Finding myself in a minority again, as I saw people pack their bags to leave,
some even demanding their money while the country where they had come
to ‘serve’ faces it’s worst crises in over a generation I thought of the many
motivations which people have and remembered the following words of
Studs Terkel’s Memoir “Touch and Go”.
“ Miss Addams understood why each person had become what he was.
She didn’t condemn because she understood what life does to people
To those of us who have everything and those of us who have nothing.”
Does a medical worker behave or react differently? Should he react differently?
Won’t sick people require you even more in these dire circumstances?
Or is it just..Go with the flow
Though in a minority, I was not alone in staying behind..Come what may.
One friend stood by..I shook his hands warmly and said,
I am proud to have known him for over a quarter of a century.
We then read out the following words of Brecht
Who built the Seven Gates of Thebes…?
When the Chinese Wall was built, where did the masons go for lunch?
When Caesar conquered Gaul, was there not even a cook in the army
When the Armada sank, we read that King Philip wept.
Were there no other tears?
We are staying behind with these people, and face the consequences.
May they have courage and sense to solve their differences and issues
as decently as possible.
One of my friends asked –
The Embassy is going to close in 10 days, what will you do then?
I just kept quiet.
It is each man up to his or her own calculations and convictions.
Another friend from the University rang up and asked.
What does one do if the contracts are not renewed or honored?
There is news that banks in Benghazi are not releasing the money of foreigners.
To them one can ask-
What can one do if electronic items, cellphones and money is stolen away
while one is fleeing?
And where is the violence which is being shown in the video clips?
Or is it just in the video clips and archives of some channels?
While this is not a normal situation, definitely there is some degree of
dramatization and exaggeration on the part of some , for various reasons.
At present, I think one should try to keep low, and wait and watch
While doing some reading, in these troubled times….
the words of August Spies echoed back through time…
“The Time will come when our silence will be more powerful
than the voices you strangle today”
(Death in the Haymarket-1886)
Any suggestions, comments,criticisms are welcome
These are the links to articles-thoughts-interviews on Arab Spring in Libya
Did militarism overshadow other aspects of the movement?
Will the women pay a heavier price of this than the children?
I stayed in Libya throughout the period of the Civil War , witnessed firsthand the buildup to the revolt and the Failed February Uprising of Tripoli (see articles http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/feb2011/lett-f22.shtml) and the Successful August Uprising of Tripoli and the storming of Bab-Aziziya compound of Gaddafi.