Welcome to a unique opportunity. A chance to peer into the arrogant murk of the mind of a Leftist Propagandist. Today Heretics Crusade analyzes:
Cause and Effect:
An American Reflects on 9/11
Dennis Rivers — September 11, 2004
article in the Santa Barbara Independent newspaper
“A few months after 9/11, a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks visited La Casa de Maria Retreat Center, near Santa Barbara, and I went to meet them. At the time, still reeling from the emotional impact of the 9/11 attacks, I found myself feeling somewhat at odds with these maroon-robed visitors. The monks seemed to me to be living in their little cocoon of Buddhist spirituality. I wanted them to respond more visibly to the tragic history that was unfolding on the stage of the world.”
From the start MR. Rivers complete self-absorption is evident in his words. He cares little for the religion or perspective of the people who hold it if they do not share his moment-to-moment concerns.
“I asked one monk (who happened to be from England) what he thought of the events of 9/11. He very quickly and assuredly said “There are no accidents in life. Every effect has its cause.” And that was it. Case closed. This, I thought, was the most wooden answer any human being could have given to my question. Had he no heart, this fellow so sure of himself, so sure of his doctrine? He seemed to be implying that the 9/11 victims has somehow caused their own suffering. In a very un-Buddhist mood, I wanted to shake him, to tell him to wake up and respond to the suffering of people in the real world.”
Of course Mr. Rivers never considered that the “cause” the monk reffer4ed to might have been the Jihadist mentality coupled with Western complacence in their overwhelming power. He starts with a completely selfish perspective and comes to a completely self-centered conclusion: the monk doesn’t care the “Right way”.
“Several years have gone by, and I have had plenty of time to sort out my angry reaction to this monk.”
Translation: “the Leftist powers that be have patiently explained the errors of our ways to those of us who mistakenly thought that the bad guys ultimately to blame for 9/11 were Muslims instead of Americans.”
“…in relation to 9/11, we are now slowly realizing that this tragedy was not a random event, not a bizarre aberration.”
No, it was not, there were clear warnings going back to the 1800’s about the intent of extremists Muslims to attack the West as soon as they had the resources to do so.
“For the past half-century the United States has been following policies in the Muslim world that seem to me to almost guarantee an explosion sooner or later.”
At least according to the analysis of Mr. Rivers “progressive” handlers. To the Leftist leadership anything that anyone does that does not follow their agenda is “reason” for the offender to be assaulted.
“While very few, if any, of the individuals in the World Trade Center on 9/11 had anything to do with the formulation of those policies, they were like molecules of water in the pot put on the stove, as are we all. This leads to one of the most painful paradoxes of our time. No one deserves to die such a fiery death as the 9/11 victims; and on the other hand, none of us can completely insulate ourselves from the consequences of the actions taken in our name.”
It is a constancy of the Leftist arrogance that all evils must be laid at the feet of the West, white Christians especially. The Leftist condemns others for not “respecting indigenous cultures”, but to them no non-western culture has any Real ability to determine their OWN goals or actions in the first place!
All of them supposedly react ONLY to the actions of the Leftists own culture. (which embarrasses the Leftist with it’s successes and therefore must be humbled before the, also embarrassingly, NON civilized peoples of the world). Thus all failings of any non-Western peoples to act in “civilized” fashion have nothing to do with that people’s own customs or attitudes. These poor, helpless semi-humans merely react like prodded beasts to our sophisticated and evilly intelligent agendas. As far as I can tell this is the true attitude behind the Leftist agenda, it just doesn’t make sense else why they would do so much evil to those they claim to love.
It is this mentality that gives us bi-lingual education when the overwhelming evidence is that students from foreign language cultures do BEST when immersed immediately in the new language. Why do they promote it then? It is “nicer” to give the poor sons and daughters of the Leftist’s maid’s instruction in their own tongue! After all, we can’t expect them to just jump in and become one of us can we?
