that we simply cannot face the necessity of accepting responsibility for creating ideal conditions for the import of evil, and the generation of home-grown terrorism?
You need not worry about the insanity of religious and political ideological struggles half-way round the world over there, out of sight in the Middle East. The brain- worms of ideological hate, rot, and violence have clearly been imported to North America.
How predictable. Now you, too, can hustle victims from back yard massacres to emergency hospital rooms in the back of pickup trucks. How long will it be before little black pickup trucks are racing everywhere with machine-guns mounted upon them too?
America must make very difficult choices, and soon. Not choices between gun control or the NRA. Not playing political games, refusing to call horrific events radicalized Islamic terrorism by labeling them acts of insanity. Not by choosing to label perpetrators as 'deranged' or 'lone wolves' or Islamic or ISIL -inspired, when they may be all or none of the above. Building fences and banning immigrants from the USA or not doing so, whether red, yellow, black or blue-blood, and being politically-correct —will not resolve the growing problem.
Voting for billionaire Donald Trump and his fence-like brash, careless, racist rhetoric, or alternatively, voting for Hillary Clinton's suspect, pseudo-hawkish, "I can be as tough as Donald Trump" corrupt and meaningless blather about gender-driven 'historical occasions' will make no difference. It is not about choosing male, female or transgender washrooms or same-sex marriage. It is certainly not about choosing Republican or Democrat, with equally ridiculous, equally greedy and equally narrow-minded partisan ideologies —and equally presumptive intent.
It IS a choice between awaking to choose common sense and unity, or choosing apathy, enabling this social disease further, only to watch the shattered American Dream crumble and fail completely .
America must face reality. Reason and common sense have always been stronger foundations to build upon than bitter, mindless, delusional ideology cast in greed, and arrogance. Now is not the time for stupidity.
Simply observe —and think.
That's how we see it. Difficult choices or not, the right choices must now be made for humanity instead of waiting for the inevitable chaos. For the record, peace and hope are that simple.
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© 2015 by Raymond Alexander Kukkee [caption id="attachment_3213" align="aligncenter" width="624"] Artifact in the ancient City of Nimrud in Iraq[/caption]
Wait... Putin the super hero, Saviour of the old Soviet guard. Big 'V' on Red tights, no pun intended, but don't you just love that? See how easy it is to get distracted with asides and trivia?
No matter...Somehow there must be a parallel or correlation with ISIS' magic dead-or-alive -"volcanoes of Jihad" Jihadist leader Abu Bakr-al-Baghdadi. Lunacy. Arrogance. Delusions of grandeur. All common factors, —but the bottom line is, getting back to reality, it is a given that "States" and their world leaders —should at the very least attempt to act in a sane and responsible manner.
ISIS arbitrarily declared itself a caliphate (the Levant) and offers its program of cleansing as proof of passing a test of statehood. In someone's warped mind, slaughter of innocents is a qualifier for authenticity. Public executions of hundreds, if not thousands of innocent people including women and children take place for such heinous crimes as being Christian, refusing to 'convert' to Islam, being a foreign journalist, being a foreign aid worker feeding the starving, or simply being the 'wrong' nationality in the wrong place and the wrong time. The list of qualifiers goes on and gets uglier.
Their ultimate and authentic 'proof of statehood' includes broadcasting video records of executions using their all-time favourite execution method of beheading victims, guilty or not. Subsequent parading of victim's severed heads in front of cameras by children of "Jihadist fighters" is encouraged and has been recorded. Disgusting. Train children to grow up thinking lunacy is normal. That ought to do it. In the civilized world, the brainwashing of children itself is a heinous crime.
That reminds me, brain-washing of children is a very state-like occupation, isn't it; grooming and training children to hate others for a lifetime. We wonder if there is a parallel to be drawn to the Ferguson Syndrome back home in the good old U.S. of A. Maybe it's ISIL's own unique Johnny-Jihadi Syndrome. Does that remind you of Brown shirts? Recruitment and brainwashing of idealist, weak-minded wanna-join-somethings with guns and black pajamas with hoodies and masks to enable the anonymous and mindless daily tasks of, brutalizing, rape, killing and plunder. You get the idea. Think. If they are a "State" why would it be necessary to hide their faces and identities?
bomb the crap out of them for revenge, or put them out of their misery, save themselves from collective madness and make a declaration of their own humanity and test of statehood.
