I don’t know


A few days ago I was watching this disturbing video on the bombing of Al Barra in Syria. There were too many civilian victims. I thought Bashar was a monster. But is he the only monster in the Syrian tragedy? What about the different opposition factions, Syria’s neighbours, “friend” and “foes”, Russia and the West, TV channels? It is said that Lakhdar Brahimi might resign soon, do we know the real reasons?
Obviously I don’t know.

3G deployment in Algeria is taking forever, the minister keeps setting dates and then postponing. Some people think it is because of purely technical reasons, others say it’s because the government is incompetent, others say it is because of Djezzy problem, and a few days ago somebody gave another explanation on TV.
I think it is all the above but, let’s be honest, I simply don’t know.

Corruption scandals related to Sonatrach will apparently be investigated by Tartag. Some people say this is a good thing as DRS people are competent and have access to everything. At the same time, we’re told that the DRS is but another clan of the Pouvoir and that it is as corrupt as the rest. Does this mean the investigations will only target members of the other clan(s)? Or is it just a lure.
On the DRS again, many say it’s behind part if not all the ugly things that happen in Algeria, including the very existence of AQIM and al. Others say it is quite the opposite.
You know what I think? I don’t know.

Bouteflika’s apparently getting ready for his fourth term. The new constitution is being prepared. Hanoune defends Bouteflika but attacks everybody and everything else including Bouteflika’s government and program. Would you have an explanation? I personally don’t.

I don’t need to go further. You can basically select any topic, and there would be a big chance that I wouldn’t have clue about it. I don’t even know who ate poor Grouchy and why does Mali want to replace it. I am frustrated about this (not the camel) but I know, and this is important, that most people are in my situation. “Idha 3ammat Khaffat” as the saying goes? No.

People, me included, like commenting, guessing and some even launching rumours but the truth is there. Most of us, including the journalists, experts and commentators, don’t have a clue on many of the matters that are important to us. Imagine the press with only verified facts, no doubtful facts and no conditional moods. Think of all those articles written on why Algeria hasn’t had its “spring” or on whether Abu Zeid and Mr. Marlboro were dead or not. We’d save a lot of paper and space. Time too as we’d have less to read and watch.

So yes I don’t know, and it is probably one of the wisest things I have said on this blog and elsewhere. I said that not knowing is frustrating because the matters are important and it is our right to know and our duty to seek knowledge. Algeria will celebrate the Day of Knowledge in three days, a day supposed to remind us all about the value of knowledge and that we should “Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave” as the saying goes.
But are we allowed to? Shall we feel better if we knew? I don’t know.

Another saying goes as “ignorance is bliss”. Baaziz says the same in the below song. I don’t know but I don’t think he’s serious.

8 thoughts on “I don’t know

  1. Oh, now that is a topic! To “know” is such an interesting word and concept. Its initial meaning is: to be aware of, to be cognizant with. In Arabic also, 3alama also signifies to be aware and to perceive. I don’t know what knowledge is any more personally, especially if in the bundle we’re supposed to find facts and truths. I don’t know, or no longer know how to relate facts and truth/s (one of the after effects of reading too many news and commentaries on Algeria).

    • NG,
      You seem to be a step ahead of me. Regarding Algeria and the way the world works, I am only concerned with verified facts for the moment. And this is something we don’t have access to, many facts are hidden, others are distorted, and others are fabricated. The whole lot being not verifiable easily.

      Truth and truths is something else, I am not sure how/if it/they relate with facts. I think Chatnoir’s latest post deals more specifically with this topic.

  2. In the best poem ever written, Ilia Abu Madhi repeats ‘lastou adri” ( I don’t know) like a mantra. It is may be the minimal truth that can bring back together, syrian parties, Dezzy and 3G, Tartag, Khelil and Abu Zeid, Bouteflika and Benbitour… Everybody… Except may be Louiza Hanoune because Louiza KNOWS and want the world to know what she knows…

    For the syrian case, I have tried during the last weeks to read news and ask the parties that speak for all sides on the web wether according to then what is happening was an uprising, a revolt, a revolution or a civil war. No one accepts the qualification of “civil war” but blames the other of seeking it. Even if in the early months of the conflict, the oppsition was wisely trying to avoid communitisation, things are different now. The reality is that most of the opponents are sunni and are clearly naming the alawites to be the enemy, while the rest, druze, christians, kurds are in a position of wait and see, not really with Bachar but exremely suspicious about the “revolutionaries”. When you know that the alawites like many other islamic factions have a special Islam (no mosques, no five pillars etc.) you look with some fear to what the mixture with salafi will give in the future.

    • Ilya Abu Madhi’s poem is indeed excellent.

      I just noticed that I used the word tragedy to speak of what’s happening in Syria. Without knowing it I used the word chosen by Bouteflika to speak of what happened in the 90s, the national tragedy…

      I remember that, when the war started in Iraq, an Algerian friend who lived in Syria used to say that communitarian problems in Iraq will be a joke next to what would happen in Syria should the regime there be shaken. I guess he was right. Regardless of who/what they are, it is always the poorest and weakest who suffer most.

  3. Tu as bien raison, en Syrie c’est une véritable tragédie, car il y a malgré tous les mensonges (et surtout les médiamensonges pour reprendre Michel Collon) il y a une vérité en Syrie, elle est claire, visible, évidente : le sang coule, les gens meurent, des vies sont détruites. telle est la vérité en Syrie.
    Pour tout le reste, il est vrai qu’à l’heure où tout le monde dit (et croit) que l’information circule librement, nous constatons que “toute” l’information ne circule pas. Et au contraire, ce sont les mensonges et les rumeurs qui vont beaucoup plus vite qu’avant, d’où la facilité à manipuler les masses beaucoup plus facilement et beaucoup plus rapidement.
    Mais si nous savons que tout ça n’est qu’un leurre alors nous savons au moins une chose, et ce n’est pas peu de chose que de savoir au moins ça🙂

    • Mais si nous savons que tout ça n’est qu’un leurre alors nous savons au moins une chose, et ce n’est pas peu de chose que de savoir au moins ça🙂

      Oh thanks for bringing this positive note up🙂 You are absolutely right!

  4. In talking about the phone issue. It seems as well that someone in the telecommunications system has let a whole area of Algiers run out of phone numbers and of course new ones are coming but its 7 months on and I’m still waiting and knowbody knows anything of value. Im pretty sure that whomever deals with the area knew this was coming. Why did they not get their act together a little sooner. Using a mobile phone to call abroad is way too expensive and borrowing sub standard connections from friends is extremely frustrating and inconvenient. Maybe the government should also just jump to 4G because thats whats happening in the rest of the world. This is becoming a bit of an embarrassing situation for Algeria lagging so far behind in telecommunications. This is why Algeria is considered by some to be 3 world (even though we know its not). Not being able to get a home phone within a reasonable time frame though is just downright unacceptable. I love Algeria but please can someone in government get it together as far as this is concerned.

    • Welcome Yakezala.
      I don’t know about going 4G right away esp. that mobile services are simply absent; and the issue is the same with digital terrestrial TV where most Asian and African countries jumped from analog TV to second generation DTV while Algeria seems to be the only one considering 1st generation DTV, and again going digital doesn’t make sense at all with a handful TV channels and no plan to have more.

      It is indeed embarrassing that Algeria stays behind so many countries in terms of new technologies and many other aspects, but more embarrassing is the fact the rulers don’t seem capable of planning anything at all.

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