People want me to talk about things other than myself on the blog? Well, you got it in spades with this post.
I didn’t want to talk about the crisis in Libya and Bahrain. I wanted to keep my mind focused on happier things. But the pictures I’ve seen and the stories I’ve heard must be told, and passed on.
I don’t know about all of you, but I have spent the last three days glued to my computer, frantic with information and worry about the people of Libya and the fight for revolution over there. I’ve been attempting to compile a list of links so that everyone can stay up to date.
This is an Up To Date link so that you all can catch up and also read the ‘why where how’s’ of what is going on over there. Just be careful when clicking to pictures, because what is seen can never be unseen.
I also found a huge list of links to interviews, news updates, and opinion pieces. You can find that at Pantsless Progressive.
This is genocide. I can’t stress that strongly enough.
Qadaffi is exacting a massacre that could become something we haven’t seen since Pol Pot or the deaths in Rwanda. Right now the US is silent because to intervene would not only be a horrible idea, it’s also technically illegal. Unless Libya or Bahrain asks for intervention, we can’t give it to them.
In case you needed another reason to get angry, get involved, or just get going, I will show you a picture of a .52 caliber bullet.
This bullet, which as you can see spans the length of a human hand, is mostly used for construction and demolition. It can tear the walls of buildings apart.
Currently, Qadaffi is using these bullets to shoot protestors. It was an accident, but I have seen pictures of what these bullets do to people, and it will haunt me for the rest of my life.
This is not Egypt 2.0 and Mubarak is not nearly on the same level as Qadaffi. Mubarak had the sense to leave when he knew he had to. Qadaffi is hiding in Tripoli and ordering his soldiers to kill male protesters and rape the female ones. The army has responded by defecting to the side of the revolutionaries.
Libya is a smaller country run by a much more dangerous man in Qadaffi and his son, “the principle”, is growing more unhinged by the day. The Sultans have ordered anyone who sees Qadaffi to shoot on sight.
And yet people over there fight. They fight for change, they fight for justice, they fight for freedom.
Here, we only get pissed off if someone threatens to give us health care. We’re taking away PBS and spending it on NASCAR. And in Libya, people are literally dying for the gifts we take for granted.
Don’t waste a second.
PS. If you want to show your support on Twitter or on another system where you can change your font color, change it to green, because red is the color of Qadaffi’s Libya.
And because it’s something I found unbelievably awesome, here: a man in Egypt ordered a pizza for the protestors in Wisconsin.