So Somali pirates hijacked a Saudi Arabian supertanker, and now SA is all up in arms, equating piracy with terrorism and vowing to join the fight against these thugs of the sea. Good for them, really. I mean, sure, they could have chosen to take action before the pirates hurt their resources, but that would have been to easy and just. No, better to let others like NATO and Blackwater handle the situation. After all, if it doesn’t affect you, why get involved.
But see, that’s the thing, the Saudi foreign minister did say that these pirates are affecting everyone, and that like terrorists they must be stopped. India and South Korea are in on the effort too. But I want to talk about the irony and hypocrisy of the Saudi’s stance for a moment. This attack is the latest in at least 80 pirate attacks in the Red Sea this year. 80; that’s a pretty high number, and it seems to me that the Saudis could have chosen to intervene at any time they chose. Sure, it took one of their ships being captured to get them into it, but they had to have known full well that this was going to happen eventually. What makes them so special that they thought they would be immune to this kind of thing. It’s like when America was surprised about being the target of terrorists. Almost every other nation in the world had already experienced that, and yet we could not believe that it could happen to us. But it did.
I call the Saudi condemnation and equation of the pirates to terrorists ironic and hypocritical because, lest we forget, Osama Bin Laden is from Saudi Arabia, originally. And they are known sponsors of terrorism, and they have a horrific human rights record, especially where women are concerned. And yet they have the audacity to condemn others as terrorists. Just like the US can no longer say that it is fighting terrorists and keep themselves out of that classification. The US has become a militaristic/terrorist organization under the leadership of George Bush. We attack areas where terrorists might be, killing non combatant civilians in the process. We spread fear and death and war. If these are not terrorist acts, then I truly do not know what that term means anymore.
There is hope for us that we can turn away from these last 7 or so years of spreading death and misery in regions where we are fighting terrorists, and there is hope that we will look at ourselves in the mirror, see what we have become, and be instilled with a true desire to change. Obama’s platform was change, and he got a large amount of the vote so it is clear that the people of the US want change. The question, however, remains: are we ready to face ourselves and do what is needed to truly change our position in the world? Or will we, like an alcoholic who wants to quit drinking but instead of seeking help just settles for the answers found at the bottom of each glass that sends him/her further over the edge? America needs help, and we need to stand together to get that help and put us back on the sober and moral path. And when I say moral, I don’t mean it in any kind of religious sense, but rather the inclination and abilitiy to do what is right and best for the majority of people. To me that means stop crossing sovereign borders and blowing innocent civilians all to hell. But back to the pirates…
Now don’t get me wrong, I love pirates but I don’t think piracy on the open seas should be practiced anymore. See, it’s the idea of scallywags and planks and peg legs and eyepatches and booty that I like about pirates; it is not thier actual existence or application. I like the romantic notion of pirates as seen in such movies as Ice Pirates and the Goonies. I don’t like real, modren pirates, those guys are nothing more than thieves in boats. There is no class to modern day piracy, and very few sabres and puffy shirts, and in a sense Saudi Arabia is correct when it says that these pirates are terrorists, but that is not the point. My point in this long ramble (sorry I’m running on little sleep and I’ve just been waiting to have enough time to write something) is that before you accuse people of being terrorists, take a look at yourself and see that you too could be considered a terrorist, if you weren’t the US, or one of its allies.