[col. writ. 8/29/10] (c) '10 Mumia Abu-Jamal
When people are outraged, angry, or at their wit's end, politicians are abuzz with excitement; for it is precisely at this time when people are at their mercy; and politicians are at their most powerful.
For a people under such a spell can be lead to do almost anything.
In New York today, and various other cities across the U.S., throngs of angry and scared people are being whipped like cream by politicians and media to take their emotions out on places of worship.
What riles them is that this is a Muslim religious and cultural complex.
Islam did not attack the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001. 19 men from several countries did.
No country sanctioned it, not even the leaders of Afghanistan at the time.
But thanks to the media and their political whores, we are in a tizzy about something supposedly guaranteed by the U.S. constitution.
Fear sells....and anger sells, and before you know it, people are in the grips of madness.
Seven and 1/2 years ago, feelings such as these led to mindless and disastrous wars.
What will this lead to?
--(c) '10 maj