Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Mad Dogs, Desert Heat and Political Correctness
It is sad to note the furious and seemingly demented leader of Libya, Moammar Gadhafi has unleashed military might against innocent civilians in recent days, and sworn in endless publicized rants that he would die a martyr, rather than step down. Not surprisingly, the citizens of Libya have been protesting and calling for change, much like the rest of the Arab world.
Any sane, otherwise genuine leader in a country populated by people calling for change in the real world would remember that any leadership holds ONLY a mandate to do what is best for, and to protect the civilian population, but Gadhafi clearly thinks otherwise. He believes he can murder unruly segments of his population with impunity and without recourse.
At his orders, crowds of protesters have been shot, --not with rubber bullets, but with live ammunition. Gadhafi's military, henchmen and even reportedly foreign mercenaries have killed hundreds of innocent people and the Libyan air force has bombed civilian targets with military aircraft.
The pointed question must be asked:
Why is the response of the civilized world not one of immediate action instead of political correctness? Are we, yet again, limited to merely "condemning" crimes against humanity?
In CIVILIZED CANADA, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said it was "outrageous and unacceptable" (1) . Since when is murder of hundreds of innocent people merely "outrageous and unacceptable"?
It is, in the real world, mass MURDER. Let us call it what it IS, an ongoing criminal act that must be stopped.
Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff was equally "politically correct", saying in a statement:
"The brutal attacks on the Libyan people by Libyan security forces are an affront to every standard of human rights," .
Again, that description is hardly strong enough; we believe we should call such attacks what they ARE, the blatant and inexcusable, abuse of power, murder and a crime against humanity, --and insist upon a global response. Political correctness is not sufficient.
Innocent protesters being killed viciously by their own military is outrageous, unacceptable, and indeed "an affront to every standard of human rights", but the result, of that " affront" , is clearly mass murder, genocide, and a crime against humanity which needs to be addressed immediately by the global community.
Millions of people in the so-called ' modern, civilized world' have watched and tolerated this rabid, mad dog wandering around in the desert heat long enough. Is the world to stand by mute, and watch another instance of mass genocide?
In the real world, the time for political correctness has ended. The "man" in Libya with "an alternative reality", "anger management issues" and "delusions of grandeur" --- to be "politically correct", must be removed from any position of authority and brought to justice by the global community, and soon.
That's my opinion, and I'm sticking to it, politically correct or not.