Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

Cold-hearted Bear

I have posted many times about how I hate corporate media in this country, especially news. The nightly news has turned into sensationalist crap. I have been getting more and more pissed at NBC as of late because they seem to be on this quest to force us to give a damn about the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa. They even commented that there seems to be a total lack of concern even though many thousands could be at risk of starvation. I think what makes this different than the crisis of the 80's when we had USA for Africa, Live Aid, "We Are the World", "Do They Know It's Christmas," etc etc is that world politics have shifted so dramatically in the past 30 years.

For one thing the crisis is happening mostly in Somalia. It is not some obscure country that no one has heard about. It's the country of pirates. It's the country that hasn't had a government in years. It's the country that is a hotbed of radical Islam. It's the country where our soldiers' bodies were dragged naked through the streets a decade ago. Is there any wonder that there seems to be a lack of interest about a tragedy happening there? That whole country is a definition of tragedy.

In the news reports all I see are women and children. Where are the men that conceived all of those children? The drought has been going on for a few years. Conditions were abysmal to begin with and you're having more children? The media is urging us to contribute to help. Where will that money be going?!? It is a completely lawless country. Back in 90's when we tried to help, the gangs took control of most of the food coming into the country. Will we be essentially feeding the pirates and/or future terrorists? Where are the rich sheiks in Saudi Arabia? Why aren't they helping to feed their Muslim brothers and sisters? I'm trying not to be too xenophobic about the whole thing, but perhaps I'm just getting more and more cynical the older I get. There is a certain fatigue that develops when everywhere you turn someone has their hand out. You want to help, but you also want to make sure that the help is both appreciated and used for good. I just don't see it in this situation.
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