Tunisia – RCD adds insult to injury
I was watching TV today (I can't get the info from the internet ever since the Feds extra-judicially took away my internet access) and saw the Foreign Minister of Tunisia say that he was “concerned” about external elements such as Al Qaeda filling the alleged power vacuum in Tunisia (as opposed to the technocrats that Anonymous recommended and the RCD rejected out of hand as you can't maintain a dictatorship with technocrats).
Pricks like this have been using Al Qaeda as a scare tactic to try to get western backing for their dictatorships. If they knew “their own” people they would know that Tunisians are not Islamic radicals who support terrorism. Actually, they do know that, but they also know that the west doesn't know that, and they also know that thanks to their dictatorship, accurate polls cannot be taken so to some extent it is unknowable. However, thanks to the internet bringing people together, you can at least talk to Tunisians and do straw polls. If anyone bothers to do this they will find out how upset the Tunisians are about the extreme injustice of being forced to live under a dictatorship because otherwise they (allegedly) would carry out terrorism when they know personally just how much of a damned lie that is.
The good people of Tunisia don't want anything more than the same freedoms that the rest of the free world takes for granted. This is not a nation of brainwashed Al Qaeda types. When Christians read the bible, they are blind to bits that say things like “stone your own children to death if they are disobedient” (Deuteronomy 21:18-21). And Christians, please, before you write in angry letters to the (Anon) editor explaining how you personally manage to spin “stone your own children to death” into “whatever you do – don't stone your own children to death” via a series of mental contortions worthy of a Special Olympics – I've heard sufficient permutations already and let's just say we can agree to disagree and still live in peace. So long as you resist stoning your children and leave it to the state to use the electric chair instead, you're a warm and loving human being in my book, and we should be able to live in peace based on that.
When Anonymous recently wrote to the people of Tunisia suggesting that they cut a deal and grant amnesty, they were quick to report that, indeed, it is part of their religion to be forgiving, just as Mohammed was:
"Remember what the great Prophet of Islam said to the Quraish as he conquered Mecca peacfully. He told him what the Prophet Jospeh said to his brothers: 'There is no shame for you.' Go! For you all are free! The Prophet, may God praise him, forgave all, and no crime or no attack on him was too great not to be forgiven by him. Love thwarts hate and aggression can be overcome through forgiveness."
Obviously the electric chair hadn't been invented back then or I'm sure Mohammed would have said something like the “fry the fuckers” we get to hear in some corners of the globe today – in fairness only for serious offences that no longer include working overtime on the weekend (Numbers 15:32-36) to provide for your family's needs.
I didn't notice any objections from Tunisians for that interpretation of the Koran. And I wasn't really in the mood to try to convince them otherwise, as I'd rather spend my time more productively trying to convince Christians to stop interpreting “do not eat pork” (Leviticus 11:7) as “God says that bacon burgers aren't complete without fries and a coke – all super-sized of course!”.
Anyway, if there isn't a law in Tunisia called “incitement to dictatorship” and perhaps something in the constitution along the lines of “freedom from unsubstantiated insults levelled by the government”, perhaps the good citizens of Tunisia should think about using, as low-grade toilet paper, all remaining copies of the Tunisian constitution - that allowed decades of unchecked dictatorship and fraudulent “elections” and human rights abuses, zero checks and balances and no-one at all in the entire world (besides Anonymous) looking out for the interests of the people.
While waiting for the appropriate changes, a sacking or 20 of government ministers wouldn't go astray. If only we had some military type who professed to be the guarantor of Tunisian freedom (which doesn't include replacing obnoxious ministers with an even worse military dictatorship) who could get the technocrats in place that Anonymous and others have asked for.
Just saying …
Strike that. Brave Tunisians on the streets of Tunis are right now saying …
And that's another point - where the hell is the 24 * 7 CNN coverage that the most important people in the world at the moment – as measured by their ability to change the whole world for the better – deserve?