For people in the modern world, there may be nothing more difficult to comprehend than the group calling itself the Islamic State, or ISIS. The beheadings, rapes, and other acts of cruelty seem beyond understanding, as does the wanton destruction of priceless ancient monuments. Perhaps most mystifying of all is the way ISIS has been able to recruit young men — and even some young women — from the industralized West, particularly Europe: the conventional wisdom is that the cure for ethnic and religious violence is “development,” education, and the opportunities provided by free markets.
"One mild-mannered Buddhist grandmother, who a decade earlier had been drinking tea and laughing with her Muslim neighbor, told me, “We have to kill all the Muslims or they will finish us off.”
"How did relations between these two ethnic groups change so quickly and completely? The transformation is just as unfathomable as the emergence of ISIS, unless one understands the complex interrelated effects of globalization on individuals and communities worldwide."
The image of the twin towers coming down along with Bush's initial rants (now extended for more than a decade as a false campaign specifically designed to demonize Muslims) against Islamist terrorists CERTAINLY went global and has inflamed the old religious-tribal-ethnic divisions.
If tyrants wish to control the multitudes, they set up networks answerable to centralized power bases. THAT is what's going on and it's a very nefarious worldwide agenda. It explains this:
"Suddenly, villages that had previously provided food, energy, medicine, and skills born of generations of local knowledge were struggling to survive. They were no longer able to compete with the city, where subsidized imported food, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, and designer clothes were available for the lucky few. The destruction of the local economy and culture by the global economy also created what can best be described as a cultural inferiority complex."
Think of all the American Blacks who tried to straighten their hair. And also consider this: about 15 years ago Mother Jones magazine published an article entitled, "Blonde Ambition." It was an essay based on a U.S. genetic corporation that sought--and obtained--copyright to the genes of Iceland's population.
This corporation's intention was to gain a monopoly on genes most likely to PRODUCE blonde, blue-eyed human beings so that if a time came when people could order the attributes of their babies the way people order fast food take-out orders, this company would have the cutting edge of the Aryan model of beauty.
"But it is not just local products that are denigrated by advertising and media images: it is local people as well. In Ladakh and around the world, the one-dimensional media stereotypes are almost invariably based on an urban, blonde, blue-eyed Western consumer model. If you are a farmer or are dark-skinned, you are supposed to feel backward and inferior. Thus, advertisements in Thailand and South America urge people to “correct” their dark eye color with blue contact lenses: “Have the color of eyes you wish you were born with!” For the same reason, many dark-skinned women throughout the world use dangerous chemicals to lighten their skin and hair, and some Asian women have operations to make their eyes look more Western. These are profound acts of capitulation to a global social and economic order that offers material and social rewards to those who come closest to the West’s commodified standards of beauty."
This conditioning has been going on a long time. The Internet is managing to spread it into more remote places.
Neocolonialism morphed from the 16th and 17th century conquering conquistadors into today's global corporations. Much that is explained about small rural towns in India can be applied to Mexico and Central America where NAFTA's trade subsidies turned subsistence farmers into those forced to migrate to U.S. cities in search of work.
"The undermining of cultural self-worth is an implicit goal of many marketers, who promote their own brands by imparting a sense of shame about local products. An American advertising executive in Beijing admitted that the message being drummed into Third World populations today is “Imported equals good, local equals crap.”
Essentially, what's portrayed in the above paragraph is an old tactic. It was used more than a century ago to take Native American children out of their homes and placed instead into church or public schools where these children were taught to turn away from their cultural traditions.
When every culture is expected to conform to the models set by white male dominators... the lack of value (and virtue) attributed to being other (than what's held up as the "right" norm) turns inward, and people unconsciously identify with these diminished evaluations of their own worth.
Just as it's said that the LOVE of money, rather than money itself is the root of all evil; it might be said that TV and mass media (including the Internet) are very powerful forces that can be used for great good (raising awareness) or great evil (enforcing dangerous, soul-deadening forms of conformity).
There is a dark magic that emerges from peering into the mirror(s) held up by mass media. Its Narcissus happens to harbor strongly sociopathic tendencies. In turn, society as a whole begins to reflect these abhorrent tendencies due to mirror-imaging that's largely unconscious.
Thankfully, Vandana Shiva speaks eloquently on the subject of regenerating the world's soils via ancient farming techniques as practiced by the world's millions of peasant farmers. The understanding IS there; it's the political muscle of companies like Monsanto that get in the way:
"The creation of a global monoculture in the image of the West has proven disastrous on many counts, none more important than the violence it does to cultures that must be pulled apart to accommodate the process. When that violence spins out of control, it should remind us of the heavy cost of leveling the world’s diverse multitude of social and economic systems, many of which are better at sustainably meeting people’s needs than is the system that aims to replace them."
media is a huge problem. one might expect media to point out the contradiction between bush and obama's claim to be christians, and their behavior which is the diametric opposite.
kill thy neighbor
This is an excellent article on so many fronts.
