Today, I blame Syria for making me vomit ideology, media, politicians and the common human. All the wrongdoings of Syria’s leader Bashar al-Assad don’t make him part of this metaphor. Instead, that’s reserved for Russia and the USA… from my South African view.
Note that my mind is constantly at war with ideas. When some battles last too long, distracting me from what I should be doing most, I diarise them. They’re my unedited moment, forgotten or later disinterred for reflection. This blog is one of those moments.
Russia deserves to be criticised but the USA more so with regards international instability. That the latter, as the biggest maker, seller and user of weapons, is advertised as international peacemaker is as crazy as social media but with more dead children.
If the USA pointed missiles at South Africa from Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique, I’d be mad as hell. But somehow they can do that to Russia BUT with Russia coming across as the bad guy. The corporate state requires corporate media to exist.
IDEOLOGY & IDIOCRACY
I’m not pro-Russian or anti-American.
Russia has fortitude and sexy women versus homophobia and a vicious underworld. America has ingenuity and entertainment versus arrogance, evangelicals, and obsessive consumerism. South Africa’s many friendly people and stunning landscapes are mauled by racism, superstition and tribalism. All share the disease called politicians, moaned at but allowed by the masses as if they’re TV shows rather than reality affecting their lives.
I respect doism and scorn the apathetic. In every country, the former are rare and the latter a pervasive idiocracy ruling the world through inaction.
I’ve watched hundreds of foreign language films. Powerful dramas about the struggles of the citizen underdog, from China and Korea to Iran and Iceland, have made me cry. I may be itchingly uncomfortable with the deliberately ignorant but their common hopes and dreams for love and safety make them more my people than the power hungry.
I reserve my main anger for political thieves such as Helen Zille and Jacob Zuma, and for warmongers such as Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Saddam Hussein, Robert Mugabe, Idi Amin and Omar al-Bashirare. They’re all morally tarred. That some have been occasionally painted as angels is manipulation by devilish Media. In turn, that’s supported by the Public needing hero figures as counterbalance to those figures their bias hates. Hope is more complicated than most realise.
I’m non-partisan and pro-human. I think for myself. Consequently, I absorb info from conflicting sources. My almost daily diet of conflict swallows and shits the Daily Maverick, Mail & Guardian, IOL, ENCA, SABC, Newzroom, BBC, CNN, RT, Truthdig etc. I respect Al Jazeera the most but unfortunately they give little attention to my country.
The Syrian war, and consequence skirmishes, are prime example of me being dismayed by biased neo-liberal media. That one-sidedness can be found in South Africa too, especially among citizens who consciously or unconsciously consider themselves as pro-West or pro-East as if the Cold War still exists (which it does but not in the way they think it does).
Ideology is bullshit.
America has a two-party system pretending to be in opposition but supporting the same ultra-capitalist corruption. The military industrial complex rules politics and serves corporate profit.
Russia is a essentially a dictatorship which its people seem to adapt to better than, for example, Nordic folk would. Western insults don’t change the fact that Vladimir Putin is highly popular in his country.
In South Africa, the DA, EFF and ANC have proven political belief to be farce. Maybe none more so that the rich party leaders of the Communist Party.
There’s no such thing as perfect democracy or socialism. Consequently, there’s no template that can be forced on any country. Different cultures need different solution. And it’s far more likely that most countries need both capitalism and social spending responsibility. The rich and the poor matter! But politics needs to divide skin colours and financial classes into gangs because momentary greedy thrives on hate not help.
RUSSIA IS A SOUTH AFRICAN PARTNER
I’d prefer South Africa to be more insular. I’m all for sending troops abroad and establishing diplomatic missions in heated zones but not before we fix our borders and Government. Until then, we should be the Switzerland of Africa.
But wishes aren’t gifts.
Practically, South Africa is a member of the trading block called BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa). In that context, there’s too little attention given by our journalists to our trading partners, especially where they perform world changing roles. e.g. Russia.
There are rarely clear cut good or bad guys. You might consider me condescending for stating that obviousness but you’d only be right if you lead your life through action after opinion, and not on raging opinion alone.
For the open-minded, my favourite reader, you’ll find this article interesting, ‘Russia isn’t getting the recognition it deserves on Syria’. Here’s an excerpt:
“If there is to be peace in Syria, it will be largely due to the patient efforts of Moscow employing deft negotiation, backed up as needed by military force, to shape conditions conducive for a political solution to a violent problem. If ever there was a primer for the art of diplomacy, the experience of Russia in Syria from 2011 to the present is it… The disarmament of Syria’s chemical weapons was a huge success, for which Russia received little recognition, despite the major role it played in conceiving and overseeing its implementation… In September 2015, Putin urged the Russian Parliament to approve the intervention of the Russian military on the side of the Syrian government. The Parliament passed the resolution, thus beginning one of the most successful military interventions in modern times. The impact of the Russian intervention was as dramatic as it was decisive. Almost immediately, the Russian air force helped turn the tide on the field of battle, allowing the Syrian army to launch attacks against both the anti-Assad opposition and Islamic State after years of losing ground…”
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