Best of Blogs Round-Up: Tuesday, February 7, 2006
EDITED BY PIERRE TRISTAM/Candide's Notebooks
Non-disclaimer: We're liberal to the core, but we include in this daily blog review the political, the social, the cultural and the undefinable from the left, the right, the in-between from all over the globe. And we're suckers for good writing regardless of ideology. Clicking the link will take you to the original post.
Featured Blog I: Rwandan Shock
Smile, You're on Genocide
George Conrad /Feb. 2, 2006
KIGALI, Rwanda--Today after a few field visits, one of the people accompanying me wanted to stop and visit one of the genocide memorials along the road back to Kigali [in Rwanda]. I had never visited one, other than the big one at Gisozi in Kigali, and this seemed like a reasonable idea. We pulled over, had a look, and didn't see much... a large open space on the top floor of a building, large "Never Again" signs in English and Kinyarwanda, and some locked doors on the lower level behind which are apparently a number of coffins... Still, even if a bit bland it's always a moving experience to stop and actually think about what happened here a little over ten years ago. My companion was wandering around the site, having a look and shooting a few pictures. As she rightly pointed out later, having the photos to share with those at home is often a good motivator for a conversation about what happened here and what else (Darfur, hello) is going on in the world. Then she asked me to take a picture of her in front of the memorial, under the big "Never Again" sign, and something inside me just flinched. And flinched something bad. Read the rest...
Featured Blogger II: Cartoongate
"Well, Shit, At Least This Time it Ain't the Jews"
THE RUDE PUNDIT /February 6, 2006
[Voltaire isn't around to give us his Zadig's worth on Cartoongate. The Rude Pundit is. Someone should make this guy secretary general of the United Nations.]
If, say, in the middle of Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark unveiled a giant bronze statue of Mohammed on his knees getting teabagged by a smiling, standing Jesus Christ as throngs of gathered Danes, all hoisting sugary Danishes in the air, sang, "There Is a Lovely Land" before they pelted Mohammed and his scrotum-filled mouth with thousands of sticky buns, well, shit, okay, then we'd have something to talk about. But the thuggery that's being done allegedly in the name of a few shitty sketches of Mohammed published in a Danish newspaper is smoke and mirrors, a bullshit blow-up over a few bullshit cartoons that a bunch of bullshit opportunists used to create bullshit advantage to their bullshit causes. Such utter nonsense, because not only are the cartoons themselves six months old, but Mohammed's kisser's been "depicted" since, you know, say, the start of Islam. So, hey, hush, don't let anyone know that Mohammed's one of the Super Best Friends on South Park or they might start burning Cartman in effigy.
The majority of the riots went something like this: Some idiot with a megaphone yells how everyone needs to show how much they love them some Mohammed. One guy tells another guy in the protest crowd that he loves Mohammed more. Guy 1 says, no; in fact, he loves Mohammed more. Guy 2 says oh, yeah, he'll show you how much he loves Mohammed, and Guy 2 breaks a window. Guy 1 says, fuck you, fucker, he'll show you how he loves Mohammed more, and launches a Molotov cocktail through the broken window. Guy 3 announces that there's shit to steal and all hell breaks loose, as man with megaphone looks on proudly. Read the rest at the Rude Pundit...