18 July 2006

Only free men can negotiate.




The wonderful sounds of Ghoema once again entertained- still had most of the intricate details fly way over my head, but an entertaining experience nevertheless. In the similar thespian spirit, experienced a more casual presentation of Forever Young! Forever young. How we wish we could all be forever young…

Reminisced down the road to those younger days and soaked in some of that goodness- but the road has way too many potholes! And I mean that in both the metaphorical AND physical sense! To such an extent it forced me to send LSD (aka speed machine) into the realm of the Mighty One (the one and only!) and begin the search for a new lead figure in the next chapter of the journey on roads…

Nelson Mandela, ex-President of South Africa, celebrates his 88th birthday this week. Many of those 88 years where spent in prison, and for most of those years he was considered a terrorist, together with many others who fought against Apartheid, oppression, social injustice and outright tyranny. He once said, ‘Only free men can negotiate.’
Today we have other freedom fighters being labelled terrorists. While their leaders are in prison, their people oppressed, their land confiscated, their mothers and kids maimed and killed; they are being told to negotiate. How can they negotiate? Only free men can negotiate!

The world is really gone mad. The Israelis have killed over 300 hundred civilians in the past few days. The rest of the world is too chicken to do anything about it. Our very own government continues to have political and economic ties with these murderers. Most of us are too busy with our lives to do anything, let alone think about doing anything…

Another Tsunami hits and hardly anyone even knows- the worlds’ attention is on two kidnapped Israeli soldiers. The Israeli media speaks about these ‘young’ Israelis that have been ‘abducted’! Like young soldiers don’t murder young and old Palestinians and Lebanese…
The Tsunami victims need to rebuild once again. May Gods help be with all those that are suffering… What can we do? Can we help?

I now struggle with the question of cancelling my expedition to the eastern coast and attempt to travel to the Holy Lands- something I am perfectly willing to do if the call is made. Suppose that anyway, the environment is too harsh for the green aid I have to offer… Maybe my concentrated efforts on the local fronts will be the best place to start…

12 comments:

Bilal said...

Dome of the rock- Jerusalem

i_am_not_who_i_am said...

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Bilal said...

The world is gone mad!
- Bilal

Fatima said...

i'm so fed up :(

queen_Lestat said...

errrggh ya ditto @ fatima :(

i_am_not_who_i_am said...

the worse it yet to come......wait for it!

fida . . .

zee said...

lets not even talk about the two poor, helpless, israeli soldiers! tst, tst, such a shame - but hey its not like Israel is bombing the crap out of Lebanon for it....i feel sick.

Bilal said...

I'm sure we can make a difference- lets do what we can...
- awareness
- political pressure
- prayer
p.s There is a youth camp in the West Bank next month- the one i went for last year. let me know if you keen. and have the guts. also check out www.meexplore.blogspot.com

i_am_not_who_i_am said...

guts.?? hmm....

u need guts to live .....or be .... anywhere......you cant hide or run from death ....it follows you ...and meets you at its appointed time . . . if you talking about a bomb falling on me....i dont know fear!

is this trip sponsored...??

fida . . .

Bilal said...

true. this will take you into the heat of things...
no, its not a sponsored trip- but you will not spend any money once you get there- people are very warm and hospitable.
will stay with the Palestinians in the West Bank and eat and travel with them...

Fatima said...

that sounds so friggin awesome!!!!!

i need to find my passport and see if it's still valid!
(not that my parents will let me go anyway...shucks...my sister in law is due end of next month!)

Bilal said...

Google PARC for more info on the next camp- palestinian agricultural relief committees...