It’s like the constant drip of water from a faucet with a bad washer. It’s like cold February wind leaking under a badly hung door. It’s like rats in the attic and garbage on the yellow lawn. It looks like a rusted truck on cinderblocks in an empty lot; there’s a doll’s torso and an old tennis shoe. Its gang tags and gum on your seat and all the warning signs of something going down hill into a bottomless abyss.
From inside a house you can hear a loud TV. It’s saying America has talent. It will say a lot more before the night is through. In that ordinary night people will hunt each other in service to the elemental hungers. In some cases aggression will win out over restraint. There will be blood and fury and regret. Sometimes there will be no regret.
It won’t just be America. It will be all over the world; the violence of thoughts that become words and then acts. It won’t be just tonight but every night and every day and it will all be explained as something other than what it was. The bigger the crime the less the explanation will resemble the actual event.
Most people don’t know about Israel’s attack on the U.S.S. Liberty. Few people know that it is documented that Israel knew that it was an American ship. Fewer people still know that Israeli planes went on to fire on the sailors in the lifeboats. Even fewer people know that the reason Israel attacked the U.S.S. Liberty was because they had evidence that Israel was responsible for the Six Day’s War. You see, the U.S.S. Liberty was an intelligence ship. The U.S.S. Liberty had intercepted communications that revealed this.
Most people think that the recent Lebanese conflict was started when some IDF soldiers were ‘kidnapped’ on Israeli soil. Actually they were captured on Lebanese soil. Israel was massed for their assault on Lebanon even before this so-called kidnapping. They’re psychic, after all. Why do I sometimes repeat things I’ve said before? It has to be done. John Mearsheimer and Steven Walt just had their September appearance at the Chicago Global Affairs Council cancelled. Intense pressure was placed upon the council and that was that. Interestingly, Michael Oren, an Israeli neo-con was allowed to speak there and that was just fine. And so it goes with Rachel Corrie and the play about her struggle...
...and so it goes with engineering the Iraq War and the press to attack Iran and Syria... and so it goes with all the 9/11 evidence... and so it goes in Gaza... and so it goes at Barnard University... and so it goes. So it goes in such a multitude of examples that they could not be contained here. Where and how does it end? Who cares...?
America has become a nation of Morlock and Eloi. The Eloi are the American people and the Morlocks are the American neo-cons in the service of Israel with their foot soldiers, their harvest workers, their storm troopers; the bad acid Christians, the brainwashed bullet heads and everyone frightened enough to kill because they have lost their reason. The Morlocks eat the Eloi. But... it’s one of those things. The Eloi know that they are afraid and they know that a certain number of their fellows disappear but they don’t ‘really’ know what happens. They don’t want to know.
Let’s just say it right out. Let’s just say it and not pussy-foot around. Israel is a hegemonic, fascist nation. They lie and cheat and steal and kill without remorse and then they blame it on someone else. From the days of the Irgun to these days of using Palestinian children for target practice and starving the populace; marooning them in the Egyptian desert, bulldozing their trees and walling off their gardens... nothing has changed, except for a widening theater of operations. You’ve only got to ask any of the international force of aid workers in Palestine about what is happening there. You’ve only got to study the real history of events to see what’s what. You’ve only got to study the players, their backgrounds and loyalties to see who brought you the Iraq War.
It is obscene... all those cluster bombs dropped on Lebanon AFTER peace was agreed on. It’s obscene, all those Israeli contractors in Iraq and those working in Abu Ghraib prison. It’s obscene, the routine beating and murder of Palestinians by Israeli settlers on Palestinian land. Once again, there isn’t space here to lay it all out.
Meanwhile, in the Homeland... things just get worse. It’s an occupied country under foreign rule. It’s a massive stock-pen of disposable livestock being groomed for the killing fields of Israel’s wars. It’s a land where the people are, at a remarkably frightening rate, coming to look like fattened animals... all for the table of the Morlocks.
The Morlocks are laughing at you and you can’t do a damn thing about it, can you? A tiny handful of vicious psychopaths are blowing up your real estate and they aren’t Muslims. Bin Laden flat out stated he had nothing to do with 9/11. No one could say that Bin Laden ‘was’ a coward or that he wouldn’t take credit for such an impossible, surgical strike. How freaking stupid are you- American Eloi- that you still don’t see the insane mountain of evidence blotting out the sky in front of you?
You can’t say anything critical of Israel in occupied America; the Morlocks won’t have it. You can lose your job and be censured across the board. How outrageous can these occupying overlords become? When Paul Wolfowitz was asked what he thought about the term ‘neo-con’, he said it was anti-Semitic. That ominous, looming club of the anti-Semitic slur hangs over every head like the Sword of Damocles.
What I want to know... what I really want to know is; where are the cries of outrage among the American Jews at what is taking place? Why the silence... friends? Is America not your homeland? Would the silence be so telling: ...if it were China or Russia who wielded such enormous and illegal influence upon the laws of your land? You have a history of oppression? Should not such oppression and stifling of free speech not deserve comment? How did you come from “never forget” to such a capacity to overlook the same thing happening in Palestine and other parts of the world today?
It would not matter so much were there not such a magnitude of bloodshed and suffering. Yet the lives of the Eloi are of no account. It is their destiny and their value as living beings clearly laid out in the Talmud. They are of no importance. They are “ants in the afterbirth.”
No matter what the degree of the carnage and oppression, voices will cry out. The Earth itself cries out. There is something in the human spirit that will not be extinguished by mere suffering and want. There is some unknowable force in human affairs that will always rise to the occasion. History will be the judge. Your own conscience will be the judge and there is no hiding place where that which you are will not follow you.
I’m going to paraphrase Bertrand Russell. He said something to the effect that, when a people are oppressed the whole world mourns and looks on and says, “What can be done for these people?” but just as surely as they throw off their chains they become ten times more vicious than their oppressors ever thought of being. So it is.
So long as people are content to be Eloi, there will be Morlocks to feed upon them.
'And We Could All Be Free' is track no. 8 of 10 on Visible's 2006 album 'Songwriter'
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