10. Jul, 2010 – By Kenneth O’ Keefe
Welcome to Orwell’s ‘1984’ ladies and gentlemen, where black is
white, white is black, and the truth is nothing but a word.
My 1984 reality is culminating with
the United States and Israeli Governments treating me and/or charging
me with being a “terrorist”. Americans worry not, you can sleep better
at night knowing your “homeland” is being defended from the likes of
me. And Israel, rest easy as well, it’s Ken O’Keefe and his Arab
collaborators who are in the Mossad crosshairs.
All kidding aside, I am a family
man, with a beautiful family, a loving wife and baby boy, a boy who
will be the biggest victim if his father is no longer in his life.
How did I get here? Well my life is
an open book, and one chapter includes meeting with people who resist
war and occupation, but the idea that I would be involved in violence
beyond self-defense is absurd. The character witnesses who truly know
me will come out in force if ever I am locked up for conspiracy to
commit a terrorist act.
The real reason why I have been
named by Israel as ‘operative of the Hamas Terror organization’ is that
I speak and defend the truth, and more importantly, I act on it. The
truth is that Hamas and every other government, group or individual
does what just about any of us would do if we were oppressed and
violated in the ways that are inherent in war/occupation. We would
I say to every red blooded American,
every European, every human, if someone came into your home,
threatened your family, imprisons and even kills your family what would
you do? I do not care if every westerner of any station is afraid to
say it, it is part of my purpose in life to say it, I would fight. In
fact I would kill before I would allow my family to be harmed. I would
fight to the death.
I say to my American brothers and
sisters in particular, can you not see that the Iraqis, the Afghanis
and the Palestinians are people? They are mothers and fathers, uncles
and aunts, brothers and sisters and sons and daughters. They love their
family every bit as much as you. Imagine that you were in their shoes,
would you be passive? Would you sit by and watch your wife and child
being violated? Or would you fight?
I want every reader of this article
to come on a journey with me. We are in our home, we are brothers, poor
in terms of money but rich in our love of family, we love each other
as brothers do. Our wives are in the kitchen preparing food for our
We do our best, poor and
impoverished, surrounded by war brought in the form of occupiers from
half way around the world. The sound of rifle butts banging on the door
shatters the semblance of peace. You, my brother go to the door
quickly, but not quickly enough. The door slams open and the soldiers
from another land come storming in.
With weapons pointed at our heads,
they shout orders which we believe tell us to put our hands on our
heads and get down on our knees. We are not sure, English is a language
brought to us, not our mother tongue. Our wives come to the room
frightened, begging the soldiers to calm down for the sake of the
children in the other room.
The soldiers respond by shouting at
our wives and pushing my wife to the ground with their assault rifles.
Our hearts are racing, our manhood is being crushed, and we wonder if
we are men at all.
The shouting and the chaos
increases. Next comes the sound of your baby girl, you hear her crying
for her mother, you imagine the look of her, terrified. Thinking of
your little baby girl tears begin to fall from your face. You look to
your wife; she is now on the ground bleeding from where the rifle butt
slammed into her head. In the chaos you do not even know when this
The soldiers begin throwing all that
we own everywhere, overturning furniture, throwing papers and family
items to the ground and breaking dishes. They ransack while one demands
to know our names. As soon as I say my name they grab me and take me
into the next room, the room between you and our children. They begin
to beat me, mercilessly. They are shouting at me, but you do not know
what they are saying.
Now all the children are crying
frantically, the soldiers keep yelling, and you catch the word
“terrorist”. You realize that they are calling me, your brother who you
have known your whole life, a “terrorist”. I plead with them to stop
the beating, blood drenching every inch of my face, for the sake of the
children, who are by now screaming, crying and begging for mom and
dad, I beg. All you can think to do is nothing, you are paralyzed, and
eventually the soldiers take me away… You will never hear from me
Your children are alive, for now,
and your wife will survive, but she is scarred. Your sister-in-law is
without her husband, you are without your brother, your parents are
without their son and the children are without a father. You find out
later that “someone” gave your brother’s name to the soldiers as a
“terrorist”, probably while being tortured. And that is the end of
that, someone who you do not know accuses the brother you know through
and through, and lives are shattered.
