Mos Def (initely)

Posted: July 9, 2013 in World
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Get your violins out people, the poor Guantánamo prisoners are bring force fed to keep them alive. This human right travesty is exposed by Yasiin Bey ,a.k.a Mos Def, formally known as Dante Terrell Smith (you know the guy from movies and stuff) in a video, which he goes through the force feeding procedure. It’s all really dramatic and terribly invasive; it’s not very nice as my nephew would say. ( Video here)
Not to miss a human rights window Hollywood stars are always keen to insert themselves in issues which they have about as much qualification to talk about as David Beckham on rocket propulsion. So this delightful piece of propaganda would of course be picked up and slapped on the pages and websites of various news publications because it’s you know Mos Def, it’s also directed by Asif Kapadia and with non-profit organisation (so you know they the good guys) Reprieve .
Now I understand that hard core lefties are incapable of understanding that there are times when there are no ‘good options’ when dealing with an issue/problem or decision, so we need to account for this when looking at why a famous’ish actor/rapper /philanthropist/activist /Hollywood darling would venture to put his name to a cause (because all causes are good) or opposition to this practise but then again , have they even asked the question as to whether this decision to force feed prisoners is even just ,right, moral and in the context of the war on terror (is it over , isn’t it ? lots of people continue to be victims ?) whether this is in line with US values . Now the war on terror aspect can be fairly important if not the core issue in this regard because if you believe there is no war on terror, there is no terrorist threat and the US govt is source of terror (ie: did it to themselves) then much can be explained and this would be a priority cause for any self respecting American, famous or not. I believe Mos/Yasiin/Dante fits in to this category but hold that thought I’ll address that soon enough. First, let’s reject this idea and go with the obvious truth that the threat of terror is real and it’s being perpetrated by various terror groups around the world under various umbrella groups that have varying extreme ideological stand points. Here some points and comparisons that should be weighed up, when forming a opinion on the matter.
The war on terror, or actively engaging the terrorist threat is not a conventional war as we think of historically. It’s a trans-national war of ideas; militarily it’s directed at states that are ideologically in opposition with them. This again is something a hard lefty cannot quite grasp fully. If you accept the framing of the war on terror then you can understand that this is going to open new areas of moral ambiguity, grey areas and historical treaties like the Geneva Convention ect are not quite the perfect blue print for conduct in this kind of war. For example, how, who, where and when people become enemy combatants is a tricky designation and the legal aspects become again problematic when looking for things like legal precedent. Essentially, charting new waters which means they rely on fundamental heuristics to move forward. This of course again is not quite compatible to the hard core lefty’s world view, as a non utopian or imperfect result is a terrible travesty. The mental gymnastics required to make sense of this can be seen in saint Obama’s handling of the whole Gitmo situation, can’t close it like he promised so you need to twist, turn and blame Bush. Also you need to ‘justify’ summary execution via drones that is the alternative to capture and rendition which has been the policy in addressing ‘enemy combatants’ in the framework of the war on terror. It does lead one to believe that death is a better solution to the hard core left than imprisonment or detention under less than ‘perfect’ conditions. Can’t be though because Reprieve is against the death penalty or is it that they think these ‘people’ should just be set free? Set free where exactly? The US? Their native countries don’t want them in many cases, making their transfer rather problematic again. The reasons for the prisoner’s hunger strike are also of interest, the reason which the MSM force feeds us also doesn’t quite add up. They say that it’s to protest (again, all protesters are the good guys) their detention and delays in their transfer out of the prison. I say bullocks; the reasons are in line with both the left and militant Islam’s aims. To make the US the human rights abuser in the media, to PR their ideological agenda and become martyrs for that cause which will inspire a new generation of militants. Are the ‘innocent’ detainee’s really willing to die from starvation to make their voices heard? Counter intuitive to their plight for release it would seem (need to be alive to be released). Probably why only some of the hunger strikers are being force fed. At this point you might consider my view as rather callous; well we can compare it to the treatment of US/western prisoners that the ‘enemy’ capture. Wait I forgot, you can’t use single moral standard in judging these actions, there’s none for them and absolute, perfect virtue for the US . But here’s a taste, unless its solicit payment (remember that rape, torture and starvation accompany this) terrorists don’t take prisoners and if they do, it’s going to end in a Nick Berg event. A web delivered public execution on the cuff. The response to this is the usual we must take the moral high ground ect, well I hate to break it to you, it is the moral high ground! Not letting them die from starvation and not executing them as a PR video message to the world is the moral high ground. Again the hard left’s inability to do arithmetic without equivalent numbers prevents a judgement on this due to a lack of relativism and subtle but colossal racism. If people cannot be held to the same accountable moral standard then there is no moral standard, no moral judgement can be made and their judgements on the treatment of prisoners, well baseless.
