We’re only just 5 months into 2011, and, already, politically, a lot has happened; from the Middle Eastern uprisings to the death of the leader of the world’s deadliest terrorist group. The world has, as a result, become more politically aware, more dangerous and, most importantly, more at ease with pointing fingers at the so-called ‘wrong-doers’.
There is no doubt that, in most cases, those to be blamed are not completely guilt-free; however, it is also true that in most cases, the people these men are said to represent feel the brunt of the blame. It is they who come under fire and not their ‘glorious’ leaders.
Gaddafi, for instance. While the man maintained that the people ‘loved’ him and that the uprisings were purely terrorist-inspired acts; he was greatly responsible for the hardships faced by the Libyan people, which finally caused them to revolt. However, it is also his refusal to leave that lead the UN to create the No-Fly zone. Sure, the people wanted the support; sure they want Gaddaffi gone. Do they really want to be another Iraq? Another Afghanistan? I doubt it. They want to be able to get on with their lives.
Then there’s Pakistan and Osama Bin Laden. Obama has suggested that the government or the military must have known. So, they must have. Is it reasonable for the people to be denied of potential aid? After all, the government officials are not the ones potentially suffering. No. They just want to survive.
Take any political uprising this year; the most common denominator would be the unhappiness of the people. But, chances are, that out of those millions that marched through squares and towards governments, not all were persuaded by political freedoms. The majority of the people want to be able to survive. Their despot leaders prevented their survival on an everyday basis. Sure, they were being stifled politically, but those that care of political indecencies are usually those that are being fed, have a roof over their heads and can afford some form of education. It was these people that framed the rebellions; but those barely surviving were the body, it was because of them that any marching happened. These statements are at best, generalisations, but they are representative of any nation of the world. The key aim of any body of people is survival, thus, most people are apathetic to the doings of their governing bodies. But when survival is a challenge, people begin to see the glass that cages them in.
Is it then fair, to attack the people? Is it then fair, that when a leader starts butchering his own people that it is still the people that die when the interventionist forces come? Is it then fair, that when the corrupt leaders are to blame, that the people starve? Is it then fair, that because of the actions of the few in power, millions are blamed?
In today’s world, priorities have been shuffled. Focus is on killing a few rather than helping the masses. The survival of the many is no longer our primary objective – something is quite obviously wrong.