And so you ponder, do I do nothing
or do I resist?
This is a scenario of
war/occupation, it is not extreme, it is inherent. Indeed we could
include scenarios where woman, wives and daughters are raped in front
of husbands and fathers. You think Americans do not do this, you are
wrong. War makes everyone crazy; the question is to what degree?
Insanity is inherent in war, the folly of chanting the “Support the
troops!” slogan while sending them off to bullshit wars could not be
And so I ask, if you came from the
lands we invade, would you fight? And if you did, would you see
yourself as a “terrorist”? Or a man?
And if you did not fight, would you
see yourself as noble? Or a coward?
I do not intend to pass judgment,
but I would fight. I would fight because I know I would rot from the
inside out if I did not. As far as I am concerned, I feel nothing but
kinship, love and respect for my brothers and sisters who resist, I see
myself in them.
It pains me deeply to know that we,
western hypocrites and citizens of morally bankrupt states are the root
of the problem. We are the terrorists, us. Our entire society should
face charges for crimes against humanity for our use of DU, white
phosphorous, cluster bombs, etc. We should pay massive reparations and
beg forgiveness for the sake of a better future world.
We claim to live in democracies,
therefore we are responsible. Rather than face up to it, we remain
delusional and insane, functionally insane, pretending as if we are
“civilized”. We are barbaric, and not just Americans, Europeans as
well. We do not have a monopoly on barbarity, but we have far more than
our fair share.
When Gandhi was asked what he
thought of western civilization he replied by saying, “I think it would
be a good idea.”
I will not abandon my brothers and
sisters who resist war and occupation. By being labeled a “terrorist”
myself, I join you, falsely accused and persecuted, the Arabs, the
Muslims, Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress, the Founding
Fathers of America, the eco-warriors, the people of conscience past and
present. And so be it, I am a terrorist in the eyes of the American
and Canadian Government who puts me on their so-called “terror watch
I am a terrorist because Israel
issues press releases stating I am a “operative of Hamas” on a mission
to “form and train a commando unit for the Palestinian terror
organization” in Gaza; in this world of Orwellian doublespeak I am
honoured, truly honoured.
The lies and depravity are oozing
from you like puss from an infection of greed and power gone mad. In
response I shall draw the proverbial line in the sand, those accusing
and threatening me on the one side, those with me on the other side.
And here is what ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ stand for;
- Breaking of the blockade of Gaza
and Palestine 100%.
- Ending imperialism, occupation and
war and thus the need for violent resistance.
- Ending of all forms of terrorism,
with immediate emphasis on the state sponsored terrorism that is
conducted with our taxes and in our name.
- Replacing the war tax system with a
humanity tax system.
- Replacing institutionalized
indoctrination with genuine education.
- Rendering corporate media
propaganda completely impotent.
- Replacing the colour of law with
justice based law.
- Embracing sustainable living and
respect for nature in every way.
- Absolute respect for human rights
for all people, without exception.
- The “Golden Rule”, to do unto
others as we would have them do unto us.
- The way of a world citizen whose
ultimate allegiance is to his entire human family and to planet Earth.
There you have it, if I am to be a
“terrorist” then that is the brand I endorse. And now, I’m looking for a
ship and a flotilla to go to Gaza, and I look to do it pretty soon.
Who would like to join me?
Kenneth O’ Keefe was born in July of 1969, in California. He
worked as an entrepreneur, marine conservationist, and Human Rights
Activist. He served in the United States Marine Corps. during the 1991
Gulf War. He renounced his American citizenship on March 1, 2001 in
Vancouver Canada. He holds Irish, Hawaiian and Palestinian citizenship,
although he claims, his ultimate allegiance is to all people and thus in
truth ‘a world citizen.’