As a follow-up, here at Incoming Bytes we will continue to wonder why this ugly cancer of criminals has not yet been totally excised from what is fast becoming the corpse of civilization. Opposition to ISIS must remain resolved, united and not intimidated by the task ahead. Perhaps standing tall when required is another of our own tests of Statehood.
What do you think? Stay tuned.
A Sense of Humanity is Required to Pass a Test of StatehoodIt should not come as a surprise to anyone in the modern world that a sense of humanity is an essential requirement to pass a test of statehood. Here at Incoming Bytes we would guess that in espousing brutality, terrorism and murder almost unequaled in modern history, ISIS, a militarized, aggressive rogue 'entity' in Iraq declaring itself an 'Islamic State' ' —could not pass an impartial test of statehood using any interpretation of international law. Civilized nations and nation-states build constitutions to preserve life and humanity, respect foreign borders, practice diplomacy, establish Charters of Rights for citizens, incorporate a modern system of justice into a society ruled by civilized law, and protect minorities within their borders. Yes, established borders, legally defined borders encompassing territory lawfully gained. ISIS, or "ISIL" and it's black ninja mini-army of AK-47-carrying Jihadi-John - look-a-likes labels itself an "Islamic State" in spite of frowns and muted disapproval of modern Islam because of its aggressive and murderous agenda. Let's understand that. ISIS 'leaders' who are murderers, pretend to be Jihadi ' learned persons', arrogantly point their fingers in the air, dictating, preaching and poking the world in the eye in calculated defiance. It seems they believe the religious beliefs and practices of all of the other billions of Muslims in the world are not quite Islamic enough. Not quite suitable. Or wrong. Or something. Non-conformists will simply be executed. Go figure. Genuine leaders usually attempt decorum and 'Statehood'. Perhaps with the contemporary exception of Vladimir Putin, world leaders, at the very least, attempt to act within the realm of responsible states. Putin is excluded because of his territorial grab in Crimea, and involvement in Ukraine. Shooting down international passenger planes, and military interference in Ukraine is agreeable only in Vladimir's collection of ancient USSR apparatchik-approved comic books.
Destruction of Nimrud: Why?Don't forget ISIS's "ongoing accomplishments" and other 'state-like activities'. Such "ongoing accomplishments" now include the destruction of rare, priceless historical statues, carvings and other artifacts in museums as well as looting and pilfering villages, raping and murdering and beheading of thousands of 'enemies', theft of women and children, who are sold into forced marriages with ISIS fighters and de facto slavery. Terrorism, bullying, murder, blood and fear are the only identifying characteristics of ISIS. The latest "great accomplishment" and 'test of statehood' of ISIS was the unbelievable looting and bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud —and destruction of it's statuary and artifacts. Nimrud is considered to be perhaps the oldest known civilization known to mankind. Yes, we know nothing lasts forever, but... This vicious, mindless destruction has been called a war crime by the international community, but ISIS lunatics romantically consider ridiculous extremism necessary to pass the test of Statehood. In the minds of the obsessed, declaring dominance over, and claiming destruction of, all evidence of a long-dead civilization, city, or state, ISIS "validates" their power and undoubtedly "justifies" their existence. Shall we repeat: In the minds of lunatics. Here at Incoming Bytes it is easily observed that the greatest accomplishment of ISIS to date —the ONLY accomplishment to date—has been to unfailingly generate hate against itself —worldwide—and consolidate international resolve to expunge the murderous self-declared "caliphate" and its poison from the modern world.
The Facts Remain SoberingTo the astute observer, ISIS simply appears to be a collection of impotent misfits, traitors, rabble, and brutal, extremist religious fanatics who have outrageously chosen to use murder, vicious tactics, and terrorism to achieve their " religious, domestic and foreign policies". Combined with a narrow, brutal and ancient interpretation and 'version' of Islam as the strict and only basis for Islam, those facts remain sobering if only because they consider innocent human beings and life itself to be of little worth. The primitive and misdirected understanding of the requirements for success as a 'state' has backfired. Countries around the world including Arab nations representing modern Islam are necessarily uniting against them--perhaps to
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