Can you think of anything more terrifying than watching helplessly as your children slowly and agonizingly starve to death? Yet, according to BBC news, a child starves to death every 10 seconds despite the fact that enough food is produced to feed everyone in the world. What I want to know is why these millions of deaths are not being called acts of terrorism.
The truth is that terrorism has been institutionalized—by banks, governments, and arms merchants. These are the entities that seize land and resources through violence, claim ownership of them, and charge the rest of us extortion money for being allowed to occupy space. We in the “first” world benefit most from this institutionalized system of terrorism. The media’s job is to label as “terrorists” anyone who threatens the system that rewards us for our active participation in it.
Every day, we read about another “terrorist” attack, a roadside bomb, a beheading. Yet we never see the thousands and thousands being starved to death, being forced to flee from their homes as the powers that be draw new borders and install new dictatorships based on the discovery of natural resources to be claimed and held for ransom.
They actually have us believing that Sharia law, which forbids usury and profiting from the poverty of others, is 100 percent evil. They also make sure that we view any individual or organization that threatens the current status quo, in which one percent of the population owns 90% of the wealth, and a child starves to death every 10 seconds, as a “terrorist”. In fact, it seems to be a severe case of projection, like those T.V. evangelists who run about screaming about the evils of sex and drugs, only to make the front page after being arrested in a hotel room snorting cocaine with a prostitute.
How is it that we’ve been trained ignore the deaths of thousands of journalists attempting to report the truth about our permawars? How can we view one first world citizen’s death as so much more horrific than thousands of third world children being slowly starved to death every day? I guess people will see, or ignore, whatever they need to in order to protect their privileges, rather than questioning how they came to be privileges, rather than basic human rights.