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Letters from an Islamic Front

Letters from an Islamic Front
The following letters I share with you after almost 12 years and on the 8th anniversary of the 09/11/2001 terrorist attacks.   In late 1997, as a study away student at the American University in Cairo, we found ourselves riding a wave of terrorism which was not to crash upon the shores of New York and Washington for another 4 years.  This is part of the story…
On September 19th, 1997 explosions could be heard in our classrooms near Tahrir square.  From the roof of the university we could see the commotion and the smoke.  As I made my way via taxi from school and through the rotary traffic by the museum, a burnt black and shattered bus was still smoking. A bus load of German tourists had been machine gunned and firebombed just outside the Egyptian Museum moments before.  Back at the dormitories across the bridge in Zamaleck we sat around in various states of shock, disbelief, and panic.  A fellow student came back that evening white as a ghost.  He was at the dorms at the time and had heard of the attack.  As an aspiring journalist he took a taxi to the square and with his camera pushed his way toward the bus.  The way he told it, his voice trembling as he made it to the front of the police barricade he pulled out his school ID and picture which he kept on a chain and shouted Time Magazine, Time Magazine!” and was quickly ushered under the ropes.  He entered the bus to a stench of burnt flesh and corpses of the recently dead before him.  He took photos of the scene however after nights of sleepless nightmares he destroyed the photos and turned down offers of thousands for their purchase.
On November 17th 1997, a week before we were to travel down to the valley of the kings
in Luxor, a group self-proclaimed “The Battalion of Havoc and Destruction” carried out a massacre outside the Hapsetup temple.   Shortly after, I obtained a copy from a fellow student of U.S. embassy translations of two letters left at the scene.  Reading these letters in our dorm rooms shortly after the attack, we wondered out loud what references such as the “regime in the Scaffolds” might mean; Whether the repetition of the certain phrases had some meaning;  whether the mention of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the so called “blind sheikh” had special meaning as he was in prison in New York for the bombing of the World Trade Center on Feb. 26 1993.
We wondered at that time what the these letters could possibly forshaddow.  On the crystal clear morning of September 11th, 2001  I stood watching the second plane hit the World Trade Center from televisions in the John Hancock Towers in Boston from where it was said the plane’s had taken off.  The following letters and my experiences in Egypt four years before flooded immediately back to mind.  Latter, I questioned why if a group of students with so little prior knowledge could see four years ago that there was some terrible attack being planned, why couldn’t the United Stated Intelligence services connect the dots and prevent this.  Little did I know that the same group of Egyptian terrorists had joined a larger network of Al Qaeda in order to make good on their promise to “undermine the economy of every atheistic and profligate regime that has diverted from God’s sound law… destroy its establishments… burn its entity; and… bring down with God’s might its foundation.”
The following is the full transcripts of the two letters with Embassy commentary:
1) Subject:  “The Islamic Group in Egypt” leaflet found at the sight of Luxor terrorist attack.  Egyptian State security sources have given Embassy a copy of a leaflet found at the site of the terrorist attack at the Hatshepsut temple in Luxor November 17 (1997).  According to the leaflet, the “Islamic Group in Egypt” (IG) claims responsibility for the attack.  Mustafa Hamza, mentioned at the beginning of the leaflet is one of the IG leaders living outside Egypt.  Informal Embassy translation of the leaflet follows: Begin text:
“There is no God but God
Mohammed is the prophet of God.
The Islamic Group in Egypt.
The Battalion of Havoc and
Destruction responds to the call and
Submits an apology.
Here we are, Mustafa Hamza.  Here we are at your service s a strong leader of Al-Muja Heddin.  Here we are at your service, and here we are at your service, and here we are at your service.  We, the Muslims in the Egyptian Armed forces have responded to the call and followed your command.  Your command is always obeyed.  Our souls are a sacrifice for this great religion.  We will revenge our brothers who were killed by the regime in the Scaffolds.  We will undermine the economy of every atheistic and profligate regime that has diverted from God’s sound law.  We will destroy its establishments; we will burn its entity; and we will bring down with God’s might its foundation.  (A grave in) the depth of the earth is better for us than its surface, if we live to see our sister’s lying in prisons and our brothers and families in police stations.  We here see our sanctities desecrated, and our honor violated, and disloyal rulers oppressing us.  What life is this?  Yes, death is better for us.  Yes, our patience has run thin.  Yes, our patience has run thin.
We will not let an atheist desecrate our land and spread atrocity and vice.  We had warned all foreigners against coming to Egypt, but they are people who do not listen.  They thought the police would protect them while the police themselves are the one’s who need protection.  We have sworn not to leave this spot of Egyptian territory until we have cleansed it from desecration or until we have met God as martyrs.  We apologize to our leaders for not being able to accomplish the first mission.  We dedicate our happiness with the victory to our great martyr and apprentice engineer Samir Abil Maati who died of despotic torture after being arrested on his way to his battalion at Luxor Airport.  Let everyone know that the revenge for our martyr brothers, foremost of whom is Dr. Yasir Fathy Fawwaz, is not like any revenge, and we will see who is quicker than us in execution.  God is greater, and power be to God.  His prophet, and the Believers.  The Battalion of Havoc and Destruction.”
2) Subject:  Second “Islamic Group in Egypt” Leaflet found at Site of Luxor terrorist Attack.  Embassy obtained a copy of the second leaflet found at the site of the terrorist attack at the Hatshepsut temple in Luxor on November 17 (1997).  Embassy sources said the leaflet was stuffed into one of the corpses at the murder scene.  According to the leaflet, the “Islamic Group in Egypt” warns foreign tourists against visiting Egypt and demands the US and the west to release Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman from detention” Informal Embassy translation of the Leaflet follows:
“In the name of God, The Merciful, The Compassionate The Last Warning The Battalion of Havoc and destruction warns all foreign tourists against coming onto Egypt, and demands the United States and the atheistic west to release Dr. Omar Abdel Rahman, the Imam and reverend preacher of Muslims, from detention, otherwise the consequences will be grave.”

