“A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” These words are often attributed to the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, but I have not found a precise citation for this harsh expression.
You got to be careful about history because we don’t even know what’s going on today, how much less so than something fifty years ago.
We are lied to in our education to the point that it is indoctrination. I was told the United States never lost a war but I wonder about the war of 1812, Korea and Vietnam, though I guess the last two weren’t official wars. I bring this to your attention because I believe the flipping of history is going to unfold right before our eyes.
There is a big scandal, crisis, call it whatever you like over the alleged murder of a Saudi Arabian reporter. Rumor has it that he went into an embassy and was murdered than his body dismembered to hide the crime. As a result of this, the moral outrage from world leaders is being heard. I heard a prominent senator say that there will be hell to pay for Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is waging a war with Yemen where six million people may die from starvation, it is genocide. Yet outside of some proposed legislation to help Yemen, there is no cry of outrage from our politicians.
The United States does not call out Saudi Arabia because it is complicit in the crime. We are supplying Saudi Arabia with their bombs and refueling their bombers. Let me show you the immensity of the hypocrisy. A school bus full of children got blown up, yet none of the politicians said a thing. Now when one reporter gets killed it is a horrible thing.
I believe for political reasons the powers of the world want to isolate Saudi Arabia. What exactly that means is determined by each nation-state. It could be several things, from as simple as getting them to produce more oil or as lethal as total abandonment by the West.
This is not the first time in history that something like this has happened. Recall that during World War 2 the Soviet Union was our great ally. We affectionately called Joseph Stalin, Uncle Joe. But as soon as the political climate change Joseph Stalin became a murderous thug. Our ally turned into our number one enemy. The ominous ‘iron curtain’ descended and an evil arch-rival to the United States was established.
In the book, 1984 by George Orwell depicts a totalitarian society. One thing that is done is that when the enemy shifted so did the records of the past. The state had to be shown in a perfect, consistent light. I am sure that many politicians made positive statements about Saudi Arabia. Donald Trump is still saying good things about them as he resists the idea that the reporter was murdered in the embassy.
That is another thing to note, the extent of Donald Trump’s authority. On several occasions, he has had said something where a day or so later his people said something contradictory. Two prominent examples of this are NATO and Syria. Trump said NATO was obsolete only to say the opposite. He also said that he wouldn’t get involved further in Syria but then sent in a missile barrage. The truth of the matter is that power in this country does not lie in our elected officials, that there are other powerful influences.
It is hypocrisy to criticize a regime over the death of one man while they are committing genocide. Don’t believe for one second that these people in power really have compassion for the murdered man. Rather they are exploiting his death for their own selfish purposes. Saudia Arabia might turn from ally to foe in a matter of weeks.
If all of this is making your head spin I don’t blame you. I know many people who don’t even watch the news as it is too depressing. I believe the majority of Americans feel disenfranchised. As evidence, I present to you the fact that over fifty percent of eligible voters don’t vote.
Personally, I don’t think that the people of Saudi Arabia are our enemies. They probably have less say in our government than we do. Apparently, Saudi Arabia is a ruthless dictatorship with barbaric practices. Yet this too has all been overlooked for the moment as they are our ally. But if Saudi Arabia is going to get ostracized, don’t worry all the evil stuff will be brought front and center, and most likely a handful of awful lies as well.
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