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We were born to be

November 20th, 2012 - 4:03 pm
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Recently Hamas found some people it believes are Israeli spies. I guess you could say they took them for a ride. “Hate”, Graham Greene wrote in the Power and the Glory “is a lack of imagination.” He could have been wrong. Sometimes it is the excess of it. The idea is that by shooting someone; raising a flag or firing a rocket one can make up for all the work we didn’t do; and all the time we never spent building a world for ourselves.

Magic is indicative of a surfeit of imagination: the idea that one enchanted day we will awaken to a place different from where we were going all along. Greene noted that:

Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don’t, why should we? They talk about people and the proletariat; I talk about the suckers and the mugs. It’s the same thing.

Well you could say a similar thing about the vanguard and the masters. The some who are more equal than others. Leon Trotsky in his The Revolution Betrayed, called for one more revolution, one more act of magic, one final round of killing to propitiate the gods of night.

None ever thought to think that building a civil society consists in exactly that.

And in another part of the world “Tariq Riebl, a humanitarian officer for the organization Oxfam in Goma, said that there had been reports of ‘fighting, looting, complete panic’ across parts of Goma” as that city fell to Rwandan backed rebels who seized it. The War in the Congo has been the most destructive conflict since World War 2. It receives scant attention however in the world’s press.

The deadliest war in modern African history, it directly involved eight African nations, as well as about 25 armed groups. By 2008, the war and its aftermath had killed 5.4 million people, mostly from disease and starvation, making the Second Congo War the deadliest conflict worldwide since World War II.

Well thank God no Jews are involved. Then it might be an atrocity gripping the EU, UN, the State Department and whoever else.

Reuters reports that UN Peacekeepers “looked on” as the city fell, even “parading past United Nations peacekeepers who gave up the battle for the frontier city of one million people.” Then apparently they went on to burn the UN barracks.

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According to the Washington Post, the UN made a tough call not to open fire. Citing the spokesman of the Secretary General, the article said:

the decision is made on the ground by the U.N. force commander. “There has to be a value judgment made,” he said. “Do you open fire and put civilians at risk, or do you hold your fire, continue your patrols, observe what’s happening and remind the M23 that they are subject to international humanitarian and human rights law?”

Is there any mystery about why the Rwandan massacre occurred? Can anyone guess how come the UN missions never disarm the warring parties? Here’s a modest proposal. The UN should form up their troops into a brass band to provide music and entertainment as a backdrop to proceedings. They serve some purpose that way.


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