The Palestinian Disciple

“The yellow dwarf grows pale on the run”
warns a footpath thought bubble.
A scarf conceals Ahmed’s shrapnel disfigured face.
His coffin is destined to be
a likeness of his change filled instrument case.
O
ne eyed, three legged, dogs look on
as he strums his battered guitar,
in dappled Frangipani light.
A traffic jam of tears crowds his gaunt cheeks.
Ahmed’s soaring riffs are as spectacular
as
a fighter plane’s aerial gymnastics.
His
voice is the melancholic intensity
that gives the blues its name.

“Every day, despair and I fight a duel,
fresh agony has become my only fuel.
In a world with endless horrors to lament
darkness stalks with murderous intent.

No need to mention Vietnam or Korea
to show Uncle Sam believes
mass murder is the ultimate panacea.

The American corporate shark
has slaughtered without mercy,
from Wounded Knee to Iraq.

Spreading democracy with bombs,
spreading democracy with bombs,
spreading democracy with bombs.

In ‘88 Warship Vincennes was USS Disgrace
after obliterating an Iranian passenger plane,
that never strayed into forbidden airspace.

In eighty six the US ignored world court jurisdiction
by bombing more Nicaraguan clinics and schools
and claiming it was entirely accidents and fiction.

In sixty five thousands of Dominicans were intent
on reinstating their democratically elected president,
United States invaders gunned them into the cement.

With avalanches of lies we’ve always been cheated.
Before the A-Bombs hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki
the Japanese were on the brink of being defeated.

By June 45 they sought an honourable surrender.
The Bomb was for scaring Russia from East Asia,
forget tales from the US myth making blender.

No need to mention Vietnam or Korea
to show Uncle Sam believes mass murder
is the ultimate panacea.

The American corporate shark
has slaughtered without mercy,
from Wounded Knee to Iraq. 

Spreading democracy with bombs,
spreading democracy with bombs,
spreading democracy with bombs;
spreading the flaming wreckage
of democracy from Chile to Vietnam.

The hairs on the back of the audience’s neck
rise to salute a man who refuses to fall,
as he gallops along the crumbling ridgeline
between death and insanity.

The growing crowd spills into the park across the road
as Ahmed unleashes his latest midnight purge.

“Terrorism versus terrorism

There was no attempt to defuse the situation,
the Israeli Attack Force opted for escalation.
A man in a wheelchair, wearing a white flag,
was shot like he’s as worthless as welding slag.

Terrorism versus terrorism

The sheer absurdity of your absolute denial
is the most hideous joke I’ve heard in a while.
You are one of those condescending nerds,
changing the subject and twisting my words.
No longer am I trapped in the gouging bind,
formed by your patriotism enfeebled mind.

Terrorism versus terrorism

Never deliberately harmed a civilian you say?
Using them as shields contradicts that Fay!
The war archives contain no shortage of files
of houses annihilated by helicopter missiles.
Armored bulldozers ruining civilian homes
is also recorded often enough to fill tomes.
Ambulances were shot at, blocked for days,
the news coats your eyes in dogmatic glaze.

In this evil world there’s enough to despise,
without the torment of vicious occupiers lies.

In the back row gloom,
a senator decides parliament needs another independent.
Cracks appear in the ghastly bubble of ignorance
enveloping an illegal settlement developer.

Amidst darker shadows, The Chameleon is resolute
as he observes the magnetism of his latest recruit.
On the side of the courthouse he sprays his tribute.

Police officers approach.
He accelerates into a maze of lane ways
and storm water drains.
The speed camera by the 40km/hr sign
cannot peer beneath his mask.

 

 

 

References

 

Terrorism Versus Terrorism

Human Rights Watch: Israel, the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian Authority Territories, Volume 14, Number 2, May, 2002

Houses in Jenin refugee camp hit by Israeli helicopter missiles (p 3).

Armoured bulldozers demolished the homes of innocent civilians to provide easier access for Israeli Defence Force vehicles. These demolitions continued well beyond this ruthless yet practical strategy (p 3-4).

