I must weigh in on the imminent military attack on Syria, I suppose, and it will come as a surprise to no one that I oppose attacking a nation that is not in a position to do us harm. We did that twice, in Afghanistan and Iraq, and how did that work out? It was a disaster to try to fight an international and informal organization in specific nations that did not justify our attacks on them. You cannot fight an organization called al Qaeda by attacking Afghanistan, any more than you can defeat an organization called the Aryan Brotherhood by selecting bombing targets in Oklahoma.
World opinion is dead set against America opening Pandora's Box again, and so far the world community has been too polite to remind us that, as a nation, our hypocrisy is so stifling that it has sucked the air out of every American elected official. No one dares to speak to America about our real national culture; it's a dirty job, but some one has to do it. So I will do it.
President Barack Obama is making his usual effort to engage the vicious racists in the Republican Party in an effort to fight a proxy war for Saudi Arabia, offering the Armed Forces as hired guns to fight an oil war between the Saudis and the Russians. That is the situation. It is being cloaked in sentimental humanitarian appeals about the atrocious suffering of Syrians, which is happening and is not in dispute.
But where is our humanitarian concern for our own citizens? There was once an occasion in which a representative at the United Nations rebuked America's phony sentiments, as compared to America's attitude towards our own African-American citizens. With the spectacle of discrimination, hatred, lynching, terrorism and the exhibition of Republican behavior towards President Obama, just who do we think we are, yelling at Syria?
How many uncounted millions of Africans were enslaved and suffered under the American system of cheap labor to build the nation that turned on them and became completely unhinged when one of them achieved election to the Presidency? How many Africans and their enslaved descendants? Such a number will never be known, fortunately, and if it were known I don't know if I could bear it.
But where does America get off pretending that we are a nation of compassionate humanitarians who protect the helpless, compared to the reality of the life of African Americans? As long as people who call themselves Christians spit out their hatred of the President and the LGBT community, who do we think we are?
Does Franklin Graham have the slightest credibility speaking about our duty to Syrians when he advocates persecution of Americans who happen to be gay? How does the Family Research Council have any right to complain that the plight of Syrians compels American action when they shout out for the oppression of LGBT Americans?
If America wants to clean up a mess, well, clean up the mess of Republican hatred. Stand up to the states that are passing vicious laws designed to deprive Americans of their right to vote. Put a stop to the terrorizing of African Americans, not to mention Latino Americans who are growing apprehensive that the Republicans are no longer even pretending to court their support. Latinos are looking at the refugee shelters along the Mexican border and realizing that even the Obama Administration is okay with tossing immigrants across the border into shelters, breaking up families and separating children from their parents.
When I was growing up in Illinois in the Fifties, there was a saying: you've got no room to talk. Well, America really has no room to talk on the subject of the suffering of Syrians. There is a civil war going on there and we have no moral position on the immoral use of force. The American black community ought to speak up, right now, and demand that the nation address its own problems. Charity begins at home.