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THAT THING IN LIBYA STILL GOING ON DESPITE JAPANESE DISASTER
March 14 2011
Benghazi, Libya – People are fascinated with stories, tales, the adventures of other people. There is no better evidence of that than the success of the film industry which has, by far, become the most popular creative medium ever created. Deeper than that
though, stories are built into us both through bedtime tales our parents told us and possibly genetically, rooted in the earliest days of human communication. Tales of victory, love, humour, revenge, and just about everything else have compelled us for as long as we have been humans, and that continues today.
In recent weeks the most compelling stories haven’t been on the silver screen but rather on the small screen and computer monitors as real life tales of rebellion, redemption, tragedy, and the soaring nature of the human spirit have been playing out across the world. For months the focus of those stories had been northern Africa and the uprising and rebellions taking place there, but in the last few days that attention has shifted halfway across the world to the events in Japan. While that unfolding tragedy there has most certainly brought a valid amount of attention, some of those other stories continue marching onwards, in particular that is true in Libya where force loyal to Gaddafi have largely ignored the Japanese earthquake and tsunami coverage and continued to pummel rebel forces.
“This is not a good time for us. The military has been moving forward and taking many cities. We are still determined to take the country and to push this corrupt government from their office but we do need help from the international community in order to resist this push,” said one local rebel in one of the few remaining rebel strongholds. “These are certainly hard times and we had hoped that the events in Japan would have helped by distracting their attention but they seem as determined as ever and that is making our jobs very difficult. It is only with the will of Allah that we will defeat these beasts.”
Gaddafi forces have taken multiple cities in the last few days and begun focussing attention on the remaining rebel strongholds.
“This situation is as dire now as it was before the Tsunami, though it’s difficult to
measure that now. I mean events of any kind are only truly important in terms of how much people care about them. The cancellation of a TV show is a disaster to fans, but to non-fans it is totally irrelevant. That is the nature of the human animal,” said Scrape TV Media analyst Sarah Piper. “The reality is that people are far more interested in Japan right now, which has resulted in most media attention turning towards that, and that in turn has diminished the coverage and importance of the events in Libya. It has become readily apparent now that the events there are going to happen no matter what’s happening in Japan.”
Thousands of troops, experts, and military assets from around the world have been sent to Japan in recent days. A half dozen Maltese fishing boats have been spotted near the coast of Libya.
“The simple truth of the matter is that this is a more compelling story. The events in Libya didn’t really change all that much and as a result they lost their audience. Ask anyone in Hollywood and they will tell you that story. Sometimes though people just get bored of the aesthetic and no changes can bring it back from the brink, especially in the face of something more exciting,” continued Piper. “That is very much what we are seeing here. People are bored of Libya, bored of Gaddafi, and bored of the whole region which they have been watching for months and so their attention has shifted to more compelling things, which will last until something better comes along.”
Reports indicate that work has restarted on the North Korean earthquake machine just outside Pyongyang.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent