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New film – that I have not watched – on the horrors of war in Africa. What is anyone in the West doing to save these people from the horrors of war? Basically nothing. When war breaks out, Westerners leave the locals to experience hell. And that after several Westerner governments have furnished billions in arms for the mass killings along with all the secret “services” for the de-stabilization required for implanting the puppet regimes to rob African people of their resources.
Is this a world that calls itself sane? Civilized? We are awash in evil.
Here is a review of “Beasts of No Nation” – excerpt from http://sfbayview.com/2015/11/beasts-of-no-nation/
“Beasts of No Nation” is a well financed Netflix film that crudely exposes the face of the wars in Africa and the false poverty that has been created by U.S. and other Western imperialist governments spearheading a corporate plan to rob the richest continent on earth of its natural resources.
It is the tale of a little boy in an unnamed African country. The boy, played by Abraham Attah, is orphaned when he is left with his father in the war zone after his mother and young siblings flee. The boy’s father becomes a casualty of the war.
A short while after he was orphaned, a rebel guerrilla army led by the character played by Idris Elba stumbles upon him in the bush. The unromanticized brutality of war is captured in the many battles fought by the very brave but misled child and youth soldiers. The film deals boldly with the psychological aspects of brainwashing and propaganda in war.
“Beasts of No Nation” is based on a novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala. I did not read the book so I cannot compare the two.
I don’t know whether to be more upset at Idris Elba, who accepted the role of a homosexual pedophile raping his own soldiers for imperialism or myself for thinking that Idris Elba might use the platform to say something about the world order that has crushed over 6 million people in the Congo in ordeals like the one depicted in the film so that Apple, Microsoft, Dell and the rest of the computer industry can steal coltan and other minerals at the cheapest price possible utilizing proxy armies and governments from nations like Uganda, Rwanda and rebel forces in the Congo to do it.
This is the only review I saw that mentioned this: “homosexual pedophile raping his own soldiers”. Finally someone breaking the silence regarding homosexual pedophilia? I suppose we will have to wait for more reviews for the answer.
And after reading this unpalatable review of the novel at the “LA review of books”, this is the comment I left:
Nothing more disgusting than a vile American sitting comfortably in his armchair writing in the most detached fashion about the “child soldier genre” while his country has fueled and armed many of these wars and created the hell that these people have had to go through. The most the author can think of saying about it all is that the “child soldier genre is now passé”.
If I remember correctly they are from commenters on The American Conservative and/or the New York Times, recently:
American neo-conservative policy under GW Bush has now passed the baton to neo-conservative policy under BH Obama: Hilary Clinton, Victoria Nuland, Suzanne Powers have all thrown their support to policies which destabilize infrastructures (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria) creating mass exodus from the Middle East and Africa. Bombing civilians to create the flow of refugees in order to completely dismantle social policies within western Europe. For face value, one preaches democracy; behind closed doors, policies, strategies of destruction and destabilization are planned to be implemented. It is all very well planned out so that the business of war flourishes. Notice how all western leaders are looking more and more like Pinocchio from Merkel, to Hollande, to Cameron to Obama.
Carolyn Egeli wrote:
The world is in the grip of fascism. It fights wars to sustain it. The definition of fascism is government run by business who exist for profit. We have a world run by corporations. Nation states exist to support them, it appears. Social justice is out the window. Pope Francis is correct. The world is being run by people who exploit people and fight wars to make money. It’s really very simple. But it is cloaked in he said she said, to justify the complete and utter madness. Douthat imagines there is some higher purpose in all of this. He strives to find out how many angels there are on the tip of a needle. While he diddles over who will be in power next, the profiteers are filling their bank accounts to overflowing.
Added on Dec 4, 2015: one more
I’ve been reading and watching way too many things to post anything here. Ah, where to begin. I’ve been in shock in the last few days, ever since the Paris attacks because I realized the extent of my naiveté in thinking that I lived in anything that could be called a democracy. So this is what living in Germany at the time of the Reichstag fire was like. And it’s moving fast. Europe and the US are no longer democracies. (And it didn’t just happen yesterday, but my illusion was lingering, painful as it is to realize that we are to live in the same world of 75 years ago).
I’m very distressed to understand that the problem are the proxy wars. Instead of Russia, the US, France, the UK, and the Saudis bombing each other, they are bombing “the poorest of the poorest”, including masses of civilians, which includes, even worse, always a large number of children. No solidarity from the West to all the murdered and terrorized and maimed children in Africa and the Middle East, whether the killings come from these noxious “coalitions” of mass murder governments, or the so-called terrorists. When you think about it, any of the following governments: the US, Russia, France, UK, and the Saudis are just terrorists with much more means – both in arms and in resources. And what a propaganda machine! So oiled, so shameless.
I had always thought part of the reason Hitler et al had been able to come to power around 1930 was that ‘it was a different era then’, ‘people were more stupid’, they had ‘more stupidifying education’, they had less access to information, society’s culture was more dumbed down.
Alas, nothing has changed. We live in a world with masses of morons who gladly give their support to today’s Hitlers. What then must we do? That’s what I’ve been thinking.
And I’ve had the displeasure to spend this last week focusing on thoughts about war itself, and several of the concrete wars that are currently going on. One thought out of many – why are people in the West so shocked about beheadings? It’s one person killing another. Whereas a jet dropping dozens of bombs is one (or a couple of people) killing a huge pile of human beings and injuring so many others. I haven’t heard of the fighters beheading children. What are children being killed with in these wars? Modern arms. Really, who are the barbarians? While all groups use modern arms, the people who have killed the most civilians in Africa and the Middle East are the usual culprits: the US, the UK, France, Russia, and now more recently, they were joined by the Saudis, with their massacres in Yemen.
The Russians arming Assad, who used chemical weapons on people. The US and Saudis arming the Islamic State, which is now being attacked from various sides. And it’s millions of people forced to live in the hell these powers create that pay the most cruel price. It’s disgusting.
Below some good links to read – I won’t even bother to post the title first on some, because it will take too much time: