Sometimes the Internet makes me want to pull my hair out at the roots in frustration. Back in the days of the 56k modem, I hated that everything took so long.
Now, of course, I dislike that everything happens so fast. This includes commentary.
I am that man: that is my destiny. I was reading a story on the Yahoo page about the sale of oil in Iraq. Here are some of the comments that made me want to weep with frustration at the people who have access to the online community.
For those of you who have ever wondered why it is that I want to teach, it’s because I want to deal with these kinds of attitudes, and perhaps try and make the people involved think, possibly for the first time. All the comments below are completely unedited.
“It’s a funny old world. None of these middle-East countries have made any useful contribution to the world, yet have garnered huge wealth, which has mostly been squandered. Most of the oil itself has also been squandered by a hugely wasteful West. We’re coming to the end of an era. now. The West isn’t prepared to be held to ransom by a bunch of religious zealots. The technology is coming online to vastly reduce the Wests need for oil. The real issue will then be… what the hell do these sort of countries do for a living then…?? They have no industry, no nothing. Everything they have worth mentioning comes from the ‘West’ they all hate. It’ll be back to goat-herding for most of them.” – Gypseyqueens2
“Zionists control the UK and America” – Greatmarkham
“I think we should go back in and take the oil for ourselves, and not give them a penny. Oil is running out, and It is, afterall, survival of the fittest. Anyway, Iraqi’s were happy to let us in when Saddam was in power, but as soon as he was out, they hated us and kept killing our soldiers, some thanks that is. They still blow up American soldiers now. If i was Prime minister i would not think twice to go back in, take their oil and plunder all they have. It will Teach them to be thankful next time they are liberated from a dictatorship.”- Mr.Awjones
“Iraq is a primitive country with a very primitive populace…Without the west which they hate (because they are envious of our high standards) they would last five minutes before going back to kicking @#$%-which is what they do when they come to the Uk-and we support them in this” – what2frog
“When you live on a sphere, every point on thet sphere is accessible from every other point in a straight line. Oil, and every other resource belongs to all of us (except those who still subscribe to the flat earth theory!)” – Mrteach
(Actually, I quite like that one. It’s not flame warfare, it is merely cataclysmically stupid.)
“Gipsyqweens2 has hit the nail on the proverbial head with the forthright facts that has been known to the initiated for “yonks” that not only is fossil feuel now a thing of the past;oil is likewise being made redundant! The alarming rate of “global wearming” is a direct source for the urgent need for restraint concerning the “carbon footprint” but the very act of “treading” upon “nature’s toes”will be to our peril! Mark my words! When the electric driven vehicle—and it is already here-plus the development of hydrogen fusion,the West will be telling the oil-holding us to ransome,States,to take a “running jump”and it then will be a case of who’d a thought it! Again,mark my words?” – osborne_f
(The question mark at the end of that one is just genius – “I’m Ron Burgundy?”)
“calmckeown- Ummmmmm…we use the Roman alphabet, not the Arabic….” – flycrank
(Brilliantly, that one was in response to a post about the invention of writing in general)
As for my own thoughts on the Middle East… I don’t like being lied to. Neither did Rudyard Kipling, who in 1917 wrote a poem called ‘Mesopotamia’. I reproduce it below, for you to ponder.
They shall not return to us, the resolute, the young,
The eager and whole-hearted whom we gave:
But the men who left them thriftily to lie in their own dung,
Shall they come with years and honour to the grave?
They shall not return to us, the strong men coldly slain
In sight of help denied from day to day:
But the men who edged their agonies and chid them in their pain,
Are they too strong and wise to put away?
Our dead shall not return to us while and Day and Night divide –
Never while the bars of sunset hold.
But the idle-minded overlings who quibbled while they died,
Shall they thrust for high employments as of old?
Shall we only threaten and be angry for an hour?
When the storm is ended shall we find
How softly but how swiftly they have sidled back to power
By the favour and contrivance of their kind?
Even while they sooth us, while they promise large amends,
Even while they make a show of fear,
Do they call upon their debtors, and take counsel with their friends,
To confirm and re-establish each career?
Their lives could not repay us – their death could not undo –
The shame that they have laid upon our race.
But the slothfulness that wasted and the arrogance that slew,
Shall we leave it unabated in its place?