It is nearly six years since that summer night when me and my friends walked around on a late summer evening. Echoes of Pearl Harbour were ringing around the world. Not many pieces of news cried out loud enough to be heard all the way in Orangeville. But we knew this was the first piece of new which felt like it would have any impact on our lives. We mozied around town like we did every night, but we walked through an invisible threshold in time that night.
It was the death toll for the days of our isolation protecting us from the rest of the world. It was that night encircled, smoking cigarettes, that the last sweep wisps of air that carried hope for a global peace after the fall of the Berlin Wall disapeared. I coped by the only way I knew how at the time, by trying to find some noble light in the situation. We were like our grandparents generation, being called to arms to fight. A fight which could not be ignored. A new strain of fascism was threatening us. One born in the ancient lands that gave the world the Bible and the laws of Hammurabi.
Six years ago the facists threatened the world. For the last six years humanity has done a terrific job of blowing each other to pieces on nearly all of the continents. A lot of money and lives have been lost, entire countries laid to waste. But today we see the birth of a new world. Free of fascism. Led by a new global superpower.
These preceeding words are the words I would have written had I been bor before WW2, and not nearly 40 years after the end of the war. These would also be the exact same words I would say today if not for one sentence ; “free of fascism.” Instead today we face a future where fascism becomes the defacto choice of world governance. Germany was like some poisonous octopus, reaching with it’s tentacles as far as it possibly could. Germany is a small nation however, and will never reach as far as it wants to. Today the fish grow bigger thanks to their hormone injected feed.
So now like some monster beyond the imagination of the creators of Godzilla, America spreads its poisonous tentacles from Cuba to Iraq. From Lebanon to Afghanistan.