Wednesday, December 16, 2009

If you say the truth enough times, it becomes a joke

When stupid people get radical you get...the demonstrators in Copenhagen. It never ceases to amaze me how short people's memories are. Shortly before the invasion of Iraq in 2003 many people from around the world, particularly the flaccid Western public, marched in unprecedented numbers against the decisions of their political leaders. Almost immediately after that, a string of 'safe' political outlets were erected one after the other to diffuse this anger. First we had Darfur, a tribal conflict that had been going on for years, reach the headlines. Even Google had a little cute flame icon to show Darfur on the map. Then we had Tibet, and the rebels without a clue stampeded to get enough rubber arm bands. Now we have Copenhagen, and yes, it did start to become more 'visible' in the news and media just after the occupation of Iraq was starting to sour. What started as a trickle becomes a torrent on the public's attention. You even had a former US vice President chip in and make a well received documentary about the environment just to help get the ball rolling.

At a time when the American empire under its new black president prepares to send 30,000 soldiers to Afghanistan, and Gaza is being fenced in by an indestructible steel wall across its entire border with Egypt, I'm supposed to give a sh*t about Chan Chan the panda not having enough sex or poor penguins not having enough icebergs to swim from but I should forget how many Ramadans it has been that the people of Gaza have been under seige, or that Iraqi Arabs have now been transformed into the gypsies of the Middle East, universally mistrusted, mistreated and miserable.

Of course the conspiracy theorist theorists will disagree. I mean just look how relevant the burning issues of Darfur and Tibet are today. I bet some people even have the rubber bracelets somewhere in a drawer. In other news that you retards wouldn't have noticed:

Iran has just test fired its new advanced missile.

2 comments:

midwinterspring said...

Assalaamu aleikum,

While it is all too clear that some forms of environmentalism are simply harmless pastimes that distract from the real issues facing us in this day and age, I don't think it's right to dismiss the entire issue. At it's heart environmentalism is a revolutionary and absolutely necessary cause. It is necessary because human beings really are doing massive damage to the environment and it is revolutionary because the only way to truly address the problem is to (1) change the way we live our lives (2) completely dismantle existing distributions of wealth and power.

Maysaloon said...

Wa aleikum al Salam,
You're right, it is a serious issue and my intention wasn't to be flippant about the dangers. But it strikes me as strange that the very societies responsible for so much harm in the earth are also the ones that happen to be occupying, bombing and killing in the name of their sham ideologies. When I see those protestors, I only feel contempt for both parties and wish no part in their struggle. Maybe I should just go live in a cave :-)