What America is seeing today, in the wake of Katrina, is the kind of contempt for human life that the US Administration has shown to non-US civilians
throughout the world.
It is important that several groups be addressed in this thread, as an opportunity has presented itself for us, as a global community, to potentially
oust the men who would see us suffer for money in their pockets. These people know who they are, and chances are you do too. Whether you criticize
them or not is up to you.
No-one will be safe in this thread. Things need to be said, and by saying them I hope to spread at least a little sense of understanding to the
various Forgotten of the world.
My first address is aimed to the people of the Middle East
Long you have seen the West, and in particular the USA, as your sworn enemy, and perhaps more importantly, as an oppressor. It is entirely true that
great injustices have been done, such as the Israeli situation, and the current war in Iraq. However, you must think carefully about what the events
in New Orleans have shown you.
It was too easy, and indeed, unforgivable, for people in the Middle East to wildly celebrate the events of the 11th of September 2001. Many civilians
died leaving devastated families behind. The base difference, I should remind you, between a guerrilla and a terrorist is the guerrilla's aim to fight
an opposing army, not unarmed civilians. So now we have dealt with the celebrating of innocent death let us look at the view you have been treated to,
courtesy of the Bush Administration.
The Neoconservatives have once again showed to us non-Americans their complete lack of caring as they stamp all over the poor and the marginalised.
The difference is this time around is that the victims of their contempt are the very people who they depend on for their power; US civilians.
See their arrogance. See as they spit in the faces of their own people. If this has shown you anything it is that even the American people are not
safe. The bottom line is that the victims are civilians. Just like in Iraq. Just like in Palestine. The fact that the damage was done by Mother Nature
is irrelevant, as the opportunity to at least avoid some of the immense suffering now seen in New Orleans was allowed to pass.
With this in mind, I am asking you to take a step back, and rather than see the entire US as your enemy, to take the time and distinguish between the
US people and the Bush Administration. It is critical that you do. Did the people of New Orleans harm the people of the Middle East directly? No, but
the US Government has.
Refrain from celebrating the deaths of these people. They are civilians, just like you. They don't ask for the suffering, yet it has been loaded onto
The second part of this is for the European Union
The USA has begun the new millennium as a rival to the EU, rather than the traditional view of them being our greatest ally.
Trade wars, and a Franco-German alliance hell bent on building a European superstate, which, incidentally, many of us Europeans do not want, or at
least not in your vision of Europe, have caused many on both sides to feel a rivalry that is altogether unnecessary, especially in the face of a
growing economic challenge from Asia.
True, some states in the EU, the UK most noticeably, have a greater bond with the US, but at one time we were all allies. Yet now, it is actually
quite conceivable to imagine that several members of the unelected EU hierarchy are watching the events in New Orleans with a smug, though obviously
hidden, sense of satisfaction.
Now the US has asked us for help. We must help.
Why? Well, not because of debts owed from sixty years ago, and certainly not because some of our European leaders are at the beck and call of
President Bush, but because we would be helping fellow humans. And despite the massive gulf in understanding created by Bush and his friends, we are
still allies. Friends help friends.
While it is certain many European nations will be aiding the Americans through this disaster, we must ignore the voices that whisper in our midst that
say they deserve it, and other such garbage. Yes the US has found it self on less than the moral high ground of late, with Iraq for example, but you
must realise two things: one we are not talking about a retaliation from a military power here, but Mother Nature, and secondly, the people
responsible for many of the points of malcontent throughout the post millennium world are not the civilians of the devastated regions, but rather the
criminals in the White House who, it should be noted, have shown little regard for those suffering in their own country.
So, I must ask you to aid these people. They don't deserve this, and it would be a crime should our nations not send aid.
Thirdly, to the people of the United States of America
This is your wake up call. I have spoken to quite a few Americans who wonder at the animosity shown to them by people outside your borders. A lack of
understanding on both sides of various arguments has led to apathy on a grandiose scale, allowing corruption to flourish.
The apparent lack of caring this apathy shows to the world has conveyed the image that you just don't care. And maybe some or even most of you don't.
But now you are seeing your leader's true colours and many of you don't like it very much. You are now seeing the kind of things we outside of the US
see on a regular basis from the Bush Administration. You now have an idea as to why people are furious with the gangsters that occupy the White
But the key question is: what will you do about this situation you find yourself in? You have seen the betrayal. You have seen how They have filled
your Government with their people, some of whom are not even intelligent enough, or competent enough to hold office, least of all in a superpower.
And isn't it amazing how, in a superpower, it can take almost a week to begin rescue efforts? What if it had not been a natural disaster, but a
bioweapon, or radiation bomb instead? The results would have been even worse than now.
The world is watching, America. We were stunned when you voted Bush in a second time, and though he is unable to go for that third term we are aware
he is but one small piece in a larger puzzle. You have an opportunity to shun the uncaring, un-American, corporately corrupt Neoconservatives. I am
not even going to say you owe it to us to get rid of them, but rather, you owe it to yourselves. A country once admired throughout the world is now
the most hated, the most feared, or the most misunderstood, depending on the person asked.
Of course this is not a blanket statement, as indeed many of you know what you are dealing with. Many Americans are, in fact, fearful of what the
Neoconservatives are doing, and rightly so. But it is almost certain that there are some people in the US that have been stunned by this shattering
glimpse of the real US Administration.
Their only weapon is your apathy to their actions. If you feel injustice, speak out. You must stand up to them or they will carry on as before and
more innocents will suffer, be it at the hands of their actions or their negligence.
As a footnote, an address must be made to the race orientated groups now attempting to capitalize on the situation in the US. This is not about black
or white, this is about those at the top having little care for the fates of the poor. Do not use this as an opportunity to further your militant