Tragedy strikes every day, it pays no mind to holidays or calendars or schedules. A Walmart worker is murdered by a greedy mob, hungry for a discount. Hundreds of innocents are murdered by a few madmen wielding guns and grenades hungry for death and fame it seems. One crime unintentional, the other carefully planned – yet both flash across our television screens as we “celebrate” a long weekend and a feast to memorialize the generosity of our indigenous peoples who allowed us to survive long enough to almost exterminate them. Need I point out the irony there?
No, I don’t want to preach here. If you’re reading this you are most likely already a friend of mine. I just couldn’t let another day go by without comment on the inhumanity present in this holiday season. Music is human, it evokes our collective needs, hopes, feelings, yearnings. And being the kind of political animal I am, the kind of intellectual being I was trained to be, the kind of woman I have become over the years, I cannot feed you song after song (however great or goofy they are!) without taking a moment to say stop and think.
Whatever story you hear of what has happened in Mumbai, whatever “official” version of the massacre emerges in the press, do not for a moment become convinced that what is needed is a copycat version of our post-911 laws there. No amount of draconian measures to secure their borders or to tighten security with Pakistan will prevent what has happened from re-occurring, in my opinion . Our creation of such things has only led to increased militancy in others. Further militarization of the Indian state only increases bureaucratization and opens the door for future U.S. and it’s allies to profit in government contracts for “security issues.” In this era of worldwide economic downward spiral, consumption is frozen, assets are hoarded, lending is nil and what will be traded? Can you guess? Intangibles such as military protection, intelligence, innovation … these are the new “securities” to be traded on this new market. Be wary. Be alert. Immerse yourself in alternate sources of news my friends. Remember that the market, the beaucracy, the workings of power are all not human. They seek only profit.
What is human are the reports on “real” sources of information. Did you know that first hand reports were sent out by the second during the Indian attacks on Twitter? Pictures were posted on Flickr as well. It’s amazing what the internet has done for and to our understanding of world wide events. We truly are citizens of the world.
I’ll leave you with something that I never thought would appear on my blog. I’m not usually a fan of Reggae music but while flipping through my xmas collection today I found this. It speaks for itself, it’s by an artist you might know from his signature song, “Here Comes The Hotstepper.”
All I Want For Christmas mp3 Ini Kamoze from Putumayo Presents: A Putumayo World Christmas