Medvedev compares the West with an elephant in a china shop
MOSCOW, August 4 – RIA Novosti. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has compared the actions of some Western countries in a number of regions, for example in the Middle East in recent years, with the behavior of an elephant in a china shop: it trashes things, and then does not know what to do.
I must say, I am jealous! Dmitry Med-ved-ev (literally: he of the Bear [‘honey-eating’] clan) has nailed it with respect to the extreme behavior of Empire — an ‘elephant in the china shop.’ What international venue have we not ‘trashed’ in recent memory? Just look at MENA, add in a jigger of Pakistan and few grams of Afghanistan (gold) for good measure, shake well and serve it on ice. That is just about how cold the shoulder is that we are presented with from most of the international community outside of a few select ‘allies’ in Europe. And even they are becoming fed-up with our behavior in light of the recent revelations about the covert surveillance of our good friends and neighbors. Thank you again, Mr Snowden!
And so, we scratch our heads in disbelief when we uncover (or imagine) some sinister plot to strike back, or when we hear threats from the kinsmen of those we killed as unfortunate collateral damage. This elephant has no memory whatsoever; but its victims kinsmen do. As we read in the BBC report from March of 2011:
Tribal leaders in the Pakistani region of North Waziristan have vowed revenge against the US after drones killed more than 40 people near the Afghan border.
“We are a people who wait 100 years to exact revenge. We never forgive our enemy,” the elders said in a statement.
Thursday’s attack has caused fury – most of the dead were tribal elders and police attending an open-air meeting.
And we wonder why they hate us, why we are terrorized by them. But it is not Americans they hate – even though our average citizen may become a target – it is the ELEPHANT, and all the trashing he does as he spins wildly in the china shop! This is what makes them fuss and fume. But, what do we expect? They should just turn the other cheek? We have such a myopic view of the world. We see it as a place to satisfy our needs, to disseminate our ideologies, and stamp out all others. It is our playground, our battleground, and our marketplace… and the rest of the seven billion be damned.
If we continue such ‘counterinsurgency’ maneuvers against the peoples in that part of the world, then the insurgents over there will continue to counter our countermeasures, and even try sometimes to do so over here. The perversity of the Abrahamic faiths are of one mind on this issue… “an eye for an eye.” After all, Mohammed’s genealogy itself traces back to Ishmael, the other son of Abraham. And I must say that our god-fearing christian brethren — those who followed a brooding and disaffected young jew along with his ill-tempered and emotionally unstable legalistic mouthpiece, Saul — have also followed the old scripture word for word in this respect. Yet patience seems to be the friend of our estranged Islamic brethren, as it must have been with Abraham’s illegitimate and estranged son, Ishmael. But any friend of my enemy is also my enemy; and therefore patience is not our virtue.
Religion may be the opium of the masses, as Marx roughly suggested (not recognizing the extremist reach of his own ideological fervor), but it is the deluded self-righteousness of the extremist that provides the fuel for war. And every ideology is essentially extremist, if not in fact, then in potentia — all “isms” qualify, whether preceded by the words capital or commune, there are no exceptions. Evangelical fundamentalism itself is simply fascism hiding behind colorful robes and beautiful stories! So now the deluded, i.e., self-righteous, capitalist brothers of Calvin are at war with the radicalized sons of Ishmael.
Meanwhile our enemy sits patiently in a cave in Waziristan, awaiting the opportune time to surge. Or does he? Perhaps the enemy sits caged right here in the homeland, for example, in a brig at Quantico Virginia, or perhaps temporarily asylumed in Russia, or maybe holed-up in an Ecuadorian embassy in London. It is more than Kafkaesque, people. Could it be that the enemy walks the streets among us, that he is one of us, that we all have become the enemy of a State in extremis? As Tom Dispatch clearly articulates this week, the self-righteousness of such extremism now turns back in upon itself, chewing away at its own citizenry. Perhaps even manufacturing terror where there is none, so as to prove to the populace that we are indeed the enemy and that insurgency must be fought here in the homeland, and against the citizens of Empire as well. A heightened terror alert thus becomes “believe on me or be damned…” You are either with us or you are a terrorist, a traitor, an infidel! What’s the difference. This brief offering from one of our fellow critics earler, GF Sutton, seems to hit the mark:
I used to wonder how it is that empires die,
with all of history to warn them.
Nothing to wonder about now, is there?
It helps little to water-proof the foundation
after the rot has already well set in.
And set in it has.
If only our enemies were truly outside our borders,
it would all make sense.
If only they were outside our skins!
And while one State may well see the warts of another, it will assuredly never admit to its own blemishes. Even the illusion of objectivity is sacrificed for the sanctity, the security, and the honor of the State, its ideology and homeland. So, as our own extremist view falls victim to its peculiar brand of myopathy – a SUPERSIZED sense of its own righteousness – another, one with a different perspective, emerges to point a finger, an apparent voice of reason, of humanity, a protector of freedom, watching as the elephant spins wildly in its dance, mercilessly striking out at anyone who questions its authority.
If the enraged elephant did not already have enough to to get emotional about, he decided to kick his feet and thrash even more. Again, we see ‘eye for an eye’.
Barack Obama has said he is “disappointed”that Russia granted temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden instead of sending the former government contractor back to the US to face espionage charges.
Obama, in his first comments about Snowden since Russia’s decision last week, said the situation reflected “underlying challenges” in dealing with Moscow.
“There have been times where they slip back into cold war thinking and a cold war mentality,” Obama said on NBC’s Tonight Show.
Unfortunately, I think the elephant was already outdone by one of his idiot sidekicks calling for a new cold war with the great honey-lover!
On Thursday, Arizona Senator John McCain released a statement criticizing Russia for granting whistleblower Edward Snowden a one-year asylum and preventing the United States government from subjecting the former NSA analyst to the Bradley Manning treatment.
All I can think to do is thank Russia for saving Edward from Bradley’s fate if even only temporarily. Maybe the elephant men need to learn something from the honey lovers.
As these ‘statesmen’ seek to chase or, perhaps, carry one another down this road to perdition, the unwashed masses sit meekly by like the three monkeys – speaking, seeing and hearing no evil – while we, the wild ones, continue to strain against the bit. But now the bull elephant has become fully enraged and will stop at nothing short of absolute control or terminal chaos. An enraged bull elephant is no laughing matter. And the bear? Well, bears will be bears. Please pass the honey!