100 Days Project

Ben: 100 Writings / 100 Opening Guitar Hooks

various, random creative expressions / writings, inspired partially by 100 popular songs (songs that somewhat begin with a leading hook of a guitar.)

Day 84:

“If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next” (1998) by Manic Street Preachers

“If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next” (1998) by Manic Street Preachers


I must be getting old … because after years of apathy and immunity, what’s going on in Syria currently is devastating to me.

Whenever violence occurs in the Middle East, I tolerate it as expected.  Some suicide bomber on the West Bank or some terrorists in Egypt, I turn the cheek.  This is something that’s been going on for decades.  But for some reason, seeing a poor lil’ girl spaze and cough, is a horrible sight for me.  I guess it’s because the Syrian regime is using chemical weapons on its innocent citizens.  Outright bombs will clear out limbs and bloody the scene, as I’ve always seen in news articles.  But seeing the effects of chemical weapons – seeing shaking heads and frothing mouths, is a far more worse sight.  My heart goes out to the public of Syria.

Y’see the interview with al-Assad with Barbara Walters.  He spoke perfect English, studied in England and became a Dentist.  The perfect resume for a pro-West leader.  And he got my respect during that interview, with that resume.  I just thought the calamity that was overtaking his country was most definitely because of these so-called ‘radicals’, who are fighting their ‘unjust’ war.

But as Arab Spring went along and with the sudden knowledge I had of his regime and his father’s regime (who was an absolute monster), I became less confident in his story.  Now we’re in mid-2013 and I don’t think I can trust a guy who hasn’t spoken yet to the wider Western world, nor provided evidence that his government was not responsible for this chemical torture.  I’m not at all sure about this guy anymore.

But then part of brain refrains.  Maybe I expect him to talk like Western people do, or carry out things in a Western way.  Maybe it is the culture of the Arab world to not have to explain to us what’s going on.  Maybe that’s why they’re hiding behind China and Russia’s protection that they don’t need to explain anything to anyone, because this is their issue, and that they’re gonna resolve their own way.  As disgusting as that is – it is their resolve, first and foremost.

Part of the reason I understand this is simply because of what happened exactly ten years ago.  We have to wait for U.N. approval.  That’s how we are supposed to go about things.  We need their veto before we go into a sovereign country.  Because even though al-Assad hasn’t provided any evidence whatsoever, we can’t invade without international confidence and because it may be the god dam rebels who are doing the chemical attacks.  We don’t know yet.

Hopefully the U.N. inspectors will provide evidence.  Then, without the vote from China and Russia, we can all go in and intervene, stop this horrible stuff and find out what the fuck is going on.

You know what else this year is an anniversary of?  Just before World War One, one hundred years ago, all countries condemned chemical warfare – it was atrocious, shocking and the event that showcased the horror of war could just get that far more horrible.