The following letters I share with you after almost 12 years and on the 8th anniversary of the 09/11/2001 terrorist attacks.   In late 1997, as a study away student at the American University in Cairo, we found ourselves riding a wave of terrorism which was not to crash upon the shores of New York and Washington for another 4 years.  This is part of the story…

On September 19th, 1997 explosions could be heard in our classrooms near Tahrir square.  From the roof of the university we could see the commotion and the smoke.  As I made my way via taxi from school and through the rotary traffic by the museum, a burnt black and shattered bus was still smoking. A bus load of German tourists had been machine gunned and firebombed just outside the Egyptian Museum moments before.  Back at the dormitories across the bridge in Zamalek we sat around in various states of shock, disbelief, and panic.  A fellow student came back that evening white as a ghost and described what he had saw.   He was at the dorms at the time and had heard of the attack.  As an aspiring journalist he took a taxi to the square and with his camera pushed his way toward the bus.  The way he told it with his voice trembling,  he made his way to the front of the police barricade and pulled out his school ID and picture which he kept on a chain and shouted “Time Magazine, Time Magazine!” and was quickly ushered past the officers.   He entered  to a stench of burnt flesh emenating from the corpses of the recently dead melted into the seats of the bus before him.  He took photos of the scene, however after nightmares and sleepless nights he destroyed the photos after turning down offers of thousands of dollars for their purchase.

On November 17th 1997, a week before we were to travel down to the valley of the kings in Luxor, a group self-proclaimed “The Battalion of Havoc and Destruction” carried out a massacre outside the Hapshetsut temple.   Shortly after, I obtained a copy from a fellow student of U.S. embassy translations of two letters left at the scene.  Reading these letters in our dorm rooms shortly after the attack, we wondered out loud to each other what references such as the “regime in the Scaffolds” might mean;  Whether the repetition of the certain phrases had some meaning;  Whether the mention of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the so called “blind sheikh” had special meaning as he was in prison in New York for the bombing of the World Trade Center on Feb. 26 1993.

We could not know at that time what the these letters were to forshaddow.  On the crystal clear morning of September 11th, 2001  I stood watching the second plane hit the World Trade Center from televisions in the John Hancock Tower in Boston from where it was said the plane’s had taken off.  The following letters, and my experiences in Egypt four years before flooded back to mind.  Latter I questioned why, if a group of students with so little prior knowledge could see four years ago that there was some terrible attack being planned couldn’t the United Stated Intelligence services connect the dots and prevent this?   Little did I know that the same group of Egyptian terrorists had become part of  a larger network of Al Qaeda in order to make good on their promise to “undermine the economy of every atheistic and profligate regime … destroy its establishments… burn its entity;  and… bring down with God’s might its foundation.”

