30 August 2011

Waiting for the next freedom fighter to come along

libya gaddafi and nato by mike hitchenThe overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, the man who since 1969, has ruled Libya with brutality, inhuman cunning, torture and help from Europe and the US, puts me in a bit of a quandary.

There is no doubt that Gaddafi was and is, all the things the pious Western media have accused him of being - as well as many things the same media would prefer their readers not to know - such as his implementation of a free housing program, which is more than can be said of Western nations.

The removal of any man wielding such power and with such brutality, is cause for celebration.

Yet, I find it hard to celebrate or be optimistic for Libya's chances of true freedom - free from corruption, infighting, factionalism and marginalization of different demographic groups.

Photos and footages of so called freedom fighters, looting and pillaging, do little to fill me with confidence. Nor does the sight of the so called Prime Minister of the new so called government, inspire me as he avoids the killing fields of Libya to parade around Europe wearing a different expensive suit each day.

Sometimes, it's all too easy to believe that freedom's just another word for someone else to benefit at the expense of the people.

The history of revolution is written with the blood of the meek and powerless, who dreamt and believed in the slogans and war cries of those professing to fight in their name. Yet before their tears of grief and heartache had dried, they wept again, as the heroes became the new villains.

The song of cruelty and oppression remained the same, and the meek and powerless were once more forced to do little but listen and endure.

Until the next freedom fighter came along.

Wherever you may be - be safe
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