September 11th: Defining the Terrorized and the Terrorist

11 09 2010

Here we are, nine years out from September 11, 2001.  Obviously, the acts that took place on that day were terrible acts of violence committed by desperate men carrying out a perverted form of religious belief.  But the terrible acts that get carried out in the name of patriotism are also deserving of some questioning.

Apparently, the burning of Qu’arans isn’t going to happen after all, but that doesn’t mean that things like that don’t happen everyday, in America and elsewhere.  The thing we have to realize is that we’re dealing with structural issues.  Imperialism, colonialism, war, corporate greed, capitalism… it’s a very thick net that many have woven, and it’s strangling us.

My mom is a very talented musician, and she put out an album years before September 11  was more than just a random date on the calendar, with a song called “Terrorist.”  There’s a line in that song that I think sums this point up very well: “Powerless gain power, and the power stays the same.”  And the song, as a whole, makes another important point: it’s not about good and evil people, and when we think of the world in good and evil sides, well, we miss that choking net entirely.

You can listen to “Terrorist,” by Mean Mad Momma, here.  The lyrics are below the cut.

Is it them?
Is it us?
The terrorized, the terrorist.
Is it them who lights the flame?
Or is it them who pulls the blinds of gold inlay?
Don’t let the bastards get you down.
Is it us?
Or is it them?

Little children cowering far as they can go in fright.
Hear broken screams as villages burn into the night.
Grow up tough, use lessons learned early, learned well.
Grow up and make someone else’s life hell.

Is it them?
Is it us?
The terrorized, the terrorist.
Is it them who lights the flame?
Or is it them who pulls the blinds of gold inlay?
Don’t let the bastards get you down.
Is it us?
Is it them?

History’s legends linger, questions lie inside.
Victors get the telling, truth flickers with the lies.
Positions hold new players, roles remain the same.
Powerless gain power, and power stays the same.

Look into the enemy, mirrors back to see.
Saints, sinners all reflections of “they” and “we.”
Don’t let the bastards get you down.
Is it us?
Or is it them?


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2 responses

13 09 2010
Stephanie

Hi, i’m really sorry but my question is totally irrelevant to this post! I was just wondering how i go about messaging you privately about something?

Thanks very much,

Stephanie Lennox

19 09 2010
Judith

Stephanie,

You can send me an e-mail at judithavory [at] gmail [dot] com.

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