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I'm just another pseudo-intellectual with a livejournal....
I must admit that I am enjoying this book (James Joyce's Dubliners) far more than I thought I would. Although I enjoyed Finnegan's Wake when I first read it way back in high school, I did not have high hopes for this book. I don't know why. Possibly because those who have read it before did not give it best reviews. That's fine. It has become a constant companion to me and I think I'll be done with it by the end of this week, which means I'll have to go back to the library to satisfy my cravings.
Two things. It is weird to me to be back in America again after so long away. Living in Europe for a year has really changed the way I view life, and I miss it already.
Second of all, I am so tired of hearing about the beheading video of Nick Berg. I really am. Several of my well-meaning friends, in an attempt to educate me, have clucked their tongues over the savagery of "people over there." I quote them directly. People over there. As if all Iraqis are running around with knives held high, waiting to behead "innocent" Americans. Forget that the majority of Iraqi people are scared & tired of conflict and weary of American presence.
This is the problem with most people--that by using examples of "barbarous" actions against Americans in Iraq, we are fostering the image that they are all disgusting, barbaric people. We can forget America has committed more than its share of "barbarous actions" in our attempt to dehumanize these people. If we can only breed anger and outrage in America's people, then the war will have meaning and will be justified.
People are people. No one is innocent. Our actions are fucked, their actions are fucked. There will be no end to the conflict if all we can do is hate. Peace is not achieved by holding up examples of atrocities committed. Peace can only be achieved when there is responsibility and accountibility for actions on either side, and a desire to move on, to work for another end.
The inflammatory hate speech used by right wing talk show hosts will only serve to make the majority of Americans lose their heads and believe the war is right. Correction. It already has, in some instances.