När USA:s militära maskineri drar ut på kolonial straffexpeditioner i Världen, för att säkra tillgång till oljekällor och försvara den globala ekonomiska ordning som suger in profiter till överklassens överkonsumtion, står Västvärldens politiska ledare i givakt. Och rasismen kommer i starkare självsvängning. Som rubriken i SvD:s artikel idag lyder: USA visar vägen. Det finns enligt vår statsminister ”ingen anledning att värdera en invasion som skedde 2003”.
Jag citerar igen det Aimé Cesaire skrev 1955 i Discourse on Colonialism. Läs det noga! Det handlar om våra liv – här och nu.
First we must study how colonialization works to decivilize the colonizer, to brutalize him in the true sense of the word, to degrade him, to awaken him to buried instincts, to covetousness, violence, race hatred, and moral relativism; and we must show that each time a head is cut off or an eye out out in Vietnam and in France they accept the fact, each time a little girl is raped and in France they accept the fact, each time a Madagascan is tortured and in France they accept the fact, civilization acquires another dead weight, a universal recognition takes place, a gangrene sets in, a center of infection begins to spread; and that at the end of all these treaties that have been violated, all these lies that have been propagated, all these punitive expeditions that have been tolerated, all these patriots who have been tortured, at the end of all the racial pride that has been encouraged, all the boastfulness that has been displayed, a poison has been distilled into the veins of Europe and, slowly but surely, the continent proceeds towards savagery.
And then one fine day the bourgeoisie is awakened by a terrific bumerang effect: the gestapos are busy, the prison fills up, the torturers standing around the racks invent, refine, discuss.
People are surprised, they become indignant. They say: “How strange! But never mind – it’s Nazism, it will pass!” And they wait and they hope; and they hide the truth from themselves, that it is barbarism, the supreme barbarism, the crowning barbarism that sums up all the daily barbarisms; that it is Nazism, yes, but that before they were its victims, they were its accomplices; that they tolerated that Nazism before it was inflicted on them, that they absolved it, shut their eyes to it, legitimized it, because, until then, it had been applied only to non-European peoples; that they have cultivated that Nazism, that they are responsible for it, and that before engulfing the whole edifice of Western, Christian civilization in its reddened waters, it oozes, seeps, and trickles from every crack.