Sunday, April 10, 2011
While the bulk of humanity's progress and modernization is on the positive side, meaning the construction of many structures to allow people to live and work in peace, a sizable amount of human invention and modernization is used to develop weapons of destruction and death. All these are currently happening in Libya.
All pictures here are taken from the New York Times photo gallery. And most of the armed men here are rebels. Foreign journalists are not at liberty to take any pictures they wish to take as they are being monitored by the Libyan government in the capital.
The rebels, mostly civilians who took instant training in actual combat, are generally less skilled in the art of shooting and killing. But they are fighting for a cause, the desire to be free from Gadhafi dictatorship.
The Gadhafi forces are more fierce in their defense of the status quo. They have tasted power and large-scale coercion for many years now. It is something that they do not want to be taken away from them, especially with the prospect of rebel victory. The greed for continued power and coercion over other people is what drives them to become brutal killers of those who challenge them and their leader.
Why would people tolerate a situation where they work hard, only to see that a big portion of their earnings go to the government, a big portion of which will be used to procure armaments and to train tens or hundreds of thousands of able-bodied men on the art of killing and destruction.
Woe unto the people who do not like such kind of arrangement, but nonetheless have to go through the same path of taking up violence in order to control or stop mainstream violence by the state.
I understand that the UN has certain "rules of conduct" during war. But who pays attention to such UN regulation? The best rules of conduct during war is no war. Dictators, both in government and among ordinary civilians, often hate peaceful debate. They are allergic to debates, they want a short cut to settle debates through the use of arms, violence and coercion.
I wish to see the end of violence in Libya and elsewhere. I believe that Gadhafi must go, but the new government, from among the various groups in the rebel forces, must assure the civilians that the old system of political and economic repressions should not be repeated. Otherwise, the current destruction and killing will just be repeated in the future.
Coercion is evil. The use of arms and violence to advance whatever political or philosophical agenda is evil. BIG governments thrive on coercion and the stockpile of weapons of violence and destruction, to harass if not kill, those who will seriously challenge the coercion and deception that the BIG state has inflicted on the citizens.
Let us keep this mind always.