H e a r t S o n s & H e a r t D a u g h t e r s of A l l e n G i n s b e r g
N a p a l m H e a l t h S p a : R e p o r t 2 0 1 4 : A r c h i v e s E d i t i o n
Draft of a Letter To The Editor for the widely-circulated Star-Ledger
How will the United States fight the “War on Terrorism?” Pretty much the
same way we fought the war on Soviet Communism; cozying up to a
tyrannical theocracy here, embracing a military dictatorship there,
making sure the few ruling third world “haves” have a little more.
When President Bush warns the American people that this war could last a
decade or more, he is also telling his corporate buddies, “Times might
seem lean now, partners, but there’s a bonanza right over them there
hills!” And so there is, as the military-industrial complex gears up once
again for the purpose of rescuing a failing economy.
Terrorism is a menace to our way of life. But we cannot speak the truth
to the two-thirds of the globe who do not share it even marginally:
Sorry, there’s simply not enough SUVs, food, medicine, malls, and barrels
of oil to go around. However, there are always plenty of guns and bombs
for all who join us.
But no matter. “God is on our side,” even if just to help load new DVD
players into our cars and new cruise missiles on to our warships.
Only Islam itself will ultimately defeat Islamic terrorists and radical
fundamentalists, who have first and foremost terrorized and oppressed
other Muslims. By isolating and driving these apostates and their
perverse beliefs from the Islamic world, Muslims might also discover the
strength and unity to overcome the bin Ladens and the Sadaams, and
America’s exploitative, immoral economic and cultural domination, and to
do so with enlightened, democratic governments of their own creation.
Islam, Christianity and Judaism share one fundamental goal: To live
peacefully according to the will of the God Who is One. Perhaps the
better angels of three faiths are the real “sleeping giants.”
[Originally published in NHS 2002, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs02/rixon.html.]