- There he was, The Great Consoler, standing
at the podium, biting his lip, and speaking to a nation in shock.
- "We must teach our children to settle
their differences through words and not weapons."
- Meanwhile, this same President, continues
aa daily slaughter of human beings. He says it's because the people he
is bombing are doing their own slaughter. He has chosen to respond to their
actions not with "words" but with death.
- Is it any wonder some of our children
-- especially those in most pain, the "outcasts," the "uncool"
-- decide to turn to murder and strike out against what they perceive to
be a world against them? We live in a culture in America where violence
is The Way We Get Things Done. If it works for their elders, why shouldn't
the kids give it a try?
- As the kids at the high school near Denver
huddled in locked classrooms in the hopes that they would not be the next
one with a bullet in the face, they turned on the classroom TVs to watch
the carnage and their own potential execution on CNN. One student, "Bob,"
got on his cell phone and called the local Channel 9 to give the on-air
anchors a live play-by-play of events inside the school.
- "Bob," the anchors said after
getting their precious, Emmy-winning sound bytes, "maybe you should
hang up now and call 911."
- "Uh, oh, yeah," responded Bob,
sounding a bit disappointed. His connection to the virtual world of television
and cellular communication was more a part of his instinct to survive than
his need to call the cops. Or maybe he trusted the people on TV more to
get him out of there than the full-time armed officer who patrolled the
halls of the high school. Not one gun of a well-armed force of police that
showed up was able to prevent one death.
- A world away, kids just a few years older
than Bob are dropping bombs that are killing kids just a few years younger
than Bob. We know this because we watch it on TV. We learn why we're dropping
these bombs also on TV. A man from the Pentagon shows us cool video game
images of point-and-click targets that go "BOOM!" Cool.
- Another man in an important uniform shows
us photographs from one of the Mother-of-All- Cameras, those satellites
that sit thousands of miles up in space and have, I guess, REALLY long
- He shows us Photo #1. Here, he says,
is "unbroken, untouched ground" from a week ago. Then he shows
us Photo #2 where he points to the ground being "freshly turned-over,
dug up, and replaced." This, he says, is evidence of "a mass
- The reporters sit there like anxious
pet dogs, lapping up the "revelations" and eagerly reporting
them to us as "truth."
- But these journalists failed to ask the
man in the important uniform one very important and obvious question: "Where's
the middle photo?"
- If our satellite camera is always up
there and running, capturing the before and after of a 300 foot piece of
dirt, where's the "during" photo? The satellite cameras were
snapping pictures the whole time, so where's the photos of the massacre
itself? Where are the photos of the Serbs transporting the bodies to the
"mass grave?" Where are the photos of the bodies being placed
in the "mass grave" and covered with dirt? Where's just ONE photo
of any of this?
- Was the satellite camera on the blink
during all this activity? Was it only working before the ground was dug
and then only after it was covered back up?
- Where are those photos, Mr. Clinton and
- Members of our so-called free press:
Where is your courage to ask the obvious questions? Why won't you? Why
are we being lied to?
- On the night of the Denver shootings,
NATO (us) bombed the building containing the three Serbian TV entertainment
networks. They didn't bomb the news station putting out the nightly propaganda
until two nights later. They chose to bomb the entertainment networks first,
one of which was showing "Wag the Dog" with its fake Albanian
atrocity scenes, on a continuous loop.
- Yes! Bomb the entertainment networks,
'cause it's all just one big show for a violence-deprived public forced
to sit through a year of mostly-unconsummated oral sex in oval offices.
We'd much prefer the gore to Gore and Bill. "The Matrix," a film
about a young hero in a trenchcoat who is able to blows away everything
in sight, is the number one film this week in the country.
- And as the children of Denver ran from
the trenchcoated killers, they were not met outside by nurturing adults
who might take them into their arms to console and soothe them.
- No, the students were ordered to run
out with their hands above their heads into the gun sights of the local
S.W.A.T team who herded them up against a wall -- "KEEP YOUR HANDS
WHERE WE CAN SEE THEM!" -- and frisked them with their other hand,
the one not holding a gun to their backs.
- You see, the killer or killers might
have been amongst them, so all the children were suspects, all potential
murders in the eyes of the state. Yes, it's our children who are at fault,
we are told -- They watch violent movies! They listen to violent misogynist
music! They play violent video games!
- Soon, they may be asked to die a violent
death on the fresh-but-recently-disturbed soil of the Balkans.
- They will be well prepared.
- Michael Moore