ON SOCIAL MEDIA
unti it's over
THE ABSURD TIMES
On social media
It has been quite a while since I first posted this, perhaps 10 years or so, but it is one I’m most proud of. It is not especially brilliant, but it is one of those that was taken down because “several readers found it offensive”! Wow! I mean this is a great compliment, especially in the days of Elon and Company. Well, after Facebook took it down with that explanation, I put it back up, and, to my chagrin, this time they left it up! Damn, and I was so close!
Anyway, I said I’d be posting more frequently, and each day some new insanity surfaces and I have no time to get to it, I thought this would at least give us all some perspective. Gaddafi was perhaps the most honest and wise of political leaders of his time, so naturally, he had to die. We just can’t have that sort of thing (honesty and perception) going on these days.
IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER
The title is a famous quote from Yogi Berra. It has two sources. One is the fact that many operas end with an aria by the main soprano who then dies. Operatic sopranos are stereotyped as being fat as a result of the eating they do to maintain the energy needed for opera, especially a Wagnerian one. The other is the fact that there is no time clock in baseball. Each team gets 27 outs or nine innings or as many a needed until a winner is decided.
Well, this applies to Gaddafi and Libya as well. Last night, all the news outlets, including Al-Jazeera, considered him finished. He then blew up a bunch of people and made a few audio appearances on a Libyan and a Syrian station.
I have heard arguments that “it is difficult to argue that he should remain in power, despite how well he administered the country.” Actually, it is quite easy to argue either side of that issue as any attorney or rhetorician will tell you, but that it besides the point. What happened is that NATO attacked the country and led to the chaos you see because NATO serves capitalist interests and Libya was essentially Socialist. As a capitalist force, there is no point in making any sort of moral (“should”) judgments as Capitalism is at best an amoral system.
I have also had to point out to people that it is foolish to attempt to predict what Gaddafi will do next. There is no way of telling or predicting. The only thing that is clear is that he has said that the “rebels” are “traitors and rats.”
A final point on Al Jazeera: it is owned by Qatar, a country that joined NATO in the attack. Most decisions in Qatar, I understand, are made by the wife of the leader and her name is Moza or, in English translation, Banana. Banana has made policy changes that have led to the resignation to many fine journalists from the station. Even so, it is still more reliable than most Western news outlets. In fact, today it is the ONLY source about Israel and Palestine.
[NB: Obviously, my opinions have changed with regard to the outlet and I now have no idea of who makes these decisions there. Maybe I never did?]