The Oscars, American Ostriches & the Imminent Collapse of the American Empire
“And do not weaken in pursuit of the enemy. If you should be suffering – so too are they suffering as you are suffering, but you expect from Allah that which they expect not. And Allah is ever Knowing and Wise.”
(Holy Quran 4: 104)
“i am happy that you won the Oscars, like twice, gotta say wow.. but do you or do you not , mind making a film about something good about your country ?? Alternative explanation is that your country has nothing good to offer, which i beg to differ. On a funny note you remind me of one of those kids in class who just do some “TC” of the teacher just to get a “star” … Plus , i dont share the same taste of many of my country men.. hmm i must express my opinion, that i have watched your previous “documentary ” and it kind of sucks… #just saying..”
PLEASE SHOW A POSITIVE IMAGE OF PAKISTAN & THEN TRY WINNING AN OSCAR
(What’s the big deal about Oscars anyway; it’s just media hype)
As if no other country in the world has problems with any of its womenfolk. Cheap celebrity just to please the westerners, liberals & ……
One can write millions of blogs & make thousands of movies on them
Shows her treachery, treason & hatred for Pakistan. Shame!”
(All From social media)
And thus the debate continued on an Oscar award given to a ‘Pakistani’. An American Christian friend asked me what the fuss is all about and I replied:
“She has done two films in 3-4 years, both showing a negative aspect of Pakistan, latest one on ‘honor-killing’. Of course westerners will give her an Oscar for that.
But Pakistan has so shown so much excellence & against the odds in the field of health, education, sports, military, IT etc and she & people like her wont highlight any of that, forget making a film!”
‘Pakistan & the world is unaware of problems faced by Pakistani women’
“Pakistan has a cancer which was hidden. The person diagnosed the patient & brought it to our attention and to the world. It’s a humanitarian issue & point of concern for the entire world, not just Pakistan”
They mean that we continue to ‘keep our heads in the sand’ i.e. we are acting like ostriches.
Well the reply to that is that the disease was diagnosed long time ago & on the same analogy, she is going against patient privilege and patient privacy laws. In fact she is humiliating the patient (Pakistan) by telling the whole world ‘He’s got a disease, he’s got a disease’, when we Pakistanis were already well aware that we have the disease. Much has already been written on this problem in numerous articles, blogs, TV shows, crime shows & in numerous cases culprits have been punished. No one mentions that! In many cases it is the influential people who get away.
It would have been better of giving other solutions (treatment) for such ailments in the society, like talking about correcting the police, judicial & political system of the country. That is the crux of the problem.
Here is a comment on Express Tribune from an Indian on the film:
“As an Indian, let me tell you that there’s some truth in the fact that Oscars are frequently given for political reasons.
Take the example of Argo, a very mediocre film with mediocre script, with a lot of twist in the truth, with mediocre performances. At least 4 films were vastly superior to that film in that year.
Take another example of Jarhead, a momentous movie with stunning performances, cinematography, a great screenplay and sublime direction. The film was not even nominated because it showed US army in very poor light.
Take examples of Salam Bombay and Slumdog millionaire. The former is a miracle of a movie that exposed the slums of Bombay with a great deal of honesty and the latter was a regurgitation of a million Bollywood films but directed by a white man.
So, here again, I ask you what has Sharmeen done in this movie? Has she exposed honor killing? Was this not known to anyone before? Were the statistics not known to people? Wasn’t honor killing subjects of numerous documentaries by numerous news channels including NDTV, BBC, CNN? Wasn’t honor killing the subject of numerous debates and writings?
So, what’s new in her film? Nothing. Absolutely nothing is new in that film. And one of the primary requirement of a good documentary is originality.
Yet, she received the award because the west did have a point to score.
And, I’m telling this to you as an Indian – a staunch opponent of the very idea of Pakistan – who never misses an opportunity to score points against Pakistan.”
People also come to her defense telling us that in this film of hers ‘Spotlight; she threw spotlight on child abuse that goes on in the church’.
Answer is ‘Because it was against the clergy’. People don’t like the clergy whether Muslim or Non-Muslim clergy (although they are not all the same). This was an attempt to further lead right-winged Orthodox religious Christians away from the Church-in other words telling the word all religions & all religious people/clergy are bad.
And she didn’t get an Oscar for it or any other ‘different’ movie she may have made.
It also means addressing educational, social, cultural & religious values lost that lead to a girl or couple running away from their families, society. I am in no way supporting honor killings, for the girls or couples who run away have already lost their respect in the society. There are solutions for every problem for all the people concerned including the families. Basic default is in the lack of knowledge and/or application of the social, cultural & religious norms of a society.
And in any case, how much percent of Pakistani society is afflicted with this disease or liable to get afflicted? The impression being given to the world (as if the country is not defamed already) is that every single Pakistani has this sickness.
