Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Chew on these:

"Mohammed Abboud said he watched his nine-year-old son bleed to death at their Falluja home yesterday, unable to take him to hospital as fighting raged in the streets and bombs rained down.
"My son got shrapnel in his stomach when our house was hit at dawn, but we couldn't take him for treatment," said Mr Abboud, a teacher.
"We buried him in the garden because it was too dangerous to go out." The Guardian

His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah stressed Monday that the "quick developments and turmoils in the region require all to exercise caution and alertness, and to get ready for any possibly arising emergency." Arab Times

MPs Faisal Al-Muslem and Dr Awwad Barad have raised more questions to Information Minister Mohammad Abulhassan on music concerts and parties at hotels. . Arab Times

"We speak with John Perkins, a former respected member of the international banking community. In his book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man he describes how as a highly paid professional, he helped the U.S. cheat poor countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars by lending them more money than they could possibly repay and then take over their economies" Democracy Now

6 comments:

Drunk'n'Gorgeous said...

What are your views on this? Sorry it's not obvious (I'm really slow) and I'm curious (I really wanna know).

kwtia said...

Hi D&G,
My views...About this last post right?
I think that we should have turned out better than we have..as humans...what kind of a world is it where a man has to bury his nine year old son in the garden because he is imprisoned in his own house and big men with guns on both sides of the story are playing their sick war games all around him...
I am also curious about what info the PM might have that might make him use 'quick developments', 'turmoils', 'caution' 'alertness' and 'arising emergency' all in one mouthful of a sentence..
I also pity the state of this country that is bordered by war, and sorrow and pain and who's medical and educational facilities (among other things)are a shambles and yet the important thing on an MP's agenda are concerts and parties..
And finally, I think that we know so very very little about the true effect of big business, globalization and international loans..and we should know more..

Most of all though I just think that sometimes if I just put the news out there, it can make people think whatever they want to think about it...
What are your views?
and also are you into Japanese as a language? In addition to other things Japanese?

Drunk'n'Gorgeous said...

Well said, hon! I'm not a philanthropist by any means but I'm completely against this blind hatred against Iraqis. Yes some people lost loved ones and such during the occupation but you can't blame each and every one of those Iraqy people for something most of them were forced or bullied into doing.

I don't get why they're currently bombing the hell out of Falluja... yet I pity the americans soldiers who always have to watch their backs. If they show any hesitance then they're dead. I also pity the Iraqy civilians who are innocent and have nothing to do with all this.

I distinctly remember how I felt and what happened when the americans "liberated" Iraq a few years ago. Honestly over here in Kuwait, it was fun. Our family got together and we had sleepovers and whatnot but there was too much tension in the air. I couldn't live with that for a month let alone years and years like those poor Iraqies are and will still be living in the years to come. Not knowing when they might die, not having anyone to treat them when they're injured. Hell, nevermind the adults, what about the kids whose parents are casualties of so-and-so missiles. The kid'll be lost and alone... it's just too horrible.

If and when our Prime Minister (hypocrite) takes over for Baba Jabber (which I'm sad to say could be any moment now) we're so going to be screwed. I don't think I even need to elaborate on that.

"And finally, I think that we know so very very little about the true effect of big business, globalization and international loans..and we should know more.."

Case in point, I dun have a clue of what any of those are.

"Most of all though I just think that sometimes if I just put the news out there, it can make people think whatever they want to think about it..."

Kudos to you my friend =)

If it's Japanese, then I love it! Japanese language included ;)

kwtia said...

Goodmorning D&G, Well said yourself...
Hatred is such a wasted energy, it blocks people from making reasonable choices and it just gets everyone into more and more trouble..and it's usually the person who sees things in black and white, and doesn't understand complexity, who holds on to hatred for long periods of time..otherwise he would have come up with a better thing to do with that energy.
Grieving and sorrow and questioning are all part of a healthy response to something bad happening, but then eventually you move on and you try to be better than the people that hurt you. Otherwise we just create an endless cycle.
As to you being an enthusiast for all things Japanese, I have a site that I have been addicted to. It's basically a game that teaches you how to read Kanji, and it's kinda fun, if you are a language beginner that is.. it might be a little boring if you can already read.
Here is the site: http://www.msu.edu/~lakejess/kanjigame.html
At the bottom of the page there are links to anime and other Japanese sites..
Peace.

shady q80 said...

ow...

el chavato said...

Unfortunately, our world is governed by the aggressive use of force. That is not a theory, it is a fact. While my heart breaks for all those involved in the current hostilities, it has to play out. Peace comes from victory not negotiations.