August 26, 2012
“In the old days, your tribe’s values were clear, and you transgressed them to your own risk. They would vanish you or kill you if you got too far afield. It wasn’t any problem about knowing what the values were. You know, you heard all this stuff about the crack in the cosmic egg. Well, until modernity there weren’t any cracks in the cosmic eggs. People didn’t have a crisis of meaning. The only crisis of meaning you had was when your cosmic egg didn’t agree with the one that had the political power. Like if you were one of the heretics in the medieval period you knew what was right, you had your values clear, they just differed with the Pope. And the Pope had those troops.” – Robert Moore, Ph.D., from a lecture given in the late 1980s called, “Archetypal Images of the Magician and the Lover.” The lecture was uploaded onto YouTube by the user ‘DrBerninski,’ on October 31, 2011. [1:40:30 – 1:44:27].
“We need an enemy for reinforcing our own identity.” – Umberto Eco, from “Umberto Eco in conversation with Paul Holdengräber.” [0:12:50 – 0:13:33].
“Inventing the Enemy acquires its title from the initial essay in the collection. Here, Eco develops a theme of his earlier novel, The Prague Cemetery, by demonstrating how the existence of an enemy is crucial to a nation’s success—so crucial, in fact, that if an enemy does not exist, a nation must create one. Such a target may well be an outsider, but people can apply the term “enemy” even to an insider who conducts himself differently than those around him (as evidence, Eco cites several examples such as the Church’s persecution of heretics). Eco maintains that this creation of an adversary is unavoidable.” – Kathryn Longenbach, from her review of Umberto Eco’s new book called, “Inventing the Enemy.”
America’s psychological hegemony since the end of World War II has rested on its powerful ability to shape the global narrative about global threats and global problems, and also on the fact that it saved the world from both the menace of fascism and communism so it deserved its huge political credit.
But people around the world no longer maintain the naive belief that America is a benevolent superpower because the record of history shows otherwise. The collapsing 9/11 myth and war on terror consensus has destroyed the universal belief in America’s goodness and revealed Washington to be the true menace to global security that it is.
There is still a lot of good in America, but it is being buried in the shadows. Peacemakers are denied a voice, and ridiculed as “conspiracy theorists.” The problem is that the deep moral integrity of the American people, who have been blinded by the 9/11 myth, is not allowed to surface in national conversations about America’s foreign policy.
American hero Alex Jones has done the most to remove the blindfold and shatter the 9/11 myth to cosmic pixie dust, but it takes more than one man to challenge the awesome might of the Empire’s media.
If the moral voice of America was allowed to express itself, America would regain its power and its image as a global leader. At the moment, it is a bully that has lost contact with reality and the moral laws of the universe. America’s position in the world will continue to deteriorate until it rediscovers its moral center and abandons its hubris-driven wars in the Middle East.
If America were to preemptively attack Iran with Israel egging it on, it would represent the final steps in a long transformation of a global superpower into a failed terrorist state.
Israel, another failed terrorist state, has benefited from Washington’s god-like power to convince the world that its version of reality is the truth. For many years now, Israel has been corrupting the U.S. political system and the American media with money and threatening the American people with emotional blackmail.
But Israel’s aggressive hawks are losing credibility, not only with their own people, but with America and the rest of the world. The divisions between Israel’s deranged political leadership and its military and society cannot be bridged. The Israeli people are protesting against a strike on Iran because they do not share the same concerns about the Iranian threat as their megalomaniac leaders. This tells us that Israel’s robust democracy is choosing its fate, and it is doing so out in the open, which is extraordinary and admirable.
The source of the political crisis in Israel is the same as the ones in America and Iran, and it is this: The people of these countries do not want to fight with each other. Americans, Israelis, and Iranians do not hate each other. They are not as brainwashed and closed off from the world as their detached leaders like to think.
Different opinions on the Internet and alternative media outlets are available in all three countries, so despite the totalitarian nature of all three governments, the people can access information freely and come to their own conclusions based on logic, self-confidence, and common sense.
In the new world of freely available information, alternative broadcasters, and popular social media, there is no space for grand ideological enemies. The grand enemy that menaces the nation is a thing of the past. The enemy of America is in America; the enemy of Israel is in Israel; the enemy of Iran is in Iran.
In all three countries, the government is the enemy, not the outsider and the foreigner. In fact, the leaders of all three governments have more in common with each other than they do with their own people. They are all isolated from the common people and arrogantly disregard their suffering and sacrifices.
These so-called leaders cannot justify their own failures, corruption, and oppressive policies by pointing to the enemy. This ancient practice of ruling is coming to an end in our time because the people of all countries realize that their destinies are interconnected.
Of course, Washington is still desperately trying to create new enemies to feed the demonic power of the banking-military-industrial-media complex, but it is not succeeding.
In the past few years, Washington’s construction of the grand Islamist threat has become undone. On one level, this failure can be attributed largely to Washington’s own contradictory foreign policy moves that create an awkward situation in which extremist Islamist organizations like Al-Qaeda are on the same side as U.S. forces in numerous Middle Eastern conflicts. Syria is the most recent case.
Another reason why Washington cannot credibly portray Al-Qaeda as the enemy is because of the growing influence of the global alternative media and its success at disproving official narratives about U.S.-instigated conflicts.
Also, the declining believability of the Al-Qaeda threat to American security and global interests cannot be changed. A second 9/11 is unlikely to evoke a new-found fear in this once elusive enemy.
The day is soon at hand when U.S. leaders will be forced to throw the body of lies that is Al-Qaeda into the sea of history and explain to the American people as well as the world why they chose to take everyone for a wild joy ride in the “9/11” car.
Blue Sky Black Death – Farewell To The Former World
Saman Mohammadi’s post first appeared on his blog, The Excavator.