"Flow like the blood of Abraham through the Jews and the Arabs,
Broken apart like a woman's heart abused in a marriage."
The world is upside down, taking a breath before
the next episode. We have four
more years of unbridled uncontested Imperial rule, self-righteous, self-confident
and self-contained. Just like Wellstone
going down above the boundary waters, Arafat's death comes at a time when
a rebel is needed most.
Kerry's supporters wonder how it could have happened, with Bush's iniquities
on display for all the world to see. Kerry should have visited the Wizard of
Oz and picked up some courage, instead of dancing offbeat to his supporters'
The Bush administration consolidates
its power, purging dissent from every hall in Washington, while the armies
of economic reform and democratic values await instructions as to where to strike
next. The U.S. government is at war with the world, not just with "terror,"
and victory means a multipolar world with leashes leading from each pole into
the hands of a cabal.
Here, China is locked in the grips of a capitalist
Renaissance, with peasant families trading in their pipe tobacco for anodizing
machines, the finishing blow on America's productive capacity. Meanwhile, Shanghai
is flooded with mid-level overqualified Western professionals selling their
skills to management training companies – who in turn become an advertisement
for their "mismanaged" Chinese clients.
Consulates and embassies have one foreigner for every five Chinese on their
staff, forgetting that not everyone has lost their religion. And they wonder
when a Chinese staff member uses the position to further Chinese aims. Consuls
rotate to keep them on the upward path, so the official turns toward the businessman
for knowledge, giving away their allegiance. In the end, this makes the embassies
as useless and superfluous as our home government as a representative. How many
Americans work in the Chinese embassy in Washington?
American, German, Italian, and French companies pour into Chengdu – dreaming
of real estate deals like Li Ka-Shing's recent RMB2.1 billion purchase of half
of southern Chengdu. Suits drool into bowls of Sichuan pepper and cow stomach,
adding another chunk of FDI to the mountain, making themselves and the Chinese
rich, promising "trickle-down" to the people back home. Little do
they know that the RMB2.1 billion deal between Li and the Chengdu government
has little to do with real estate.
Businessmen leave their homes and families in the U.S. and return once a year
to convert more to their cause: "Go to China and be rich, leave this sinking
ship." It seems only the Christian missionary families remember where they
come from, spreading the word of God through the halls of Chinese universities
– claiming Bush represents a Christian government that mirrors their own kindness
and benevolent aims.
Aid groups send their emissaries into Tibet, sponsoring mountain girls all
the way from their huts to the classrooms of Stanford. People fall in love with
what can be done in China, things now deemed impossible in the Land of Cliché,
where sponsoring a ghetto kid is old hat and uninteresting.
In China, where troops are called out to crush peasant resistance to big
business trickery, Internet and media controls keep the populace foolish
and the government resembles an imperial dynasty infatuated with power – liberal
Westerners see more chances to "make a difference." Because such things
don't happen in our homeland anymore.
While Beijing trades billion-dollar
oil deals for Security
Council vetoes with Iran, Washington contemplates subjugating Islam down
to a man. A Sino-U.S. trade war involving everything from beef to textiles,
steel to TVs hides the fact that without Chinese loans – off of the money paid
by U.S. consumers for Chinese goods – America wouldn't be able to finance wars
in the Middle East. While we contemplate this stagnant, self-destructive future,
In a complicated world with Americans traveling
the earth eliciting both tears of gratitude and tears of hatred from destitute
women, we were presented with a coward and a zealot to choose from. We now have
the choice to survive these next four years and emerge as a nation, or to disintegrate
into bands of nomadic philanthropists and venture capitalists, roaming the earth
in search of a legacy.
"The spirit of my people is starving broken and sweaty,
Thinking about revolution, looking at my machete."
- Immortal Technique