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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

She calls it quits. (I'm not sure, is that right?)

Once again, I find my news on the Yahoo! homepage. Laziness consumes us all. Who needs a newspaper anymore. I mean, you need TWO hands to use it. The mouse only needs two fingers.

Either way coming to the point of this here post. Cindy Sheehan has called it in and she is quitting doing what she did best (i.e. pissing off both Democrats & Republicans. Oh, and standing against the war) and is going back to her family in California. For those of you who don't really know who Cindy Sheehan is go here (A little Wiki-knowledge should help).

The brave story of a war-mom has come to an end amid allegations of her being an attention whore, a sadist, a demoralizer, and someone went as far as to call her a traitor. How original. To be completely fair she had her share of both support and criticism. I'd like to think that the, "Bring the troops home!" campaign was benefitted tremendously by Mrs. Sheehan.

I've two points to make for this post. Number one: Conformism. Once again, someone who tried not to go with the tide has been beached like a sperm whale. Everyone said let's bomb them some more, she said let's bring them all home before more people die. But now due to the lack of care for something out of the ordinary, Cindy Sheehan stopped her protest. Her words, "Good-bye America ... you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can't make you be that country unless you want it." Sad innit. A country that conformed to what a few wanted. Now they look down upon even their own. Here is something Mrs. Sheehan said about her struggle and how helpless she felt. These words drive my point home.

"Casey (Cindy Sheehan's son) did indeed die for nothing ... killed by his own country which is beholden to and run by a war machine that even controls what we think."

Another great example of Conformity. I wish she retired earlier, I'd have mentioned her in my older post.

My second point: How stupid is the average American anyway? Well obviously, my words seem very harsh, and I'm pretty sure very offensive. But hey, don't tell me it never occurred to you before. I mean for a country that has seen numerous amounts of people who have gone great lengths for such minor details, THIS protest drew crowds yes, but resulted in absolutely effing nothing.

In the USA, we've seen people hold protests for homeless animals, sick children, a bear stuck in a condo (Yes I saw it on TV) and many other comparatively small things. Not that I'm saying that it's wrong but where are the Vietnam-esque protests against the mass genocide that is Iraq and Afghanistan? If they care about the Vietnamese so much, why are Arabs and Middle Easterners so different.

Really, has the average American ideal changed so much since the late 60s that now a war that's going terribly wrong is not even cared about, and even less, objected or protested by it's people. The very people who are the family of the troops that fight this savage and absolutely pointless war.




Brainiac9 said...

I think people in North America have become complacent, and that's one of the reasons why we have so few meaningful protests. I think another reason is that the media refuses to cover anything that really *is* meaningful, whether the event itself or protests against it. It's hard to drum up people for a protest if people don't even know there's anything to protest against.

Tauqeer Jamadar said...

I don't think its a case of the average American being stupid... its just that they don't care.... NOBODY CARES!!

Look all around you; I will scream the Brits are the same, and for sure you will agree the same for pretty much every Tom Dick and Harry out there in Dubai. Why? you ask? Its simple... We have begun to believe in ideals, beliefs, in everything in life which has no more substance than a soap bubble... Everyone is totally obsessed with trends and what is "cool".

No person in today's day and age has the time, or is ready to commit to a cause which is worthy of support - if people cared about the lives of others (including their own loved ones) or if people looked beyond the 2cm "circle of trust" that surrounds them, they would see the rights and wrongs that they could influence in resolving.... but we live in a materialistic world with no concern about anything which would seem "beyond" our scope.... Its not because of lack of trying... mainly because of the "I don't care, none of my business" attitude that we have today.

Don't just look at the Americans - look at everyone around.... if anyone cared - Arabs, Asians, Europeans... SOMEONE COULD have taken A step to stop the war, to mediate and try and make a change.... but why should I? What's in it for me? Its all the same -I don't care-

Until and unless we don't change our attitudes, and influence others in the process... there will never be a resolution...

Don't hold your breath... Nothing will change in this lifetime.

Uzma said...

You can't rule out fear and oppression. Nobody wants to stand up if all they're ever going to meet is resistance. People HAVE been trying to fight for whatever they believe in, just not hard enough.
It's not because they don't care (for the most part), it's because they've given up hope after trying and only coming across criticism and failure.