Civilisation today

Civilisation today

There is no better, relevant and present example of the war lord ruler than George Bush. Even the most sophisticated propaganda machine in the world finds it difficult to cover Bushes tracks of murder and destruction. But Bush is only one of a long line of tyrants that go back in the history of the invasion and conquering of America.


Civilisation then
Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress (Zinn)

Each year Americans celebrate the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. Columbus is heralded as bringing civilization to that continent.And no doubt Americans wear T shirts that herald the achievements to the great man of God. The following is the opening page of Howard Zinn’s, A peoples History of the United States. We need to keep in mind when reading this, the story of Columbus we were taught at school:

“Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. He later wrote of this in his log:
They… brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned…. They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane…. They would make fine servants…. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
These Arawaks of the Bahama Islands were much like Indians on the mainland, who were remarkable (European observers were to say again and again) for their hospitality, their belief in sharing. These traits did not stand out in the Europe of the Renaissance, dominated as it was by the religion of popes, the government of kings, the frenzy for money that marked Western civilization and its first messenger to the Americas, Christopher Columbus.”



A People’s History of the United States