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Tunisphere: March 20, Mayans and Arabs.

March 20 is normally the day when my fellow citizens celebrate our independence day (3/20/1956).
But it also happens to be the celebration of the fourth year of Iraq invasion by the US and its allies and that was reflected on some Tunisian blogs like Temeraire in his post “March 20th, colonization and independence” where he reminds us that our independence day is to be remembered forever also as the horrible date of Iraq colonization by the “American empire”.

La Démocratie arrivée sur des Tanks a généré des chiffres horribles en nombre de Bombes, en nombre de Morts et même en nombre de Sévices et Supplices infligés à tort et à travers.
Aujourd’hui aucun espoir à ce qu’une paisible vie revienne au pays du Tigre et de l’Euphrate.

“Tank-borne democracy” has resulted in horrific figures in terms of the number of bombs, deaths and the mistreatment and torture so carelessly meted out. Today there is no hope whatsoever that peace will return to the land of the Tigris and Euphrates.

Alluding to the lack of freedom, Stupeur wrote a very subtle post “51%: We lost the opportunity to have an opportunity

Eh Oui, on a perdu la chance d’avoir une chance!
En ce jour du 20 Mars, le conseil d’administration s’est réuni et a annoncé que la répression serait actionnaire majoritaire de notre société!
Un actionnaire qui a son poids financier, idéologique et socioculturel.
Il est capable de racheter encore des actions aux dépends des autres actionnaires.
Une société de consommation ou le plus grand bouffe le plus petit.

Oh yeah, we've lost the chance to have a chance!
On this day, March 20, the board met and announced that repression
would be the majority shareholder in our company!
A shareholder of great financial, ideological and socio-cultural
importance.
He is capable of buying even more shares at the expense of other
shareholders.
A consuming company where the large eat the small.

BigTrapBoy, a very popular and smart blogger (my favorite actually), wrote about the movie “Apocalypto” and made a very pertinent comparison between the Mayas and the Arabs.

Je viens de revoir “Apocalypto”, le dernier film réalisé par Mel Gibson et que j'ai beaucoup apprécié, je voulais vous le recommander et surtout reprendre cette citation par laquelle commence le film, une citation pleine de vérités:

“A great civilisation is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”
Will Durant.

Ce sera ma pensée du jour. A méditer, non?

Pour ce qui est du film, l'histoire se passe à l'époque de la civilisation Maya en Amérique du sud, mais il est clair que Mel Gibson a voulu faire le parallèle avec ce qui se passe dans le monde de nos jours. Les peuples arabes seront-ils les prochains Mayas? La question peut se poser.

I just saw “Apocalypto” again, the last film by Mel Gibson which I
liked alot. I'd like to recommend it to you and moreover cite the
quotation which appears at the beginning of the film, a quotation
full of truth:

“A great civilisation is not conquered from without until it has
destroyed itself from within.”
Will Durant.

That's my “thought of the day”. Something to think about, no?

With regard to the film itself, the story takes place at the time of
the Mayan civilisation in South America, but it's clear that Mel
Gibson wished to draw parallels with what it going on in the world
today. Are the Arabs the Mayans of today, one might ask?

1 comment

  • This week, we celebrate the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq. I still remember the start very well.

    Time for a calculation.

    1. The newspaper today states one minute of war in Iraq costs US$380,000. A calculation made by Joseph Stiglitz, a US Nobelprize winning economist. That is almost double the cost of the war in Vietnam.

    2. According to WFP, the UN’s food aid organisation, it costs US$0.19 to feed a child for a day. Nineteen cents. 20,000 children die of hunger every day. The time it took you to read this post, already 15 died.

    3. Taking those two figures together, one minute of war in Iraq would feed 2,000,000 children for a day.

    One day of war in Iraq would feed 8,000,000 children for a year.

    4. There are 800 million hungry in the world. Three-four months of war in Iraq would feed all hungry in the world.
    Three-four months of war, we have done before. Many times. But we have never fed all the hungry in the world.

    I do not understand. Somewhere the calculation does not make sense. Otherwise all intelligent people in the world would have cried foul. Wouldn’t we? …Wouldn’t we?

    links:
    blog entry “The war in Iraq: Happy Anniversary!” http://theroadtothehorizon.blogspot.com/2006/03/news-round-up-war-in-iraq-happy.html

    blog entry “19 cents to feed a child for a day”
    http://theroadtothehorizon.blogspot.com/2006/01/news-19-cents-to-feed-child-for-day.html

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