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Dancing in the Blood of Paris

A family member asked me what I thought of this article.

It, like it’s author, is ten pounds of crap stuffed in a 5 pound sack. Throughout the article (details to follow), Claire Bernish shows us just how shallow we are while she, poor thing, is drenched in mourning for all the oppressed and victimized people of the world. The problem is that I am relatively certain that Ms. Bernish wrote this article while drinking overpriced coffee picked by third world indigenous peoples paid a mere pittance for their slave labor in the hot sun.

Solidarity is all well and good, but don’t mess with her Starbucks!

It is her hyperbolic hypocrisy that stands out the most in this article, which attempts to shame us into feeling sorry for virtually everybody on the planet, other than Americans, who should be ashamed of, well, everything.

Op-Ed by Claire Bernish
November 14, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) The World, at Large — We are in mourning. Again. Indeed, Paris is in mourning, again.

For the second time in less than a year, we are all de facto Parisians — with Facebook profiles, casinos, and whole buildings draped in the blue, white, and red of the French flag. Solidarity as sympathy, bien sûr — a most poignant message that humanity stands with Paris — and will act decisively to avenge the “carnage” unexpectedly wrought by those whose motives most will never fall victim to, much less comprehend.

 Why the quotes around carnage? Over 100 people slaughtered isn’t enough for her? She isn’t sure that people locked in a crowded concert venue and being shot at random qualified as carnage? What a revolting person! also, note the put down, in that Most people will never comprehend why the terrorists chose terror, as if there is a logical explanation for blowing somebodies brains out for the simple crime of listening to music.
We comprehend the message of radical Islam quite well, thank you very much. The murder of Danial Pearl demonstrated it quite effectively.

Evidently, despite the accumulated knowledge of the entire planet at our disposal through the computer screen, solidarity has escaped some of us.

And I am weary.

Ahh the artful exhaustion of the poseur, who is so tired of caring while the rest of us move bout blissfully unaware of the tragic weight of her compassion.

Have another latte sweetie; it’ll pick you right up.

Without question, I mourn for Paris’ recent victims and their families — and I would never claim knowledgeable firsthand experience of the same. But I refuse — despite my partial French heritage — to cloak myself in nationalism of any stripe or star, particularly not now. Because, besides victims in Paris, an incomprehensibly astronomic number of people have been grieving loss of the highest order for some time — in places whose names roll off our tongues as if it’s accepted that violence simply happens there — and a majority likely couldn’t guess the colors on these victims’ flags.

She refuses to have anything to do with any -ism, because as her god Ferris Bueller pointed out, -isms are a bad thing and should be avoided. Except of course for pacifism and nihilism. MOre to the point, nations are bad because, well, just because. Nations aren’t global, and therefore are bad.

And if you don’t know another country’s flag, then you can’t mourn for one you do know. Because then your mourning is invalid because it doesn’t encompass everybody.

You see, I also mourn for those killed mere hours before Paris crumbled into chaos, in strikingly similar attacks in Beirut.

Okay, let’s add a little context here. remember back to 9/11? France mourned with us, and supported our efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice. What did the Lebanese people do? They held a nation wide street party complete with dancing in the streets and candy for the kids. Now I’m not big on ‘eye for an eye.’ At the same time, I’m much more likely to stand with people who didn’t rejoice when my countrymen were slaughtered for the heinous crime of going to work in the wrong building.

I mourn the hundreds of thousands displaced or killed in Syria, no matter their pledged allegiance. No matter their professed religion. No matter.

Sorry; if you pledge allegiance to a group dedicated to wiping my country off the planet, a group that is comfortable killing women and children without cause, just to score political points, then know, I’m not going to mourn if you lose your house. Innocent victims get my sympathy and compassion. Enemy combatants do not.

I mourn for the millions killed in ongoing and renewed, illegal United States’ aggression in Iraq — and those facing a torturous demise from exposure to depleted uranium employed in violation of international and humanitarian law — for reasons far closer to ‘American’ and corporate hegemony than compassionate principle.


That tired canard. Okay cupcake. Here’s the deal. You may consider the Gulf Wars to be immoral; what you can’t say is that they were illegal. The UN sets global legality and both Gulf Wars were conducted in accordance with UN mandates. As for the use of depleted uranium munitions, there are no international bans on their use. None. Anywhere. Therefore there are no violations of national or international law. To be fair, unlike Ms. Bernish, there are concerns about the use of DU munitions, and thre may be a change to international law in the future, but her statement is a flat out lie.

I mourn the untold number killed in the United States’ insidious — and seemingly permanent — war in Afghanistan. And the countless children there who know nothing of peace, much less the feeling of safety it brings. And patients and staff recently targeted, bombed, and then shot while fleeing the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz — and the irony of that humanitarian organization’s French roots.

The US left Afghanistan last year. There are NATO troops still stationed there, but they are under the direction of NATO and work to augment the Afghan military. As for the hospital, that is a troubling incident. I don;t know what is going on inside the Obama administration and their military; I do know that hospitals are never valid targets.

