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Friday, June 15, 2012

Looking Back at Libya – Which Country do We Fuck-Up This Year?


It's been about a year since Libya was 'liberated', and I use the word liberated very loosely in this statement as it was anything but a genuine liberation of the people, who are in dire need of refuge from their own dogmatic thinking before they can even begin to comprehend the concept of freedom of conscience that we all take for granted. In my view, any country that takes steps – even through manipulated will – backwards towards theocratic reform and outdated religious legislation as the fundamental law of the land, is not liberated – it is condemned to generations of misery and social regression.

In the case of Libya, I was one of those utterly disinterested cynics, but I was constantly reminded of the underlying error of such thinking by an old friend of mine who often says, “democracy is a delicate process that runs on slow wheels.” Regardless of my legitimate issues with what's gone down in Libya, I should make my position clear; my friend, who goes by the online alias, 'Fate', is very correct about the essential and steady nature of democracy – it's a process that requires time and effort. Unfortunately, I think that Libya's not on this course and headed in quite the opposite direction.


Note: I would like to say that ideally, it would've been nice had Libya taken on a true democratic course, because I admire my friend's view of democracy, even if I'm a bit cynical about the whole process these days; that is my own burden to bear and not a rational or practical outlook. Please, feel free to explore Fate's blog; he's got expert knowledge on a wide range of subjects, and is now developing stock investment strategies as a part-time hobby. What a ninja bad-ass, right?


The problem with the Libyan revolution, as with most Middle Eastern revolutions, is two fold. Firstly, these revolutions are usually spearheaded by the muscle and aggression of religious fundamentalists. Secondly, usually, it is these very people that end up securing majority power and establishing Draconian state laws that purge any chance for the society to achieve genuine process of democracy. Under such regimes that almost permanently transform the constitution landscape of a nation, with time, future generations are raised under the myopic ignorance of theocratic Islam and this kind of conditioning is a life-long curse for many who become doomed to pass it on to following generations.

Social engineers and psychologists already understand this phenomenon of fundamental conditioning through isolation and stern indoctrination at an early age, as it is seen quite effectively in the dynamics within extreme cults that perpetrate their agendas through multiple generations. This isn't an exaggeration, and I don't believe it needs citation; Islamic countries have a very narrow educational curriculum to compliment their narrow world view that is designed to protect the image and vestige of Islam and its embarrassment of a prophet with some of the most outrageous and biased philosophies, along with selective and skewed historical literature. This carefully slanted indoctrination is ingrained into children from a very early age through rule of law and the supposed 'education systems'. This is also a common sense strategy that has always been employed by Islamic states throughout history because it's effective at controlling people long term as it is awfully hard to escape fundamental conditioning (Levine, 1979).


In the case if Libya, there's nothing more defeating to the people than to have them herald a backward terrorist as their military commander and saviour upon being liberated (BBC, 2012). Abdel Hakim Belhadj is the fucking proverbial oxymoron for the word 'freedom', until and unless the world's become one confusing poetic metaphor, and freedom is taken to mean, 'free to be condemned'. At the whimsy of this man, and others like him, who continue to perpetuate the dazzling oxymoron of freedom through Islamic dominance, we now have a Libya that has taken even further leaps back in time into the dark dingy embrace of Islamic legislation (Spencer, 2011).

It's quite ironic how alternative music, rap, hip-hop, and youth culture helped drive dissent against an opportunistic scum bag like Gaddafi, only to hand over even greater power and naïve public confidence into the hands of genuine mad men who think they're furthering the agenda of one of the most pissed off tooth fairies with extreme holy righteousness. It'll be both sad, yet interesting to watch the eventual curbing of underground music and peaceful, passive, and artistic forms of dissent against the state because new wave and post-modern music is considered 'unislamic' and will therefore, be banished by some supreme clerics exercising the will of a silent, impotent God.

If only democracy was as simple as freeing the people and then allowing them to pick the humane and rational choice for all; not just their majority dogma/consensus, but also the minority who might not necessarily observe the same values. By allowing Islam, an archaic ideology, to take the place of what should be the will of the modern people, Libya is now going to pay a heavy sociological price down the road, but the far reaching consequences won't end with Libya.

I've already discussed this with another colleague who I used to work with from time to time, and she expressed this rather typically conservative desire that we as British, should just openly confess our intentions and exploit such conflicts to our advantage without making any apologies. Problem here is that we have yet to achieve any real benefit from Libya; hell, we already have one of their fanatical authority figures ready to sue us (Greenhill, 2011), and worse yet, once this state develops that confused and culturally backward conditioned identity, we'll also have another terrorist export site to worry about next to the other wonderful intervention disasters that we've created over the course of the last fifty or so years.


“Since we're always so eager spend even more money, time, resources, and blood, towards fixing shit that we've either started at some point in history, or shit that actually doesn't even need to be fixed, we usually end up having more shit on our hands and suffer the eventual fallout. Perhaps it's more appropriate that we revise the use of terminology and update it to a more honest, 'how to fuck shit up.' So, what country do we fuck up this year?” - Closer


I close this on a much sarcastic toast to a reality check and to realising that we are royally fucked, when in 2007, Donald Trump managed to grasp certain simple concepts of regional politics and stability that even our present political leaders remain ignorant of in pursuit of their ulterior motives, backed by emotional appeals and logical fallacies that they serve, ad nauseum, to a rather disenfranchised and distrustful public. So much for the sanctity and preservation of our own democratic culture when political leaders are full of shit and the trust between public and the government they create to serve their interests has all but completely gone to hell; irony is indeed an elusive and sometimes bitter form of humour that becomes hard to swallow when the joke comes at terrible expense. . . or reality checks.



References


Levine (1979). Role of Psychiatry in the Phenomenon of Cults. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 24(7).

BBC (2012, April 18). Profile: Libyan rebel commander Abdel Hakim Belhadj. BBC News. Retrieved June 15, 2012, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14786753

Spencer, R. (2011, October 23). Libya's liberation: interim ruler unveils more radical than expected plans for Islamic law. The Telegraph. Retrieved June 15, 2012, from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8844819/Libyas-liberation-interim-ruler-unveils-more-radical-than-expected-plans-for-Islamic-law.html


Greenhill, S. (2011, September 6). Torture victim to sue Britain: Libyan rebel leader could be in line for £1million payout. The Daily Mail. Retrieved June 15, 2012, from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2034114/Libyan-rebel-leader-Abdel-Hakim-Belhadj-line-1m-payout.html

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