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.