Between a third and half of the [Kenya’s] urban population live in poverty, and given the pace of urbanisation, urban poverty will represent almost half of the total poverty in Kenya by 2020…. In Nairobi, the capital city, 60% of the population live in slums and levels of inequality are dangerously high, with negative implications for both human security and economic development. (Urban Poverty and Vulnerability In Kenya, Sept 2009)
Here’s my first question: what is a f**king shopping mall doing in Nairobi, anyway? Of course, how silly of me; those poverty-stricken Kenyans must be forced to participate in the commercialization and commodification of their culture, buying Gucci, Samsonite, and KFC, just like the rest of us, or stand idly by and watch as social and economic inequality skyrockets.
A followup question: What the f**k is the FBI and CIA doing there? Oh, of course… there are terrorists to be concerned about; and we need to keep them from getting to us over here in the homeland. Perhaps the FBI and CIA are there, along with other secreted (covert) security forces from the NSA or DHS, because their mission is to erase any signs that the standoff was engineered or instigated by our mission-aries.
Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked rebel group, al-Shabab, said the attack, targeting non-Muslims, was in retribution for Kenyan forces’ 2011 push into neighboring Somalia. Associated Press
Gosh, do you think the covert agents of some dastardly imperial-security-military hegemony had anything to do with that Kenyan ‘push’ or with the installation of Western cultural and economic institutions around the area, along with social destabilization. Is anybody really looking at the concrete “blowback” from our ongoing machinations, as we seek to convert the world to our way of thinking, taking over their resources, and their mindset, while eliminating the forces that bind us?
And, wouldn’t you know it, we, the People, have put out a world-wide all-points-bulletin of more potential terror from this or other affiliate groups. It is so good that we are on top of these things. And, of course, we are also very concerned that those Somali’s (implicated by ethnicity and nationality as Shabab members) with US citizenship are handled appropriately before they even have a chance to get back home to the USA, just in case they were around the horn of Africa visiting mom or perhaps ole’ granddad.
Now, I realize how my sarcasm can sound childish, but the issues are dead serious, and our profound national ignorance, grave. We have absolutely no respect for national sovereignty, indigenous or tribal custom, cultural diversity. As George Bush articulated the protocol of the project for a New American Century, “If you’re not with us, you’re against us.” And we have made continual movements down that path, from Bush to Obama, with military might paraded around the world, much of it to no avail, and some of it covertly to gain a superior position with respect to foreign resources or markets. We are consumed with the image we see in the mirror and fitfully believe that everyone else should be just as impressed. And if it leads to blowback, well thats just the price of being productive. And, in many cases the blowback may be carefully manufactured by our very own… part of the mission in securing the beach-head.
If the neocons had not cooked-up and tried to execute their NAC strategy globally, perhaps we would not have even seen the events of 9/11 unfold. But, who knows, maybe the guys in DC baited the would-be bad guys, and even cut a deal with Osama – their old hired gun – to stir up a shit storm in the soon-to-be homeland. It certainly was a great and convenient excuse for pushing their agenda forward, and rapidly. I mean, then they executed bin Laden much like a mafia hit. The wise guys snuck in the back windows while the big guy was lounging around in his robes with wife and other women-folk. Then they whacked him and others just like a gangland hit. I swear Joe Pesci and Robert DiNero couldn’t have done a better job. Then, just like in the mafia movies… they dumped the stiff’s body in the ocean!
And, why not stamp the rest of the globe with our signature, like a dog marking his spot by pissing on everything; after all, it’s cheaper and less work than setting up shop on Mars, Jupiter, or Venus. But, all of this is just whispering past the graveyard. Yet, it is not unreasonable to believe that Kenya is a product of our own making (in one way or another), just as was Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, as well as other emerging and ongoing African uprisings. After all, slavery was abolished in the land of the free a while back, so we might as well go to the fountainhead and enslave them at the source – slaves to a system of economic penury that only serves to support the habits of the rich and famous, while destroying cultures, populations, and habitats. Yes, the world is your oyster, America; if you choose to treat it as such. But, don’t forget, once you crack open the shell and suck down that raw belly, perhaps with some lemon and hot sauce, all that remains is an empty shell. Enjoy the taste while it lasts. It’s almost over!