On April 10, Kmal Zgheir, a 57 year old wheel chair bound man, was shot dead by an Israeli soldier and run over by a tank, despite the white flag attached to his chair (p 4)

Israeli soldiers used Palestinian civilians as human shields (p 4-5).

Israeli soldiers obstructed and shot at ambulances (p 5)

Illan Pappe, A History of Modern Palestine, 2005

A brief description of the use of excessive force and collective punishment used by the IDF, in the April 2002 attack on Jenin refugee camp, in retaliation for recent suicide bombings (p 287-288)

 

Democracy is Not Spread With Bombs

Wounded Knee Massacre

The Wikipedia Summary of the Wounded Knee Massacre states that estimates of the Sioux death toll range from 150 to 300, with 51 wounded. 31 soldiers died and 33 were wounded. Any suggestion that the Sioux started the battle is dubious because they were so vastly outnumbered and unarmed women and children were among them.

Iraq

William Blum, Rogue State, A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, 2006

President Clinton’s 1998 State of the Union address, during which he declared the need to prevent outlaw states, terrorists and organized criminals from acquiring chemical and biological weapons. Ironically the United States supplied Iraq with a variety of such weapons, such as Bacillus Anthracis, the cause of Anthrax (p 158-159,

The US installation of the Baath regime in Iraq in 1963 to prevent the nationalisation of the Iraqi Petroleum Company, which the United States had a major share in (p 172-3)

The bombing of Iraq, including the use of depleted uranium weapons, during the 1990/91 Gulf War. The continuing of the bombing raids, right up until the 2003 Iraq War, under the guise of enforcing the so called no fly zones. The deliberate destruction of civilian infrastructure (p 206-207).

The reality that the vast majority of Iraqis were better off when Saddam Hussein was in power than they were under American rule. The reality that the invasion was motivated by the desire to expand the American Empire, provide business opportunities and control Iraq’s oil resources (p 218-9)

The US bombing of a baby food factory during the 1990/91 Gulf War and the attempt to convince the public it was a biological weapons facility (p 308).

Noam Chomsky, Hegemony or Survival, America’s Quest for Global Dominance, 2004

The damage done to Iraqi society, during the 1990’s and early 2000’s, by the economic sanctions, which affected the general population but not Saddam Hussein and his cronies who were permitted to stay in power (p 140-143)

The US refusal to allow an independent government in Iraq and their insistence on invading in 2003, even if Saddam Hussein and his associates left the country (p 140-143)

U.S fears that if the Shiite majority were permitted to form a government in Iraq they would establish close ties with Iran (p 140-143)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM0uvgHKZe8

Madelaine Albright’s claim that the deaths of half a million children in Iraq, due to the economic sanctions was worth it.

Chile

Geoffrey Robertson QC, Crimes Against Humanity, The Struggle For Global Justice

US support of General Pinochet’s military coup against Salvadore Allende’s democratically elected socialist government (p 47)

General Pinochet’s atrocities during and after the coup and Henry Kissinger, the US secretary of State under Nixon’s, sympathy with his plight (p 332-334)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6kkaIfy9wU

The United States backed overthrow of the democratically elected government of Chile and the economic disaster that ensued.

Dominican Republic

William Blum, Rogue State, A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, 2006

The U.S military campaign to oust Juan Bosch, the democratically elected leader of the Dominican Republic, in September 1963 and to crush the popular uprising that aimed to put Bosch back into power in 1965. Bosch was the first democratically elected leader of Dominica since 1924. Declaring his country to be independent from the United States was among his mistakes in Washington’s eyes. (p 179-180).

Geoffrey Robertson QC, Crimes Against Humanity, The Struggle For Global Justice

The false claim that Juan Bosch was a communist and the absurdity of the belief that America has the right to invade a country and overthrow its government on the basis of its alleged communist nature (p 48) 

Iran 

Newsweek, August 15, 1989.

