There, I said it. I understand terrorism. I get it. I've been thinking about it for awhile, and, to be honest, have been procrastinating writing this blog post because I'm envisioning being arrested and interrogated just for saying it. But the truth is, terrorism is simply the most fitting form of violence for modern times.
First of all, there's the decadence factor. When you look at any "developed" nation you see excess. You see:
-individual sugar packets
-paint in colors like "sunset" and "bird of paradise"
-people trying to grow grass in the desert
-high fructose corn syrup
-20 minute showers every day
-books with 20,000 baby names
I could probably go on for hours, but you get it. Excess. The obvious answer to the confusion, the depression, the stifling inhumanity of excess is the explosion. You just blow it all up. You don't know how to triage or sort through or approach it even. You can't sleep, but when you open your eyes there's just overload. Too much stimulation. Too much of everything everywhere. You are taught from infancy how to talk, live, eat, dress, pray, and then by the time you've absorbed all you can absorb you have to go out into the world and make some sense of it all. It's fucking impossible. So what do you do? Self destruct.
I realize it's not that simple. What I'm saying is that there is always an antithesis to the thesis. By necessity there will always be a dark to the light. There will always be an other. We are paying for our excess with self-destructing human beings. School shootings, drug abuse, literal "terrorism," terrorism that's okay because the WASPS are doing it...
How can we claim to have freedom, liberty, justice, truth, when we are the ones terrorizing. How can we put Saddam Hussein to death and never even ask our own government what the fuck it thinks it's doing when over 90,000 Iraqis are dead, not to mention the atrocities committed in other Southeast Asian nations, African nations, and South American nations. Is it not terrorism to sponsor trade agreements that force small famers in South America to grow coca and produce cocaine to survive because we flood their markets with cheap goods thus relegating small-scale agriculture to a joke? Is it not terrorism to force nations into poverty and refuse to eliminate their debt. Is it not terrorism what this administration is doing? And yet they have the right to declare who the REAL terrorists are?Bullshit.
Why shouldn't suicide bombers blow themselves up? It is their barbaric yawp against the terrorisms committed against them. It isn't pretty. It's bloody and awful, but what should their response be to injustice when the system they're up against doesn't give a damn, doesn't listen, doesn't even look their way? Should they all dress up in business suits and attend hearings and meetings? Should they sip red wine and give George Bush a handjob every chance they get? Would this get them anywhere? Terrorism, it would seem, is the only logical response to such atrocious inequities.
Disclaimer: I am not suggesting that terrorism is positive. It's awful that the world has come to this. I am merely stating that in light of the situation, terrorism may be the only way to be heard even if it means destroying oneself.