Wednesday, March 2, 2016

in the watery crosshairs

To assess a "resounding stupidity" in the family of man says more about the assessor than it does about the assessed. For all that, I am willing to be assessed as "resoundingly stupid" when it comes to the Mosul dam in Iraq.

Tribes and political factions and religious breast-beaters bicker and kill each other like school boys who have just discovered masturbation and meanwhile a potential one million people stand in danger of dying because no one can implement a fix on the decaying dam.

It is enough to leave Edvard Munch's "The Scream" in the shadows.
The engineers warned that potential loss of life from a sudden catastrophic collapse of the Mosul dam could be even greater than the 500,000 officially estimated, as they said many people could die in the resulting mass panic, with a 20-metre-high flood wave hitting the city of Mosul and then rolling on down the Tigris valley through Tikrit and Samarra to Baghdad.
True, it's "over there."

True, from the white man's unacknowledged aerie, it's just a bunch of brown people.

But the situation is like so many others elsewhere: If you're going to run around participating in yet another bloodbath -- one that is "right" and "true" and "virtuous" of course -- wouldn't it be nice to kill others in aid of gaining some worthwhile prize ... as for example a dam that worked and one that provided sustenance to those you hoped to enslave or liberate? Wouldn't it be smarter to fix the dam and then set about prosecuting a bloodbath? What's the point of winning when there's no longer anything left to win?

A million people ... stupid, stupider, stupidest ... that's me.

1 comment:

  1. Picking up the pieces is more expensive than maintenance. So bigger contracts are a bit of a carrot drawing the mule toward the dams failure. And a war torn country in economic tatters could benefit from a million fewer mouths to feed.