October 27th, 2009 23:17 EST
We Need National Security Against Our Own Foolishness
Pretty soon there are going to be more elephants in the room than politicians to ignore them.
Car bombers just killed more than 130 people in Iraq while here debates drone on about health care, more troops for Afghanistan and economic recovery.
Recovery from what? Terminal greed? The elephantine folly of thinking we can afford two wars, health care reform, decent education "and lower taxes? The only thing we need to recover is our senses.
We have an overstepping general in Afghanistan trying to dictate policy to his commander in chief from foreign pulpits. We have corrupt regimes in Baghdad and Kabul, and we`re acting as if we still had a middle class, as if we still can afford to accommodate predatory insurers and credit card companies, and as if we still had our senses.
We should remember "not that we`ll have much help from the media or the politicians "that what brought on war in Europe was Germany`s economic despair, its failed economy, and of course the vindictive behavior of France and Britain after their World War I victory.
There seems to be only one thing we`re still very good at "ignoring reality.
Our national policy seems to be the care and feeding of Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Credit and Big Military. But with whose money? The money of property owners who are losing their jobs and their homes?
What is real about this picture? How many elephants can be ignored in one room?
Perhaps we could say to China or India, We`d like to wage endless war because that`s what we do best. If you pay for it, we`ll give you our future, lock, stock and barrel. All our dreams. And never mind about all those silly ideals our forefathers expressed, they`re just window dressing for our infatuation with greedy bastards.
What we need is defense from our lack of common sense, not the Taliban or Al Qaeda. We`re doing the job for them, dismantling ourselves before their very eyes in the name of security, recovery, or whatever slogan happens to come to mind.
We once had a policy of destroying the middle class while encouraging what was left of it to buy more to support the world`s economy. And as if that wasn`t logical enough, we now have a policy of paying off bad guys who ate our economy for lunch while waging wars the public doesn`t understand and doesn`t want to fight.
All this while every town in America collects money for memorials to soldiers who were sent to their deaths just so the politicians could go on ignoring the elephants in the room.
Djelloul (jeh-lool) Marbrook was born in 1934 in Algiers to a Bedouin father and an American painter. He grew up in Brooklyn, West Islip and Manhattan, New York, where he attended Dwight Preparatory School and Columbia. He then served in the U.S. Navy.
The pioneering Online Originals (U.K.), the only online publisher to receive a Booker nomination, published his novella, Alice Miller`s Room, in 1999. Recent fiction appeared in Prima Materia (Woodstock, NY), vols. I and IV, and Breakfast All Day (London, U.K.).In his younger days his poetry was published in literary journals including Solstice (England) and Beyond Baroque and Phantasm (California). Recent poems appear in Arabesques Literary and Cultural Review (www.arabesquespress.org), Perpetua Mobile (Baltimore), and Attic (Baltimore). He is the English language editor of Arabesques Literary and Cultural Journal (www.arabesquespress.org).
He worked as a reporter for The Providence Journal and as an editor for The Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette, The Baltimore Sun, The Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel and The Washington Star. Later he worked as executive editor of four small dailies in northeast Ohio and two medium-size dailies in northern New Jersey.