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Berlin wall, World Trade Centre, whats next?
Certain artefacts came to epitomise power and supremacy in the late 20th
century. The peculiarity of the edifice of the Pentagon symbolised the home of
military strength. The sheer elegance of the downtown Manhattan skyline
symbolised majesty through economy and finance. The serenity of the rural
retreat of Camp David symbolised the ability of diplomacy and negotiation to
succeed where the gun and the bomb failed. However, by the start of the 21st
century these metaphors of US hegemony had started to lose their lustre.
The crumbling of the Berlin wall was broadcast throughout the world live as it
happened. On face value it was the mere demolition of a prefabricated concrete
structure that bisected an old and battered city. However in symbolic terms the
West saw this, as the final chapter of a Greek tragedy in which an evil system
slowly and painfully crumbled under the weight of it own bureaucracy. All that
prevailed in the rubble of the wall was the superiority of Western capitalism and
democracy. Many throughout the world remember the collapse of the wall with
joy even though they knew nothing of socialism or capitalism or what the function
of the wall was.
That is the power of symbolism. To a people that live out their lives to the scripts
of Hollywood movies and buy political thought based on the colour of the
wrapping, symbols are everything. So what of the symbolism of the fall of the twin
towers that were the twin pillars of freedom in world trade? What of the
penetration of the un-penetrable pentagonal citadel? Acts carried out using
aircrafts bearing the name of the very country that these buildings were
supposed to represent. These acts have shown how empty and bereft of
substance the US supremacy really is. The might and strength of the US is
nothing more than a sham. Its authority is as shaky as the house of card towers
that fell in seconds in downtown Manhattan.
The majority of the globe’s inhabitants do not have the luxury of being able to live
their lives in a fantasy world of imagery and drama. To the rest of the world the
bombing of a pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum is very real. The systematic
starving of a nation by sanctions is a very real thing. The cowardice of cruise
missile attacks is a very real thing. The agitation of nationalism in the Balkans
and the horrors that accompanied it are also very real things. The atrocities
carried out by the Israeli marauders are also very real. The barbarism of the
Russian and the puppet leaders of the CIS are equally as real. The list of reality
after reality goes on.
To use the symbolism of the West, the US may live in a goldfish bowl looking out
at the world. However, on 11 September a couple of aspirins just got dissolved
in that goldfish bowl.
14 September, 2001
Source: Kcom Journal
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