Tuesday, October 14, 2008

We all love you Big Brother!

Discretion is the better part of valour and nowhere is this more the case than in Eurasia. It seems that ingrained in every Eurasian's mind is a deep reluctance to publicly discuss politics whether inside or outside the country. The situation is certainly not as bad as it was in Saddam's Iraq, or today's occupied Iraq for that matter, but it is bad. Sentencing is quick and hard for those who happen to get caught, an example for others of course. This is the case regardless of the persons intentions or political affiliations, you could easily land into trouble even if you are singing praises for the "right" side simply for being prominent enough to be noticed or heard. One side effect of this is that the system produces the exactly right type of "intellectual" that it needs - the morally bankrupt type. I have always disagreed with many Eurasian bloggers about this and I still firmly hold the position that making a martyr of yourself verges more on the stupid than the brave. If you are in Eurasia, keep your head down and find another way to get your point across. Now smile your biggest smile and sing your praise to Big Brother.

:-)

4 comments:

Abu Kareem said...

Ya Wassim,

Your ramblings often leave me scratching my head, puzzled. First you say that Eurasians have an ingrained reluctance to talk politics in or out of their countries. Then you berate the morally bankrupt, ass-kissing, intellectuals. And finally, for those who dare to speak truthfully, you tell them not to act stupidly and keep their heads.

When you pull you guns out, you just fire every which way! ;-)

Wassim said...

So what was so puzzling about it?

Abu Kareem said...

Well, it is that at the end of the post, I am not sure where you stand. Are you fatalistic about the whole thing: this the way it is and there not much one can do about it? Or, do you think that Eurasians need to be more politically involved but need to do it discretely?

Wassim said...

Ya Abu Kareem,
It's definitely the latter. I did say that both at the beginning and in the end about finding another way to get a point across. To do anything else is to only ask for trouble and it isn't much use to anybody is it?