Related Stories By Gibson Nyikadzino Published: 20120430
The serial killing society


The United States of America is an out of the ordinary country. a country that has serially killed non-white peoples for no other reason than that they are black, Arab or Asian.

By definition, a serial killer is a person who kills multiple people within a period of time with their motivation being that of a psychological gratification.

Mass murderers usually murder multiple victims in the same place at the same time.

These two definitions fit the US and its various organs of state almost perfectly.

The government of the United States has since long worked hard to perfect its serial killing ways, especially when murdering people of colour.

There really is no difference between how it kills a 17-year-old black boy on the streets of his neighbourhood because he is black, and how it kills Afghans in Afghanistan by the dozens simply because they are Afghans.

America consumes life with a voracious appetite, it has a particular taste for non-white lives.

A simple look at the mass carnage caused by US military campaigns of aggression the world over will irrefutably highlight that fact.

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, at the 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, told former US President George W Bush what some other people cannot say out loud and to America’s face.

“Let Mr Bush read history correctly. Let him realise that both personally and in his representative as the current President of the United States, he stands for this ‘civilisation’ which occupied, which colonised, which incarcerated, which killed.

“He has so much to atone for and very little to lecture us on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“His hands drip with innocent blood of many nationalities,” said President Mugabe.

When America kills its victims, like most serial killers, it shows little or no remorse.

The White House rarely sees its inhumane and violent actions as crimes of any sort.

Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq are a few recent examples of America’s reckless, yet calculated, killing sprees.

The US is built to uphold imperialism, among an amalgam of nefarious characteristics.

The civilians murdered by the US are deemed “collateral damage”.

Statistics have shown that over 60 percent of persons killed in US military “engagements” since Vietnam are, in fact civilians and not members of any official army or militia.

Sixty percent!

Americans by and large are completely desensitised to what should be seen as a massive, one-sided blood bath.

The American citizens are not able to see beyond the co-ordinated programme of indoctrination they have received since childhood as they virtually fall for whatever propaganda is thrown their way by those arms of the media that are embedded in state domestic and foreign policy.

They have been trained not to critically think.

Through deadly sanctions on countries like Zimbabwe and Iraq, the US has destroyed the lives of innumerable people, including children.

Through military engagements of imperialism and brutal aggression, many hundreds of thousands more have lost their lives.

Where are the calls for US government officials to be dragged before the International Criminal Court?

The recent mass murder of 16 Afghan civilians (including nine children) carried out by Staff Sergeant Robert Bale, who was trained by the most fierce and effective killing machine known to man, has been brushed aside as a consequence of war.

And look at how the white corporate media in the US tried to ignore the recent murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a white “neighbourhood watchman”.

To put that murder in perspective, consider that before Martin, at least three other blacks have been gunned down by whites who are supposed to be upholding the law simply because they are black this year alone.

So it is not justification to claim that Martin’s killer was not a real policeman, because the real policemen are killing even more blacks than these white “neighbourhood watchmen”.

These few examples point to an institutionally racist society that goes to bed peacefully at night after murdering people of colour.

When Obama recently said, “I think all of us have to do some soul-searching to figure out how does something like this happen,” he actually knows very well how something like the cold-blooded murder of non-whites happens.

Now a black President has to defend whites for killing blacks!

It was Obama in 2008 who justified the verdict that acquitted a group of police officers indicted for murdering Sean Bell.

He said, “The judge has made his ruling, and we are a nation of laws, so we respect the verdict that came down.”

Like every other black in America, the President is emasculated by the society of serial killers.

Everyone has a duty to confront this unforgiving and destructive system.

Raising awareness is imperative (rallies, utilising progressive and social media, community forums, teach-ins).

Mobilisation and organising against such outrages is crucial, and for this we can use domestic and international legal routes.

Consistent and uncompromising political actions will be paramount. Developing and sustaining strategies is vital.

Committing ourselves to put an end to institutional racism, white supremacy and imperialism must be a goal we all seek.

Remember that only one percent of the US population actively participated in the Civil Rights Movement but it yielded significant results.

Imagine what can be achieved with global resistance to US serial killing?

I cannot think of any better way to honour the countless lives that have perished because of American military aggression and sanctions.

There can be no peace without justice. Right now the US is facilitating violence and injustice throughout the globe.

Untold lives depend on our unrelenting commitment towards tangibly creating a society founded, not on injustice and inequality, but on peace, justice and equality for all.