A comment from Amenta:
Osama Bin Laden was both a hero (to some) and, well , lunatic is not the word I would use, but he was, to some, evil incarnate. It depends on what side one chooses.
I came to this understanding about who or what was evil in certain circimstances by reading the bible. I often read the stories of the great god of Abraham delivering lands into the hands of the Israelites, by them, the Israelites “utterly” destroying the people. Killing not only the soldiers, but disabled men, the women, children and even the animals, leaving no one alive and taking only the silver and the gold.
Let’s say this was the attack on the Amalakites. Well, surely, any Amalakites that escaped or evaded the death and destruction of the Isralites knew with out a doubt, with great assurity, that the great god of Abraham, of the Isralites, was an evil and wicked being. Period. And, withour a doubt the Israelites knew their god was the greatest of of all the universe.
Similarly, of us in the U.S have studied and seen the evidence of just how far the U.S. government has gone and will go. Or at least entities within and without the government. Remember this is the only nation that has ever used a nuclear weapon against another nation. But, prior to that they destroyed many other lives while testing the limits of the weapon on the Marshall Islands, Bikini Island and many others. This is kept quiet.
The United States funded and backed many of the German industries during WWII, that was killing Jews and Africans in the Sudetenland. In fact Paul Warburg’s brother Max Warburg was a high ranking officer in the Wehrmacht during WWII. Max kept financing for banks backed by Paul Warburg, J.P. Morgan and others, running. And the Allies had specific orders never to bomb these banks or trains carrying money and gold. This is a conspiracy, but not a theory. It’s a fact.
During the time of Martin, Malcolm (El Hajj Malik Shabazz), and the Black Panther Party, the FBI and other entities would release fictional news articles for publication into the mainstream press disparaging these people or groups. This is not a theory, though it was a conspiracy. A conspiracy to undermine the authority Martin, Malcolm and the BPP may have garnered.
The release of false news articles by the government (FBI, local police, NSA, CIA…) has been verified and documented from the 1960′s and 1970′s under C.O.I.N.T.E.L.P.R.O. Are we now to believe these types of activities by the government have stopped? No one knew of these activities when they were taking place. In fact, know one would have believed it were true if they were made aware of them.
Because we know the government has conducted such business in the past, we should be wary as to their “news” releases. Today’s techonology allows for a much more comprehsive way of distorting or even creating events. Sadly, all too often, when someone calls out the fact that all of this could be a technological play for the world, the words conspiracy theory comes forth as if to say “C’mon you’re reaching.”
“Guys let’s write history by thinking instead of letting history unveil our fallacy.Thanks. Try to at least think a little bit.”
Then to think would be to consider the unthinkable. To think would be to consider the history of what this country has done in this sphere. To think would be to consider that all that glitters is not gold.
Peace my people.
“Piece for my Peace”
Amenta, this is why I’m pretty much done here. When I see our people, here, using the same loaded language of the colonizer/imperialist/globalizing monster – to make us NOT think – the man’s work is done. But, to use a word from recovery lingo, its the “easier, softer way.” And I understand that.
Its easier, when you have made an external authority your internal authority – to defer, to bend, to place or rate above you – something outside of yourself. It makes it that much easier to swallow what other external authorities say. Answers come easier – when they are furnished, rather than worked for, be they from wise deities, or big governments and their media chihuahuas, who, of course, print all the truth and nothin’ but.
When you respectfully maintain, nourish your own internal authority (instincts, emotion, intuition, intellect) – while maintaining an openness to ALL of what’s out there – then you might have a chance. But it ain’t easy, or soft. And there is a chance of choosing the wrong path or source, chance of losing your way. But I’d rather that, than buy someone else’s moldy bread just because its warm, old and comforting.
I am skeptical of anything put out by governments. “All governments lie,” so said I.F. Stone, and they do so because they are not for the people, but the cabal behind the curtain. That’s a fact that I have learned from living and studying history. Carefully. And for a very long time. Information has been “colonized,” just as surely as countries have been. So the info you receive turns out to be ANOTHER lie. That is why, when one needs their OWN antennae, along with the ability to think, critique, feel and see straight – they’d better have one.
