FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, IRAQ - JANUARY 20: US Army Staff Sgt. Beverlee Burton of Cleveland, Ohio cries as she watches Barack Obama sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America...
BHO's references to unfolding the 'clenched fist' seems to have been interpreted as focused on foreign targets, whereas the problem resides at home with a legacy of rebellion from the African American sector still the target of racist policy (80% of Police stops with search in NY, African American/Latino!). That this leads to unintended outcomes including 'death by ballistic invasion' of otherwise law abiding citizens, and a massively disproportionate representation in the justice system.
It is notable that NZ media never visit this question either. Such is 'white privilege'.
My fear, despite an earnest 'hope to the contrary' is that BHO may yet be seen as the highest 'Uncle Tom' in office.
Consider, the Mexican Border (war) has claimed more lives in the past year than Americans have lost in Iraq, and twice that of 9-11. Columbia similarly. Hamas and Hezbollah earn their weapons by trading in certain lucrative agricultural substances (mainly cocaine)
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whereas elevating the USA presence in Afghanistan correspondingly raises yet again the question of the role of drug policy, institutionalized corruption, arms and the Taliban.
Perhaps the USA needs a lesson from Class D. (smile)
Posted by Blair Anderson to Dread Times at January 23, 2009 6:59 PM