Of all the unrest in the Middle East, Libya’s has been the strangest. Momar Gadhafi was for me, as a child, the face of terrorism in the world. I remember the allegations of state-sponsored terror, including Pan Am Flight 1973, and our later air strikes against the dictator. In large measure, he disappeared from my imagination in the decades since, even as terrorism has grown to dominate our global conversation. He has become all but forgotten and irrelevant.
But, that was a luxury that American children of the 80s enjoyed — to conveniently forget about him. For Libyan children of the same generation, however, Momar Gadhafi was not some boogie man; he was a living nightmare. Things are never as bad as we imagine them. But, it is mostly true that Gadhafi has brutalized his country for decades, even until now, at the bitterest end.
So a generation of Libyans, of my same age, have faced down their kid fears (and mine) to bring it all to an end. Inspired by the dominoing Middle Eastern protests that have preceded it, the opposition movement has been steeled, even as Gadhafi has turned his guns violently upon them, in spite of the inevitability of it all. (It appears he has staged fake rallies in support of the regime, like the one included in today’s audio, but now even his own security forces are abandoning him.)
But all successful revolution is bedrocked in the brave acts of its participants and not simply the hollow rhetoric of discontent. It’s called sacrifice. I guess you could say that, in revolution, it’s better to be seen and not heard. And, this is what their silence sounds like.
Performed by ipoet. Music produced by Diaz from Hungary.
I did not do this beat justice. One of the best I’ve ever been on.
Today’s liberation audio here:Seen and Not Heard (Dominoin' Part 3)