27 April 2017

The World at unrest

Is it me that's more aware of what's happening around the world or is the world actually going mad? Do we as humanity have such a short memory? Did we forget about the hate speeches and propaganda that preceeded WWII? Why does history repeat itself? I think I can't even count anymore the times I've asked this question. Have we not learned ANYTHING at all?
(Disclaimer: The text below states only my personal opinion. Everyone is entitled to one, no one has to agree with me. Just putting my thought out.)
US elections. In my opinion, between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, like a Portuguese saying, let the Devil come and choose. The US made their choice, they want something fresh, different, WAY... different. Let's see what different leads them and the world into. I see turbulent times ahead.

UK referendum, Brexit. I honestly don't know what to make of it. It felt like the UK made the smart decision of being the first to abandon a sinking ship, but, leaking is not sinking, and maybe EU can still be saved. Therefore, the UK would be branded the traitors that didn't ditched when things got tough. Good or bad, they needed change, and change they have it. I see unsettled times ahead.

Islamic caliphate. Empires rise and fall, and this one has most definitely been on the minds of many people. Recently read that foreign fighters that joined the caliphate are perhaps trying to leave, shrinking their forces. I think that in modern days, any empire that relies strictly on military won't last too long. Their political structure from what I perceive from tids and bits from the news is faulty at best. The shrinking forces and the fighters leaving the caliphate may be good or bad, only time will tell. I see unstable and violent times ahead.

Dutch elections. Somehow, the dutch people seemed to prefer someone not extremist. From my stand point, I congratulate the dutch people for this choice. I congratulate them for choosing inclusion and integration instead of hate and discrimination. Thank you for enlightening my days and giving us a sliver of hope among difficult times.

French elections. Another one that wants to shake things up. Are things so bad that they want to take a chance at it getting worse? Because what goes for people goes for countries too, if you treat someone with caution and suspicion, it's a self fullfilling prophecy that they will not feel welcome and will not cooperate. Hostility generates hostility. Between Le Pen and Macron, I don't know who is going to shake things more. For me, it's not about who best serves the people's interests but who is less likely to be a bad choice. I see anxious times ahead.

Venezuela. When you start shouting, you stop listening. Sometimes dissonant voices are an obstacle to moving forward, but then again, if you drown everything different opinion there is, what is the difference between that and a dictatorship? One may hand the democratic flag but still be a dictatorship. If there is no compromise, there is no negotiation, if there is no negotiation there will be no peace. That is why extreme idealist are considered dangerous, because ideals can't be negotiated. I see warring times ahead.

Occupied territorries of Palestine and Israel. This one is definitely not new, and it sure feels like it's been going on for forever. Do they even know what they are fighting for anymore? Religion, is something I'll never understand as reason for war. We are not in the middle ages anymore, trying to convert people through force? I don't think that works. I honestly don't have an opinion on how to end it, but I sure would like to see an end to it. I can't help but feel sorry for both parties, maybe they both had reasons to fight for their land, but I'm pretty sure they lost any reason the moment cruelty surfaced. Celebrate diversity, that's about the only thing I can say. I see helpless times ahead.

North Korea. If someone had the illusion that the military that defends a country will suddenly stop developing the most powerful weapon it can possibly get, I think it's time to wake up. Just because there is a treaty. doesn't mean countries don't have them nukes hidden somewhere. Just because there isn't one now doesn't mean it can't be built if the technology exists. The thing about North Korea is, they have to have the ability to build one even if they don't use it. I'm not justifying whatever that is happening but the reasoning behind it actually makes sense. If suddenly the treaty would be gone, for whatever reason, the countries holding the power would be the ones with capability of building a nuke. Doesn't mean they have to launch it, I think just the threat of being able to build one is quite enough, no? It's all about power play, it's always been, right? Pressuring North Korea to stop the nuke program is like telling an obstinate child that they is not allowed to eat candy. The more you try, the more determined they are going to be. After all, what do they say? The forbidden fruit tastes sweeter. I see agitated times ahead.

That's about all that comes to my mind now. But, do I need to name more? These are restless times, we stand at crossroads, but we ahve yet to decide where to go. Where Do we go from here?

7 April 2017

The World War III - maybe we are looking at it

I've come to realize that the World War III has already began. Actually I think it already began some time ago, I just wasn't paying enough attention to realize that. The World is at war, and the stage is Syria/ISIL and surrounding areas. In the western so called developped countries, sometimes, news about war and terror reach us. Sometimes, it shocks us, sometimes we brush it off as something far away. I mean, commoners, lay people like me. I think I'm not the only one alienated from what's really happening, what we probably should be aware that really is happening.
There is just no way I'll believe that the conflict in Syria is just a civil war. Why, why has that territory been drowning in war? That is the place where one of the most ancient civilizations was born, that is Mesopotamia, why a place so rich both in land, culture and natural resources has been at war. Throughout history, as far as I know, this place has never been too long at peace, if ever. We are supposed to thrive in such a place, so why do we keep tearing it down?
There is no way a civil war would escalate so something this big, this extreme. Resorting to the use of Chemical weapons, why would someone resort to that unless there is no other effective way? You don't use a chemical weapon knowing that the world will turn against you unless, you got no other choice, or you got some kind of knowledge that no serious retaliation is going to happen. Right now, how far are we from using Biological and Atomical weapons?
Retaliation happened, fast. But then again, let me quote Gundam "Kill because someone got killed, and being killed because you killed. Would that really bring about true peace in the end?" Retaliation is not the answer unless you beat the other party to the ground. But then that's violent imposition of your will and that's no different from what you are supposed to be fighting against. Instead of mediating and moderating the conflict it just...adds...fuel.
Of all the power houses of the world, is there any that is not vested in this so called Syrian Civil War?? Argue, warn, threaten, attack, because this is not your land. Because the stage is somewhere other than the homeland of those who attack. Would you airstrike your own territory?!?!
Some criticise Russia's position as standing on the worng side of history... Excuse me but history is being written and whoever wins in the end stand on the right side of history. That has always been the way history was written. In this war, every single participant is to blame. Is there even a right side??! Attack as a show of power to both your allies and enemies. Maybe both sides just stopped listening and started shouting to each other.
Thank you, world, thanks to the aggregate of undecisive standing on this matter, attacks lacking in force, determination, sound justification and consistency, interests other than the well being of Syrian population among others, we are tearing down the birth place of civilization.

What is the norm? Do we really stand on moral high ground like we think we do? Violence in the name of peace. That is the flag we condemn our enemies for carrying. But this is the same flag we carry. We fail to see our faults, whereas all we see in our enemy are their faults. This is not the way.
Let me quote Gundam again, "History is much like an endless waltz. The three beats of war, peace and revolution continue on forever." Have we not learned anything?
Communicating, negotiating, compromising. Can we not do that? Can we not reason with people? Our truth isn't always THE truth. We often overlook things that don't even come to mind, and are overlooked precisely because of that.
All the military actions seem to do is inflame and escalate this conflict. Are we really working to expand this conflict beyond Syria? Because it looks a lot like it.