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Culture of PTSD

The majority of Americans and for that matter Western Europeans are unable to imagine the conditions of imperialist occupation or imperialism. To them it seems distant and trivial, as they sit back in their comfy chairs or sofas and watch high definition television drinking sugary sodas, meanwhile half way across the world a mortar shell is being lobbed into someone’s home, gunfire is being sprayed and people are dying. They don’t see their own common ground with the people of occupied nations and view these people as different people separate than themselves. The attitude that applies is that: “Why should we care about them?” “Who cares about what is happening there?” These questions usually come out with a defensive attitude towards national patriotism to a nearly extremist nationalist level. The people in the global West have been divided from the situation in the so-called global East and in troubled lands particularly, they feel apathetic towards it when they can turn to CBC or CNN and check the news for a few seconds and get a general gist of what is happening. But there is no real care, no real empathy. Western culture in the past 50 or so odd years has breed a public culture of apathy and depravity and what do the majority of the people think about it? They couldn’t get more of it. In a culture where victims of drone strikes are called bug splats, it’s representative of this. Particularly of many of the games that have been a part of current culture in current history, think of Call of Duty when they mow down their enemies with AC-130’s not realizing the destruction such a thing actually causes on a civilian populace. To them, warfare has been romanticized, yet again, using this new media where they can simulate combat situations with black and white roles, where they can mow down their enemies. Please note, I’m not arguing that these video games are the defining characteristics of this apathetic society but they certainly play a defining role in it. We see this represented elsewhere, where the power of might has been considered right. Where people believe that the amount of military strength of their individual country ensures the ability to harass and intimidate other countries whether fraternal or those which they have set their agendas against. These military threats, agitations and attacks have almost become a every day phenomenon.

Americans in particular live in the “post 9/11” generation. A generation of mass psychosis and national PTSD, where in light of 3,000~ victims in terrorist attacks committed by an extremely small grouping have been used to wage global warfare at an unforeseen level in decades with trillions that could have gone to education and social programs, to increased military spending and armed conflicts. The people suffer from this mass PTSD in daily life, they live in a society of fear where this is a constant fright of the brown man next door or in the airport, where if they see someone speaking Arabic they fret as to what the individual is saying. The people have accepted overwhelming amounts of government security with increased exploitation of the collective masses through NSA programs such as PRISM and spying programs due to this. Many feel it is a necessity to “stop the wrong doers”. It’s been 13 years almost since the PTSD culture began, since the first plane struck the tower and more and more it goes on. With increasing depravity, America stretches it’s arms from one arm to the world to the other and threatens the state of the geo-political quota. And the people? They sit in terror and dread in the airports, on their planes and wherever they might be of an invisible enemy for the most part that does not and has not existed. A quote comes to mind of Hermann Göring; “Göring: Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.
Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.
Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”

So when you think about it, when you think about what is on-going on the level of geo-political events with American involvement. Question what is on-going. Break free of the PTSD syndrome from although a national tragedy in which thousands of lives were lost, please remember and have the empathy to note that for millions of others the PTSD culture has been an everyday reality since United States drone attacks in Pakistan, military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq; intervention in Libya and the arming of radical Salafi rebels in Syria… With Ukraine on the table. Think about the millions that have been affected by this and remember that despite what you believe, despite your conceptions these people are you. These people are no different than you, they live in different conditions than you, they might speak in a different language or seem odd to you. But beneath their skin, they too have human organs, they too have a human mind. These people are you, they bleed the same blood as you. They can smell the same air as you. They might even have the same dreams you have even. These people which you believe you constantly at war with are you, and you can’t be at war with yourself… Can you?

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