Finally got that answer from Shepard Fairey in regards to his stance on the recent US led-UN Military action in Libya.(Read full text here) Truthfully my hope was that Shepard was not going to tow the party line, that this was a humanitarian issue, and that he would condemn Obama for ordering these attacks that would definitely be killing innocent people. I could not have been let down any harder.
Attempting to dismiss any accusations that it was hypocritical to not criticize Obama's wars while at the same time criticizing Bush's wars he wrote "Libya is very different than Iraq. The U.S. started the war in Iraq. In Libya there was already a popular uprising underway and it began to fail... possibly leading toward a massacre of those who rose up against the dictator." You mean like Saddam may have POSSIBLY had weapons of mass destruction. Really I don't see much of a difference. I also don't believe that the current United States Military Industrial Complex can or will act out of anything but their selfish imperialistic interests. So by getting involved in this POPULAR uprising chances are AMERICAN IMPERIALISTIC influence would only taint the victory if it were achieved. Shepard shows us here that he still has trust for the war MACHINE. Essentially he still OBEYS the war machine!
Further excusing Obama for this bombing campaign he said "Obama joined a UN coalition to aid the rebels with air strikes." Now I admit not everyone knows that the UN is a bullshit globalist organization but that Shepard Fairey had not heard the news that the LIBYAN REBELS are being led by AL QAEDA struck me as odd. I mean this is on the news everywhere you look. At the very least I would have thought that he would have had a suspicion that we may not know exactly who these REBELS were and that until we did the smartest and most peaceful thing to do would be to stay out of it. I'm starting to think that Shepard is not as down with this whole world peace thing as I was led to believe by pictures like these.
He went on to say that "The right wing would call Obama soft on dictators if he did nothing, and now they are saying he entered a war without approval from congress. Obama is in such a hostile political environment he's screwed either way." Shepard is obviously caught up in the false left/right pepsi/coke Edward Bernays style democracy. Or maybe he is just in the business of selling it. Either way he is heavily invested and herein lies the problem with this type of blind allegiance.
He allows Obama to go against his campaign speeches of peace so that his party DOESN'T look weak. Then he forgives Obama for breaking his oath to the constitution, by not getting authorization of congress, because it was the only way make his team look strong. In the end he throws up his hands in apathetic angst and blames it on a hostile environment, as if politics have ever not been hostile. SO in case you wondered wither or not Shepard was still down with team HOPE this should pretty much sum that up.
He ends his correspondence "I think Obama should pull the U.S. out of Afghanistan completely, but I'm not sure yet about Libya. The U.S. did not instigate in Libya and as long as we don't send troops there, and only help the opposition until things stabilize, that may be the least awful outcome." This idea of having no ground force is childishly naive but nonetheless pushed very hard. Without troops how will we know if the bombs we are dropping are working? How would we know when to stop? How do you know if there are kids around? OH YEAH DRONES AND SPY SATTELITES! Without troops on the ground we are just terminator planes dropping hell from the sky. Shepard may be ok with this but that doesn't mean that it would ever happen. Of course there will be troops there. What do you think the CIA is there for? To help the REBELS?
Now even though I may have went into this hoping that Shep would have strayed from the war mongering my instinct told me otherwise. If he hadn't spelled my name wrong I would have thought it was a robo-response. In my opinion he regurgitated a nights worth of MSNBC/GE/BOMB MAKERS nightly download. As a leading figure in the street art movement and an artist that is known as a voice of social justice I would think that his philosophy would be a bit more nuance and critical of the establishment. Perhaps its all that glue messing with his membranes or the side effects of global warming!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHH