Careful, honey, it’s loaded,” he said, reentering the bedroom.
Her back rested against the headboard. “This for your wife?”
“No. Too chancy. I’m hiring a professional.”
“How about me?”
He smirked. “Cute. But who’d be dumb enough to hire a lady hit man?”
She wet her lips, sighting along the barrel.
"Bedtime Story", Jeffrey Whitmore (via arbryna)
τοῦτ᾽ αὐτὸ νῦν μου πρῶτ᾽ ἄκουσον ὡς ἐρῶ.
Everywhere else the government restores the nations they defeat in wars. Do you know why the Indian nations, the proudest people in the whole world, were never restored? Do you know why? You, all you white faces, do you know? The answer is simple, see how dumb white people are. This is the answer, listen now, because we were never defeated, never defeated, that is the answer…
Sitting Bull, from “Custer on the Slipstream”, by Gerald Vizenor
this passage was striking both for its explicit political message and because it’s pretty true: when the US goes in and invades Iraq or Afghanistan, after they win they give the country back to Afghan politicians (at first hand-picked, then elected). after World War II, Germany was restored to a civilian government (or at West Germany was).
but not indigenous nations.
but neither WWII nor Afghanistan were fought because Americans wanted to settle in Germany / Afghanistan, of course no American administration was left behind after the war - a better comparison might be with, for example, (Northern) Bukovina - settling there was one of the reasons why the Soviet Union entered the war (it was one of the demands in Molotov-Ribbentrop) so after the war it wasn’t returned to Romania (instead the Romanian population was forced out while Ukrainians moved in)
fair; the underlying point identified here (although not explicitly by Vizenor) being that there is a difference between settler colonialisms and other forms of imperialism or colonialism (and between military activity related to settler colonialism and other kinds of military activity). (via fralusans-ana-marein)