“In a world where it so easy to connect to one another, we still remain very much disconnected”
I just checked out Queen Rania’s message on YouTube. The clip has received over 81,000 views already (UPDATE 3 April 2008. The clip has now almost 500,000 views and over 1000 comments). Give this a few more days and the clip would have achieved a reach that rivals the major news networks (who mostly only would take a sound bite from a long interview and overlay it with all kinds of of moving text and graphics anyway).
The clip has also attracted hundreds of comments so far. Reading through some of them proves the queen’s point. The stereotypes are sometimes shocking.
We live in a very bad time. Security checks on mall’s entrances and airports. Alarmist reports about this or that cultural phenomena. Flag burnings of this or that nation. Mindless stirring of religious sensitivities. Unresolved military occupations. Civil wars of fire and words. Fear. Fear and more Fear.
Haters and fanatics on all sides are having a field day..
“But they attacked us”
“But they want to destroy our values”
“But they want to control the world”
It’s the same talk on both sides.
The geopolitical game is ugly. A lot of cultural clash talk masks the fact that what is at stake are economic interests, greed and power. The “West” is hypocritical.
Equally ugly is the talk of identity and culture that masks the internal oppression of rights and the festering stagnation of societies. The “East” is hypocritical.
There is no way to describe the situation in the world today other than “ugly”.
Yet cynicism, pointing the finger at what “the others” are doing and disengagement only play into the hands of those whose contribution is the stalking of the fires of hate. And hate is the fuel of the hypocrites wars.
Queen Rania cannot be expected to single handedly change geopolitics with a YouTube clip. But at least she is doing something to create a bridge of understanding. And she’s using the right media to do it.
There will probably alway be greedy corporations, power hungry politicians, crazy army generals and disgruntled terrorists who will have their reasons, real or imagined, to wage wars.
We, the people, are, regrettably the fuel of these wars. So the least we can do is to talk to each other and get a little more enlightened, before we get blindly sucked into the wars that we get sold.