Kazakhstan & Radio Free Europe – Radio Liberty, Then & Now


EE Cummings, Thanksgiving, 1956:

a monstering horror swallows
this unworld me by you
as the god of our fathers’ father bows
to a which that walks like a who

but the voice-with-a-smile of democracy
announces night & day
“all poor little peoples that want to be free
just trust in the u s a”

suddenly uprose hungary
and she gave a terrible cry
“no slave’s unlife shall murder me
for i will freely die”

she cried so high thermopylae
heard her and marathon
and all prehuman history
and finally The UN

“be quiet little hungary
and do as you are bid
a good kind bear is angary
we fear for the quo pro quid”

uncle sam shrugs his pretty
pink shoulders you know how
and he twitches a liberal titty
and lisps “i’m busy right now”

so rah-rah-rah democracy
let’s all be as thankful as hell
and bury the statue of liberty
(because it begins to smell)

Cummings poem goes to the cynicism of propaganda/psyops, example given Radio Liberty and the West’s manipulations of a populace to deadly outcomes; no matter there is no honest intent. In this respect, nothing has changed in nearly 3/4 of a century. Now, just suppose a Russian boogeyman were an unnecessary element in geopolitics and the Kazakh people were afforded a right to live without levers and machinations … uh, sorry, my imagination must be running away with me –

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