Another Ground Zero Controversy
This might be controversial, but hopefully not offensive. If you are offended by this, you are most likely part of the problem. If TMF finds it necessary to remove this post, so be it. Americans somehow think it's a right to only have nice things said about them and things they like.
I find it tragically comic that an Islamic center might be built near Ground Zero before the American Ruling Class can figure out how to build a replacement structure there. In fact, if I were a Muslim (I'm not. I'm agnostic, if you must know.), I might take special delight in hearing the call to prayer as I saunter past what used to be the greatest center of commerce in world history. Most Muslims, however, do not feel that way. In fact, I can say that I know for sure that most Muslims wish the whole thing had never happened. The man behind the mosque plan is one of those Muslims, however you never know what is in a man's heart. I am willing to extend the benefit of the doubt that Feisal Abdul Rauf wants to live in peace.
The reaction to Rauf's plan has been particularly interesting to me. As usual, the Neo-Con Communist wing of the Republican Party - those responsible for the greatest treason perpetrated in our lifetime - have used to opportunity to further their agenda of mercantilism at home and subjugation and hatred of all people brown everywhere. I really, really, really hate the Neo-Cons (Krauthammer, Brooks, Buckley, Cheney, Rove, Gingrich, Graham, McConnell, GWB - to name a few who should be arrested for murder and treason.)
But I don't believe that most Americans listen to the Neo-Cons. I do realize that about 25% of people that vote Republican support their agenda of endless war against the bogeyman for the sake of prosperity, but that's not a lot of people. (It's still 25% too many, however.) After all, few people vote (thank God), and only half of those vote Republican.
I think for most Americans, the uncomfortable aspect of an Islamic center near Ground Zero is the picture it paints of America itself. It forces us to remember that the Ruling Class is so incredibly incompetent. However, the problem is that many Americans have not figured out the rulers of America in no way represent the average American. Therefore, the average American still equates Ruling Class incompetence as a reflection of their own incompetence. It is a source of "national" embarrassment that there is still a gaping hole in the ground ten years later. It shouldn't be. The fact that our nation is run by total losers should be embarrasing. However the fact that these losers can't do anything right should be expected.
A while back, probably around last year's 9/11 anniversary, a fellow blogger asked why no structure has replaced the fallen towers. I replied as follows:
When the World Trade Center towers were built, there was a purpose for them. They served a market need. The fact they were built in the first place is part of what Hayek would call the marvel of spontaneous order. There was a need for office space and people with the vision to fill that need.
What is the purpose now? No one knows. To build a memorial? If so, I'm surprised it has taken this long. About the only thing that bureuacrats do well is build memorials. They get a lot of practice, with all the people they send off to the slaughter to fulfill their sociopathic visions. (This element of practice makes perfect might explain why Europe has so many beautiful parks and memorials.) But if the purpose is to fulfill some vague sense of national catharsis, then I fully expect a lifeless, disjointed, and ugly structure, if and when it ever does get built. There is no national consciousness. Only individuals can have a conscious.
In conclusion, I hope Americans won't be roped in by the hatred being fostered for political gain. I'm already getting anti-Muslim emails from friends back home, denouncing this plan as if the Anti-Christ himself were marching on NYC. If Americans want to get riled up about anything, they should take a closer look at the complete losers running the country - The Ruling Class. More on them in the next post.
David in Qatar