Prison Radio
Mumia Abu-Jamal

As the U.S. performed its semi-religious rites in memory of 9/11, it does so with little real question of why 9/11 happened–at least among average Americans. For they have been ill-served by the media, primary educational systems and even many universities, which teaches approved lessons designed to instill and reinforce U.S. nationalism, while turning a blind eye to the real American history of the CIA and the military as it wreaks sheer havoc abroad.

For while these agencies often engage in secret carnage, their attacks are seldom secret to those who have borne the brunt of their mega-violence. For them, for the vast majority of the people in the world, 9/11 sparked an imperial temper tantrum; wars against nations that had nothing to do with 9/11; wars that have left them shattered– shadows of their former selves. Rome called its aggressions against foreign nations “Pax Romana” (Latin for ‘the Peace of Rome’), which really meant the destructive peace wrought by the Roman sword. Scholars today speak of “Pax Americana”, which means something quite similar to the Roman version. War–unrelenting, for empire.

As the Empire spends more and more on war, it closes factories, schools, hospitals and homes (through foreclosures, for example). All must serve empire. The nation must sacrifice itself to such an infernal dream. While the rest of the world weeps.