Music and Film by Dean Omori
As the bombing campaigns begin to rain down their terror once more upon the earth, the boys with the biggest guns come out to play. This time it’s Syria’s turn to cower to more horror; a country already ravaged by a war within itself.
Since 2011 the world has sat on its hands whilst the revolution fights for its breath of freedom beneath the terror of repression. Even when the nerve agent Sarin was unleashed upon its people, western politics did little but murmur disapprovingly and adjust themselves at distance.
Shame on this race of leaders who are incapable of doing for people what they do for money. And all the time yet another humanitarian calamity is brought on by power and greed at the expense of those in need of humanity the most.
But today’s new conflict requires an alternate approach for support. Our once fictitious Weapons of Mass Destruction can no longer be relied upon to charge our homeland battle cries and get us behind the western cause; we require a new evolution of terror to inspire our hearts in collective support. Not to fight Syria’s bloody regime, but to reiterate our promise to target and punish some or other non-compliant Islamic State.
With Iraq’s failure to surrender its (non-existent) WMD still ringing in our ears, are we all ready to bend over again while they run roughshod over our collective morals with a new pack of hungry lies? Are you ready to believe in their new war on reason, their new war on terror, their new dastardly villain? Are these new YouTube Saddam’s just another scapegoat for our plundering? Just another exercise for our passive aggression. Today the slight of hand politics in a media driven world is out of hand and we are logged on, following and believing.
So now it is the turn of the IS to take the brunt of the most powerful military machine in the history of this war-torn world. But it is already too late; we have already been convinced of their evil before now. An absolute media onslaught is always in place by government via TV, online, politics, in the blogs, newspapers, etc. War so easily makes people hate other people; people we haven’t even met. I regret that war makes racists of those without enough knowledge and this is a frighteningly powerful tool to manipulate. You can see it in the rise of right wing politics. Is the price of a beheading equal to a million dollar bomb dropped from the sky? Is the justification for killing Bin Ladin without trial justified for the sake of mankind? What is the price of Jihad? What is the price for God to bless us? Is this the price of 911 carried into a new generation of hate? What is an acceptable price for the new Christian crusade? Which of the oil-rich Islamic states will pay the highest price? Who do you want to believe?
Governments are what we buy into; their advertising has convinced us we need them. We are the mere consumers. Democracy is an over-inflated currency that we must pay, and in paying, so we become to it inexplicably tied. You can take back your faulty government after five years, only then to have it replaced with another money-hungry machine controlling all the headlines we read. But this we will all continue to do until such time as we become disillusioned with the whole damn corporate, homogenised by-product of what every one of them promised they would be. In time we will cop out, become deaf to it, be cool and turn it off. And in some cases like in Syria, we form a revolution.
The cure for democracy is self-awareness.