When is the right time to say things?

Yet again Algeria has been hit by another violent episode with nine soldiers (according to the Algerian military) ambushed by AQIM in Ain Defla province. It happened during Eid-ul-Fitr days and about 10 days after 22 citizens had been killed by God knows who and for God knows what reasons in Ghardaia. These two deadly events have raised many reactions and comments on social networks.

I will build this post by going through some of the comments I read today.

thomsonAQIM published a statement claiming the terrorist attack in Ain Defla and shared a footage of the ambush. Many shared pictures of the dead soldiers on Twitter, many retweeted them and many others complained and asked the people to delete their tweets.
One of those who shared the pictures is a so-called expert (here and here is what I think of most of these experts) who later on apologized to Algerian tweeples admitting that sharing the pictures wasn’t necessary (cf. tweet above).

I believe that sharing such pictures is not only useless information wise but is also a contribution to these terrorist groups’ propaganda. But I guess the race for more retweets, more followers and also more invitations on TV is blinding many.

meddi1The second comment (cf. tweet to the left) was made by an Algerian journalist who asks why (and shames) an Algerian web site published today an interview of Ferhat Mhenni (founder of the MAK). The journalist, who received a reply by the interviewer on Facebook, probably meant that the press shouldn’t publish an interview of someone who negates the Algerian nation a few hours after the killing of nine Algerian soldiers and with the country being at risk.
But then, and it is very unfortunate, such killings happen quite regularly in Algeria and the country has been at risk for many years because of them, because of what happens in the world and because of so many other reasons. Then when is the right time to publish such interviews? Does a right time exist at all? And, as underlined by a friend, this is an interview and not an editorial they gave to Mhenni.

meddi2So let’s go a bit further. What else shouldn’t be published during some risky times (which could be all the time as I suggested above) and what is “safe to published”? The same journalist (cf. tweets to the right) obviously thinks that it is ok to criticize the Algerian military (its leaders) for the poor equipment and logistics used during missions which lead to these sad casualties. And it is also ok to criticize the Algerian state and regime.

Patriots on Fire readers know that I do this in most of my posts and can rightly expect me to applaud. But not everybody writes at PoF and not everyone shares my views, and it is therefore easy to find someone who thinks otherwise. Someone who believes that it is not the right time to criticize anything about the Algerian army because, you know, it is what keeps the country together and standing. I said I’d use tweets in this post so here’s one of somebody like that someone. I used “safe” above but this somebody speaks of “sane”.

ouardaThen perhaps our rulers are not only the misunderstood artists I thought them to be but they are actually sane rulers who thought about keeping the regime country standing when they didn’t allow the regime state TV and radio to mention these attacks before the ministry of defense issued its statement while the whole world was speaking about them (we know even the president watched French TV). So yes, all those Algerian tweeples who complained that the state TV didn’t suspend its usual programs or that the state hasn’t declared a mourning period are insane. My friends it is not the right time to speak of and mourn the dead. The Algerian TV and the state deny the reality. The TV reports on every casualty that happens in the world but says nothing of what happens in Algeria. Admitting that bad things happen will break that “security and stability exporter” new mantra the government has developed and that would have the gravest impact on the country.

So it is either the right time to report the facts or it is never the right time. To think that some facts must be kept hidden and some opinions unspoken only means that all (important) facts and opinions will be hidden and silenced. And to fear the facts/opinions tells us how fragile our country is.

Perhaps, instead of hiding the facts, it’s time to look at this fragility and see how it could be fixed. It is the right time… big time.


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