I am...a New Yorker

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Daughter of the Hegemon

A documentary on suicide bombers. Very disconcerting. It hadn't occured to me that they line the bombs with bolts and nails, so that hundreds of pieces of metal fly out at high velocity, like bullets, to cause maximum damage.

Urine Trouble: every once in a while, something leads me back to The Smoking Gun and I wonder why I don't read it more often.

I am...writing geopolitical haiku with a twist of existential angst. Heaven help us all.

Coddled, blind, but free
Children of the Hegemon
Gadgets obscure truth

Profit, small or great
Comes at the highest stakes
"Third World" is people

Citizens at fault
Media ignores dissent
And corporate greed

Ever uncertain
Senseless, macho posturing
A zero sum game

Endless tit for tat
Can there be a safe end, if
Humans act godlike?

All claim to know best
God picked them over the rest
And loves others less

Youth ? eager, restless
Martyrdom and fame to gain
Unafraid to die

Her sudden husband
Arouses no suspicion?
Desperation wed

Will more be as blind?
So afraid of spinsterhood
Ignore ev'ry sign

And, when will it come
Subway, office, bus or in
Her too-happy home?

Paranoid? Lucid?
Prejudiced or just
Seeing all the signs

Hometown folks have said
"You wanted to be at the
attention's center"

But just not like this
Living in a state of fear

Hegemon's daughter
At the empire's demise
Pampered no longer

: : :

Why can't Americans make the connection between the blinding excess of U.S. hegemony and the persecution of the poor worldwide. Then I get people who know nothing about politics (e.g. power relationships) telling me I'm a "bleeding heart."

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Riot is the language of the unheard." Those without access to any means of redress will make desperate choices. Particularly susceptible to extremist groups are angry, young men because they don't have families, careers; in other words, nothing to lose.

It nauseates me to no end to have been chewed out recently, told I know nothing about politics, by a friend who went on to stereotype what "they" do in government. He meant, of course, Islamic fundamentalists.

Yes, because, only Muslims abuse power. No Christians, Catholics or Jews ever got drunk with powef, then? No power-mad egomaniac ever veiled their greed and bad behavior with a religion other than Islam? "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely."

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