I went to this conference ‘Time for a change – Alternative conference’ a few Sundays before. Basically that was because I had nothing to do on that day, and rather than sleeping in my own cosy room I would rather get my mind working, for the next day my new term will eventually start.
And I did get my mind working. The conference, as said by its title was rather a manifestation of the in-fighting that occurs within the Labour Party, of which Tony Blair is leading. I found it kind of bizarre – you are in the same party but you have your fight public? Back in our home any sign of contradiction within a party would be a sign of weakness- can’t you see how many people making fun of those contradictory statements on ‘do we have enough sugar for the country or do we not’ by two ministers. But hey, such freedom of speech is healthy isn’t it? Is there anyone in this world who is critics-proof? Is our PM supposed to be someone who is not entitled for open criticism?
Back to the main story.
The first session, which was the main session was about the crisis in the middle east. The first speaker was George Galloway, an MP (Member of Parliament) who is acceptably a very good speaker; sarcastic in a way but definitely convincing. I was touched by every fact he mentioned- (if you want to be convinced, watch the videa I am gonna put later )
Israel started the war to rescue his two soldiers kidnapped by Hizbullah. But what everyone failed to mentioned is that Israel has jailed 27 Palestinian Government officers, kidnapped 7 of its minister. What is this? Some kind of double standard or what? I always feel helpless when it comes to fact like this. When we talk about such injustice done to these people, we Malaysians can’t see any way more than boycotting Israel’s product, produce (useless) statements condemning their cruel acts (like those given by our ministers, e.g. during OIC), and demonstrations. We pray for them. That’s all. Even if all Malaysians realized about what happened to the Arab world (which I wonder when would this happen since we are all seemed more interesting in whose ‘hantaran’ is higher) we can do a little about that. We are powerless, admit it.
But what George Galloway tried on that day, and keep trying now is to change the mindset the people in whose hand the power is. The power to change the world. Yes, because the
United Kingdom is powerful they are one of the major player. And because the people know that they have the power to control the government (in some ways, not like Malaysians who rather follow whatever the government said, as if those who run the country make no flaws), and they can change the government policies if they put enough pressure to it. If they realize that the government is actually helping the wrong side, then hopefully some changes might be done. If they know who is the actual terrorist, if they know what really happen there in the Middle East, if they know that their airport is used to fly those weapons to Israel to kill the innocents, thing might change.
All of that is because they are powerful.
And what struck me was how dependent we (the Muslims) have become. It is as if our fate is in their hands. Is not we who is supposed to have the power? Why is that we have to have them to be our protector? I felt like crying at the moment how helpless and powerless we are.
And again I felt the same when the chairperson for the second session started by saying something like this:
‘To all Muslims, we just want to tell you that you don’t have to feel guilty about whatever happened in this world. It is our government that is to be blamed’
Yes, that is some kind of soothing consolation, but I see that as something so pathetic. We Muslims who initiated the first real civilised country in this world now live under the mercy of others. So pathetic.
I attended two of the sessions advertised, got something else to do after that but I can still remember the facts given by most speakers:
‘Islam now is being associated to evil deeds, and is potrayed by the media as an icon of everything bad, just like how they potrayed communism back then during the war time.’
‘Germany has a reason to be apologetic about what happened to Israel, because it has some sort of historic responsibility to the Jews after the Holocaust’
..and some more sickening facts that I would rather not include them here.