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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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