Eternal wars and economic globalization by the powers of the West have destroyed many cultures. The outcome at present is a flood of refugees all streaming into Europe. Many actually believe that they will get houses, cars and all the good stuff they have heard about. When it does not happen they become disallusioned and often mad. They also bring their culture with them which is often the total opposite to the Western cultures and the two start clashing.
So true... in an article full of radiant wisdom:
"The elimination of poverty is certainly a worthy goal, but most aid is export-oriented and actually increases real poverty while tying people more tightly to a global economy over which they have no control. It undermines the ability of communities and whole nations to produce for their own needs, maintain their own culture, and determine their own future. It cannot prevent either poverty or terrorism. Like further trade deregulation, most development aid primarily enables global corporations to exploit labor, resources, and markets worldwide."
Aid, too often, also comes down to military hardware... making it all the easier for tyrants to take aim at the most conscientious (or needy) citizens.
Broadly speaking, US Christians are one of the most fundamentally religious groups on the planet, and without a doubt, the USA is the most violent nation on the planet.
It fascinates me that US liberals wring their hands over ISIS beheading a person all the while ignoring or celebrating the USA's application of drone warfare and aerial bombing, as if such things were somehow merciful or justified.
Hey, that reminds me, when is Bernie Sanders going to promise to discontinue our atrocious drone-killing policy?
Revelations is in the New Testament, and that is plenty violent enough. Not to mention the fact that God tortured to death his own son, just to teach us a lesson, ala Keyser Soze. The whole 'Christianity is Peaceful' meme is one of the most blatant frauds ever committed.
John 'Death Squad' Negroponte, Bush's Ambassador to Iraq, undoubtedly had a lot to do the current Sunni/Shia antagonism. Before our arrival in Iraq Sunni and Shia intermarried. The division was like that between similar sects in Christianity. Then, surprisingly, we began hearing about death squads killing Sunni's.
Who benefits from different Muslim sects fighting each other?
Let's see? Who aren't they fighting while they're fighting each other?
More on the U.S. setting Sunni and Shia at each others throats:
It seems like the types of tensions, conflict, and division Norberg-Hodge is referring to is increasing in the US as well - White vs People of Color, Dem vs repub and other fault lines. Working to renew (and maintain where it still exists) the sense of solidarity, community, collaboration, and appreciation across these various cultural and social dimensions is really the challenge of our time, especially given what we face (climate change, scarce resources, economic disparities, etc.). A big part of that challenge is rooting out the source problems - global capitalism, white supremacy, paternalism.
"Any world is an illusion, but within illusion, another world, a better world, seems possible. In the material world, the one we think is real, the divide between the 'left' and 'right' is an artificial one. This divide serves to keep us separate from each other and prevents us from seeing clearly that we in fact have shared interests and a common enemy. A better way to approach economy, politics, culture and society would be to take note of the ways in which our societies are divided horizontally: the interests of the few (the elite) and the many (ordinary people). The elite wants to oppress and exploit the rest of us. In a material sense, they are our enemy. They are working to establish their totalitarian New World Order. World government is the last thing ordinary people need. We need free and open communities with equal rights for everyone and a profound respect for the many differences between us. We want freedom rather than security. We want peace, not war. Above all else, we want truth, dignity and justice".
Borrowed from steve Lendman site-
When you have the stomach for it check out the film documentary: "Searching for Steele"
It is all about the sadistic role Once General, one time CIA Director David Petraeus and his one time mentor, Colonel James Steele, helped turn the Shiite-Sunni conflict into A bloody, gruesome ordeal in Iraqi Black sites....
Searching for Steele
2013 , Home » Military and War - 51 min
Searching for Steele
It's ten years since America invaded Iraq. Ten years and over 120,000 dead. Among them over 4,400 American soldiers. Back then, US administration funded a deadly, paramilitary force to fight those threatening the American presence. It was a decision that helped fuel a sectarian civil war that ripped Iraq apart. At its height, three years later, 3000 bodies a month were showing up on the streets of Iraq. This is a story of James Steele - the man the Pentagon sent in to help organize and train those paramilitary squads.
He's a veteran of America's so called "dirty wars" stretching back to Vietnam and El Salvador. This man was so important to the Pentagon that the then Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld saw fit to forward his personal memos to the president and vice president.
Colonel James Steele was a 58-year-old retired special forces veteran when he was nominated by Donald Rumsfeld to help organize the paramilitaries in an attempt to quell a Sunni insurgency. After the Pentagon lifted a ban on Shia militias joining the security forces, the special police commando (SPC) membership was increasingly drawn from violent Shia groups such as the Badr brigades. A second special adviser, retired Colonel James H Coffman, worked alongside Steele in detention centers that were set up with millions of dollars of US funding.
The allegations, made by US and Iraqi witnesses in the Guardian/BBC documentary, implicate US advisers for the first time in the human rights abuses committed by the commandos. It is also the first time that Petraeus – who last November was forced to resign as director of the CIA after a sex scandal – has been linked through an adviser to this abuse.
There's a lot of "divide & conquer" pathways on the way to the "shock doctrine" in this globalization. And it works if we don"t see it.