Edward Said: An Unacceptable Helplessness

Johannes Schneider Johannes.Schneider at gmx.net
Wed Jan 29 05:39:41 MST 2003

An Unacceptable Helplessness
Edward Said     Al-Hayat     2003/01/23
One opens The New York Times on a daily basis to read the most recent
article about the preparations for war that are taking place in the United
States. Another battalion, one more set of aircraft carriers and cruisers,
an ever-increasing number of aircraft, new contingents of officers are being
moved to the Persian Gulf area. 62,000 more soldiers were transferred to the
Gulf last weekend. An enormous, deliberately intimidating force is being
built up by America overseas, while inside the country, economic and social
bad news multiply with a joint relentlessness. The huge capitalist machine
seems to be faltering, even as it grinds down the vast majority of citizens.
Nonetheless, George Bush proposes another large tax cut for the 1% of the
population that is comparatively rich. The public education system is in a
major crisis, and health insurance for 50 million Americans simply does not
exist. Israel asks for 15 billion dollars in additional loan guarantees and
military aid. And the unemployment rates in the US mount inexorably, as more
jobs are lost every day.


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