And how will the world help Pakistan in this regard? (They are already influencing our internal & foreign policies through political bullying, but for all the wrong/irrelevant issues).
Perhaps this was another plan to divide the nation like previous plans of dividing the nation on sectarian, ethnic, liberal, secular etc divides. The enemies will in sha Allah never succeed.
The American Ostriches
Well, with the same argument, let us analyze how much of the head of a common American is in the sand.
Starting with the same crime ‘Honor Killing’ in America which no one sees:
The Numerous Problems of USA
According to the Wall Street Journal, there are 5.5 million Americans that are currently unemployed and yet are not receiving unemployment benefits.
One out of every seven Americans has at least 10 credit cards.
The number of “low income jobs” in the U.S. has risen steadily over the past 30 years and they now account for 41 percent of all jobs in the United States.
All over America, hospitals that care for the poor and needy are so overwhelmed and are so broke that they are being forced to shut down. Recently, a local newspaper in Florida ran an article about two prominent charity hospitals in Illinois that have served the poor for more than 100 years but are now asking for permission to shut down….
The U.S. dollar is in such bad shape that now even Steve Forbes is predicting that the U.S. is “likely” to go back to a gold standard within the next five years
Most Americans don’t realize how much the U.S. dollar has been devalued over the years. An item that cost $20.00 in 1970 would cost you $115.93 today. An item that cost $20.00 in 1913 would cost you $454.36 today.
When 2007 began, there were about 26 million Americans on food stamps. Today, there are over 44 million on food stamps, and one out of every four American children is on food stamps.
Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Today, one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.
Only 66.8% of American men had a job last year. That was the lowest level that has ever been recorded in all of U.S. history.
According to one study, the 50 U.S. state governments are collectively 3.2 trillion dollars short of what they need to meet their pension obligations.
A different study has shown that individual Americans are $6.6 trillion short of what they need to retire comfortably.
Most Americans don’t understand that the Federal Reserve and the debt-based monetary system that it runs are at the very heart of our economic problems. All of this debt is absolutely crushing us. The U.S. government spent over 413 billion dollars on interest on the national debt during fiscal 2010, and it is being projected that the U.S. government will be shelling out 900 billion dollars just in interest on the national debt by the year 2019.
The wealthiest 1% of all Americans now own more than a third of all the wealth in the United States.
The poorest 50% of all Americans collectively own just 2.5% of all the wealth in the United States.
The percentage of millionaires in Congress is more than 50 times higher than the percentage of millionaires in the general population.
Gallup has found that a whopping 79 percent of Americans believe that there is widespread corruption throughout the government.
That is a new all-time high.
And on top of that:
Women Problems in the US
Over 20 years ago, the late famous sheikh Ahmed Deedat had mentioned that there are 2-4 hundred thousand more women than men in New York alone. And on top of that 1/3 of the men are gays!
This problem in all or most cities of the US has led to Lesbianism , gay marriages & what not.
Even the famous Christian evangelist, Billy Graham, once angrily stated:
“If God does not punish USA for homosexuality, He will have to apologize to the nations of Sodom & Gomorrah (ancient nations which indulged in homosexuality)” (for divine punishment given to them)
Then USA has one of the highest crime rates committed against women including rape, physical assault domestic violence etc, which are all well documented.
You think these issues do not affect the very fabric of a society?
TSA is fondling thousands of women and children in airports all over the nation every single day.
America also has problem of acid-throwing on women but America does not have a Sharmeen Obaid to tell the world about it:
The Bad News-The Ostrich Syndrome
The bad news is that most of the citizens of the USA still appear to be deeply asleep. Their liberties and freedoms are eroding with each passing day, and most Americans simply do not care.
“Many of my fellow citizens don’t have a clue as to what is actually happening to them, their freedoms or rights, or their very health … but the most damning consideration here is … most don’t want a, or pretend not to have a, clue!
This brings to mind what I like to refer to as the “Ostrich Syndrome”, an affliction far too many in America suffer from via fear, apathy, complacency or complicity. No, Big Pharmaceutical has no drug or vaccine for this affliction, and the government’s prescription is More Propaganda forcing them into a heightened level of this syndrome.
We have all seen the pictures of an ostrich hiding its head in the ground to avoid discovery by a dangerous predator. Yet to make the decision to hide from an eminent danger, they first have to be aware, on some level, that the danger exists. Obviously this form of defense is worthless as hiding ones head only increases the danger to oneself because you cannot see the danger approaching, nor can you defend yourself from it. In essence this makes you a more opportune and stationary target.
Those who feel they have nothing to fear if they are doing nothing wrong, or by avoiding the truths they are at least marginally aware of, they will keep themselves safe, are doomed by their display of passivity to be enslaved and used in any fashion a tyrant sees fit.
