Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Art of Protesting

If you're going to protest something, you better do it right.

What I'm tired of seeing in the news are protests which aim to speak out against a specific nation, government, or group but end up only hurting those who the movement is made to represent. For example, last September in China anti-Japanese protests broke out in urban areas denouncing the Japanese for nationalizing the Diaoyu Islands, a small island chain that the Chinese government claimed was within China's territorial boundaries. As a result of the protests, groups of Chinese took to the streets and smashed Japanese-brand cars and shops selling Japanese food and products. But these actions ultimately only hurt their own compatriots - Chinese were the owners of the Japanese-made cars, Chinese were the owners and proprietors of the Japanese restaurants and shops that fell under attack. No Japanese were directly affected.

Today bombs erupted in the city of Baghdad killing over sixty people. The attacks were to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by American forces. But why blow up your own people? What does that aim to prove? Am I, as an America, directly affected by the attacks? No. Do I remotely even care about the attacks? No. Does it affect my day-to-day actions? No.

What does it affect? It affects the way I view certain Iraqi extremists. Now more than ever I see that my nation wasted countless billions of dollars in a war which only catapulted your barbaric display of violence into the national spotlight.