A GLANCE

By William Markiewicz

ALBANIA

"Albania sinks into chaos..." What does the present situation in Albania remind us of more than the student mayhem that paralysed Paris in the sixties? And until now nobody has come up with a completely satisfactory analysis. In spite of the inspired philosophers and futurologues History is not an exact science. Things happen first and then we try to build theories to match the facts. This applies even to a major event like W.W.I. On the bigger and smaller scale there is almost always too much chaos to handle using linear knowledge and logic. Happenings possess their own dynamics because the collective mind is the sum of knee-jerk reflexes. Each such outburst starts a snowball effect and, if there is no outside superior power to stop it, those more or less chaotic explosions will only wear out with time through natural exhaustion and sooner or later some new structures may emerge. We can't always predict what they will be. Personally I doubt if Albania, with no central power and no visible leadership, could develop into autonomous libertarian communities. It would be something unique on the scale of a country. But Albania probably doesn't possess the social, economic, intellectual infrastructures to enter such an adventure.

IRAQ

A few months ago in Le Monde Diplomatique's Forum dedicated to "homogenized information" (medias et pensee unique), one correspondent noted that those whose job it is to know, know that the Iraqi nation stands behind Saddam Hussein and the world media doesn't report it. Of course it doesn't because the world's "free" media report either politically correct news or that which the public wants to receive. Nevertheless, instead of hiding the truth, the media would do a much better job if it analysed how the bloody and power hungry Hussein can remain popular in his country. In my view this popularity is not so surprising. Saddam Hussein resembles the old style autocratic monarch more than a banana republic 'cacique.' There is very little corruption in Iraq, much less than in the rest of the Arab world. Facing terrible hardship caused by the international never-ending embargo, Iraq survives and proudly. Iraqis know that they have no alternative to Saddam Hussein other than some fundamentalist government and Iraqis are the most secular of the Arabs. The majority is not interested in being ruled by Islam. Women's position in Iraq is surprisingly modern. Iraqis feel that the anti-Saddam world trend is really an anti-Iraqi trend, which draws them even closer to Saddam. In this the Iraq situation resembles the situation in Cuba, in Serbia, or in 60s Spain. Franco's regime then condemned some democratic activists to death and the whole world called on Franco for mercy. This drew a reaction of huge pro-Franco demonstrations and the world media was full of photos of countless Spanish crowds with arms extended in the Fascist salute. The press drew totally misleading conclusions about this Spanish reaction. It wasn't at all a pro-Franquist and pro-Fascist demonstration, but a demonstration of masses who were angry with foreign interference in internal Spanish affairs. Had the foreign democrats known the Spaniards better, the victims of execution would probably be alive today. The Spaniards are proud people but pride is not only Spanish. The arrogant pressure of the international self-appointed 'justiciers' creates a living wall of solidarity by nations around their autocrats.


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