The following is the full transcripts of the two letters with Embassy commentary:

1) Subject:  “The Islamic Group in Egypt” leaflet found at the sight of Luxor terrorist attack.  Egyptian State security sources have given Embassy a copy of a leaflet found at the site of the terrorist attack at the Hatshepsut temple in Luxor November 17 (1997).  According to the leaflet, the “Islamic Group in Egypt” (IG) claims responsibility for the attack.  Mustafa Hamza, mentioned at the beginning of the leaflet is one of the IG leaders living outside Egypt.  Informal Embassy translation of the leaflet follows: Begin text:

“There is no God but God

Mohammed is the prophet of God.

The Islamic Group in Egypt.

The Battalion of Havoc and

Destruction responds to the call and

Submits an apology.

Here we are, Mustafa Hamza.  Here we are at your service s a strong leader of Al-Muja Heddin.  Here we are at your service, and here we are at your service, and here we are at your service.  We, the Muslims in the Egyptian Armed forces have responded to the call and followed your command.  Your command is always obeyed.  Our souls are a sacrifice for this great religion.  We will revenge our brothers who were killed by the regime in the Scaffolds.  We will undermine the economy of every atheistic and profligate regime that has diverted from God’s sound law.  We will destroy its establishments; we will burn its entity; and we will bring down with God’s might its foundation.  (A grave in) the depth of the earth is better for us than its surface, if we live to see our sister’s lying in prisons and our brothers and families in police stations.  We here see our sanctities desecrated, and our honor violated, and disloyal rulers oppressing us.  What life is this?  Yes, death is better for us.  Yes, our patience has run thin.  Yes, our patience has run thin.

We will not let an atheist desecrate our land and spread atrocity and vice.  We had warned all foreigners against coming to Egypt, but they are people who do not listen.  They thought the police would protect them while the police themselves are the one’s who need protection.  We have sworn not to leave this spot of Egyptian territory until we have cleansed it from desecration or until we have met God as martyrs.  We apologize to our leaders for not being able to accomplish the first mission.  We dedicate our happiness with the victory to our great martyr and apprentice engineer Samir Abil Maati who died of despotic torture after being arrested on his way to his battalion at Luxor Airport.  Let everyone know that the revenge for our martyr brothers, foremost of whom is Dr. Yasir Fathy Fawwaz, is not like any revenge, and we will see who is quicker than us in execution.  God is greater, and power be to God.  His prophet, and the Believers.  The Battalion of Havoc and Destruction.”

2) Subject:  Second “Islamic Group in Egypt” Leaflet found at Site of Luxor terrorist Attack.  Embassy obtained a copy of the second leaflet found at the site of the terrorist attack at the Hatshepsut temple in Luxor on November 17 (1997).  Embassy sources said the leaflet was stuffed into one of the corpses at the murder scene.  According to the leaflet, the “Islamic Group in Egypt” warns foreign tourists against visiting Egypt and demands the US and the west to release Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman from detention” Informal Embassy translation of the Leaflet follows:

“In the name of God, The Merciful, The Compassionate The Last Warning The Battalion of Havoc and destruction warns all foreign tourists against coming onto Egypt, and demands the United States and the atheistic west to release Dr. Omar Abdel Rahman, the Imam and reverend preacher of Muslims, from detention, otherwise the consequences will be grave.”

Omar Abdel-Rahman

Omar Abdel-Rahman

Dulce et decorum est

“My friend you would not tell with such high jest

To children ardent for some desperate glory

The old lie: Deulce et decorum est

Pro paria mori”

– Wilfred Owen

Translated from the latin: “Sweet and fitting it is to die for ones country”.  On this veterans day what would be sweet and fitting would be to honor the dead by bringing our troops home from Iraq, cease the covert military operations, and try the members of the Bush administration in the Hague for war crimes and crimes against humanity.  Wilfred Owen was sent back to the front from a mental hospital and killed a few days before armistice.

On killing the right people

Cheney

Cheney

What was it?

What was it on the night of May 20th, 1957 a fighter pilot said he was ordered to fire a full salvo of rockets at moving erratically over the North Sea, but that at the last minute the object picked up enormous speed and disappeared?

