I know I should be writing about the tragic mess in Ghardaia and how the state has simply abandoned the citizens but I admit that I don’t know more than what’s reported by the press, which means I have little to add. Well, I actually do have my two cents. I said in a previous comment on this blog that the state (whatever this means in Algeria) seems to do all it could to stir things up. So not only do I think it cannot solve the issues in Ghardaia but I am not convinced it wants them solved. At least not before they reach some very serious level.
Whatever the real reasons behind the riots and the confrontations between the Mzabis and the Arabs (Chaanba), things have dragged for too many years and went too far that simple police work won’t be enough and it will take a long time to fix things (longer since nothing’s done so far). And Rachid Nekkaz (wannabe-BHL and self-promotion addict) is certainly not helping.
So I’ll speak of another topic of which I know about nothing, the presidential elections.
We are told that Bouteflika has brought peace to the country. Ask the people of Ghardaia and elsewhere about it. We are told that the country’s facing many challenges and risks – on which I agree, and this is why we should be united… behind Bouteflika. On which I obviously disagree. And if I agreed on this then I’d answer why the elections and the campaign? Just say the situation is too dangerous that the elections must be postponed or even cancelled wessalam.
Instead, we are forced to go through this masquerade, spend the people’s money and have a democratic election travesty. And in this scope, we hear many people praise the president’s past, present and future achievements. As if the people were too ignorant, gullible and stupid to believe them.
Speaking of ignorance, many of you must know the famous poem by Ahmed Shawqi: where he praises the teacher whose role is key in every society and which starts by
“قم للمعلم وفه التبجيلا…. كاد المعلم ان يكون رسولا” which could be translated to something like “Stand up in respect for your teacher, for a teacher’s status is almost as high as that of a messenger (prophet)“.
But education is not a sacred thing for our state; teachers, students, scientists, etc. nobody really matters. Hocine Malti referred to General Toufik as Algeria’s god; it looks like Bouteflika’s his prophet. How do you understand the below video otherwise? I am exhausted.