I mourn those forced into human slavery or sex trafficking in Malaysia; and curse the scant hope they escape, now that the massive TPP has garnered U.S. government’s tacit approval of the abhorrence that is human trade.

Umm, the TPP has not been voted on as far as I know. It has been fast tracked, but the actual vote won’t take place until next year.

I mourn for Palestinians, whose land was usurped — and whose lives and infrastructure and families and sense of security and HOMES are under siege and occupation by an illegal and actively terrorist State.

Anti-Semitism is sooo 1940’s. Then again, it is making a comeback. And there’s that word ‘illegal’ again. I don’t think it means what she thinks it means.

I mourn the patients and staff at the over 100 healthcare facilities in Yemen that have been BOMBED since March. And the apparently soulless who found an acceptable target in hospitals.

I mourn for Yemen.

For those unaware, rebels in Yemen staged a coup, forcing the government into exile. A coalition led by Saudi Arabia is working to restore the government. Attacks on hospitals have been carried out by the coalition and the rebels.  As I said before, a hospital is never a legitimate target. Note well the difference; the US has apologized for the mistake, and is paying restitution to the victims. The Sauds on the other hand, continue to use the tactic. There is a difference between nations, Ms. Bernish, whether you wish to see it or not.

I mourn for the victims of complicit government violence in Mexico, and 43 students and their families who lack answers.

This is a reference to the Fast and Furious gun walking debacle of the BATFE idiots under the Obama administration. And I concur with her 100% on this one. That was a complete clusterf@ck and a national embarrassment.

I mourn for Chinese men, women, and children working, quite literally, as slaves, so the West can be rude at dinner and take endless pictures — of its narcissistically apathetic self.

Sorry; this is just pointless self loathing. yeah, I think pictures of your meal are pretty silly, but people have been silly for a long time; cave dwellers put pictures of the hunt on the walls at Lascaux. Ripping Americans for documenting meals on Facebook is somewhat overblown.

I mourn rampant genocide — past and present — for the sake of manifest destiny. And empire. And imperialism. And inexplicable and unstated reasons.

In fact, I mourn for all victims of terror, whether State or group sponsored, without conditions attached to my grief — no matter location, nor loyalty, nor arbitrary geopolitical happenstance of location of a victim’s birth. And I’m already grieving those soon to be terror’s next victims; since, as French President François Hollande jarringly warned, avenging Paris’ victims just birthed (yet another) “PITILESS” war.

As if gentle were somehow a method to employ in waging war.

Yes, I mourn for Paris. But I do so while weeping in shame at the deplorable supercilious judgment ensconced in Western reaction to it; for countless pitiable xenophobes and their endless vapid justifications; for arrogant commentary from politicians and their media mouthpieces with their embarrassing post-tragedy clamoring to exploit ignorant heartstrings for the appropriate victims; for the endless War of Terror — and the service members who somehow haven’t yet deduced that this would ALL END if they simply refused to fucking fight.

Yes, because fighting back is somehow worse than starting the fight. Sorry, not buying it. Short of the Garden of Eden, the only way to survive when attacked is to fight back. Any culture which places fighting back on the same moral plane as instituting the fight is destined for rapid extinction. Pacifism is not a strategy; it’s a dead end.

The fact is, grief on this scale is exhausting. And I’m very nearly out of tears.

Sadly, I doubt that this is true. How can you continue your morally superior posturing without your crocodile tears?

So keep these victims around the globe in mind — every, single man, woman and child who has, who is, and who will suffer the maiming, horror, torture, and death that’s as necessary to war as those who take up arms — when you next excuse a politician’s stance on war, because the rest of his or her platform seems really promising.

Or, at least, seems the lesser of two evils.

And shake that flag from your social media profile; and your home; and your thoughts. Because as long as you wear just one flag, your attempt to stand with victims of terror is a most embarrassingly hollow solidarity, indeed.

And finally the dreck has ended.

Okay, here’s the thing. You can oppose war. As a former military man with a family history of service, I can understand that. There’s a saying that nobody opposes war as much as he men, and now women, who will have to fight it. However, these men and women have an understanding that Ms. Bernish will never quite grasp:

There are times when war is necessary, even with all the bloody horror and injustice that accompanies it. People like Ms. Bernish wear themselves out with their compassion and empathy, but at the end of the day, what have they actually done to help the people they feel so deeply about?

Penned a strongly worded op-ed. Harshly criticized those who care less than they should. Took a few jabs at the US.

Basically, nothing, really.

Let’s bring it closer to home. A man breaks into your house and shoots your child. Do you want to know why he did it? Or do you take him down right now in order to protect the rest of your family? If a rabid dog wanders into my yard, I don’t care how he got rabies; I’m putting him down before he can hurt me or my family.

And yes, I just compared a terrorist to a dog. I apologize to all the dog lovers out there.

Now, after the danger is passed, sure, I will investigate the source of the rabies and remove it, which may call for putting down more animals or vaccinating others, but I’ll do what is necessary to protect my family.

Nations must do the same thing or they will cease to exist. And that sometimes means going to war.

If you want to cry over the oppressed people of the world, go for it. Just don’t tell me how morally superior you are because I chose to actually do something about it.

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