Now why would Mos take on this particular issue in a world of almost infinite plight, hardship, abuse and injustice? I can understand that an innocent wrongly imprisoned is an injustice, but does Mos know for sure that it is innocent prisoners that are part of the group of prisoners that are being force fed? Are those innocents, ideologically motivated enough to endure the force feeding thereby making their wrongful imprisonment even more unbearable? Probably not so he must be against the procedure itself, which as a point of interest was
‘ On December 6, 2006, the UN War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague approved the use of force-feeding of Serbian politician Vojislav Šešelj. They decided it was not “torture, inhuman or degrading treatment if there is a medical necessity to do so…and if the manner in which the detainee is force-fed is not inhuman or degrading”.
Clearly the video illustrates that the procedure can be very unpleasant (so can a spinal tap) but I suspect it’s to leave one with the impression it’s inhumane and degrading. Then again, a prostrate check is degrading but necessary. So is the choice a parent has when agreeing to an invasive and unpleasant medical treatment for their child. As I said earlier that I believe Mos def’s decision to do this was ideologically driven, I suspect he believes there is no terrorist threat and that the US govt despite saint Obama is the threat. Let’s look at the why he would choose this particular issue, firstly it’s a fairly clear that the prisoners in question are islamists , militant Islamic terrorists . Mos Def took his Shahada or declaration of faith into Islam at 19, this has implications. Out of all the abuses, injustices and violence perpetrated against Muslims why has he chosen the Gitmo prisoners to insert his fame in favour of? Did scope and scale of the problems have any impact in his decision? Is the force feeding of Muslim girls in Mauritania to make them plump enough for their prospective husbands get a fair hearing or the enslavement of non-Muslims blacks in that country ? What about the brutal practise of female genital mutilation? (I bet he would attempt a try at that) Far more than the 18 individuals being force fed in Gitmo. What about the treatment of prisoners in let’s say Iran, in particular women. How about the forced amputation of hands and feet of prisoners in Islamic states? I would have to put out a challenge to find any criticism Mos has against any Muslim state, group or sect. He simply would not do this, his father (Abdul Rahman) was a member of the nation of Islam, you know the group described by The Southern Poverty Law Center as a “theology of innate black superiority over whites and the deeply racist, anti-Semitic and anti-gay rhetoric of its leaders have earned the NOI a prominent position in the ranks of organized hate” and its leader Louis Farrakhan. The only historical reason he has to this is his support for fellow Muslim, the glorified convicted cop murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal, member of the Black Nationalist movement, Black Panther Party and pin-up convict of extreme left organisations. This is the guy that has been made an honorary citizen of about 25 cities around the world, including Copenhagen, Montreal, Palermo and Paris (Notably all cities with large Muslim immigrant populations). Has won awards for his anarchist-communist essays, has a street named after him in Paris and ironically is an honorary member of Society of People Persecuted by the Nazi Regime – Federation of Anti-Fascists (VVN-BdA). See Islam’s relationship with Nazism. He also has a number of American institutions which fancy him too.
It’s not hard to connect the dots in Mos Def’s activism; it’s rooted in anti-Americanism, communist and supremacist Islamism. If he has the same kind of activist offence at say the treatment of prisoners in China or North Korea’s forced hard labour camps I would have pause for thought. He is the pretty much a hollywood ‘useful idiot ‘, a self appointed subversion agent, racist conspiracy quack.

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