 The account as found on MSNBC.com, first published in Britain’s Daily Star newspaper more than 17 years ago and to this day unverified by military authorities, was one of many carried in the 1,500 pages the archives made available online.

Find out for yourself: http://www.foia.cia.gov/ufo.asp

Bellum omnium contra omnes

    Sometimes three news stories happen to coincide and illuminate a deeper meaning as a whole than each of them would have on its own.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/greg-zehner/atlas-shrugged-a-reaction_b_127749.html

 

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/09/21/pakistan.islamabad.marriott.blast/index.html

 

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-cheney21-2008sep21,0,1913331.story

 

The great pyramids at Giza
The great pyramids at Giza

The Fierce Urgency of Choice

 

            We take for granted this country is free.  In principle, as citizens of this nation neither one’s race, nor one’s gender, nor one’s geographic location defines us; we are to be judged only on the content of our character.  It is through the application of choice that our relative degree freedom or subordination is to be measured.  Choice can be wise and liberating, but choice can also be misplaced, stolen, or even killed.  Fear is the enemy of freedom.  The enemies of freedom have in the recent history of the Unites States, when defeated politically, violently killed the leaders of their opposition.  We conveniently categorize these killings as “assassinations” and therefore somehow expect to explain them away as almost some sort of political act.  To allow such silence in the face of a re-naming of murder is what allowed the Nazis to systematically murder millions.  It is the same dynamic which, on a different scale, serves to psychologically divide individuals in a society and surround each citizen in a shell of fear and doubt.

           

            To let choice be dictated by the fear of, or bitterness from political defeat or violent assassination is to lay down those freedoms and rights which we believe we possess as citizens.  Americans no longer physically band together and protest like they did just 50 years ago in the days of JFK, MLK, RFK…  Perhaps if not physically, virtually will the American people come to kindle the necessary spirit needed to, in the words of the declaration of independence… “to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

                       

            From revolution against foreign occupation and tyranny to civil war among states, countrymen and brothers, to civil disobedience against the machines of discrimination and oppression, this country was founded upon the principle that each of us has within us certain inalienable rights to the pursuit of freedom.  The painful lesson of history is to choose truth over silence in the service of freedom.  To know that freedom can only exist through the freedom of each of us, implies choice.  Whether we believe history progresses forward through its ups and downs, or traces an arc through larger seasons of time, those who cannot learn from history are indeed doomed to repeat it.

           

 

From President Dwight D. Eisenhower: Military-Industrial Complex speech (1961):

 

“…Throughout America’s adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations… Any failure traceable to arrogance or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt both at home and abroad.

 

…We face a hostile ideology — global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Unhappily the danger it poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle — with liberty the stake.

 

Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defense… …the creation of a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions… This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience.

 

The total influence — economic, political, and even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, and every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

 

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

 

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

 

As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow…  I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight. “

 

 

From President John F. Kennedy: Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association (April 27th, 1961):

 

     “The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment…

     

            Today no war has been declared–and however fierce the struggle may be, it may never be declared in the traditional fashion. Our way of life is under attack. Those who make themselves our enemy are advancing around the globe. The survival of our friends is in danger. And yet no war has been declared, no borders have been crossed by marching troops; no missiles have been fired…

 

       It requires a change in outlook, a change in tactics, and a change in missions–by the government, by the people, by every businessman or labor leader, and by every newspaper. For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.

 

     Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, and no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War; in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match.

     

            Nevertheless, every democracy recognizes the necessary restraints of national security–and the question remains whether those restraints need to be more strictly observed if we are to oppose this kind of attack as well as outright invasion…     Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed–and no republic can survive.”

 

 

From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Why I am opposed to the War in Vietnam” (April 30th, 1967):

 

            “Now, I’ve chosen to preach about the war in Vietnam because I agree with Dante, that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality. There comes a time when silence becomes betrayal.
            
 
 

 

            The truth of these words is beyond doubt, but the mission to which they call us is a most difficult one.  Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government’s policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one’s own bosom and in the surrounding world. Moreover, when the issues at hand seem as perplexing, as they often do in the case of this dreadful conflict, we’re always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty…

           

            Now, of course, one of the difficulties in speaking out today grows the fact that there are those who are seeking to equate dissent with disloyalty. It’s a dark day in our nation when high-level authorities will seek to use every method to silence dissent. But something is happening, and people are not going to be silenced. The truth must be told, and I say that those who are seeking to make it appear that anyone who opposes the war in Vietnam is a fool or a traitor or an enemy of our soldiers is a person that has taken a stand against the best in our tradition.

