It has been more than a week since the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by the Boko Haram rebels in Nigeria. That would make more than 200 destitute families, many of which might have had high hopes for the future. Not anymore. And what of it? Not much, apparently.
The world seems more focused on other matters, those which are deemed more critical. The spread of influence by Russia, for example following the annexation of Crimea and the ongoing conflicts in Donetsk. Aren’t we all a greedy bunch?
Then again, the principle of no-interference cannot be belittled. Look what the West got for trying to broker for peace and stability in the Middle East. In one case, a ruthless regime was slicing off the noses of young girls and denying education to womenfolk. In another, a mad tyrant was gassing to death entire villages suspected of harbouring opposition agendas.
Involvement which resulted in billions of otherwise, better-spent tax-payers’ dollars ensued. Not to mention the lives and limbs of countless combatants who could have been at home teaching their first-born to ride bicycles. And all for what? For further condemnation. Suddenly, the rescuers were the perpetrators. Nobody remembers the original state of things.
The weird thing though is how fallible and ignorant people are.
‘They’re not here to rescue us, dammit. They’re here for our oil!’
Excuse me? You really have to be kidding. What evidence do you even have to support your claims? Has anybody even asked this question?
And the global populace suddenly become all too sympathetic. This, fanned by politicians half of whom with intelligence no higher than that of a door-knob seem to grab the headlines.
What of the sacrifices made? Does anybody take account of the ‘what ifs’?
What if intervention was never the main order of the day back then? You have a perfect example just under your noses. Damascus is in shambles. On one side, there’s the legitimate government. On the other, there are so many groups of opportunists looking to seize the administration of the state. It is no wonder that these insurgents are divided. They never had any common ground to begin with. The only thing they seem to be doing successfully is to destroy the lives of people who might not have even wanted to do anything with either side in the first place.
There are fanatics who are going about massacring populations of minorities. One really heart-wrenching bit of news was the murder of a septuagenarian Dutch Catholic priest in Homs who had dedicated more than half his life contributing towards community building of the local populace regardless of background or belief. He was made to kneel in the courtyard of his residence and shot through the back of his head by unknown rebel forces.
This is only one of the countless atrocities being committed each day in such regions.
The West did well when they voted against intervention. Why the further waste of resources. And all for a bad-guy image too. Let the idiots kill each other. And let the whole world watch in horror. If horror is what they’ll call it.
Suddenly, we are at loss at whom to blame. We’ll blame the Western media! They are the ones sowing seeds of hatred and division among us.
Some imbeciles are just too pompous to even entertain the notion that they only have themselves to blame.
In one country, young girls are kidnapped and sold into slavery only because they have chosen to be educated. In another, legislation have been made to implement penalties which include the severing of limbs of thieves as well as the stoning to death of adulterers.
Suddenly, lives and choice of conduct are no longer subject to ownership by individuals. The authorities OWN you. You do as they bloody command you to.
It sounds like Animal Farm all over again, does it not?