So when are we going to call persecution by its name?

The FBI has once again proven its dedication to democracy and human rights, this time by engaging in one of the favourite hobbies of the intelligence community: killing Muslims. Preferably poor ones.

Abdullah, 53, was shot 18 times by an FBI “counterterrorism” squad in a warehouse in the suburb of Dearborn, after allegedly firing his gun. Abdullah and ten followers were not accused of terrorism, but mail fraud, conspiracy to sell stolen goods, and illegal possession of firearms. These are comparatively minor charges for which the government has thus far provided little evidence, and would carry a prison sentence, not the death penalty effectively applied by the federal agents.

And the press, of course, is covering it with the profound objectivity that can only be the result of the triumph of capitalism:

Yet even if the informants’ statements regarding Abdullah’s comments are accepted at face value, they hardly prove violent intent. According to one informant’s claim, Abdullah said he would not support terrorist activities when the Super Bowl was held in Detroit in 2006. “Abdullah said he would not be involved in injuring innocent people for no reason: ‘If there’s something to be done … it’s going to be legitimate,’” the complaint says.

Scandalously, the Detroit Free Press reported Abdullah’s rejection of attacking the Super Bowl with the following sub-headline: “Abdullah spoke of attacking Super Bowl XL.

And people tell me that comparisons to Nazi times are inappropriate. But even in the 1930s, they didn’t start out by executing Jews. They started out with exactly this kind of persecution, and only worked their way up to full-on slaughter later. Will this happen in the US and Europe? Probably not. But persecution, murder and enslavement? We’re on our way there, and quickly.

We need resistance, and quickly, or this civilization is going down the drain; and I don’t see us coming out any time soon.

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  1. Evil Roda

     /  November 5, 2009

    You know what? I wish they would attack the Super Bowl. Fucking sports, always holding back the arts and academics. How much money must we waste on things like this? It is fucking sad that athletes get so much more money in a single game than somebody who works their ass off teaching children earns in their whole life.

  2. I must say I think any kind of violence will necessarily backfire – always. It’s certainly a very stupid arrangement to have the sports stars-of-the-moment get enormous amounts of money, while people like teachers, social workers, some doctors, etc. etc. get the scraps. But violence, firearms, murder can never do any good in the long term.

    The problem here lies with the idea that only achievements and successes must be lavishly rewarded. That’s one concept I always have difficulty in understanding: why would a single person constantly be over-rewarded for their success in entertainment, while the thousands of people that keep the social mechanisms well-oiled and working are ignored, and often barely make the ends meet? There are important things – many of them – which cannot be subjected to the logic of competition and achievement. Baking the bread is a job someone must do every day, and competing in doing it is completely irrelevant to its aim.

  3. I don’t want them to attack the Super Bowl, but not because I enjoy the sport. Actually, I enjoy the SB commercials. Companies spend all year coming up with these things, and if they could put that much effort into daily commercials, they might come across as less annoying.

    A terrorist attack would likely result in a lack of these commercials.

    I’m not joking about any of that. However, that won’t stop me from agreeing that sports players are severely overpaid. I’d be happy if someone started up a charity for underpaid workers like teachers and such. I’d be even happier if it was an NFL quarterback.