Sunday, July 11, 2004

While the world focuses on Iraq

So Saddam Hussein's trial in an Iraqi court is currently underway. Having just watched the Nuremberg miniseries a little while ago, it's amazing the similarities I see between Hermann Goering and Saddam Hussein's court antics. I believe that Saddam Hussein needed to be removed from power. Whether it was done in the most optimal way will be forever up to debate; there are certainly many details that I had difficulty condoning. But whether or not you agree with what happened (I'm at least happy with the end result and support it fully), there is a major crisis in Sudan. With all the world's attention focused on Iraq, this really is passing under the radar of a lot of people. It's unfortunate.

Dang. I'm going to influence matters in this world if it kills me. Of course, I'd probably cause more harm than good. Isn't it ironic. People are sick, being able to do this to each other. But nobody's innocent, as everyone's done it to some degree or other during their lives. From the bully in elementary school to the Washington DC sniper (who sniper hobbyists decry as someone that tarnished their hobby, doing something that snipers should never do), we've all taken actions that hurt others for our own selfish reasons.

Stupid world we live in.

I remember a few weeks ago, during snack break time, a bunch of kids started having an interesting discussion. If you found $100 on the street, would you keep it or give it to the police? These kids range from six to ten years old. It wasn't something you came across every day, so I decided to sit there and watch what happened. They were getting really heated up, arguing what was the right thing to do. Finally, they decided to have a vote. The vote was tied, with half the kids saying they would keep the money, while the other half decided that they would give the money to the police. So who do they ask to break the tie? One of the kid's LITTLE SISTER! This baby is only JUST learning how to talk and carry a conversation. She can barely sing her ABC's. And SHE of all people had the swing vote as to what was the right thing to do. "Julia, give or take? Give or take??" "Say take! Take!" "No, Julia, give, give!"

Scary thought that such a small little entity could hold so much power. But it gave me interesting insight into how people justify their actions; kids at that age are perhaps the most innocent and pure you can get, unaffected much by the world around them.

So I wonder how the people in Sudan committing these atrocities justify themselves. The issues are extremely complicated and have a long history. Is it worth analyzing and explaining? Or would you rather jump in and bulldoze all the criminals? Action is necessary for sure, but it's a murky question. Take for example, the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Taliban was put there by the American government, pretty much, to fight against Communist movements during the Cold War. Now it bit them back, so we go in with an international coalition to dismantle them. That's great and all, but when should other entities take responsibility for their own actions?
Reminds me of two kids at a picnic a while back. Kid A has his shirt ripped by Kid B. But Kid B was upset that Kid A led him into a trap to be ambushed by other kids with a bunch of water balloons. But Kid B's major issue was that the other kids didn't want to play with him, and this ambush seemed to emphasize how they treated him as an outcast. But Kid B was annoying, which was why they didn't want to play with him. It gets complicated. But they were both obviously at fault.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you; stop the selfishness. It solves a lot of issues. Though in certain times it may not be that simple, it still forms a solid basis for good policy. Then again, some people I know hate this policy structure because it didn't pay dividends for them; the other parties always ended up burning these people in the end for selfish reasons. Does it need to be quid pro pro? Who says you have to conform to a society with selfish individuals? Your own selfishness says so.

Pushing Me Away
By Linkin' Park

I've lied to you
The same way that I always do
This is the last smile
That I'll fake for the sake of being with you

Pre chorus:
(Everything falls apart, even the people who never frown eventually break down)
The sacrifice of hiding in a lie
(Everything has to end, you'll soon find we're out of time left to watch it all unwind)

The sacrifice is never knowing
Why I never walked away
Why I played myself this way
Now I see your testing me pushes me away

I've tried like you
To do everything you wanted too
This is the last time
I'll take the blame for the sake of being with you

Pre chorus

Chorus (2x)

We’re all out of time, this is how we find how it all unwinds
The sacrifice of hiding in a lie
We’re all out of time, this is how we find how it all unwinds
The sacrifice is never knowing

Chorus (2x)

Pushes me away…(2x)

I can't remember what Julia decided to say in the end.

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