Or is that the point? Keep the kids speaking Spanish or Hindi or whatever, and keep them maids and gardeners instead of being competition for the Leftist’s own children? Here is a new Leftist term, compassionate racism.
“It is now widely recognized that the United States has grievously antagonized and agitated the Muslim world, especially in the following six ways:”
I could respond to this directly, instead I will let “Patrick Henry”, a songwriter from the ‘net, now sadly M.I.A. do it for me:
“1. In the 1950s we overthrew the elected government of Iran and supported the return of the Shah, whom the Iranians did not want back. The Shah ruled with an iron hand, and the Iranians have not forgotten who gave him to them.”
In his haste to whip America for its sins Mr. Rivers conveniently forgets that the 9/11 attacks were committed by Sunni Muslims, who hate and detest the Shi’ites of Iran.
“2. For the sake of commercial gain, political advantage, and cheap oil, we have accepted and supported military dictatorships in countries throughout the Muslim world, from Nigeria to Indonesia, all the while preaching democracy and respect for human rights. When Saddam Hussein (who stayed in power with U.S. help) gassed his own people in the 1980s, we did not protest, because at that moment it was politically inconvenient for us to do so.”
Another convenient lapse of memory here: there are nothing BUT dictatorships in the Middle East. It also could be said that those “evil dictatorships” that the U.S. supported were, on balance, less violent toward their own people than the ones that we did NOT influence. The complaint seems to be more about the interference in things Mr. Rivers does not approve of been interfered with, as opposed to the actual acts committed. Case in point: the Muslims nations had nothing to say on their own part about Saddam gassing a bunch of Kurds.
I can’t think that this was ever a real source of animosity toward the U.S. by Muslims. The theme seems to be that we are blamed for acting when we do, and for not acting when we don’t. I have heard this one before: Heads you lose, tails I win.
“3. In the 1980s we poured billions of dollars in arms and support into Muslim hate groups in Pakistan, to support an armed campaign against the Soviets in Afghanistan (we called them “freedom fighters,” at the time).”
Of all the smarmy, self satisfied attempts at confusing truth this one takes the cake! “Soviets in Afghanistan”? What a terse way to say “Invasion and brutally inhuman occupation of a mostly tribal society by a fully mechanized and heartless army bent on stealing a path to oil and a warm water port”. And we dared to call those who fought them “freedom Fighters” without first firmly establishing each groups religious and political reliability? Wow, how heinous a crime we have committed against Muslims everywhere!!!
“Afghanistan was ground to pieces between the armed might of the Soviet Union, and the armed might of our CIA-backed legions. One scholar has noted that there had never been a global Muslim jihad movement until the CIA funded one.”
Really? It wasn’t more like after the Soviets withdrew the Leftists in the U.S. Gov forced a rapid withdrawal of U.S. aid and put a stop to any attempts to seriously influence the new Afghan regime for the stability of the region until the Taliban types had taken all the power? It wasn’t that THEN the Taliban turned on the people? I guess I must have been hallucinating when I lived through the chronology of events the first time around.
“4. While various U.S. administrations have tried to play a mediating role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we do not seem to have any real principles that we will stick to.”
Finally, a statement I can agree with! However, I imagine that my opinion of what was “principal” and what was “not sticking to it” is diametrically opposed to Mr. Rivers’ idea on the subject.
“We also continue to give and lend billions of dollars in military aid to Israel, encouraging the military-might-is-the-only-answer wing of Israeli politics, alienating Muslims around the world and cutting the ground out from under our role as mediators.”
Why do I feel that Mr. Rivers’ idea of “our Role” is to abandon Israel and let the “alienated” Muslims swamp them in the name of “mediation”?
“5. For most of the past century the United States has been the largest arms exporter in the world. We invent and sell various instruments of death to everyone who will buy and look the other way as they kill one another. Although the United States is the most influential country in the world, we exert no moderating influence on the arms trade. Thus, governments around the world, including those of Muslim countries, spend money on arms instead of on the real needs of their peoples, breeding poverty, corruption and resentment.”
