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  Humor: Kill States, Not People

Common sense thinking leads to a whacky plan to end sectarian violence and destruction throughout the world.
By Stewart Nusbaumer

After wading through another day's gruesome news, I started pondering what a friend said to me last week. It was his solution for ending the endless violence in Israel. "Why not move the Israelis to Utah? They're strange enough to get along with those whacky Mormons."

And I said, "How about moving the Palestinians to Nevada? Without the Israelis around, Palestinians will turn on each other faster than you can say Allah!"

Clearly we were on to something here. A solution to the world's number one problem: sectarian violence. It just took me a week to get really serious about changing the world.

Indians are now in the grip of another round of nasty bombings, so maybe we should transfer the billion Indians to Nevada. Oops. I forgot that's where the Palestinians are going. How about Montana?

But there are also the Muslim Indians, and they are clearly part of the problem in South Asia. Where can we put them? Not many people are keen on taking in a few hundred thousand raving Muslims. Even Californians might say no to a Mojave Dessert of roaming cut throats.

It seems to me, in the name of compassion, we should consider killing the Mexicans (except those working in the States, which the world desperately needs) to make room for people who really need their space. Like the Kurds. After Saddam Hussein beats those trumped up charges of genocide, he'll go up there and gas those Kurds real good.

And don't forget the Tibetans, although everyone seems to have forgotten them. I've been thinking if we defrosted the arctic, which we're doing anyway, the Tibetans could live there with the penguins. Actually, all the penguins will be dead because they can't handle Miami Beach on the North Pole. Yet, since the Chinese are killing all the Tibetans in Tibet, dead penguins in the arctic should not be a problem for them. [1]

While refining these thoughts over a tasty Brooklyn Lager, in walks the West End Bar's resident brain, Barfly Bob.

"You're missing an important point," he says with a wave of his thick arm. "With oil prices shooting up, Americans are about to join the murdered masses themselves. If it hits four bucks a gallon, you'll see what this country is really made of. No, it wouldn't be fair to bring planeloads into our mess here."

This was very disappointing to hear, but he had a point. This country could turn into a killing field if those SUVs don't have cheap gas.

"But I have a solution," Barfly suggests. "Why not just leave all those people where they are?"

"What? Are you nuts?"

"Instead of people slicing each other up, why not slice the countries up? A different type of violence, but this one kills countries instead of people."

And there it was. Stop the killing with euthanasia for sick nation states. First you build a wall between the murdering fanatics, throw some landmines into the construction scheme, give the divided lands new names, write new constitutions, make new national flags, select new birds or whatever as mascots, and then live in peace. The brilliance was in its simplicity, and its global reach. Any moron could grasp this and yet it would end massacre as we know it.

But there is a problem with drinking and thinking: the more you drink, the more you think, and the more you think, the more you find problems with your thinking. In this case, it eventually became evident that freedom-loving America would never go for ending the global bloodbath.

American conservatives have no higher priority than to expand the borderless world for corporate commerce. They are into one heavy crusade to turn the whole world into a beautiful slave labor camp. And remember, they pay for the Republican Party.

At the same time, American liberals are equally obsessed with a borderless world, but in the name of universal love. Their idealistic commitment to peace and justice means they will tolerate fanatical violence and genocide as the price for the world to come together in love. And of course these liberals dictate Democratic Party policy.

As for the vast majority of Americans who say screw economic globalism and international brotherhood, they don't count.

I order another Brooklyn lager, depressed that I came so close yet ended up short. Suddenly I think of a way out of the "American Problem!" Grease all the conservatives and liberals. Mexican them! Slice them up! Yes, this is ugly, but someone has to step forward with real compassion to stop this madness.

[1] The editor has informed me that there are no penguins in the arctic. This is an outrage! I feel so sad for those little guys. Penguins never did anything to us, and we have massacred them -- and not for a good reason, like to save Tibetans. Was there a single word in our media about this peng-ocide? Of course not.

Stewart Nusbaumer is editor of Intervention Magazine. You can email Stewart at

Posted Tuesday, November 8, 2005


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