Only half the internet seems to be working this morning, it makes me wonder if the Gov't decided to drop an anti-info bomb and block the social networking sights it thought were "unhelpful" in the recent "unrest". If this is the case, and it isn't just the normal "nothing works in Africa" boner, I'm having a hard time figuring out what's meant to be gained. As best I can figure it, stuff like this only makes people more irritated at the people in charge.
Up to this point most of the locals I talk to laugh or shake their heads at the protesters. I mean, they are protesting the rising cost of fuel and food. Guess what, the cost of food is going up because the crop production is down due to no one investing in irrigation, and the fuel costs are up because they are up everywhere in the world. Regardless of decisions made by politicians, short of restructuring the nations infrastructure and production values years ago, the current issues aren't part of some conspiracy to eff up the common mans life. Of course, the people on the outside maneuvering for power - political figures disconnected from the ruling party and those who lost in the recent elections - don't care about the reality of the situation and only see opportunity when others see hardship. This means the vilification of a ruling party that, regardless of their other actions, aren't directly responsible for the current problems. The end result... a bunch of young folks full of vinegar, but lacking common sense, get riled up to pawn themselves of in a power-play between politicians where the only real losers are the people who let themselves be used and the innocent who get caught in the crossfire.
I'm not one to defend any government anywhere, least of all this particular ones response to the situation - I WANT MY FACEBOOK, but the cause of this social unrest seems to be flat out stupid. It's like throwing rocks at the president because FOX canceled Firefly... granted keeping Mal and the gang on TV for a few more seasons would have got me to vote for almost anyone, but the negative response to a guy surrounded by dudes with guns seems a bit stupid to me.
I'm just a visitor here, so I'm likely missing more than a few pieces of the puzzle, but it seems the irony of the situation is, due to tribal culture, the one where the chief makes all the decisions, is a big father figure, and releases all the "smaller" people from the responsibility of thinking for themselves, the leaders that wanted all the power, respect, admiration, and to be the "Big Men", are having problems now simply because they are in control. Hooray for politics of power, congratulations for getting what you wished for!
The reason I don't trust politicians doesn't start with their politics, it starts with them wanting power. Regardless of what they want to do with it, anyone dumb enough to want to dance with a bull makes me wonder about their sanity and motives. I heard someone asked "Who's your favorite president?" the other day and it made me wonder about it myself. I realized it was Washington, not so much for any of his policies, but because he was the only guy to ever hold the position who didn't want it and was eager to leave it.
I rarely trust any leader who always wanted to be a leader, this especially goes for pastors and people in ministry. If the power, position, and respect had anything to do with a persons desire for a place of authority, chances are, they are ill equipped to make the right choices once they have it, again, especially in ministry. If you want my vote or respect, tell me why you don't want it or will be just fine if you don't get it, that or bring back Firefly... you know, whichever works for you.