Globalisation of Hate
AASHA MEHREEN AMIN
If I were an alien being with an
assignment to figure out what this strange planet Earth is all
about, I would probably tear out my hair (or whatever aliens
have on their epidermis) in utter despair. Nothing would make
sense. But during my search on, Galactonoogle.com, the alien
version of google.com, I might regularly come up with two words.
One is 'globalisation' and the other is 'hate.'
here my alien brain (OK, maybe two brains) would get even more
frazzled than it already is. Globalisation is described in the
Cryptic Alien to English Dictionary (CAED) as a buzz-word in
the twenty-first century used constantly by humans in political
rhetoric and as an excuse to grab the resources or assets of
other less fortunate humans. The (CAED), let me inform my human
counterparts is not a fat book with umpteen number of pages,
but a kind of inner vision, hologram if you will, installed
in our alien brains. So when we just think the word 'globalisation'
all kinds of information and images appear inside our heads,
not necessarily in any logical sequence. This, in addition to
Galactonoogle.com, pretty much gives us a comprehensive description
of the word or concept.
Anyway, enough of technicalities. The second
word 'hate' brought out about a few trillion entries, so I chose
to 'think' about it through the CAED. Well, basically it means
'an intense human emotion of extreme distaste or dislike for
something or someone. In 21st century terms it means the driving
force behind all wars -- civil and international, political
squabbling, violence and abuse -- in other words, the true essence
of this other weird globalised concept 'HUMAN MISERY'.
Ok now let's get back to some examples of 'hate',
which in my view is the most global thing in the earthly world.
It is something humans seem to be exchanging, sharing and perpetuating
with a zeal never before seen in the history of the universe.
In the West, the latest hatred is against the Muslims, or Moslems,
as they like to call it.
since the historical Twin Tower disasters, bombs are the latest
weapons of mass destruction; in particular they seem to always
be traced to what some humans like to call 'Islamic fundamentalists'
or 'Islamic terrorists' or just plain 'Islamists'. Another important
global feature is the epidemic of suicide bombing whereby frenzied,
misguided individuals blow themselves and a large number of
innocents to smithereens to make one single statement: "We
Hate You". Apparently these suicide bombers are Islamic
terrorists who hate the 'decadent West', for their loose ways,
their flaunting of wealth, their exploitation and oppression
of less fortunate people of the world. What really confuses
my alien mind is how humans can tell that there's been a suicide
bomber at work from all the bits and pieces of human remains
and non-living debris. It's quite bewildering how when planes
crash into buildings and there is not a shred of anything intact,
these amazing humans actually find passports of the very Islamic
terrorists who went on their suicide mission (because they just
hated American foreign policy).
now let me get this straight. These 'Moslems' hate 'Jews' and
possibly 'Christians' too, even though their religion, 'Islam'
(according to my Galactonoogle search) endorses tolerance of
people of other faiths? Now it seems even these 'Moslems', or
as my CAED points out, 'Muslims' are beginning to hate each
other too. The Sunni Muslims, for example, have historically
been suspicious of the Shi'a Muslims because they don't agree
on certain religious points. Hey, but don't they believe in
the same creator of all beings? Then why do suicide bombers
(it just beats me how these guys just know that there were self-annihilating
humans among the rubble) blow up their fellow Muslims when they
gather for prayers. One of the latest bombings was in Iraq,
another global obsession. The human news networks just cannot
get enough of this place. And the humans of the present day
Roman Empire just can't get out of it. Or maybe they don't want
These interfering, occupying humans are really
crazy. First they hire a virtual nobody as a glorified thug,
train him, give him a car and a flat, install him in the country,
turn their faces away while he terrorises people, kills, usurps
the country and then after he has reached the zenith of monstrosity
and made about a dozen copies of himself, they make him into
a globalised enemy. They stamp their boots and insist the guy
has horrible weapons to exterminate the human race so they must
get in there and do some bombing of their own -- a term they
call 'kicking ass.' Meanwhile they have already crippled another
Muslim-crazed country called Afghanistan, hoping to catch yet
another monster they created and who they say is behind the
Twin Tower episode (because he hates them decadent Westerners).
Now I'm beginning to understand why the story
of 'Frankenstein' has always been such a hot favourite of the
West. Now the ripple effect of all this is the globalised stigma
all Muslims are stuck with. In the Western Hemisphere, any human
Earthling with a Muslim name is regarded as a potential suicide
bomber. So they are deported, sent to prison, or just sacked
from jobs. It's funny how all these poor fellows are being lumped
together as a terrorist force while acts of sabotage by other
groups are categorised into specifics.
Do you see now why my heads (Ok, I have two)
are spinning with excruciating bewilderment?
So this 'hate' thing is like their 'AIDS' thing.
It just spreads like wildfire. Victims are caught unawares;
they have many kinds of ailments that lead to death. Also it
seems to be quite contagious. The religious extremists hate
the Western way of life and hence, the Westerners, the Westerners
hate the Easterners for their dark skins, their backward ways
and mostly if their religion is Islam. Sunnis hate Shi'as, some
Sunnis hate Ahmadiyyas, (who they say are fake Muslims) and
in general Jews hate Muslims and vice versa. Even Christian
Earthlings have found ways to fight amongst each other.
While hatred in developed countries is a little
more focused, in developing countries it is just like a melting
Jell-O pudding, spilling all over the place. Here I can only
illustrate by focusing on a teensy weensy country called Bangladesh.
Here hate is in many forms. While Muslims religious extremists
have kept up their globalised tradition of hating anyone who
does not conform to their Talibanic school of thought, yet another
Frankenstein of a superpower, one that (relies mainly on the
oppression and humiliation of female humans), there are many
other layers of hate in this minuscule land of a monstrous population.
No two political families could hate each other
more than the ones called ‘BNP’ and ‘AL’, not even the famous
Montagues and Capulets -- cooked up by that wonderful bearded
bard of the 16th century. Unfortunately there is no lovesick
daughter in love with a lovesick son. Rather there is a venom-filled
daughter in hate with a frothing widow who reciprocates the
loathing with equal passion. So while the religious terrorists
have a field day trying to blow up writers, the BNP flexes a
muscle or two spreading hate among their lapdogs (called police)
which swoop on whatever non-BNP scent they can find. While the
AL is the most favoured bait for the BNP hounds, second place
is bagged by journalists, students and third -- former BNP aficionados
who have gone off in a huff and are now playing their own game.
These Bangladeshis must be crazy. More than
half of their people are dying of hunger or disease or poor
health care, there many more child humans on the street than
in school and all the powerful and rich can do is hate each
other to death. Then they stand on stage to say that they will
save the country from the rival party's 'misrule!' The way things
are going I'm beginning to think that this hate thing is like
a global fad -- it is 'in' to hate, it's cool to self annihilate
and even cooler to kill or dismember human bodies. Because they
are expendable? Because they are collateral damage? Because
material gain and political power are more valuable than a few
thousand human lives? Now I'm really confused. Better do another
Galactonoogle search. This time I'll look up the word 'love'
and 'happiness'. I believe they are just about to become humanly