George Bush Senior commenting on U.S Warship Vincennes shooting down of an Iranian airliner that killed all 290 passengers ‘I will never apologize for the United States of America. I don’t care what the facts are.’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGwkwi0gf_M

Iran marks the 27th anniversary of the downing of an Iranian passenger plane, by U.S Warship Vincennes, which killed all 290 passengers on board, including 66 children. The United States government continues to claim it was an accident.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Ap6xeJTDQ

How could a battleship with sophisticated radar confuse a passenger plane with an F-14, which is a third its size? (1:33-1:38)

The United States Government describes the loss of life as regrettable but won’t go as far as apologizing. To this day nobody has been penalised for what was an atrociously reckless mistake at best, one which many suspicious lies were told about (5:15 – 6:56)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u17zMS2hSfo

Airbus Flight 655 was shot down over Iranian territorial waters, was not descending as claimed and was actually veering away from the American Naval ships at the time it was fired upon (36:04-36:45)

Japan

William Blum, Rogue State, A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, 2006

According to Blum, the real motivation for dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was to intimidate the Russians out of invading Japan. America ignored Japan’s attempts to surrender months before the nuclear attacks, on the condition that the monarchy be retained (p-14)  

H.P Wilmott, The Second World War In The Far East, 1999

Wilmott’s perspective is accompanied by a range of graphs illustrating the depletion of Japan’s resources, due the American naval blockade reducing imports and the scale of destruction caused by conventional bombing. According to Wilmott these factors would’ve combined to force an unconditional surrender by November 1945, without U.S forces landing on the main Japanese Islands. He also states that, although the dropping of the atomic bombs contributed to the August surrender, Japan’s belief that the Soviets were about to invade was also a factor (p 195-209)

Korea

William Blum, Rogue State, A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, 2006

The U.S military’s deliberate machine gunning of Korean civilians and the blowing up of bridges they were crossing (p 166).

Geoffrey Robertson QC, Crimes Against Humanity, The Struggle For Global Justice

The massacre of civilians by U.S forces at No Gun Ri and the United States Airforce’s carpet bombing of civilian targets (p 43).

Nicaragua

William Blum, Rogue State, A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, 2006

The US waging of war against Nicaragua from 1979-90, partly via their proxy army the Contras which raped and tortured civilians and aimed to destroy the Sandinistas social welfare programs (p 190-191)

The United States defiance of the International Court of Justice by continuing their proxy war against the Sandinista Government (p 304-305)

Geoffrey Robertson QC, Crimes Against Humanity, The Struggle For Global Justice

The US war against democracy in Nicaragua, during the 1980’s, which included the  training and funding for their proxy forces the Contras. The U.S Navy’s laying of mines outside Nicaraguan Ports and assistance with the bombing of harbours etc (p 75-76).

Vietnam

William Blum, Rogue State, A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, 2006

Torture techniques the Green Berets taught their members, in preparation for the war in Vietnam, during the 1960’s (p 66)

Lightly punished and completely unpunished acts of terrorism by Vietnamese terrorists loyal to America, against their allegedly communist countrymen, in California (p 114)

The United states support for Pol Pot’s mass murderous regime, the Khmer Rouge, in Cambodia, after the Vietnamese Army overthrew them (p 117-118).

The deaths and birth defects caused by the United States use of chemical warfare during the Vietnam War (p 138-139)

The United States prevention of Vietnamese elections in 1955 because of the popularity of Ho Chi Minh (p 225)

The failure of the United States to pay for the reconstruction of what they destroyed in Vietnam and forcing Vietnam to pay for part of the cost of America’s invasion of their country (p 303-304)

Ho Chi Minh’s pleading with US President Truman for American and United Nations assistance with Vietnam gaining their independence from the French, shortly after the end of World War 2 (p 320-321)

Noam Chomsky Hegemony or Survival, America’s Quest for Global Dominance, 2004

Saturation bombing, chemical warfare and concentration camps during the Vietnam War (p 38)

Forcing Vietnam to pay reparations to the US for the Vietnam War, despite the fact the United States invaded and decimated their country (p 100-101) 

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