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January 21, 2003

Onward Righteous Soldiers!

Human Shields are going to Iraq! Here is a TODO list for Human Shields:

* Congo (Rebels eating pygmies)
* Nepal (Maoist conflict)
* Zimbabwe (Shonas starving Matabeles)
* Indonesia (the army killing partially Melanesian Christians in the east and Muslim whack-jobs in Aceh)
* India (Kashmir)
* China (Xinjiang)
* Russia (Chechnya, the winters there are a bitch)
* Solomon Islands (probably eating each other because of civil war & natural disaster)
* Every other African country
* Every third Asian country
* Detroit, MI (50% illiterate, as many pit bulls as people)

Why aren't there Human Shields in all these places? I mean, I'm sure the Ugandan-backed rebels in the Congo would MUCH rather eat fatty hunks of white meat rather than stringy pygmy.

The truth is, colored killing colored (and eating colored sometimes) isn't that big of a deal to the First World Left. The white man is held to a higher standard of morality-just as a white wife beater is held to a higher standard than an Arab wife beater (you need to kill the Arab woman to get the same level of outrage).

Not that only the Left engages in this. I've shut my eyes to the Israeli-Arab conflict because when I was reading The Economist in the fall of 2000, and the front page was about the Israeli-Arab conflict, tucked in the Africa section was a small article mentioning in passing that 200-300 people had died that day because of fighting in Kisingani.

Let's just be open and honest about the reality of the kind of life we value. If the American government decided to bomb the rebels in Congo so they might stop their meals of "pygmy rump roast"-I guarantee you Human Shields and Leftists of many stripes would protest that we should "give peace a chance" and "allow negotiations to work themselves out" (I can imagine it-"More pygmies will die of US bombing that in all the months they've been hunted and cooked over the open flame!"). The touch of the white man's oppression is what gives value to the life of the colored.

Oh, and by the way, I would really respect the Human Shield types if they decided to go the Congo, since they would have an incentive to stop the fighting, their fat white asses might be too tempting for the rebel troops if they didn't manage to demobalize them....

And for the record, I don't give a fuck about Iraq. I just want it over with so the economic markets are a bit less volatile, that's all I really care about, honestly.

If 10,000 people died in Ghana because of a genocide, I would spend 15 minutes reading about it and go on to dinner. If my roommate had a really bad flu, I'd take 30-45 minutes and go to Fred Meyer and get him some medicine. Now, if 100,000 people died in Ghana, some inner analog compassion counter would probably kick in, perhaps because 100,000 seems like a large number, $100,000 being a lot. I might go to a candle-lit vigil. If it wasn't too cold. And half the time I went to rallies and vigils in college was to impress some moronic chick (and don't get on my case for being OK with stupidity as far as chicks are concerned-godless shit on me about that constantly). I bet you that over half the guys that show up to those things are thinking more about "getting some" than helping the oppressed. It's like the political equivalent of a chick flick, we'll go, but only because....

Posted by razib at 04:25 PM




The moral of this rant is: don't post while you're drunk.

"their fat white asses might be too tempting for the rebel troops if they didn't manage to demobalize them....

And for the record, I don't give a fuck about Iraq. I just want it over with so the economic markets are a bit less volatile, that's all I really care about, honestly."

Posted by: GottaGetANewName at January 21, 2003 09:26 PM


Thank you so much for making this much needed point.

Posted by: Lupi at January 21, 2003 11:02 PM


The "needed" point refers to the original post, not the comment above.

Posted by: at January 21, 2003 11:03 PM



"a white wife beater is held to a higher standard
than an Arab wife beater (you need to kill the
Arab woman to get the same level of outrage)."

It is to laugh! Arab women are murdered every day in
so-called "honor killings", but Western "feminists"
cannot be bothered to notice, much less get upset.

Posted by: Rich Rostrom at January 22, 2003 12:00 AM


rich,

the oppressed male of color is simply redirecting his rage because of his impotence within the hegemonic-capitalist system of exploitation put in place by the white males.

Posted by: razib at January 22, 2003 02:13 AM


I think the human shields are wasting their time, but your accusations are off base. Specifically, you seem to imply that the motivation of the human shields is simply to martyr themselves in a just cause. If we assume that they are trying to stop an attack by adding themselves to the tally of collateral damage, then obviously they have to choose a case where the attacker cares about such things, and ideally a case where the attacker is inclined to value their lives more highly than those of the natives. Such would at least seem to be the case in Iraq. By making them out to be even less pragmatic than they are you've effectively created a straw man.
So, while your accusations regarding the different standards by which other peoples are judged (and by which their deaths are weighed) are dead on, I don't think that has much to do with the human shields per se. I would have made two separate posts out of this.

Posted by: bbartlog at January 22, 2003 10:14 AM


Hmm, so basically you are lamenting the lack of consistency Americans have regarding the deaths of individuals (or groups thereof) in foreign places? That's not exactly very englightening, or highly original for that matter. If you want consistency join Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch - they'll fill you in on all the dirty details country by country.

Posted by: Sarah Meadows at January 24, 2003 08:23 PM


huh, i don't want anyone to be "consistent"-let's just admit that certain lives matter more than others. this goes back to the disputes between mo tzu & the disciples of confucius...i'm with the confucianists-universal love is an illusion.

Posted by: razib at January 24, 2003 09:00 PM


I rather eat the plump rump off a white female supermodel than any striny pygmy anyday.

Posted by: pj at February 13, 2003 01:08 PM