Blinkered eyes make easier lies

Posted on October 31, 2011

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So. I was on a plane, right?

And I saw a man about to die.

Make no mistake. This was an evil, evil man

Dramatic, I know, but on the little screen set into the back of the headrest of the chair before me, Muammar Gadhafi was being held on the back of a car as screaming Libyan revolutionary fighters cheered their victory at finally finding the tyrannical warlord.

I knew what was going to happen before the news told me. Mob mentalities tend to be predictable in the most basest sense, and a mob of angry, hurting, terrified people jubilant at finding the man that had so victimized them for years was definitely only going to go one direction.

Thankfully they didn’t show Gadhafi being slain on the news, but it was pretty clear that the man’s life had been ended. Now, for Libya, this was a great moment. They had toppled the monstrosity that was their government, forcibly removing the man who had terrorized their people for decades. They, the people, that is, had managed to free themselves from his tyranny and his oppression.

But the nice, civilised Western world, where war was a distant thing that happened far beyond the shores, was going to have a strong reaction to what had happened. First off, I’m sure they would have preferred it if Gadhafi had been brought in alive. Anyone who knows anything about mob mentalities, frightened people and the basics of human psychology knew that wasn’t going to happen. That man was going to die.

The Western world would most likely have preferred to leave it to the soldiers to remove Gadhafi, but as useful as the US, British and miscellaneous troops are for a supported rebellion, they don’t have a place there. It was for Libya to sort out, and Libya alone.

Most importantly, the Western world most likely did not want to see Gadhafi touching the blood streaming down his face incredulously, as if he had not believed he could actually bleed. The Western world did not want to have this broadcast on Prime Time television, where they didn’t have a chance to steel themselves for what was to come, or the option to change the channel and preserve their innocence.

 

Childish

 

Well sorry, Western world. That’s life. Sometimes you don’t get a chance to look away. Sometimes you don’t get the warning before it happens.

And sometimes, you should just watch.

I understand that some people are unable to handle the image of someone dying. I understand that some people would rather cover their eyes and not see. But covering your eyes doesn’t stop it from happening. Covering your eyes doesn’t make it not exist.

And we all know how I feel about this

Covering your eyes just blinds you to what is happening, and the Western world is a wilfully blind society. Most civilians want to

Behold, the arena of bias

be kept in the dark of what their governments have to do, what their soldiers are forced to do. When it is brought to light, if it is wrong, then the community slams them, and that’s when things go wrong. You get things like Wikileaks, who indiscriminatly champion the release of information without realising what it takes for something to be confidential, or secret. You get self-righteous people who think that the way society should be is the only way society should be, and that people can live in harmony with one another. The perpetrator is slammed, prosecuted and sent to jail, or sent away, where they can be ignored and forgotten. Doesn’t this seem familiar?

If ignorance is bliss, than the Western world is trapped in a self-perpetuating cycle of endless euphoria.

And I suppose there’s nothing wrong with keeping yourself innocent. But I think that negates the right to turn around and point fingers.

If the Western world wants to make sure images of a bloody Gadhafi are not shown, then images of Osama bin Laden should also not be shown. Or the evocative image of the Twin Towers falling. Or scenes of natural disasters, or manmade disasters.

I mean, America’s all well and good with dropping a bomb on Hiroshima because Japan was wrong, the war was wrong, and they were doing the right thing.

But this was also war, and America also did this. But they’re rather forget the Vietnam war.

So, alright. If you want to blinker yourself from what’s happening, if you don’t want to see it, or acknowledge it fully, then so be it. That’s your choice and your prerogative.

And for those that are willing to sit through and watch the hard stuff, make the hard decisions, see people die on their news, in their homes, in their lives? For those people who understand that ugly stuff happens, that evil happens, and that hiding from it doesn’t change anything?

Those are the people whose opinions I’ll listen to, because otherwise it becomes a case of the blind leading the blind.

So, where are we going, guys?

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