Day and Nobody Cares
By Njai Kamau
tremble at my country when I reflect that God is just.—Abraham Lincoln
Be careful that we don't get it twisted. I
hope we're all watchin the news concerning world events, because
we could be witnessing some very dangerous but interesting times
in the coming years, months, weeks or days. Escalating gas
prices, legal secretive arrests, the constant fall of the
American dollar and what appears to be this ever more drenching
of new television shows to keep people distracted. All this, and
some, is beyond an economic depression label. It's deeper than
that. The United States is at a crossroads whereby any move otha
than it standing down and repenting, will result in some
unconceivable events. Let me explain.
The tone of it all can be attributed to the
American Government naming Iran, Iraq and North Korea as the
"axis of evil." Better known as "evildoers,"
these nations have been singled out for invasion and American
forms of "democracy." One down, two to go. But then
there are problems with the post-invasion Iraq. The Americans
are, for the most part, seen by the people of Iraq as invaders
whose presence is not welcomed. Big problem. You've seen the
almost daily results of how they feel.
Then, there is Russia. You should know that
Russia blames the US for its losing control ova the Ukraine
recently. That nation was a necessary part of Russia's new
playground. The leader of Russia was not happy with losing the
Ukraine-a nation that will now have friendly ties with the US.
Having already been in the works, Russia has
recently signed and agreed to supply Iran with some stuff that
can make bombs. Many nations do it. They say that its uses can
be used for energy. The problem with this is that the stuff that
it's made of has a double use; it can be used also to make a
bomb. This raises concerns for Israel as well as America. One of
Israel's neighbor is Iran and its known that Israel doesn't get
along with its neighbors as well as it should. This, in part,
becuz Israel knows the US has its back. Many problems in that
region alone are bubbling.
Keeping our discussion in that area, we must
not forget about the conflict between Palestine and Israel. A
war spanning decades, it has not ceased despite the recent death
of the Palestinian leader. The United States is also tightly
involved with this matter siding with Israel.
Let's go to the Koreas. One main problem here
is that the United States have labeled North Korea as an
"axis of evil" member. So after some failed talks here
and there, North Korea concludes that talks are goin no where.
Then here comes Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice adding anotha
unkind name: "outpost of tyranny." North Korea
basically responds with "F!$% it, we got nukes then."
Not too many more unkind comments from the US
directed towards the DPRK (North Korea) since then.
Staying in that same area, we have Taiwan, a
very small Island not a whisper from China. The deal with those
two is that Taiwan believes itself to be independent. China
basically says no, "you belong to us." China basically
has taken the position that it had been doin Taiwan a favor by
allowing it to "manage" if you will, the small island
as long as Taiwan showed no signs of thinking it is independent.
But then lately there have been rumors floating that Taiwan
would soon get enough nerves and announce publicly that it is an
independent nation; thereby challenging China.
China ain't having that.
China, a recognized rising star of prestige,
as well as power and might, sees Taiwan and itself as one and
just recently passed a law, unanimously, Monday, March 14, 2005
to prove it.
"There is only one China in the
world," article 2 of the Anti-Secession Law states.
"Both the mainland and Taiwan belong to one China."
Anotha problem the US has to deal with.
With this law, China says at least three
things. First, in a bold, in-yo-face-whatchu-gon-do-move, China,
in front of the world, draws a line in the sand to clear any and
all doubts about what the dealie is with Taiwan. China, in
essence says "this is our S#&!" Second, China is
telling the international community that it is ready to take the
lead or at least be on the same level to the current leader and
only superpower - United States. That law, my people, speaks
volumes. It's flooded with bad signals and interpretations.
But don't take my word for it. This is what
China says about anybody who decides to get involved in the
China-Taiwan issue. Under their article 3, it says,
"Solving the Taiwan question and achieving national
reunification, is China's internal affair."
Yall got to know what that means, for China
to make this a law.
That part of the law finishes with
"which subjects to no interference by outside forces."
A bold and direct warning to the United
States of America.
It gets scarier. The United States has vowed
to stand with Taiwan in case of an invasion. This is all
A final note on the Chinese issue is that
Japan supposedly will side with the US in case China launches an
attack against Taiwan. So then if the Japanese people side with
the US, against their Chinese neighbors, we should assume then
that Japan has forgotten all about the US bombs released ova
Nagasaki in 1945, jus barely a generation ago, killing 150,000
people--including women and children.
Be reminded also that the EU (European Union)
has already announced in the last months that it will lift arms
and weapons bans that had been placed on China for years. The
Union, which America's closest "war on terror" ally
Britain is a member, believes that this ban on China is outdated
and does not match with modern ways nations are dealing with
each otha. This, anotha Washington fear. They believe once the
ban is lifted, China cannot be trusted with where weapons might
go that would directly threatened the safety of American troops.
And the Americans will be faced with their own technology as
well as possibly otha stuff that they had not anticipated. So
lifting the ban on China is anotha bad deal for America.
Let's go back to the so-called Middle East.
We know that the US is already crushed down with Iraq and has
got a trigger-finger against Iran. But then there is Syria to
worry about too. Syria is believed to be, by America, to be
meddling in Beirut. And also, the latter country had a important
figure recently assassinated which the US is shifting some blame
Anotha problem for the US is that Iran and
Syria recently announced a few weeks ago they would stick
together against their common challenges. We know what that
This is the American dilemma. The United
States has ruled single-handedly and with little measured
resistance ova the world for hundreds of years. For ova four
hundred years, the United States has shown itself to be the
master of enslavement, instigation and disharmony.
But now, after years of built up anger and
planning, otha powers are becoming embolden, encouraged and
inspired to change the global power dynamic.
The best way to look at the situation that's
goin on is like this. Picture a really strong and intimidating
aggressor whose victims have stop running from him. And now,
some of these victims are beginning to openly question and
challenge the aggressor's power and authority and his ways.
There is always a way for things to change
its course. But given the Maat-less personality of the United
States, it is highly unlikely. You see, the US has been the big
dog everywhere for hundreds of years. And they do not want to
change that power dynamic. If you don't understand this, you
will not understand what's happening. They are in a very unique
position that whateva aggressive move to be made next by them,
no matter what it is, the move will spark catastrophic events
that you and me only see in movies.
Any well-read historian will tell you that
events like these have not taken place in this so-called modern
time we occupy. This is a different and defining moment we
Afrikan people are in and one which the world will witness.
We've covered only a few incidents-either one
which could spark the events--and we still have not taken into
account any of the threats given by bin-Laden, the issues in
Pakistan and Afghanistan, Latin America and other nations.
The wise choice would be for America to seek
the real God and repent of her greatest sin.
If they don't, we should all make sure we got
stuff togetha with the real God becuz the whole world,
especially us here in the US, will see Biblical-type events.
Having written that, let me remind you of a Prince and the
Revolution song from the 70's titled "1999." In that
very cool song, you'll find these words by a Brotha who had
awakened out of sleep:
"When I woke up this morning [I] could
have sworn it was judgment day."
He went on to say that "the sky was all
purple, there were people runnin everywhere// trying to run from
our destruction, you know I didn't even care."
Njai Kamau © 2005 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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