Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Another issue of the flip-side

More than a year since the last post, so why now? why break the silence and get back in the game?

This - story

And more specifically the last paragraph -

Howard rightly asks us to contemplate the pain of the families of the 3000 innocent people who were murdered on September 11, 2001. Does he, do we, feel nothing for the families of the tens of thousands of Iraqis whose lives have been lost in the killings and the murders that have occurred since the invasion of Iraq, for whose involvement in which our Prime Minister was honoured, in Washington last week, with a black-tie dinner and a 19-gun salute?

Does nobody care anymore? We hear the news reports everyday, we see and hear the explosions at newshour every evening and some evenings we even see the coagulated blood on the streets. And yet we ask no questions.

I thought launching flip-side would end it, the images, the questions and the guilt. I would have done my part to start a debate and hopefully it would take off from there. And if it didn't, what did it matter as long as my conscience was clear. For we all are guilty, some of us for being part of the nations that brought this misery and others for having been silent spectators to this travesty of freedom and liberation.

But clearly more must be done - a few articles on a website will not start any great soul searching. Another issue of the flip-side and more advertising this time around. Perhaps a doco somewhere.