Getting my mojo back to write or even blog has meant my having to dig deep within me for justification. It has been very challenging to find a positive outlook on what to blog about to tie it in with the African theme mostly seen on this site. Hence the long pause brought on my inner reflection at the events currently playing out in the world, irrespective of the lunar projections which seem to be the driving force at the madness or planned chaos in some part by humans. It is uncanny that whenever armed conflict is waged it always seems to be around a specific time of the year…
On March 11th this year, most of the outside global community including myself woke up to the news of a large tsunami which had hit the North East coast of Japan leaving devastation, the cause of its aftermath, to date is still rolling on to the radiation from the nuclear plants damage. This had followed on earlier to one of the largest earthquake ever to have been recorded in history measuring 8.9. Whilst watching the events unravelling on a daily basis I have to add, partly because I have friends in this part of the world, but also because of the magnitude of such devastation this nation has experienced I am simply in awe of how of how all of her people are coping with the aftermath. The discipline and mutual respect is exemplary. Yes I have heard people state that Japan is a rich nation and therefore she can cope with the devastation – unlike other previous hits like in Indonesia (26th December 2004) or at worst Haiti (January 12th 2010).
The part about wealth (Japan) is true. To me however, wealth without unified discipline from society’s grassroots upwards is just as bad as a poor society that lacks focus and unity in discipline. We have comparisons with events in Hurricane Katrina which occurred in what is globally considered and seen to be a wealthy country. On August 29th 2005, New Orleans suffered devastation from a hurricane leading to the largest US domestic relief effort in history. The mismanagement of the relief effort, and the apparent insensitivity of the President (who did not visit the area for days), led to a dramatic decline in Bush’s popularity. It also raised accusations of racial prejudice, with campaigners for civil rights asserting that relief would have been more forthcoming had the victims not been overwhelmingly poor and Black, but rich and White. Congress approved a reconstruction budget of $200 billion, but much of the money’s effectiveness in subsequent years was undermined by corruption.
Fact is; coping with loss of lives cannot be measurable in terms of wealth or poverty – they hurt just the same to those afflicted. Disciplined and unified organisation is however a factor in how long-term impact is effected – to me this is where Japan and her people are to be commended and for countries like us in Africa especially need to learn a thing or two. I hear some already saying Japan is a small area so this is easy to do – well, an idea starts small and grows. A nation’s survival is a joint and mutual effort by all in it irrespective of tribe, race, colour, faith etc. Mutual respect.
Now I move to the current pain I am feeling about unfolding events in Africa, in particular one of the North African countries. Without a doubt, and because of my nature and personality, I would be the first to speak out against the brutality of actions met out by the current leader against those opposing him. However in the same breath I would also use the same yardstick to speak out at anyone else who goes double or even quadruple to what the oppressor is doing. Thing is, the truth is lost in this conflict that rages and what saddens me most is that once again, we are witnessing yet again a breakdown of social and economic infrastructure in another country all in the name of removing one person perceived to be the oppressor. The spoils of war to benefit yet again, persons already developed – true style to echo survival of the fittest. The very people being “assisted” to change their leadership will be the same people yet again digging deep in their pockets to pay out for the rebuilding as well as payment for the coalition’s efforts in coming to their perceived rescue. Bombs/missile, aside from taking out lives, is also monetary to produce and therefore will require to be paid for. Fact is: Africans do not appear to be learning the lesson. At the genesis of each power transition to a new leader, they rejoice on promises being given them for the honeymoon period. Each new leader may or may not start off with good intentions but in the end, it becomes murky. For as long as African does not have an economic power, nor work on mutual care and discipline amongst her people, they remain open to abuse by corporate power brokers with their own interests who will do everything and anything to keep Africa and her people at the consumer end of the bargain.
The UN and coalition government forces need to redress how they handle their own corporate business companies that readily do deals with known and suspected regimes that abuse fledgling developing countries and not just come out to treat symptoms. For in taking to bombing however precise or otherwise, it is to me like an adult taking to beating up a child where reasoning has failed.
I pray for enlightenment and for humanity to hold true meaning and translation to all, but especially those in powerful positions invisible to the common person.