These are the people, try as we may, we cannot seem to reach to educate or awaken. These are the people who this tyranny has not influenced enough yet, and just maybe … These are the cannon fodder in any coming struggle.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that the TSA is fondling thousands of women and children in airports all over the nation every single day.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that the NSA is recording billions of our phone calls and emails.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that our police are becoming increasingly militarized. There were only about 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States back in 1980. But today, there are more than 80,000 SWAT raids per year in this country.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that a baby was recently maimed for life when a police officer threw a grenade into his crib during a SWAT team raid.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that police recently tasered a man 18 times. In fact, it barely made a blip on the national news.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that the Obama administration has discussed making gun owners wear RFID tracking bracelets.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that a new California law would allow police to confiscate guns based on accusation alone.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that our public schools have been transformed into “Big Brother” indoctrination centers.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that the U.S. border is considered to be a “Constitution-free zone” where officials can freely grab your computer and copy your hard drive.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that people are being sent to prison for collecting rain water on their own property.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that facial recognition technology is being installed all over the nation.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that the Obama administration has expressed a desire to establish a national DNA database.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that our cell phones are essentially high tech surveillance devices.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that if you type the wrong thing into a search engine that the police could come knocking on your door.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that local governments all over the country are now using automated license plate readers to scan our license plates.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that the federal government is grabbing hundreds of thousands of acres of private land all over the country.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that Bible-believing Christians are regularly identified as “religious extremists” in official government training materials.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that the federal government has identified dozens of different categories of Americans as “potential terrorists“.
Most Americans don’t seem to care that we have a president that is treating the Constitution like a piece of toilet paper.
A $100,000,000,000,000 economic extinction level event is about to descend on America. D.U.M.B.S (Deep Underground Military Bases) are already being prepared (FACT) for the high level government officials, the military hierarchy and elites to ride out the massive civil unrest to closely follow this unavoidable event.
FEMA camps are ready across the country, and the unprecedented arming of government non-military forces (DHS, TSA, IRS, etc …) intended only for use against We The People is all but complete. This is not a guess but is easily substantiated … Please watch
Habeas Corpus, Due Process, and so much more has gone up in smoke via the Patriot act, the NDAA and traitorous and unconstitutional Executive Orders.
Where were the congressional defenders of the constitution, the Supreme court push back, or the outcry from the mainstream media … crickets chirp … And now we live under an oligarchy (Princeton study), a Totalitarian government … Please watch …
The Imminent Collapse of the American Empire
According to law of God Almighty, every nation that rises has its downfall especially if its citizens face such horrendous & numerous problems, & if they are faced with increased tyranny & decreased freedoms
The world witnessed fall of Britian (Pax Britinnica) & Pax Americana is just finishing. The world elite is quickly bringing on a collapse of the American dollar and with it the American social order & dominancy around the world. These are facts which many Americans are beginning to realize but still have their heads in the sand. Simply google or You Tube and one will realize this fact, which is also being indicated by Christian & Islamic eschatology.
This is to be followed most likely by Pax Judacia (Israel taking over world rule). Read a past blog for the details.
America is on the verge of economic collapse, global war, and health disaster. We are perpetuating hostilities across the globe, our allies are deserting us in droves, our dollar is a paper tiger propped up by the military might the oligarchs who own this country wield, and our health has fallen from the best on this planet to what most would comfortably say is the worst, and all in about three generations.
Never before in the history of this great nation has America been attacked both from outside and within with such calculated tenacity and intention!
“Today we as a nation stand on the very precipice of total collapse. This is not a theory, a joke, a lie or even an exaggeration … this is a fact that can be easily seen by any who …
Don’t have their head buried in the sand like …”
Your own American citizens are accepting that most Americans have their heads buried in the sand, still thinking & believing that America’s ‘goods overwhelmingly overweigh the bads’
To The Desi Americans
For God’s sake, Pakistan is a country where many of you were born, educated, became doctors, engineers etc and you are siding against Pakistan? If you’re American citizens now, then you should be more worried about America, rather than criticize Pakistan, which isn’t your country anymore.
Have a look at the present plight of Muslims in America:
“Women now thought to be the targets in 80 percent of anti-Muslim hate crimes reported in the U.S”
If you still consider yourselves as Pakistanis, where is your patriotism? Why pick on Pakistan? Because it’s a ‘weak’ country? Is this how you show love to your motherland? By telling the world all its faults, while hiding or not knowing faults of your current homeland?
I see treachery and treason in this….
Probably this is the only way she can redeem herself:
This is a patriotic & Muslim response to the Oscar award given to Ms. Shireen Obaid & the ensuing debate on it.
If we get the right leadership & determination, we will go far as we can to defend Islam.
The problems mentioned more or less, similarly exist in European nations as well.
I would like everyone to share this blog as much as possible (as a fitting reply) if you agree to it.
Wa ma alaina illal balagh ul mubeen. And to us is only to proclaim the clear message.