The Middle East Sucks


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"Your hat looks stupid. Shalom. "

When one examines the bellicose history of the Middle East, all of the tragedy,bloodshed, complete disregard for life, crimes committed in God’s name,  the nationalism,  the subterfuge,  resistance, denial, aggression,  lies,  intolerance, resentment, redundant revenge, hate, hypocrisy,  sinister agendas, entitlements assumed and denied, promises made then broken, goodwill extended then retracted; in this wondrous land of  false hope and dashed dreams, only one conclusion appears logical to me… this purported “heart” of civilization, possesses neither civility nor a heart.  It’s simply Hell on earth.

Inhabited by criminals, assassins, crooks, miscreants and unfortunately a majority of well-meaning souls force to live in fear, whose primary character flaw is sharing the overriding, deep certainty that they and only they are right…a mere imperfection many humans possess, but in this region, one that’s potentially  deadly.

Put aside your biases for just a moment.  Try not to take a side.  Forget all of the reasons for the millenarian confrontation, conquest, crises and crimes against humanity. Just take a look at what’s there.  It’s paradise lost…uncommon natural beauty and centuries of stories, objects and mysteries that exhibit the best and worst things about humanity, ravaged by ceaseless socio-political whack-a-mole by myopic, self-righteous, ideologues not content to limit the death and damage simply to those among them.

Poor, foolish, opportunistic America is tied, perhaps inextricably, along with scores of nations on all sides to this regional  pissing contest, ultimately, it appears, to the potential demise of the entire planet.

In the documentary “Protagonist,”  Jessica Yu follows four social outcasts: a German terrorist, a bank robber, an “ex-gay” evangelist and a martial arts student, weaving first-person accounts of human life with Euripidean dramatic structure.   All of the stories are compelling.  Two of the men spent time in jail.   All experienced conversion.  The terrorist is most germane to this post.

Hans-Joachim Klein , once an associate of Carlos the Jackal, explains what led him to terrorism, what motivated him once he became passionate and what made him realize that he’d lost himself somewhere along the way.  Klein was propelled by political and social opposition, not due to religious or cultural fervor.  Granted, his case is far different from many of the ideologues who today make the Middle East so deplorable.  Still, similarities exist. Hearing Klein explain his awakening, change process and resolution makes me think that many of the “bad actors” in the Middle East are likewise so caught up in their creeds, the region’s histroy and the surrounding confusion that  they are, profoundly out of touch with themselves, as was Klein.   It’s this fundamental spiritual dissonance that distorts their realities to the extent that they can see nothing but revenge, hate, retaliation and violence.  At one point, Klein says he was “blind” to the impact of his actions.  Ideology does that.  Certainty creates no tolerance for opposition, regardless of intent.  And these locked-in, fanatical views will never be removed.  Such change can come only from within.  Until western nations and other regional  interlopers realize this, the carnage will continue, because it’s enacted in God’s name and blind ideology demands it.  After all, with God, all is possible, right?

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One Response to The Middle East Sucks

  1. RobinSnyder says:

    “Poor, foolish, opportunistic America is tied, perhaps inextricably, along with scores of nations on all sides to this regional pissing contest, ultimately, it appears, to the potential demise of the entire planet.”

    While I agree with the “Potential demise” part of the above statement, I must take issue with the “Poor, foolish, America” part.

    The United States is neither poor(as in ‘innocent’) or foolish. It is run mostly by thugs, thieves, crooks, and murderers, just like every other major Nation State. The world’s working class is largely uneducated, poor, afraid, and enslaved by debt. Most of us believe that is the way it has to be. Most of us are wrong!!! Yes, the Middle East seems like a hell on Earth and so would the US if someone had been bombing and extorting us for decades/Centuries. The other major difference is that they typically have Church and State enjoined. We have been getting dangerously close to this under the Neo-Cons.

    “unfortunately a majority of well-meaning souls force to live in fear, whose primary character flaw is sharing the overriding, deep certainty that they and only they are right…a mere imperfection many humans possess, but in this region, one that’s potentially deadly.”

    Faith is no “mere imperfection”. When it comes to Religious fanaticism, all regions and religious certainty’s are potentially deadly. In fact I bet the facts show that the Catholic Church, not Islam, has funded and supported more killing than any other. I believe all Religions are fundamentally incorrect which explains why fundamentalists create the most chaos and damage from their beliefs and actions. Unfortunately there are no shortage of these faith based activists world wide. All modern agrarian cultures suffer this same malady which indeed, may be fatal. We may have a different face or faces on our God/deities, with different books extolling the virtues of their particular brand of mythology, but they all lead to the same place. Once you accept mythology as fact, abandon reason for faith, and make your decisions based on peer pressure/feel good ideology then you are much more susceptible to being manipulated. Especially by those in power who usually do not have your best interests at heart. Ironically, virtually all of the mystics, whose experiences these religions were based on, spoke out against the establishment and above all, asked of their followers to not worship even themselves or their words, but urged everyone to walk the path for themselves. It was always those in Power who centuries later, created the books, watered down the empowering parts of the teachings, beefed up the hierarchy, and unleashed another control mechanism on the world. I find it extremely ironic that our most cherished mystics, were considered the most radical, undesirable and most threatening people of their day. Almost all of them were killed or ostracized in their time and resurrected centuries later into an organized and politicized Religion. Perhaps if enough of us would stand up an walk the path of the mystic the world would be transformed and evolution could continue to somewhere other than virtual extinction every several thousand years or so. I doubt we will ever know.

    Robin

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