The Geopolitics of Stupidity !

John Feffer has a very good article in Huffingtonpost with the title The Geopolitics of Stupidity ! Good title ! It’s about the stupid Terry Jones, who burnt Koran, and stupid American politicians. Here are excerpts of it: “What might in another age have been an ignored act of ignorant extremism has become, thanks to the magic of the Internet and its transfer of the means of production to the e-proletariat (!!), an international scandal … This Butterfly Effect has to be updated: the flapping of an obscure man’s tongue can send winds of destruction thousands of miles away … The preacher Terry Jones and his dwindling flock have followed the advice attributed to Margaret Mead that has inspired so many progressive activists: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Well, “thoughtful” might be a stretch when it comes to Jones (!!) … “We’re not big debaters. We’re not very well-educated” (!!) his son Luke told The Washington Post. “We’re just simple people trying to do the right thing.” (!!) … In our era of Palindrones, admissions of ignorance are what pass for heartfelt authenticity (!!) … The Pentagon doesn’t burn Korans, except by accident as collateral damage. Rather, the Pentagon is in the business of burning countries (to save them, naturally).(!!) … It was Stalin who said that the death of one man is a tragedy while the death of a million is a statistic … Burning a Qur’an is a geopolitical stupidity to be sure, but the bigger stupidity is to spend nearly $700 billion a year on a military that’s still ready to fight last century’s wars against adversaries that no longer exist (!!) … Since 2002, the US has provided about $50 billion in reconstruction assistance to Afghanistan, and the Obama administration has requested another $20 billion. Sounds like a lot of money? Not according to Pentagon math. That’s the exact figure that the Pentagon wastes in one year (!!), according to a recent GAO audit. And the US has devoted five times that amount on destroying the country to begin with (!!) … “Maintaining and constructing all U.S. bases cost American taxpayers $41.6 billion in 2010, according to Undersecretary of Defense Dorothy Robyn.” … It’s time to end the geopolitics of stupidity. On April 12, people in more than 35 countries and dozens of cities in the US will participate in the first-ever Global Day of Action on Military Spending … From Alaska to Brisbane and from Oslo to Cape Town, we will demand that the world dial back the military madness and devote resources to the real threats facing the planet: climate change, global poverty, nuclear proliferation … Here in Washington, DC, we’ll gather in front of the White House at noon on April 12 for poetry, puppetry (!!), and protest. We won’t burn any books. But we might just beat some swords into ploughshares (!!). Even Terry Jones might appreciate the biblical reference (!!). On April 12, let’s show both Jones and the Pentagon that a group of thoughtful, committed people can indeed change the world

That’s great. The liberal American citizens could see each other on April 1; The American protesters could have poetry, puppetry , and protest. But Iranian protesters and other suppressed nations just could the reverse situation, rape and repression. Americans could show the rest of the world that they could say no to both the stupid politicians and the stupid lunatic lefts. The great Howard Zinn once said: “If Boston had 1500 wise liberals, we would have a revolution there !!” Of course it was a joke, but had its special meaning. We should add at least one more item to the real threats facing the planet: Dictators that kill their own people in the name of independence And it’s a human duty that we support the suppressed nations. We should get rid of all stupid brutal dictators in all countries. The brutal dictators and the religious fanatics are as harmful as the nuclear bombs to our planet. “Say Yes to Global support of the suppressed nations, and Say No to any American military intervention in any country”

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