As we begin on our journey into 2011, there are few things that I have seen or read so far that give me any hope that this year will be any different from 2010.
We see increases in VAT, more EU regulation heading our way, more loss of sovereignty slipping away, energy bills going up, fuel costs going up and a report this morning that now ‘low energy bulbs’ have a near market monopoly, prices are due to increase substantially, and the list goes on and on…
Politicians continue to interfere in our lives more and more, finding ‘solutions’ to problems that don’t exist and in March there is a Census that will begin to catalogue every aspect of your lives, your home and your nearest and dearest.
On the world stage things are little different, with the Korean peninsular on the brink of war, and world events being manipulated by politicians no more so than in the Middle East.
We know from bitter experience that the more politicians get involved the more problems are created, more solutions need to be found, thereby creating the need for their very existence where no need existed before.
However, there is one glimmer of hope this 2011, a spark of libertarianism from the most unexpected of places – the Gaza Strip. Youth is our future, and it is from the youth of Gaza that this extraordinary plea to the world emanates. It is a plea that we can all empathise with, whether we are controlled by bomb and bullet or merely reams of red tape and authoritarian government, because we are all sick of being controlled.
I take no sides in the Middle East, both ’causes’ are as bad as each other and I have seen no good from any of it, they have to learn to live together rather than kill each other. But since I was a child I have seen countless regimes come and go with their only legacy being the pain, suffering and human tragedy that is Middle Eastern politics, controlled from behind the scenes by the politically motivated from around the world with money, bribery and corruption.
The youth of Gaza is telling the world they have had enough of the political posturing, they are telling the politicos at all levels to get lost and leave them alone to live their lives in peace.
This, is what they have to say:
“Fuck Hamas. Fuck Israel. Fuck Fatah. Fuck UN. Fuck UNWRA. Fuck USA! We, the youth in Gaza, are so fed up with Israel, Hamas, the occupation, the violations of human rights and the indifference of the international community!
“We want to scream and break this wall of silence, injustice and indifference like the Israeli F16s breaking the wall of sound; scream with all the power in our souls in order to release this immense frustration that consumes us because of this fucking situation we live in…
“We are sick of being caught in this political struggle; sick of coal-dark nights with airplanes circling above our homes; sick of innocent farmers getting shot in the buffer zone because they are taking care of their lands; sick of bearded guys walking around with their guns abusing their power, beating up or incarcerating young people demonstrating for what they believe in; sick of the wall of shame that separates us from the rest of our country and keeps us imprisoned in a stamp-sized piece of land; sick of being portrayed as terrorists, home-made fanatics with explosives in our pockets and evil in our eyes; sick of the indifference we meet from the international community, the so-called experts in expressing concerns and drafting resolutions but cowards in enforcing anything they agree on; we are sick and tired of living a shitty life, being kept in jail by Israel, beaten up by Hamas and completely ignored by the rest of the world.
“There is a revolution growing inside of us, an immense dissatisfaction and frustration that will destroy us unless we find a way of canalising this energy into something that can challenge the status quo and give us some kind of hope.
“We barely survived the Operation Cast Lead, where Israel very effectively bombed the shit out of us, destroying thousands of homes and even more lives and dreams. During the war we got the unmistakable feeling that Israel wanted to erase us from the face of the Earth. During the last years, Hamas has been doing all they can to control our thoughts, behaviour and aspirations. Here in Gaza we are scared of being incarcerated, interrogated, hit, tortured, bombed, killed. We cannot move as we want, say what we want, do what we want.
“ENOUGH! Enough pain, enough tears, enough suffering, enough control, limitations, unjust justifications, terror, torture, excuses, bombings, sleepless nights, dead civilians, black memories, bleak future, heart-aching present, disturbed politics, fanatic politicians, religious bullshit, enough incarceration! WE SAY STOP! This is not the future we want! We want to be free. We want to be able to live a normal life. We want peace. Is that too much to ask?”
Full story in Guardian.
We can start here with the EU and Westminster.
Politicians build nothing, they only serve to interfere and destroy those interactions and agreements of free people that fuse together at a personal and local level, those interactions that create free societies, in order to control populations and events.
This is a plea I can support, this should be the cry from every student, every citizen the world over. Politicians – get fucked. We should follow their brave lead, we must not let the powers that be snuff out this spark of hope before it becomes a fire of personal liberation that will light up the world.