The Inhumanity Of It All..

It keeps striking me how obscene it feels that I am going about my business – going to university, reading my books, going to work, playing with my cats, kissing my husband, going to sleep in my bed at night – while there is a humanitarian disaster happening now in Libya and other places, and, generally, utter terror & horror going on all over the world to many different people pretty much all of the time. How did we become immunized to it?

How has humanity got to this point? Are we all so removed from our own humanity that we can detach ourselves from our fellow humans and their suffering and act like nothing is happening? Or is that humanity? Whilst I do see and hear, each day, stories of humans who give me faith in humanity – who do the most wonderful caring things – I can’t help but think the world would be a better place without humans. At least that way, there would be no suffering. All the most wonderful things that the most wonderful people do make not a jot of difference to the people that are being raped or murdered or suffering unimaginable horrors. Society is only as good as the worst treated people within it. In the time it’s taken you to read this, how many people have suffered unfairly or are suffering through no fault of their own with no prospect of rescue? Man, we, as a species are morally fucked.

Libyan Solidarity Protest today at Downing Street

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Today’s demonstration was very moving and very passionate. My friend & I were in tears for alot of it, such was the high emotion and the sadness at what is happening right now. Bless Libya, Down with Gaddafi the murderer.

Very Apt Quote on Liberty by Benjamin Constant.

‘The danger of modern liberty is that, absorbed in the enjoyment of our private independence, and in the pursuit of our particular interests, we should surrender our right to share in political power too easily.

The holders of authority are only too anxious to encourage us to do so. They are so ready to spare us all sort of troubles, except those of obeying & paying! They will say to us: what in the end, is the aim of your efforts, the motive of your labours, the object of all your hopes? Is it not happiness? Well, leave this happiness to us and we shall give it to you.

No, Sirs, we must not leave it to them. No matter how touching such a tender commitment may be,let us ask the authorites to keep within their limits. Let them confine themselves to being just. We shall assume the responsibility for being happy for ourselves.’

Benjamin Constant 1820

Especially relevant today as Cameron goes to the Middle East to encourage more sales for UK arms companies, like the corrupt BAE. As Gaddafi massacres innocent citizens using weapons that until yesterday afternoon, were still licensed to be sold to Libya, Cameron sees fit to get more weapons to kill more people into the Middle East. Shame on him!

As The Libyans Are Slaughtered, Cameron goes to the Middle East To Sell More Weapons To Kill More People.

Gaddafi is proving himself to be tyranny & inhumanity, par excellence. As the plane loads of African (& unconfirmed reports of Italian & Ukrainian) mercenaries descend on defenceless citizens to slaughter them, with weapons that were until yesterday afternoon, still licensed to be sold to Gaddafi by the UK. YES, until yesterday!

David Cameron, our Prime Minister is in the Middle East on a tour at the moment – most likely defended as ‘helping the region transition into democracy’.  He has taken EIGHT weapons companies with him. The first country he visited on this tour, was my beloved Egypt. Egypt has still not made the transition to a DEMOCRATICALLY elected government. We are living under a military dictatorship, with a junta which has no legitimate right to be making any kind of deals with arms companies, or negotiating with other governments – that is what the elected government will be for, not this unelected bunch of military men.

At a time when so many have already paid the ultimate price for claiming their rights from their governments and when so many governments have already used deadly force on innocents, it is reprehensible that Cameron should be out in the Middle East encouraging and legitimising the inhumane use of weapons by trying to sell them. Shame on him. It remains to be seen whether he will follow in Blair’s footsteps & have the blooded hands of and accomplice to murder.

A swift google of BAE systems will show you the calibre of the companies that want to trade in the Middle East. The  types of deals that this company has become infamous for, including bribery, creating slush funds and aiding corruption & oppression wherever they go. One of Britain’s most shameful companies. Exploiting death & oppression for financial gain, is there anything lower than that?

I will leave you with a small clip of Prince Bandar Al-Saud’s comments on the investigation into the billions of dollars put into slush funds for him and the Saud Royal Family by BAE, rather telling of the typical Middle East ‘leader’s’ attitude to corruption and entitlement.


The insult that is ‘Tony Blair – Middle East ‘Peace’ Envoy.

What a massive insult to the intelligence of the world. How disgraceful that a man who went to war in Iraq & Afghanistan by lying to his own country and willfully and uncaringly has so much blood on his hands should be allowed to call himself a ‘peace envoy’. How dare someone that has brought so much death and destruction to the Middle East be allowed to partake in Palestine-Israel negotiations? It makes me sick and is pissing on the graves of all that have died because of him. You could not make this shit up.

Peace Envoy? Give me a break!

What did Blair say about Mubarak on 2nd Feb? Mubarak is ‘immensely courageous and a force for good’. Which shows how deluded he is and thinks we all are.

 His cosy relationship with Gaddafi is deplorable – how much of what is happening today is part of his diplomatic legacy? Supporting & legitimising a man who is now mowing down his citizens with automatic weaponry?

Solidarity Protest at Libyan Embassy in London 19.2.11

It’s with pure horror that I have been following the Libyan so called ‘leader’, Gaddafi as he unleashes hell on the brave Libyans who dare to take to the streets to demand their rights. Already, the death-toll in Benghazi is higher than was in Egypt & Tunisa combined, and in such a short time, too. With the trademark techniques of Arab Dictators – violent oppression, arming & releasing prisoners & thugs to do the dirty work of the regime, cutting off communication lines, and the bringing in of mercenaries to terrorise the populations, Gaddafi is showing himself to be the most sociopathic, bloodthirsty terrorising  murderer of them all. Please support the Libyans as much as you can and in anyway that you can. We must bear witness to this, in the name of humanity – even if we feel we can do nothing.

Please see here for more photos from the protest.

Solidarity Rally outside Bahrain Embassy 19.2.11

For more photos of the protest, please see my set here

Unbelievably the other Middle Eastern ‘leaders’ did not learn the right lessons from Ben Ali & Mubarak. Instead of listening to the people, they have cracked down murderously as the events unfolding in Bahrain, Libya, Yemen are proving. Using weapons bought with the permission and mostly likely encouragement from the British Government on innocent and brave but defenceless civilians, the ruling royal family in Bahrain have proven themselves to be the amongst the lowest in all humanity, even bringing in mercenaries to come and murder their own people. They have vindicated the protesters and shown their true colours to the world. Shame on them and their supporters.

The sorrow I feel as an Egyptian watching this is immense. Watching others go through the same inevitable hell to gain freedom and dignity is terrible. Solidarity to my sisters and brothers fighting for freedom everywhere.