Posted by: Nathan M. | May 21, 2009

Western Wishy-Washy Ways

There is something that has stood out to me of late concerning the world of the west. We, as a cultural ad political power, are the most pathetic group of people on this planet. There is a real tendency to grab onto any type of ’cause’, whether it is a good one or a bad one, and fight for it with all of our might. The west loves to get involved and call for justice and liberty and all of those words that sound so nice when we write them down, and yet the west is likely the most corrupt part of this planet. Western culture is built upon consumerism and greed. This is a simple fact and anyone who is honest with themselves will recognize it. Capitalism is built on consumerism, and consumerism is greed. The reason why the west has profited and become so very successful and great is because it developed weapons, and used those weapons to expand economic power throughout the world. What gives the west the right to interfere, when it is the most corrupt? Uh…good question. But then, if only we could actually see ourselves for what we are, and start looking at the world without the ignorant, self-obsessed views that most of us hold, maybe we actually would be a great help to the world…if only.
I clipped this article because I thought that it was amazingly poignant and honest. I would encourage you to go the the website and read the entire article.
clipped from embassymag.ca
What Matters in Sri Lanka
by Gwynne Dyer

But the government is right. More than 70,000 people have died in the Sri Lankan war. Some hundreds of civilians, or maybe even a few thousand, will be killed in this last battle, but that’s far fewer than would die if the war continued for years more. Every time the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were granted a ceasefire in the past, they used the breathing space to rearm, and then relaunched their struggle for independence. So no more ceasefires; just get it over with.

If the sanctimonious foreigners really wanted to make themselves useful, they would stop calling for a ceasefire and instead demand full civil rights for the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka after the war, including broad autonomy in the areas where they are the local majority. It was the brutal suppression of Tamil rights in the decades after independence, extending even to pogroms against Tamils by the majority Sinhalese population, that caused this war.
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