There is something
strange about the way in which the media continues to portray both
the motives and reasons of the actions that are really nothing new
off of the coast of Somalia
and other countries on the coast of Africa.
Most recently it has been the US flagged ship, Maersk Alabama, that has captured the awe and the attention of the world at
large. Over the last week, I have been amazed at the coverage of
liberal and conservative media outlets alike and their coverage
of the over-taking of the African bound cargo ship. At
no point has the media attempted to mention or even allude to the
living conditions in Somalia and the status of its central government
in relation to the rest of the world. They have only asserted that
the cargo ship was carrying foreign aide with additional cargo.
No additional information was
mentioned about the insurmountable tons of solid and liquid waste,
including nuclear, that the western world has and continues to deposit
on the shores of Africa and its surrounding
waters. Nor was there any mention of the depleted resources that
render the local economy useless, resulting in desperation. No one
covering the story thought to raise the question of where they acquired
their western manufactured weapons and complimenting ammunition?
It is no secret that Somalia
and other African countries are facing some of the most atrocious
humanitarian crises known to the modern world, and the fact of the
matter is that it is by design and a direct result of systemic western
As aforementioned, like other
items of propaganda, there continues to be a side of the story that
is not being told. Pray-tell what is the difference that exist among
so called pirates at sea and corporate thieves on land? We in the
western world have gone to these countries, raped and robbed their
land, leaving the native people with literally nothing, and expect
them to be satisfied with spoon fed foreign aide. I would further
submit that countries of Somalia
and the like do not need foreign aide but foreign commerce that
they might become self sustaining.
cannot in all good conscience blame the African Ambassadors of the
sea, that the media have named pirates, for simply trying to make
ways out of no ways for the people of their land. Third world and
developing countries have historically been marginalized by the
western world without respect for the resources, cultures or contributions
of the native inhabitants. Without a doubt, I am happy for the captain
and crew of the Maersk Alabama, but they just happen to fall victims
of circumstance. Much like the series of Tarzan, the Lone Ranger
and numerous other vehicles of propaganda, the so called civilized
western world and their warped sense of reality comes in and saves
the rest of the world and everyone lives happily ever after having
been set free. That is exactly how the drama and subsequent rescue
of the Maersk Alabama has and continues to be reported and portrayed.
As one looks into the holistic situation with some sense of depth
it is as if the pirates are renacting the story of Robin Hood; they
are simply robbing from the rich and giving back to the poor!
BlackCommentator.com Guest Commentator, The Reverend D. D. Prather, is
a noted Civil/Social Justice Activist, and a native
of Atlanta, GA.
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