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As America Slept

01 December, 2006

By Anwaar Hussain

It all happened while America slept.

As America slept, airline jets appeared in the azure blue New York Skies some five years back and within minutes bumped through tall wonders of human achievements reducing them and their occupants to a tangled mass of steel, concrete and human flesh. While the world stood horror-struck and frozen from the pain of the victims and the sheer scale of the crime, somewhere in some dark unlit corners of America, a small leering cabal of malicious, hateful and warmongering few backslapped each other. But America slept.


As America slept, this small but ruthless group of men stole democracy from the American people and almost knocked her over with a noxious blow of fascism. The political philosophy of these creatures sent instant shivers up the collective spine of global citizenry. But America slept.

As America slept, its citizens' liberties were curtailed, their freedoms taken away, their economy bankrupted, their private lives spied upon and their nation kept in a constant state of fear. Riding on the wings of ‘terror’, their leaders sleep marched America into history's hall of shame. But America slept.

As America slept, not very much later these humanoids had firmly hurled their country on a perpetual warpath not of self defense, but of fear, insecurity, suspicion, hatred, anger, reprisal and a blind, jingoistic patriotism that continued to take its toll on humanity. But America slept.

As America slept, for the first time since the Wehrmacht swept through Europe, the world witnessed a major power launching an unjustifiable war, placing an entire people under military occupation and carrying out acts of collective and visible punishment against civilian populace. The American media’s shameful collusion in this deception was unbelievable, as unbelievable as the fact that this war, based on undeniable lies as it was, was sold to the American people as the gospel truth ordained by God. But America slept.

As America slept, they failed to realize that the logic of occupation was naturally despotic, that the brutalized and impoverished people of Iraq and Afghanistan needed facilitators to help them decide their own fate not occupiers, that the world, having finally taken off the blinds of 9/11, had now seen through the plot and the world now knew that far from benefiting the Iraqi and Afghan peoples this whole operation was an unashamed imperialist robbery of their resources. But America slept.

As America slept, its leaders misspent in a hurry the international sympathy and goodwill it had earned on 9/11. The distasteful dramatization and gloating of America’s main stream media not withstanding, the images of the crumbling World Trade Center were soon replaced in the world's mind by images of horrific explosions in Baghdad and gruesome images of dogs snatching bites out of dead Iraqis in cities like Fallujah. By acting as the lackeys of the miniscule Zionists and fighting their wars, its leaders deliberately alienated 1.3 billion Muslims making them a target for the Muslims' wrath. But America slept.

As America slept, the malicious cabal of villainous rogues that took over the reins of their great country, along with a supporting cast of bloodsuckers, money grabbers and human lowlifes, speedily put on the world stage a gaudy show full of sadism, trickery and revolting absurdity. These charlatans destroyed the lives of millions of individuals and, sure enough, now that curtain is finally coming down on their repugnant acts, the stage is invariably full of blood and gore. Of course the dead of this one show will never ever rise again. But America slept.

As America slept, its media slept too. They couldn’t see the horrendous atrocities that the United States military was visiting upon unarmed Iraqis who never posed any danger to their beloved country. They couldn’t catch on their eagle eyed lenses the raining cluster bombs, the showering napalms, and the tortures in the dungeons. They couldn’t report the rising death toll in Iraq when it shot past the half million mark. They couldn’t inform of Fallujah that was razed to the ground and its citizens-men, women and children alike-gunned down by the valiant American troops and left on the streets for the dogs to feed on. But America slept.

As America slept, their G.I. Joes were pumping up Iraq with depleted uranium, napalm bombs, cluster munitions and poisonous gases while its leaders weaved a torture trail across the world telling Americans to stay the course. Under the malevolent watch of these men, intense sessions of pain were conducted in distant dark dungeons spread around the globe with such regularity that America became the biggest patron of torture by proxy in the history of planet earth. But America slept.

As America slept, along with their well fed children, the rate of birth defects, leukemia and cancer among Iraqi children under the age of 15 in those districts where the use of DU had been the most concentrated increased dreadfully, ensuring that a generation of beautiful babies was going to turn into one of unsightly cripples. But America slept.

As America slept, their great nation continued to sink deeper into the heart of darkness. With each passing day their beloved America scaled ever greater heights of hideous glories. The waters of the Euphrates were made crimson with the blood of innocent people whose lives were snuffed out on the orders of a man rewarded for his colossal crimes by his great nation. But America slept.

As America slept, a thousand cuts were delivered to it by its own. Now that it is half awake and hemorrhaging heavily, it reels and stumbles from these deep incisions. But is it awake really?

Now as America awakes, with a sickening sense of reality, it finds itself moored in pools of innocent human beings’ blood. And as the death toll in Iraq reaches the three-quarter of a million mark, it finds its leaders debating whether or not it is a civil war going on in Iraq. Is it awake really?

Now as America awakes, it finds itself tottering at the abyss of moral bankruptcy while its leaders continue their feverish globe trotting hat in hand begging all and sundry to be saved from their own follies. In merely five years, the big mouths have become beggars and their once great nation, heaving from under the massive pile of more than half a million corpses, stands discredited, dishonored and humiliated in the court of world opinion.

But is America awake now? Where are the hangman’s ropes if it is awake?

Copyrights : Anwaar Hussain

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