I know I’m not going to make any friends among the land-locked flocks in the Obaaaaahmanation, but from this perch in Berlin, orbiting the U.S.A. (third rock from the Sun), one of Obama’s inaugural notable quotables has raised my warning flag:
“To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect…
…To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”
Hm? Vielleicht? I’m sorry ya’ll, but i don’t care how competent a high-five our current Commander-in-Chief can administer, I think this comment, specifically the last line, is lame in *at least* two ways: 1) it completely defers responsibility for the current SNAFU in the middle east away from the U.S. (Why dont we remove those bases in Saudi Arabi, stop the failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop funding the massacre of Palestinians by funneling billions into the Israeli military, stop meddling in other countries self-determination as we have done in Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan, Palestine, etc… maybe that fist will just naturally open up a lil bit, eh?) and 2) it begins the era of brand new war on an wholly undeserving front: the war against Fists.
I, for one, love the symbolic power of the fist. I like mine served raised and clenched. But, I’m not the only one: The clenched fist has been a symbol of resistance and solidarity across a wide range of ethnic and socioeconomic peeps and political organizations for generations, to name just a few:
The American Indian Movement,
And the Pro-Beard Lobby.
From the young,
To the old,
From the big,
To the small,
From the famous,
To the infamous,
To the rest of us.
If you look for people who have fought for…
and chased their dreams of freedom and liberty in the face of resistance,
You will always find a Raised Fist.
So this one is for you Barack…
… A toast to fists: Raise em if you got em!
He would if he could…
Take a flick (under 1MB please) of you and your favorite fist, clenched and raised, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ill upload them here.
“First they came for the fists… and by the time they came for me,
there were no more fists to raise up…”
Radio F.A.T. Europe signing off…
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