           

            A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our present policies… A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death…

           

            Oh, my friends, if there is any one thing that we must see today is that these are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression, and out of the wounds of a frail world, new systems of justice and equality are being born… Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism. With this powerful commitment we shall boldly challenge the status quo, we shall boldly challenge unjust mores…

           

            Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies. This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing, unconditional love for all men… I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality.

 

            I speak out against this war because I am disappointed with America. And there can be no great disappointment where there is not great love. I am disappointed with our failure to deal positively and forthrightly with the triple evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism… Every man is an heir to a legacy of dignity and worth. Every man has rights that are neither conferred by, nor derived from the State–they are God-given. Out of one blood, God made all men to dwell upon the face of the earth. But America’s strayed away, and this unnatural excursion has brought only confusion and bewilderment. It has left hearts aching with guilt and minds distorted with irrationality.

           

            Now it isn’t easy to stand up for truth and for justice. Sometimes it means being frustrated…I have not lost faith. I’m not in despair, because I know that there is a moral order. I haven’t lost faith, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice…”

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                  Today we have our own contemporary battle being waged in the never-ending war of truth and fear.  Once again, the shadowed side of human nature seeks to send nation against nation, people against people to serve the business of prejudice, profit, and war.  This election we face but a consequence of the many steps that have preceded it in history.  Freedom requires choice, not just of a president, but of a moral understanding of the world.  With understanding comes choice and with choice comes conscience.

 

  Silence is also a choice; a choice implied by the very nature of the knowledge of right from wrong.  It is not just a choice of candidates on a ballot every four years which gives life to the freedom we believe we as Americans enjoy.  It is the choices we make each day which define us and by which eternity shall judge us, either as free citizens of humanity, or as slaves to hatred, greed, and fear.

 

            The following video is Martin Luther King’s Last speech he would give before being assassinated.  The enemies of truth and freedom are powerful and violent but the fierce urgency of choice confronts us.  There is, within the human mind a transcendent realm where life and death no longer matter and where this moment of now stretches on to the everlasting. 

 

            In this election gender and race have been at the forefront of the selection of president more than even in the 1860’s or the 1960’s.  This time the enemies of freedom seek to use the gender and race against each other.  The perceived misogynistic treatment of Hilary Clinton by Barack Obama, and the selection of Sarah Palin by John McCain are examples of the attempt to set race and gender at odds and divide the American people into giving up their choice and passively accepting another presidential “election”.  It is my hope that the American people come to understand the consequences of laying down and giving back our power to choose.  I hope we as a people come to understand it and prevent it, before we have to live it… again.

 

             As Malcolm X said in 1964:

 

“..It’s time now for you and me to become more politically mature and realize what the ballot is for; what we’re supposed to get when we cast a ballot; and that if we don’t cast a ballot, it’s going to end up in a situation where we’re going to have to cast a bullet. It’s either a ballot or a bullet.”

 

 
 

 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1L8y-MX3pg

 

 

 

 

The cycle of American Violence surrounding 04/20 (Originaly posted 4/29/07)

Why Waco 4/19/93 OK City 4/19/95 Columbine 4/20/99 Virginia Tech 4/16/07 and countless others like Jonesboro AR, Springfield OR, Littleton CO, Lake Worth FL, Santee and El Cajon CA, Red Lake MN?

America springs eternal? Aggression in springtime is a pathological self annihilation instinct usually counterproductive in today’s world unless channeled positively.  Desperation, isolation contributes. Moral outrage and unusually high standards of self versus others common.  More typical in individuals within societies where state violence is accepted and personal violence is condemned.

The US’ disproportionately large number of such cases since the early ’90s is partially a consequence of the fall of the Soviet Union and the final ascension to world dominance by the US since WWII.  The abolition of the draft and the transformation of the US Army after Vietnam as well as the apparent successes of organization such as the CIA to act unilaterally across the globe contributed to the global psychoses of the American psyche.

As violence receded from our everyday lives under Regan in the 80’s the US government began to understand how to best to manipulate the media as well as the products we buy and sell.  The Regan and Clinton miracles of economics, while opening world markets, creating inconceivable amounts of wealth, have at the same time each occurred at the expense of the American taxpayer and worker.  Instead, now we’re just consumers.

