What is surprising to me is the resiliance in every person through every disillusionment. "Okay, it really is that bad. Well, we'll just have to deal with it."
What is surprising to me is that the US is still fighting the cold war in Nepal.
What is surprising to me is the equanimity with which the people of this good nation learned and accepted that their nation is a sponsor of torture.
Torture has become part of our vocabulary. It's been let out of the closet. It's an ugly beast in the open. It's fast becoming an accepted instrument of 'nation-building' and Empire-maintaining.
Torture. You can't sweep it under the rug any longer. It's happening closer than you think. It's not just what the 'evil faraway dictator' does -- now it's what our own Eagle-headed administration does. Or at least they 'outsource' it: "Oh, okay, we're only paying for it and sanctioning it, but it's not being done on our soil. Then it must be okay. Gotcha."
Torture. We must speak about it. We must integrate it into our narratives of life. We must integrate it into our political concept of the world, and not only as a faraway mythical evil ghost.
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