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"Citizenry Anger": What Does it Mean for MENA and SWANA Americans?

posted on: Aug 27, 2021

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By: Qaïs S. Ahmadī / Arab America Contributing Writer

Understanding “Citizenry Anger”

“The revolution’s on … It’s here, it’s today … I’m looking for all my other patriots to come out and help me.”

Floyd Ray Roseberry

Floyd Ray Roseberry is angry at the United States government, and he decided to set off bombs. Among his reasons for bombing the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress is the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. Roseberry said he was chosen to carry out the mission and was looking for other patriots to help him. Albeit, neoconservative politician, Mo Brooks (R-AL), may not have physically helped his fellow patriot, Roseberry, his tweet showing sympathy and “understanding citizenry anger” helps embolden homegrown violent extremists hiding in plain sight to commit acts of terror and hate crimes against MENA and SWANA Americans.

White Rage or “Citizenry Anger”?

Mo Brooks is a Republication congressman for the people, and when he speaks (or tweets), he represents his people. So who are the angry citizens he understands and sympathizes with? The angry and raging white Roseberry, made no apparent mention of socialism in the now deleted livestream manifesto; however, Mo Brooks did, and his tweet blames dictatorial Socialism for “citizenry anger.” Consequently, this political stunt by Mo Brooks will further gaslight anti-MENA and SWANA sentiments in the U.S.

Scapegoating Democratic Socialists

The neoconservative media’s obsession with the Squad, especially congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), has hit a new low. Rep. Tlaib’s political ideology and faith is the target of right-wing aggression. However, scapegoating Democratic-Socialist Americans for the G.O.P’s public and foreign policy failures is no longer silencing or deterring Americans of color from civic engagement. In fact, Democrats have said they will elect a socialist president. Furthermore, Democratic voters favor socialism over capitalism. But why does socialism (like Islam/shariah law) trigger neoconservatives in the most freest and democratic nation in the world? It is a word that means to capitalism reform and Rep. Tlaib is not the only American who demands soci-economic reform. She certainly will not be the last.

Directing “Citizenry Anger” on Afghanistan and Afghan-Americans

Why are angry Republicans calling for airstrikes in Afghanistan after the Trump government signed a peace deal with the Taliban to withdraw from Afghanistan by May 1, 2021? With no commitment to peace, angry neoconservatives are calling for airstrikes in Afghanistan even after Trump’s statement on Hannity about American foreign policy in the Middle East. Additionally, the Biden administration is considering further airstrikes in Afghanistan as America misses yet another withdrawal deadline. This is exactly what Roseberry demands from the government, and apparently he will receive it.

“Citizenry” [Intelligence] “Anger” (CIA) in Afghanistan

“‘Take one of these [Viagra pills]. You’ll love it,’ the officer said. Compliments of Uncle Sam.”

CIA Officer in Afghanistan

In addition to American airstrikes on Afghanistan, the CIA has been buying information with cash and Viagra ever since the Bush family vowed revenge on the people of Afghanistan. Through America’s Viagra diplomacy, many Afghan children have been subjected to sex slavery by members of the U.S. backed Hamid Karzai and Ashraf Ghani governments. In fact, in an New York Time article titled “U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies”, the American military used pedophilia as a weapon in Afghanistan. This includes CIA-backed death squads massacring young Afghans to finish off the future generation of Afghans missed by American airstrikes.

Conclusion: “Citizenry Anger”(The Danger Within)

Over the last twenty years, the United States and NATO allies have been releasing their anger on the Middle East, only to become an angry and raging military empire. Afghanistan is yet another ancient Middle Eastern country which angry neoconservative American citizens continually want to see “bombed back into the Stone Age.” The U.S. has always attempted to find military solutions as opposed to exemplary diplomacy and peaceful foreign relations. Now that the U.S./NATO military solution has failed in Afghanistan, neoconservative Americans compare the national humiliation to the failure in Vietnam. There is nothing to show from U.S. led wars, save blood in the sand. Also, the U.S./NATO have yet to answer for the human cost of the war in Afghanistan. As a result of U.S. led wars in the MENA and SWANA regions, the U.S. governments have repeatedly failed to protect Arab and Middle-Eastern Americans from “citizenry anger.”

If now is not the (logical) time for peace in the Middle East, when is? And where are the reparations for MENA and SWANA Americans who continue to suffer from U.S./NATO anger and rage?

Qaïs S. Ahmadī is an exiled Afghan refugee activist raised in the East Bay Area, California with a decade of global experience in higher education. He is an active researcher having produced highly acclaimed peer-reviewed publications in his respective field. His expatriate experiences include the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the State of Qatar, Japan, and the People’s Republic of China. He looks forward to contributing knowledge based content to the Arab America audience.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Arab America.

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