They’re old men now, but some of the songs that helped make the rock band, Pink Floyd, famous were all about the Establishment Machine that churns out human beings like clones to do its bidding, whether slaving in its factories or dying in its wars.
Today, thirty years on from Pink Floyd’s heyday, the Establishment Machine continues to flourish, churning out half-educated, unskilled, fodder to shape into its soldiers and workers. Just occasionally, one manages to wriggle out the Machine by using his brain and rejecting the doctrines forced upon him.
It’s likely not to make a splash on the NBC or ABC News in America; after all, Guantanamo Bay Detention Center was lauded during the Bush era as some sort of ‘holiday camp’ for America’s infamous ‘enemy combatants’.
Over the years, some of the torture and brutality imposed on Guantanamo inmates has come to light. The glorious, freedom/democracy-spreading, United States of America has been revealed as the cold-blooded, uncaring, thug of a nation it truly is.
As is so often the case, when those in authority fail in their duties and obligations, it falls to the ordinary folk of this world to make amends, where possible, whether by publicizing wrongs done, assisting to put matters right, or, like Brandon Neely – ex US military, and once a guard at Guantanamo Bay – seeking out those he wronged and offering a heartfelt apology.
Neely’s story, and those of Ruhal Ahmed and Shafiq Rasul, who were picked up by the US military in Afghanistan and taken to Guantanamo, is told adequately by the BBC and can be found at the link near the bottom of the page. There is little point repeating it here, but in America it only takes one man doing the right thing to bring the assholes out the closet in their droves, screaming ‘coward’, ‘moron’, and other epithets denouncing those who bother to think for themselves, and supporting the brainwashed lackeys of an Establishment happy to utilize them as cannon fodder.
Well done, Brandon Neely – one of few who manage to escape from the Machine.
 “Guantanamo guard reunited with ex-inmates” BBC January 12th 2010
Filed under: Reconciliation