JAMES CAMPION'S REALTIY CHECK
ANSWERS FROM THE 'ROADMAP TO PEACE'
processes in the desert are as perfunctory as mirages...'
is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only
animal that has the True Religion--several of them. He has made a graveyard
of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path
to happiness and heaven." - Mark Twain
I have been on the road for more or less this entire spring promoting
and discussing my new book, "Trailing Jesus", and because
several people are terrified about speaking too deeply on the subject,
and because the fanatical culture goons have escalated their daily mutilations
in Israel, my publicists have decided it would be a good idea to get
me on the radio and in the newspapers and in the bookstores talking
about Strife in the Middle East.
Sure, why not? Campion was nuts enough to visit a war zone to chase
ghosts while holed up in the desert frantically taking notes on the
back of Palestinian propaganda sheets and cocktail napkins from the
King David Hotel; why dont we crank up his acid tongue and have
him chime in on the matter?
Yes, this is why some weeks back a blathering simpleton from CNN radio
had me follow up his ten-minute monologue on the merits of another peace
process, neatly entitled "A Roadmap to Peace" or some such
insipid nonsense, with a dose of the old Reality Check.
Thats when I whipped out my Twain Quotables and dove in for some
fine wisecracking country wisdom. Because if there is one thing Mrs.
Clemens baby boy knew something about, it was the madness of the
human psyche and its most lethal crutch, religious fanaticism; religious
fanaticism with a smattering of world-weary providence.
You want to hear the palpable results of unloading a taste of Twain
on an unwitting talk show host: Welcome to the silence of the stunned.
"But Mr. Campion, there is more hope now than ever before,"
the poor bastard stammered after the engineer repeatedly screamed at
him to say anything to fill the dead air.
"Hope is a concept for the grotesquely rich Hollywood types and
dumb struck southern senators who have the luxury of getting their morning
paper without losing limbs," I said.
More silence. "But would you have us stand by and watch these people
kill each other?"
"I didnt realize I was speaking to an us."
"Would you have the world sit idly by and watch the parade of death
"In a perfect world perhaps the forty-seventh peace process will
stick when motivated by the same tired rhetoric and photo ops, but in
the one were forced to work in, it isnt really making the
grade, is it?"
"But..." Blah. Blah. Blah.
I will now write down for posterity what I told that lovable CNN jackass
two weeks ago, and every kind and hearty soul who meandered out to hear
me speak on matters of metaphysical mayhem and applesauce for the past
weeks, and that is whatever politics and debate and carefully worded
rhetoric has come down the pike in new and improved packaging, the fact
still remains, peace in the region is futile.
Unless those involved are willing to let go of their eons of religious
and cultural madness about whatever God promised to what sibling of
Abraham and what is the birthright of generations of dead soldiers for
Allah and Yahweh.
And we all know this is not going to happen.
Peace processes in the desert are as perfunctory as mirages for those
not used to the heat descending from the vast unwavering landscape before
them. People not used to being inside of a desert, or who have not lived
with the kind of lunacy that passes for righteousness in Israel right
now, cannot begin to pontificate on peace or political compromises.
This is not, nor has it EVER been about politics. It is not about sovereignty
either. If so, matters should have been settled in 1967.
What no one wants to admit is that the playing field is fixed for a
result of total annihilation or bust. And certainly no one - and I cannot
stress this enough - no one that is not part of some freedom-fighting
plan on the West Bank or treaty wrangling in the Israeli government
cares who is victorious.
That is something I can tell you first hand, something I have broached
in this space before. People - not ideologies or governments or religions
- people, who just want to send their kids off to school without gas
masks or their husbands off to the office without a flap jacket or head
down to the local grocery for dinner without the very real possibility
that they will die, simply want to live. Not for God or country, just
live for what is: a possibly vibrant and relatively safe life with friends,
family and loved ones.
I know this because I spoke to these people, Jew, Christian, Arab, Armenian,
Buddhist, Hindu, and Atheist. Theyre out there. Many are the victims
of this circle of savagery that will continue long after those who read
this, and the caustic jerk who is writing it, will be dust. And that
is why promoting a book about finding the real Jesus among the reams
of drivel written and perpetuated in his name for centuries, and talking
about peace processes enacted by countries and armies and politicians
is as insane as the person failing again and again with the same action
and expecting a different result.
There will soon come a time to put down the flags and the religious
garb and the Torah and the Quran and begin talking to each other
as people, real people, not factions of cultures that were purportedly
promised land by pie-in-the-sky concepts dreamed up by patriarchal con
artists. Either that, or I hope those left standing after the final
carnage will have won something for the correct God.
Until then, enjoy your sideshow to reality.
© James Campion June 20th 2003
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