On Inferno’s Platform
By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich
23 April, 2007
"Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate" (Abandon all
hope, you who enter here)
Dante Alighieri –
The Divine Comedy; ‘Inferno’
There is an inordinate frenzy
to occupy the White House in 2009. Perhaps Mr. Bush’s overreach
and abuse of Executive powers has inspired candidates; or it may simply
be the idea of rescuing the United States from her various dilemmas.
What is undeniable is that while some candidates may be sincere in their
aspirations, others simply want a chance to kill in our name. Twitching
fingers ready to commit genocide, one presidential candidate had even
been practicing how to commit mass murder to a tune.
Senator John McCain (R, Arizona)
while on a campaign in N. Carolina, was videoed singing “bomb,
bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” to the tune of the Beach Boys “Barbara
To this ‘hero’
of the Vietnam War, the White House means not only prolonging the Iraq
war and the death of more Americans and slaughter of Iraqis, which he
has strongly endorsed , but also the genocide of innocent Iranians.
Given that he is lagging behind in fundraising, it comes as no surprise
that he should target Iran, lie about Iran’s aspirations to destroy
Israel, and hope to receive AIPAC’s blessings and be bank-rolled
by them. No doubt, in spite of inciting mass murder, the mainstream
media will boost his popularity with the backing of AIPAC, and he will
be the frontrunner for the 2008 Republican elections - the war hero
who learned nothing from Vietnam and the killing massacre that went
It is up to us, the American
people to evaluate our standing at home and in the world. Have we reached
the ‘point of no return’, the gates of hell described by
Dante, where the likes of McCain will lead our future to more lies and
bloodshed? Not only has our country been run amok by the current Administration,
but those who look to step into their shoes are planning to take us
to far darker places. McCain is not only a United States Senator who
represents the people of Arizona, but he is a high profile representative
of the United States. What message are we giving to the world when presidential
candidates walk around telling the world that America will “bomb,
bomb, bomb” whomever they don’t like?
A man like McCain is not
fit to hold political office. He is not above the law, and if he has
disgraced the United States and his office, he should be asked to resign.
If we continue on a self-destruct path of maintaining not only double-standards,
but starting wars and occupations, we will find that we have indeed
failed the inferno test. Should we fail to act now, then we are deserving
of the fate that awaits us tomorrow through the politicians that will
lead us to hell.
"Through me the way
into the suffering city,
Through me the way to the eternal pain,
Through me the way that runs among the lost.
Justice urged on my high artificer;
My maker was divine authority,
The highest wisdom, and the primal love.
Before me nothing but eternal things were made,
And I endure eternally.
Abandon every hope, ye who enter here."
Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich is
a USC graduate. She majored in International Relations. She is an independent
researcher and peace activist.
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