Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Some Thoughts on The World's Unrest Pt. 1

Earlier this year we saw Egypt head toward civil war, as a loud number of its citizenry spoke up for freedom from their dictator, Mubarak. World governments called for him to step down and eventually he did so.
We're still waiting to see if this will actually avoid the civil war so many feared. And who will end up in charge of the country.

Then during March world opinion came crashing down on Libyan dictator Qaddafi. He, his forces, and especially his one son were very clearly suppressing a movement towards a free Libya, even going as far as killing their own citizens.
Actions such as those are reprehensible at best and the world, including the United States, NATO, the UN, and the Arab League, decided enough was enough. A no fly zone was established, with Libya's air force and air defenses smashed. Allied troops were even used to destroy groups of tanks heading to fight the rebels.
Already the world seems content to sit and pat itself on the back for aiding these poor rebels.
Even the world intercession isn't solving the issues. Libyans are still killing Libyans. Qaddafi may still win this civil war.
We also have the question of who are the rebels. Will we end up with someone even worse in power?
What most people missed was that atrocities against Libyans, by their government wasn't exactly a new thing. Yet for various reasons, all the sudden it became the fore front.

Yet at the same time, these same world governments that suddenly begin worrying about the Libyan people, are ignoring other peoples around the world.
Most, if not all, of us remember the mass rallies by the Green Movement in Iran. These people too were being killed for wanting freedom. Yet governments took no action, or if they did they threw no more than words that, with the inaction that followed them, were shown to mean nothing. During this same time as the fights in Libya, the Iranians have been continuing their struggle, with little to no media attention.
And whilst all that is going on, let's not forget that people in other countries are being massacred for their own protests against dictators. People every day are being killed because they desire freedom. Not just in Libya or Egypt, but in countries around the world.
For years we've heard of "Save Dar-fur". Unknown thousands have been killed there, yet no official effective action has been seen from the world governments.
Not long before I started writing this early Monday morning, this came across the Reuters Twitter feed:
Medical source says at least 5 killed in protests in Yemen city of Taiz after police open fire.
This has become a near daily thing there. Yet will we hear anything from the governments that say they promote freedom? At best we will hear words of condemnation. But what will they actually do to stop this regime and the others, who so blatantly brutalize humanity?

In all truth, what can actually be done? If we have an ounce of humanity within ourselves, we must feel the desire to help each and everyone of these countries. But we must acknowledge our own limits. How do we justify helping some, but not others? The obvious is that we can't help all. So how then do we choose which to help, and which to not? How do we know which side is the good side in the fight? These are thoughts and questions we must all face. All the more so in these troubled times.

More later…