For Nawar al-Awlaki
This one is for Nawar al-Awlaki. For my Middle Eastern brothers and sisters who are afraid to speak out in fear of being labeled a terrorist. For all those news channels who show outrage at the Muslim bans but choose to not mention her story when talking about the failed raid as if the life of one US commando killed on foreign soil is worth more than the people who live on its land.
There have been a lot of debates about a coup brewing in the United States. The real coup has already occurred with Donald Trump’s presidency. Now those who lost power are doing everything they can to counter-coup. The people of the world are unfortunately caught in the middle of the battle for supremacy in the most powerful country the world has ever known. I’ve been as confused as everyone since the election of the new president. Writing about it helps me make sense of things.
Throughout history, the struggle has always been a class struggle between the haves maintaining its control and the have-nots striving for more. Often times when the have-nots become the haves, they suddenly behave the same as the haves they sought to replace. See results of historical violent revolutions. But that’s another story. We are now witnessing a struggle between those at the top of the pyramid while the ones below adjust to the rapidly changing environment.
President Trump obviously comes from a privileged birth. But make no mistake, so has every president before him, or they’ve represented the interests of the upper class with intentions to break into the upper echelon. See the Clintons. President Obama came closest to understanding the struggles of the under classes but his legacy showed that he was either unwilling or unable to create any real change for those who catapulted him into the presidency.
The main difference between President Trump and recent presidents is that he is a political outsider with no loyalty to the political elites. Trump’s interests are purely economic and apolitical as he’s made clear during the election cycle by his willingness to bribe both sides of the isle. Both sides of which are equally indebted to whoever pays the most. As a result of the rejuvenation of American economy during WWII through weapons production, the so called military industrial complex has since dominated the direction of US political interests. It’s been recently changed to include the media as they’ve been the propaganda branch of the war machine. The Trump-led coup seized America away from the militaristic stranglehold in the political arena.
While part of the same socio-economic class, Trump comes from a different section that stands outside of the traditional military media industrial complex. His background is in real estate and he’s often mocked by the media elites. He has no military experience and that’s why he needed a Secretary of Defense nicknamed “Mad Dog” to give him some street cred. He has also openly pointed his Twitter fingers at the military industrial complex by criticizing arms suppliers. Whereas every recent president before him aimed to preserve the global US military machine that’s kept the US politically and financially at the top of the pyramid. Trump has repeatedly demonstrated his isolationist financial intentions. During election season, he criticized the Middle Eastern wars not from a moral perspective but rather suggested we should have instead went into Iraq, take the oil and get out.
Trump’s close financial relationship with Russia, installations of Chinese-American Elaine Chow as Secretary of Transportation and Indian-American Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador show his intentions to cooperate economically with other regional powers. I’ve written previously on the perils of unregulated economic growth so I won’t elaborate further. His singular goal for economic growth undercuts the American military’s dominance in the political arena.
We have seen rebukes by war-hawks like John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Bush family from the Republican Party, as well as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton who’s been instrumental in much of the military destruction in recent years. Even President Obama has followed suit with the US military influence though he elected the lesser evil of precision drone strikes and Special Forces over the traditional military invasions like the Bushes.
The shock of the US electorate after the elections has been hijacked by those who’ve been dethroned to de-legitimize Trump. The recent propaganda campaign has not been for the wellness of the people but in order to re-instate powers lost. On the civilian side, George Soros, the architect of the Clinton machine and a major sponsor of the Democratic Party has funded many of the recent protests such as the Women’s March and airport protests. On the political side, the McCain/Graham duo have been the foot soldiers of the military industrial complex, traveling across the Baltic States drumming up war against the Russians abroad and at home. They may soon get their wish as violence in Ukraine escalates just a month after they visited and draws the US closer towards direct confrontation with Russia.
The outrage of the American political and media elites must be questioned as they are the ones who got us into this position in the first place. How can they claim to be for equality when they’re the ones who’ve enabled the murder of millions in the Middle East? Since WWII, from Asia, to Latin America, and now the Middle East, the US has made its marks on citizens of the “Third World”.
Trump’s not so coincidental banning of the 7 countries we’ve aimed to destabilize is also questionable. See General Wesley Clark’s 2007 interview with Amy Goodman for the plans for the Middle East. Trump tries to take a realist perspective towards his policies but realism according to his personal world view. To think that ideology and information can be stopped at the boarders is not compatible with the realities of the Internet age. Like many have pointed out, his ban will have much consequences towards radicalization. His highly unpredictable temperament and reactions to provocation are also grounds for concern. During elections, Trump openly advocated for torture and killing families of extremists. This type of thinking will only guarantee a perpetual war in this changing military environment.
His first authorization of a Seal Team 6 raid with military and civilian casualties is an example of the ineffectiveness of our current War on Terror. Up to 30 Yemeni civilians were reportedly killed, including women and children. One of them an 8 year old Yemeni-American girl. But the story goes deeper. Her father, Anwar al-Awlaki, also an American citizen, was a Muslim cleric and the first US citizen to be targeted and killed by a US drone strike in 2011. Two weeks later, we killed his 16 year old son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, also using drone strike. There were heavy debates on the legalities of droning an American citizen. See Jeremy Scahill’s Dirty War for an in-depth picture of what transpired. Last Sunday, Nawar al-Awlaki was shot through the neck by members of Seal Team 6 during the raid. The media has started warning of Nawar being used as propaganda for Muslim Extremists. Maybe we shouldn’t be killing 8 year old children in someone else’s land in the first place. Our only solution now is to pull all troops out of where we don’t belong to prevent further provocation while empowering truly international UN peace keepers to bring stability to the destabilized regions. Merits of which I will cover in a future article.
Before coming into this land at age 10, the only people I’ve met were Chinese so I come here with no preconceived understanding of any other ethnicity. Since coming to this country, I’ve met people from all walks of life. I’d be naïve to say that I’ve enjoyed the company of every single person. But I’ve come to learn that the goal of any ethnicity is to preserve and protect its family. We must accept that everyone has his or her own individual story and a right to exist peacefully. Regardless of our starting point, nobody has the right to deny existence to any other groups of people. While there will continue to be points of contention on how to live, I’ve learned first-hand the hard work it takes to promote peace in a multi-cultural country.
I hope to write this piece from an impartial perspective on behalf of the welfare of the people of the world. I’m happy to see the American people once again engaging in the political process because I believe we are inherently peaceful beings. We have a choice between segregation and integration and I’m confident that lasting peace can be had if it’s made on the terms of the people and a truly international community. The people who want lasting peace must not allow those who seek to divide us accomplish their goals. We must stand up together and make our voices heard in this fracturing society.
I understand the realities of the times. I understand my words alone will not change much and the hate has been sewn too deep. I understand it’ll take time to change an America society so ingrained in militarism. But in this age of information in the land of the free, we must be able to talk about the difficult issues. It’s how we’ve always moved forward through dark chapters.