Cry for Guatemala: and Cambodia, Uganda, Chechnya, PNG and Afghanistan…

Okay, so I can’t play the video that inspired this write, since it’s a snuff film, and I can’t do that, in all good conscience, so I’ll play this one instead. Sometimes I think that maybe we need some rocket-launcher control legislation, since I’m not sure what I’d do if I had one—no, not that, since that’s a sin, and I’m a Buddhist…

That a sickening ‘snuff film’ made the rounds recently, of a girl being torched in public, by an angry mob in Guatemala, is sickening beyond belief. The fact that she may have committed an equally heinous crime herself is immaterial. Guatemala is a Christian country. I know it well. What has happened to the world as we know it? Can it get any worse than this? Or has it always been like this, and we are just now getting the news because of smart-phones and social media? None of the above or all of the above?

memoria 001At first I assumed it must be a hoax, so watched it, and just when it seemed like the fire would go out, somebody jumps into the picture with fresh lighter fluid and re-doused her, with flames climbing ever higher. I deleted the screen after that, but yes, she died, and I witnessed it, like some villager attending the Saturday hanging in the public square. It’s probably still up on the Breitbart website if you want to google that. Yes, THAT Breitbart…

Guatemala is a remote uneducated tribal country, and things like that happen periodically. Aside from the notorious civil war of a generation ago, when extra-judicial killings were the norm, and genocide was the name, other disturbing incidents happen all too frequently, e.g. trafficking in body parts, and babies, something I’ve never heard of anywhere else, and also disgusting beyond belief, not just that unofficial harvests might occur, but that people are killed for parts! And murdered in false accusations of such…

Similar things happen elsewhere in the world, too, particularly in countries with similar spectacularly backward tribal legacies, and murky pasts—you know, the cool places, like Cambodia and Afghanistan, and others, particularly in such heinous crimes—mostly unproven—as homosexuality, infidelity and witchcraft…

 

This latter was the case recently in Cambodia, where a suspected sorcerer was murdered by a mob, with no proof offered. In Papua New Guinea, there are hundreds of these cases every year, in a country with over 800 languages, and almost no education. Cambodia is a Buddhist country, of course, and PNG nominally Christian, but with animist roots that would make your skin crawl…

IMG_1313Muslim countries are infamous for their sexual intolerance, of course, but hardly alone. Christian Uganda leads the way on anti-LGBT legislation, with capital punishment allowable for conviction of sex-orientation offenses, if the law ever gets enacted. And Russian Chechnya has an anti-gay vendetta currently in the works that borders on genocide, or gender-cide, if that better fits the current circumstances, with ‘honor killings’ also on the rise if and when the victims are released back to their families…

Ironically, this all started with a petition to hold a local ‘gay pride’ parade and now the government claims that there are no gays! Yes, they are Muslim, but they are also Caucasian (!), so this is not just a ‘negro problem’ or ‘Ay-rab problem’. There it gets much worse, of course, especially in the Asian region, where ‘honor killings’ are de rigueur in Pakistan and Afghanistan, this for simple infidelity, or accusations thereof, not to mention homosexuality…

Of course women are sometimes so locked up at home in Afghanistan that homosexuality is the only option there for side action, Hazara boys and other unmentionables, women harassed for just going to work—real work, not sex work! It’s bad, sometimes, and so phony, Ahmadinejad claiming there’s no homosexuality in Iran. Ha, what a joke! I’ve heard stories that’ll curl your hair—first-hand eye-witness! It was, in fact, a haven for such, until Khomeini came to power. The rest is history…

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The moral of the story, I guess, if there is one, is that this world is not sustainable, like this, good folks, but you know that. People deserve justice. People deserve due process. People deserve to have the means to live their lives in peace and harmony. You know that we can do better as a people, as a race, as a species. We can’t take for granted that, “It’ll all work out.” It might and it might not. It takes effort, your effort…

p.s. In 1983 I drove my 1966 pickup truck from Lake Atitlan, Guatemala to Nebaj, up in the ‘Ixil Triangle’, where the civil war was raging heavily, the news of which would mostly come out later. Desperate people stood by the side of the road, trying to flag a ride where buses would no longer go. We all knew that something was going on, but nobody really knew what, until it was too late, and thousands were dead. The helicopters indeed were flying sorties in and out all day, to regions unknown but nearby. The rest is history…

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