The vast majority of Americans have been or soon will be essentially leveraged by birth into the society.  While generally a good thing to be born in America rather than 90% of the world, there is a responsibility, a complicity involved in taking part in life in America today.  It is a rejection of this ethos which results in acts of mass violence by an individual.  In an immoral world the moral individual cannot survive.

Springtime… the natural rhythm of life.  Ancient impulses in culture and instinctive needs to die and be born again.  The choice implied by Easter to accept or reject this life is too great a question for some to bear.  In a society  ignorant of the history, current events, and the world at large, we do not know what we eat, what we drink, or what we breathe.  Americans have completely given up control of their lives to their government and the global industrial complex of private wealth.  Control and power, given or taken away are categories incompatible with the idea of morality.  Normally, we may find ways to rationalize the ethics of American life in the 21st century; but a full moral understanding of the world can only move one to act.  For those with a predominantly moral sense of the world on either side there are cases of extreme goodness and evil.

Morality implies conscious acceptance or rejection of what you understand to be the conditions you experience.  As activity returns with the spring some people due to their moral understanding of living in post 1976 America cannot take it.  It’s a massively fucked up world and some people just can’t accept it.

Angry Boy

Radical Dislocation

So again, “Northern Illinois University on Friday identified the man who fatally shot five people in a classroom as Steven P. Kazmierczak, whom police described as an award-winning student “revered” by colleagues and faculty.” according to cnn.com

Another violent dislocation in American Society, the motivation of which is in question.  Culminating one’s life in an act of shooting others and then shooting and killing oneself.  Such an overt dedication to fighting the ills of society and such an atypical overreaction to the opposite extreme. 

The question is what was the medication that Steven Kazmierczak had stopped taking in the weeks leading up to this event?  Which doctor prescribed the medication he was taking? Why did he exhibit erratic behavior in the weeks leading up to the murders? Could those symptoms have been interpreted as indications of possible violence?

Many various reasons are said to contribute to such a bloody dislocation with society on the part of otherwise passive individuals. 

From violence in media, to U.S. military aggression, to the neurosis of the American psyche over its conflicting values of democracy one the one hand and capitalist economic growth on the other, to the use of powerful anti-psychotic medication many explanations are offered for killings like this.

Access to guns as the problem or the answer?  Surely the easy web access to the purchase of firearms has accelerated the scope of the trend of mass killings in America over the past 15 years.

Is it a coincidence that “A Web site used to buy gun accessories by Steven Kazmierczak is owned by the same company that operates a site patronized by Seung-Hui Cho, the company said.”?

Of the simplest reasons for this is mere imitation and longing to fulfill a dark romantic fantasy of revenge to avenge all the perceived wrongs which have accumulated over years of mental illness.  Managed with medications that often cause issues as potentially damaging as the ones they are supposed to cure.  The containment of the dualistic schism in the individual’s psyche through the use of medication and without addressing the underlying psychological understanding of this individual’s mental condition leads to isolation of aspects of the self and often leads to latter subconscious dislocations of personality.

The fact that in America this very day another otherwise good, intelligent individual executes his premeditated dream of the glory of appearing for a moment before society to express some sort of maladjusted need for recognition.  Too weak to face the reality of their own lives by killing themselves, and incapable of creating meaning in their lives in any other way. 

The choice to kill, the deliberate act of murder point blank and the successful execution of one’s own self to avoid repercussions cannot be wholly explained by any one cause.  That does not mean this act was not preventable given proper treatment.  The means of identifying and treating mental illness in America remain in question.

In a society at war the collective consciousness of a people is shaped by its own fears.  The manufacture of fear in America is the great unheralded force behind it’s people’s actions.  Fear will lead a people to war and will also keep a population from thinking and questioning the actions of its government.

All excuses for cold blooded murder and suicide aside, the desperation for any sort of expression, for any type of recognition as someone real to another is real.  Such a heavy expectation of life. 

Said Martin Wnuk of Friendswood, Texas  “..We are creating these seemingly soulless ghouls who are in reality desperate, lonely, hopeless and ill … and capable of unthinkable random violence. I have no answer to it. In a few weeks this will be forgotten, except by the fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers and friends of the slain, who will live with it forever.”