July 8th, 2006
|04:15 am - Hotel Rwanda|
That movie's ten times worse knowing that that actually happened. The fear that each of those victims must have felt, the pain of the families and friends left behind, the betrayal from those who believed in the United Nations and the "Western World"....and we let them down.
If someone had a gun to my head...or a machete to my neck...it's easy to pretend to be brave....like those from mangas we read or shows we watch....but that kind of gripping fear from one who's on the cliff of life and death...I doubt many of us have actually experienced it.
The pain of losing friends and family...of watching them being slaughtered right in front of you...for no other reason than that they were born into a race of which humans have placed a label on. Close your eyes and imagine...your most beloved person...hacked to death in front of you...now multiply that by 1000 to bring it from imagination to reality.
We failed them...just as we're failing millions of people right this very moment...this very second...we've thrown up our hands and tossed in the towel...because hey...we still have our tv's to watch and sofas to sit on.
I am once again reminded of the reason why I'm studying what I am...to change this world...even just a fraction of a percent...and to let them know...that not everyone's given up...it's not all talk, we do truly care, and we're going to do something about it. Human conscience...morals...ethics...they aren't extinct, not yet. Until I take my last breath, until my eyes have no more tears to shed, until my heart beats its last beat...until then, I won't forget the others on this planet, their pain, their tears, their plight that we have put them in.
You western countries with your Hollywood media and your multi-trillion dollar markets, how dare you create billionaire after billionaire while millions are starving to death each day? How dare you turn the channel on your television from the news to your garbage television shows because you don't feel like being depressed by the news? How dare you turn away from the pleas for help simply because those countries have no resources for you to exploit? How dare you lecture your kids on fairness and equality when you adults turn around and control the developing nations by a strangle hold? How dare you legitimize exploitation, murder, genocide and mass killings with your money and political talk?
How. Dare. You?
Current Mood: angry
after all why do we learn history? Since its supposed to teach us, not to repeat foolish mistakes...*sighes*
I mean where were the we when Hitler hunted the Jews? Where were we when the Serbian army killed countless Muslim men during the Kosovo War? I guess...
sadly, the Western giants are guilty of this...
we live in a terrible world don't we??
And the worst thing about the Rwanda genocide was that the United Nations was created after WWII to _prevent_ another mass killing like that of the Holocaust, and instead they just sat there and did nothing! Completely nulled the point of it ever being created in the first place!
because the only one 'they' offer to 'us' is a false hope blanketed in a fake smile.
speaking about Hotel Rwanda, I'm on your side. Never fail to cry when watching it. And Schindler's List, too.
Ooh you live in Indonesia...one of the countries we the west seem to have on our list of target countries in need of more exploitation eh? That really really bites...and you guys had that earthquake last month too right? I'm disgusted to see it's completely faded from our news these weeks even though it's obvious that there's no way the coutry's recovered so quickly. Even the news here is more entertainment these days *sigh*
|Date:||July 11th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm not going to talk whether my country's going to recover in a short amount of time or not, but I'm definitely pissed off with the way the elites sitting in the governmental bodies ignore~ yep, the word's ignore*~ the suffering of the people. you know, my country's number one enemy's not terrorism or else.; it's ignorance. that's it. -_-;
my country's number one enemy's not terrorism or else.; it's ignorance. that's it.
Someone needs to drill that sentence into stupid Bush's head, him and his axis of evil, for chrissakes, we're not in a disney movie here.
|Date:||July 8th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)|| |
I agree completely.The movie is only the surface of the deep atrocities that occurred in Rwanda.Those involved in the conflict resolution (Senator Romeo Dallaire comes to mind) live with those haunting images engraved in their memories. The African countries in particular are increasingly declining in the basic standards of living and human rights-yet no one does anything. You and I have a similar goal in mind- to change the world- but I think we need to realize that diplomacy can only work when there is a genuine desire for change. Sometimes one person isn't enough, but if more and more people are exposed to the cruelties of the world,we can advocate change in such a way that has never been seen.The only way to effectively solve the humanitarian crises in Africa and other impoverished nations is to enact 100% debt relief (which I'm proud to say Canada is doing) to the poorest countries in the world and initiate peace missions to provide food, water, and living supplies (clothes,shelter,coal,etc.) and install international government as a supplementary government while the country(ies) are in transition.I think administrative B-S and sanctions are just furthering poverty and provoking terrorism rather than diminishing it.Hopefully there will be people like us making those decisions some day.-James
Oh there will be...US, we're gonna change this screwed up backwards and completely useless system