Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Same As It Ever Was, Same As It Ever Was

Tibet 1903: Weapons of Mass Destruction

Need I sing? I will, but I'm hoping people will know what I'm going to sing before I do it. Ah, heck, I'll sing.

When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Of course to me the answer to the question is "they" will never learn because people are kept from understanding how "the system" works... how politics in the so-called Modern World is the same old shit done over and over, with the perpetrators expecting new results from the same old shit every time. They're not too bright, ya see. Little brains, as Albert Brooks might call them (from the film "Defending Your Life"). Or as Daniel Quinn might say ("Ishmael", "The Story of B", "Beyond Civilization" and other titles) ... just more of the same thing that doesn't work. But people don't notice because what's promoted is MORE! And more is good, right? So we'll sign on the dotted line. Cast our "vote".

From the top of the link:
"One one of the most inglorious episodes of the British Empire Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India, sent troops under Francis Younghusband to invade Tibet  in order to create a buffer zone against the Russians.  The pretext was that Tibet was being armed with Russia-manufactured weapons. The mission ended with the massacre of Chumik Shenko when the rifle-bearing British mowed down hundreds of Tibetan Buddhists, debarred by their religion from killing their enemies. Even Younghusband , an archetypal British army officer wedded to the ideals of Empire, was shocked and demoralised by what happened. They found just two rifles in Tibet."

The alarm clock is ringing again, and there's no "snooze button".