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11/20/2004

entry: #024:: A bullet to the Head::

Hassan
c.AP Photo/Al Jazeera via APTN


Weeks before her death...
CARE director, Margaret Hassan...
Seemed inconsolable...
Traumatized...
By her new, starring role....
In the amateur snuff-style-Al-Jazeera-docu-drama...
In which...
She was its leading lady...

>> EXECUTED BY A BULLET THROUGH THE HEAD >>

What a fucking punchline!

Dressed in simple 'Guantanamo-Orange' boiler suit...
And blindfolded...
She begged for mercy...
Pleaded...
With every inch of her being...

Moments later...
Her life expired...
Shockingly...
Horribly...
By the hand of something...

Inhuman >>
Barbaric >>
Savage >>

An assassin with a heart of stone...
And a loaded-chamber...
Hungry for retribution...
>> for fame >>

As Gun-For-Hire-Cowboy...
And Highlight of Al Jazeera's Monday night news ...

damn...
That video-camera NEVER stops rolling...

I didn't know this woman...
But in her darkest moment...
I feel I did...
WE ALL DID...

This was a woman...
Who brought softness to the sharp-edges of suffering...
Through Humanitarian aid...
To 17 million displaced-Iraqi's...
Men >> Women >> Children...
Themselves victims of dictatorship...
Bound and gagged by a medieval ideology...
A Darwin-ian-glitch-in-the-program...
Refugees in their own land...

Allah...
See what Fundamentalism...
Does in your name...

And who...
Would...
Ultimately...
Become another statistic in A Tale of Two Cultures:
Each driven by a pathological hatred of each other...
And wedded by...
Politics...
$$$...
Power...

I'm so sorry that you had to die...
>> Margaret Hassan >>
Because you actually seemed to give a damn...
You made it your life's work...
In fact...
And because...
Those images of your private desperation will haunt us all forever...

Your death...
Is a crime against humanity...
Perpetrated by a coward...
By a psychopath unable to look you in the eye...
ONE...
LAST...
TIME...
BEFORE...
HE...
PULLED...
THE...
TRIGGER...

There are news reports of a mutilated body...
That of a Western woman...
Limbless >>
Gutted down the middle >>
Discovered in a Baghdad street...
Like some common piece of fucking garbage...
YET TO BE IDENTIFIED...

They're speculating, right now...
That it IS you...
And I pray...
That it's a case of mistaken-identity...

But if it was you...
I pray that you were oblivious to the final, savage act of desecration...
Wrought upon you...
In the name of fucking religion...
And B-grade-filmmaking...

I also pray that these Fundamentalist Showpony Assassins...
Burn in a thousand-eternal-hells...

I despair sometimes...
Looking through this video-lens...
This damn, reality-TV-marathon...
That knows only war, hate, bloodlust...
Murder...

And...

At ordinary people that we come to know...
>> Briefly >>
Sometimes...
Through the extraordinary experiences they endure...

Mmm...
Justice...
As disposable as last night's take-away...
And as empty as the promises of a thousand leaders who choose to turn a blind-eye...

damn...
How much fucking worse is it going to get?
As the horrors-of-the-digital-age-steal-what-remains-of-our-optimism...
From jihad-murderers with little compassion...
And child-soldiers with rocket-launchers for Kinder-play...
To brutal acts of violence...
Devoid of logic, empathy and reason...

>> RIP: MARGARET HASSAN >>


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4 comments:

josh said...

I had Margaret in mind for a few days. But was not sure how to handle it on my blog. Your take is moving and creative as well Kable. Reminds me of great Gonzos like Hunter and his tribe. I'm adding you to my Feedreader.

KABLE said...

Thank you josh...
Sometimes it's so hard to find the words...
Margaret's story saddened me greatly...
>> I only hope that this piece did her short life justice >>

k

josh said...

Yeah I know Kable, it's your sensitivity. This world needs people like you. I'm sure you online magazine would do a bit more on this side. I'd do best to spread the word around. Be happy Kable Guy! Funny you wanted me to be! Lol..

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