Seascapes and Sand
a political romantic fiction novel by Rolf A. F. Witzsche
Volume 4A of the 12-volume series, The Lodging for the Rose

Page 141
Chapter 12 - Out of Africa

     "That's the price that we are already paying for the isolation that we've created and unleashed on Africa, from the West," he said. "And so, my friends, it is possible for a people to become so isolated from the world and from one-another, so that the most horrendous crimes can be perpetrated in hidden worlds, created by isolation, on a scale that pales Adolf Hitler's holocaust, while almost nobody blinks an eye in the sight of these vastly greater tragedies," he added. He said that attempts have been made to downplay Hitler's crimes, even to suggest that the vast holocaust didn't actually happen, or happened only to a lesser degree, and he added that even to think that way, has become officially a criminal offense itself in some countries, under imperial control. He said that a number of once noble countries, now prosecute people today with long jail sentences for the thought crime of holocaust-denial, even while the vastly greater modern holocausts that are happening, which pail any holocaust in previous history, are hushed officially up and hidden.

      "These holocausts are happening daily and hourly," he said, "but they are covered over with a thick blanket of official silence, not to mention the complete lack of commitment in society for corrective actions. Of course, fighting against the march of empire, that stands behind all of the holocausts in the world, is a dangerous stand to take. However, the consequences that society invites by not fighting for its freedom from empire, are infinitely more dangerous and frightening, and deadly, than the fight for freedom can possibly be.

      "And that's the real holocaust denial," he said emphatically, "and the real tragedy is that the world stands idly by and lets it happen, whereby mankind becomes an accomplice in the holocaust, and thereby conditions itself against its own survival."

      He suggested that people should read Shakespeare's Hamlet. "The fool wasn't Hamlet. The fool was society, whose folly had created in Hamlet a prince without humanity, who thereby has doomed, both himself, and society with him."

      The man laughed at this point. "We don't need jail sentences for the traitors that cause today's larger crime, for which there wouldn't be enough jails in existence to house the guilty anyway. But beyond that, society is its own tragic figure, and so, the idea that incarceration will solve anything in this context, is absurd. We need healing. We need to heal the denial in society, and the isolation that causes it."

      He paused again, as if to emphasize another point.

      "The irony is," he said, "that it is not really possible for humanity to isolate itself and hide in denial and self-isolation, because it is not possible for mankind to isolate itself from the consequences of its actions and inaction. Self-isolation always results in tragedy. AIDS is a perfect example. The call for depopulation was heard loud and clear as far back as the late 1960s. The headlines proclaimed that the world has cancer, and that its cancer is mankind that must be eradicated, and mankind be culled back to small numbers. Out of this insanity emerged the imperial NSSM200 doctrine of 1974, that a year later became policy and started to force the depopulation mantra onto the Third World, especially onto Africa, in order to preserve their raw materials for the West's future use. AIDS erupted out of this background in lock-step, only five years after the policy came into effect."

      I would have nudged Anton, if she had sat beside me. I saw no reaction in her face that revealed any recognition of a linkage existing to her own self-isolation and the danger of it, reflecting the isolation in the world and the ever-greater dangers arising from it. It was painful to see this non-reaction. It was painful, because her self-isolation was evidently so deeply rooted that she didn't even recognize it. Her tragedy appeared to be the kind of case in which the victim is rarely aware of its victimization, just as the whole of mankind failed to recognize itself as the real victim in the trashing of Africa that society is hiding itself from under the blanket of denial.

      The man from Africa told us that the big epidemics in Africa often started in the refugee camps, that the victimization had created, which he termed, death camps. From there, the diseases were spread out across the land as masses of sick people, displaced by famine, politics, war, and economic deprivation, moved from one place to another, driven by rumors that food could be found just over the horizon. Some masses were flooding into the refugee camps, others were fleeing them. As the masses of starving people hobbled from one unsanitary area to the next, sickness spread across the continent, primarily along the trails of their death marches, so he told us.

      The man spoke softly, mostly. His gentle manner magnified the impact of his speech.

      A similar situation, he told us about, existed in the cities in Africa. He said he was disgusted at the disinterest he found around the world, about the impending disaster in the African cities. "People were so arrogant in their self-isolation in the West," he said, "that they believed that the diseases that they unleashed in Africa by their policies of deprivation, would not touch them. Consequently, no actions were taken by humanity to prevent them, or to prevent their spreading."

      He said, that he saw the same pattern unfolding also on the international scene. He said that the little concern that was eventually forthcoming from humanity around the world to prevent the worst, often came too late, and even then, it was too little. He said, it is the nature of a biological holocaust to be so far isolated from its cause, that the seeds of the holocaust are usually forgotten by the time they bear fruit and the dying starts on a massive scale.

      "The seeds that I am referring to," he said, "were planted into Africa when the continent's industrial and agricultural development began, and the necessary infrastructure development was underway. The masters of empire shut down all those developments, and any further developments were prevented. In the guise of the helping hand, the moneylenders came in, but not to help. They came in droves looting the continent to the point that Africa's increasingly scarce food resources had to be exported to earn money for interest payments on loans that had done nothing to meet the most basic needs of the population. Debt had become a tool for the depopulation of Africa, by starvation, and starvation-induced diseases." He explained that Africa had become intentionally isolated from the world by the western policy makers, in order to achieve the imperials' depopulation objective for the openly stated purpose of preserving Africa's natural resources, including its agriculture, for the future and present requirements of the feudal imperial powers.

      I was surprised that Anton didn't see in this presentation, that its pattern, which was totally centered on isolation, was the key element also in her own situation. It seemed that she wasn't even aware of the nature of her own tragedy, but regarded her reaction to it, in self-isolation, as normal and natural. But I didn't regard it that way. In fact I was becoming rather disgusted with the man's speech, because he was right in pointing the finger also onto me, together with everyone. I was disgusted about myself, seeing in it my own failure. The world had been crying in pain, and I had been falling asleep evermore deeply, as it were, into a near coma. Sure, I had been crying in the political wilderness. I had been screaming in Venice, loud enough to be heard in Russia. I had been drowning myself in politics, without ever really touching the foundation that civilization is built on, thereby never touching the real dance floor where the dance of the Principle of Universal Love should be in progress. I suddenly realized what this dance really was. The dance of the Principle of Universal Love was what Helen had termed back in Leipzig, the Universal Kiss. If that isn't expressed, then all the dancing is in vein.

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