Spring is here again, and once more the US calendar is full of activities. There are many celebrations and festivals. There is no more talk about war, and pretty soon most of the soldiers will be coming back. For others the war against the daily economic and cultural violence is just beginning.
The media will stop showing scenes of bombs and blood; along with these, people will turn to other media attractions, forgetting the reality of war in towns and cities devastated by the past actions.
Usually the acts of violence take place in other countries; therefore here in US, we do not have to reconstruct cities or face the cultural invasion of another nation. The people in Iraq will have to bury the dead, clean the place and look for means to survive.
The accumulation of wealth in the hands of a few will continue throughout the world, and the poor will continue to amass unsatisfaction, pain and desolation. During the war, the same as before the war, their voices were not heard. Will they be heard now? I do not think so.
In order to be heard, they have to speak the language and logic of the conqueror; that is something that poor people anywhere do not have. They have to speak through mediators who after a short time become assimilated by the foreign culture and, forgetting where they came from, turn their backs on their own people.
On the other hand, weapons are manufactured by corporations, but much of the expense is funded by U.S. taxpayers. In addition, the U.S. government is a major promoter of the sale of weapons to other countries, and through its Departments of Defense, State, and Commerce, probably has more than 6,000 employees spending $400 million a year to promote weapons exports. This condition also continues as the opposite pole of the equation.
And where are the peacemakers? If momentum is not lost, they will continue to water fires, but they can not get to the core of the economic problem that sustains the situations of war and violence.
Once more it is the resistance of peoples of the world that has to be trusted. They carry the history that is not made into movies or novels, but passes from generation to generation in music, tales and art.
So. Let us celebrate diversity while it exists. Let us celebrate the cultural strength of far away places and hope that they can pass on their traditions in the midst of a global market that wants a homogenous crowd to sell goods to. Let us hope that globalization doesnt continue to swallow peoples, languages and traditions.