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To Kill a Mockingherd

Many of our crucial moments that may change the face of our future are solely dependent on our single reaction. How we react to events ultimately decides how we live the next stage in our lives. It is not an easy task, to be able to pick your words, assess the situation, keep your emotions in check, and all in a fraction of a second.
We do live in extreme conditions, and that is not a surprise. Today, because of globalization and the internet, just being ourselves has become that much more complex than any time before.

At a time when the entire world is viewed as a village, it becomes increasingly difficult to avoid interacting with people who might have extremely opposing beliefs. And it is exactly this issue, how we deal with opposing beliefs while having to manage sharing the land, is what makes everything about life very challenging.
We’ve always had a struggle when it comes to race and religious minorities. Since the dawn of Man (not the Darwinian dawn) trouble existed between believers and non-believers, the rich and poor, the free and slaves, idealists and realists, and it just boils down to human nature to be defensive (or aggressive) against that which is different.

Capitalism and Communism are two ideologies that offer a structure for economic well-being of the people (amongst other things). And as facts can be stranger than fiction, the hype created at the peak of the cold war over the imminent Soviet threat was apocalyptic. Of course, one can never mention economy independently from politics, and for that reason there is no pure economic development plan that exists today without politics being its very own fabric from which it’s woven.

The media is another of Man’s never ending battle fronts; it, too, is as old as life itself. And so when someone says that history is written by the winners, it really makes me very worried. For so much of who we are is written in history, and if history is biased, then who’s to say that we know who we are? The entire game is based on perspective; whose side are you on? Hence, the infamous presidential statement, “You’re either with us, or against us.”

Americans are known for being very sentimental about how they view the world, and by world I mean the United States. But it wasn’t until recently that their recognition of the outside world came into being, thanks to Terrorism (what are the advantages of Terrorism?). Now once again I would do my best to avoid coming across like the conspiracy theorist who believes that the U.S is the mastermind behind terrible tragedies and assassinations around the globe, including taking out Kennedy. Yet, the best advantage terrorism gives to the U.S is that they are not an entity that can be fought in a certain geographical area; terrorism is all over the place, which in other words means an all-area-access authority. Whether this is a plot for logistical and economical dominance is not the issue here..

But one thing IS the issue, though.. sacred and made-sacred topics, as well as forbidden topics, should never be touched or tampered with. You cannot go to India to hold a Beef festival. You cannot go to Israel and question the Holocaust. You cannot go to Saudi Arabia and ridicule their Fatwa. You cannot go to China and demand free speech. You cannot go to Hungary and say “Romania”. You cannot go to Iran to argue about the legitimacy of their Supreme Leader. And you certainly cannot go to Ground Zero, New York and demand an Islamic Center!
I have been very perplexed and bewildered about why someone as smart and savvy as Obama would commit political suicide by supporting the Islamic Center fully only to say, “uhh..well..maybe not!” If that isn’t an automatic kick in the groin for the Donkey I don’t know what is. The issue is much more sensitive today because, like I said, the world has tranformed into a village, and this village is called United States. More like, someone in Russia would say, “I live in Moscow, Russia, United States, planet Earth.”

Having said that, and as a political leader, you are supposed to think a thousand times before you said anything. Of course, George W. Bush may have said everything before he thought of anything, but only W was able to do that. Let’s face it, some skills are simply God-given.
Obama, on the other hand, is much more aware of the variables around him; he should have anticipated it. He should have objected to the Islamic Center from day one. You don’t want to strike a chord with the Muslim voters and cut your ropes with Americans, because the issue here is moral and not ethnic or racial. And you can’t take sides in a moral issue. The thing with free speech or freedom of choice is that they’re very circumstantial, and who’s to say that this shouldn’t be the case? All of us have some sort of freedom by default, that is until we’ve committed a crime, then it gets taken away from us. The United States has made it abundantly clear that it lashes out against certain people, or nations, that try to defy it. From as early a problem as slavery came a string of other wars, civil or world wars, propaganda wars, that fueled America’s appetite for gradual but sure world dominance. And standing in the way of the moving train that is the U.S, one can only expect to be terminated.. president, you were, or commoner.

It boils down to this: you can’t have a Japanese cultural center, even now, at Pearl harbor. Maybe a Japanese cuisine is already there for all I know, but never a war museum or hall that celebrates the Kamikaze. An Islamic community center certainly will not sit well with not only Americans, but with anyone who has a sense of understanding of the world today.

Yes, America is the land of freedom of choice and free speech, but not when you’re blamed for blowing up the Twin Towers. I’ll tell you what right we have now: the right to remain silent.

Categories: Silent Theorist
  1. Miss Good Egg
    October 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I don’t know, I can see the logic behind it. Building the Islamic center in the hope of transmitting a message of peace at the right spot where they most probably claimed an Islamic center elsewhere inspired the demolition. I honestly think Obama is an upright man but is surrounded by people keeping him on guard with a tight leash :/

    • October 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm

      Honestly, it’s all a matter of perspective. You see it half full, I see it half empty. But then again, if Americans don’t like the idea, I fail to see the logic behind insisting on having it. Kinda beats the purpose, don’t you think? I would make the assumption that there are many other ways to promote Islam’s message of peace; make a sponsored dinner festival for the entire city, inviting Hindus, Jews, Christian, Muslims, Atheists, and make a speech! Anything to win their hearts (through their stomachs), but insisting on having a building where even its design is controversial (some has interpreted its design as a crashing star of David) does in no way serve the purpose… at least for me.

      But I agree with you on Obama, he’s the right man at the right time with the wrong people. Just imagine having him as a leader in K-Town…. oh the possibilities…

      • Miss Good Egg
        October 23, 2010 at 3:34 pm

        I guess I see your point; it’s probably going to charge more disapproval and protesting than acknowledgment… Oh well :/

  2. Luckolantern
    October 23, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Im makin the assumption youre muslim, shmoo. Right? Just wanna understand where ya comin from . Peace

    • October 24, 2010 at 9:39 am

      Luckolantern,

      Thanks for the question! I am Muslim 🙂 Hope that helps!

  3. Khantastic
    October 24, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Dude, neat lit! Love the “Americans are known for being very sentimental…” bit!

    Will browse thru previous entries at leisure. Keep up the good work.

    Ciao for now!

    • October 25, 2010 at 7:05 am

      Thanks for posting! Enjoy!

  1. October 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm

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