Fox’s Shepard Smith patronizingly reminded his viewers that although the magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia, which was felt as far away as Toronto and South Carolina, was unusual and that things would indeed be weird probably for the rest of the day, REAL history was being made in Lybia. Well for those who have loved ones on the east coast, we are somewhat less interested in the chaos in Lybia and more interested in whether or not building which are quite old and were not built to withstand any kind of earthquake event, are still standing. This is the capital of the United States and while those of you who are either from the west coast or have lived there are somewhat jaded where this kind of event happens quite often, on the east coast this is a extreme event.
While I was taking classes to get my degree in History I had a professor who talked about the “So What” factor in history education. By that he meant, why is this event worth studying, why is it important, what impact has it made in peoples lives, how has it changed the fabric of history and our lives? Passing events through this prism helps to solidify not just what is important about an event and why, or why not.
Now as for Lybia. Someone tell me just how this is going to change anything in Lybia or in the Middle East. Who is going to fill the vacuum? What new dictator, what new group of thugs will be in charge? They have ONE working hospital for thousand and thousand of people. The rebels are dancing in the street. The street however is littered with the detritus of ruined shops and homes. They are looting the government compound, so just what makes them any better or different from the people they’ve toppled? Apparently Sharia law is going to be the law of the land. How exactly does that relate to freedom and liberty, again?
We’ve seen this all before. These people have never lived in freedom and their religion doesn’t make any space for it. They subjugate roughly half of their population behind the veil and refuse to educate their women and girls. Liberty cannot exist in the same country as Sharia law. The two are mutually exclusive. So pardon me if my enthusiasm lacks vive. This goat and sheep show is something I’ve seen multiple times in the past. Get back to me when they elect a real government, with equality promised to ALL citizen, when they promise to educate ALL children and when they aren’t stealing from the shop keepers in their neighborhoods. Until then………so what!