Those of us who are in the process of learning some “deep” history that is beneath the lies of the conquerors, have to work our asses off. I don’t create or fabricate theories out of thin air. That’s not my thang. But I am aware that people in power don’t like to be questioned, particularly when they commit (war) criminal acts, treasonous acts. Any critique of such people, any questions that spring from the reality of their behavior are met with derision, character assassination – and sometimes REAL assassination. Some of us know this; that some of us don’t ensures our continued marginalization.
Conspiracy theory is used pejoratively and on purpose – by many – to silence, to close and cut-off discussions that might lead to truth, rather than more lies. Its like “red baiting.” As soon as someone called you a communist back in the day, you could kiss your reputation – and career – goodbye. And that was the intent.
Now, are there crazy-ass conspiracy theories out there? Of course there are! And some of those are put out there as “disinformation” Co-Intelpro-style, to keep people confused and ignorant, too.
Anyway, I’m wide open and maybe that’s my problem, but its mine and I’ll take it. To quote a particular disco band: “I love you, I love you all, but I have got to go!”
Peace to all of you. From the Bad Guy.
Anna Renee said:
Brother, why all the DRAMA? Why not be satisfied with the fact that everyone is NOT going to agree with you or even each other? Just because they don’t agree with you, does NOT mean that you are not telling the truth!! It simply means that we all come to the truth from different angles–sort of like the blind men feeling on the elephant.
So why you gotta go there with the “Im the bad guy” shit? YES I SAID IT, DAMMIT!! I remember when I felt like I was being slammed for my opinions. Even told to leave! HA!
Hell, the last time even you agreed with me was that piece of mine you reprinted two years ago about calling ourselves African Americans! I wasn’t even a contributor then. But I still love you, and aint no way in Hell that you can make me leave the Spear because you disagree with my perspective!
This Spear has hundreds of readers! They don’t comment but that doesn’t mean that they don’t agree with your position on things. And your position is valid, whether Ana, Nkwazi, Asa, Ensayn, myself, or any of the other contributors EVER agree with you! This Spear ought not be about getting everybody to agree with your position all the time, but about putting forth your position, speaking your mind, stating your case, my brother! The power is in the putting forth!!!
Now being a writer, a thinker, an influencer is some hard shit! The damn thing is hard, (excuse my languange) We want people to agree with our position. We put alot into getting folks to agree. But guess what? You’re dealing with OPINIONATED people here at the Spear! Each one of us is opinionated, my brother! Thats why we each come here and comment, and then go back to our own personal blogs and lament if we need to. I keep going to your blog and I see you haven’t updated it in a while!
I personally would love to read your opinions fleshed out at your own blog–where I can then agree or disagree with what you have written!
Come on my brother! You already said you was gone from the Spear once before, but let me paraphrase the Prophet Jeremiah 20:9: But if I say, “I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.”
Your truth is like a fire burning, shut up in your bones! And you have a platform at the Spear to speak your truth!!! But you’re only speaking for the six or so contributors to agree with you, I see.
Your opinions are important to the Spear. What good would it be if we all spoke the same thing? We’d be a little click, a country club of a blog here, each taking turns to preach to the preachers. I do declare, those kinds of blogs are the most boring.
When you live in a nation of 300 million people and 99% of the adults have no clue how the government is suppose to work, much less paid attention to facts which have been brought to light; how is it that the beliefs of 1% is going to be that significant.
Many years ago I sat in a chemistry class and the professor was describing the Nazis who were controlling the space program, there were no gasp or even challenges, just blissful ignorance which ignored his comment. The context, a southern university, 1968, majority white middle class students, near a city, Oak Ridge(where the atom was supreme), in a state where M.L.King Jr had studied with those “Communist” at Highlander.
Most people don’t remember, who are my age, that the problem in South Vietnam wasn’t the Communist, it was the Buddhist. It was plain to see on TV. Catholics were the ruling class. The US government removed the Catholic leader so that they could continue with the war on Communism.(simplistic version I know)
So much of what Amenta said wasn’t done as stealth, Americans don’t care and for some, America has done what it should have. J. Edgar Hoover was their hero.
As they say, two wrongs don’t make a right, so when the towers went down I didn’t feel that it was justified, neither did I feel more fearful, but I did feel that Al Queda had to pay. It didn’t matter if we had trained them or what the US’ relationship was with the Saudi’s. I felt no glee when I heard of bin Laden death, but I felt a debt had been paid, although I would rather he had been brought through the justice system. I do know that my life has no value to the Islamic extremist and there is no reason for me to value their ideas or their justifications.