This is simply a lie, the U.S. has one of the strictest systems limiting sale of arms to non-national groups and marginal nation states. It is countries like France and Russia and Libya and such that have a bill of conscience regarding sale of “anything to anyone”, not us.
“6. We also export an endless stream of violent movies and TV shows, showing people just how to use those guns, bombs, missiles, bazookas, and God knows what else, to solve every problem. Our strong tradition of moment-to-moment freedom of expression makes it almost impossible for us to think about the long term consequences when free expression glorifies people killing each other. At the risk of offending just about everybody, I must confess how deeply convinced I am that the “Terminator” movies, and their blood-drenched ilk, are the theory, and 9/11 is the practice. Do we really want to teach people around the world that killing is fun? How many more Columbines and 9/11’s will it take to get us to look at the shadow side of our own freedom?”
Finally, the Fascism of the Left exposes itself! In the name of not offending people who are far more offensive than we, we must censor our very words and songs and movies lest they travel beyond our borders and spark a righteous Jihad against our horrific rudeness!
So, people who feel stoning is the appropriate way to treat the trauma of rape might not be hurt in their sensitive feelings James Cameron and Quantin Tarentino must submit all their works for prior review. Sounds reasonable to me. I am feeling a touch nauseous though Virginia. Please, pass me the Dramamine.
“To sum up, the United States, for all its many virtues of dynamism and creativity, also happens to be a massive producer and exporter of both the culture and the instruments of violence.”
And we all KNOW that whenever we find non-Westerners who have no exposure to our media or weapons we find only peaceful, harmonious societies, respectful of women, children and the rights of all minority races and faiths? Right? Don’t we? Oh, Tell me that this isn’t a lie too, Virginia!!!
“It now seems to me that the Buddhist monk was right. Every effect does have its cause. It was only a matter of time, in a world made small by airplanes, before the violence we have exported would return to us.”
A small-souled, scared man seeks an answer to why he is terrified. Not being able to influence the ones who make him afraid, he attacks those that protect him. Sad little man.
“Like alcoholics in a 12-step meeting, the time has come for our “bomb-oholic” culture to face the basic truths of our life:”
Do I even need to point out how obscene it is to call the West “bomb-oholic” in a discussion involving the West and Muslim radicals? Dennis is truly off in a land of his own imagination.
“1. The sorrow of 9/11 is, at the deepest level, of our own making.”
If you mean that we failed to see warning signs of the groups intent then you are right. If you mean that we “deserved it” then you, my friend, are no better than those that flew the planes in MY eyes.
“2. We can live differently, in relation to the world, and set different forces in motion.”
Translation: ” I am SCARED, someone make it STOP!!! Maybe, if we drop the guns, and do what they want, the bad guys will all go away. DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND I AM SCARED, AND WE MUST DO SOMETHING.”
“To imagine now that we will be able to shoot and bomb our way out of the consequences of all our previous promotion of shooting and bombing, is like proposing to a gambler that he will be able to gamble his way out of the consequences of all his previous gambling. Not a very carefully thought-through plan, I must say.”
I bet Mr. Rivers thinks that “Violence never settled anything” is a profound statement. In his Leftist arrogance Mr. Rivers never gives the radical Muslims the respect of believing that THEY believe in their own ideology. The only role he can see for them is as a reactionary sock puppet to his dominant West’s actions.
“The alternative is clear, and is worth saying again: We can live differently, and set different forces in motion.”
Yes, it is Mr. Rivers, We CAN live like Men and act like those to whom civilization is a previous achievement instead of living like a slave to the barbarisms of those who hate us not matter what we do.
Mr. Rivers, in the 1940’s the founder of the Muslim brotherhood was disgusted and assailed the horrific decadence and immorality that he had seen in America. What did he see? Hollywood? A party in New York? No, he saw a Midwestern church social dinner…with men and women dancing together. So show some respect Dennis, to those who want to kill us for their OWN reasons, not yours.