Humanity, Thy Name is Tribal War

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Humanity, Thy Name is Tribal War

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by baldilocks

Sit­ting in for Fausta.

I’ve been putting off com­men­tary on this.

White South African farm­ers will be removed from their land after a land­slide vote in parliament.

The country’s con­sti­tu­tion is now likely to be amended to allow for the con­fis­ca­tion of white-​owned land with­out com­pen­sa­tion, fol­low­ing a motion brought by rad­i­cal Marx­ist oppo­si­tion leader Julius Malema.

It passed by 241 votes for to 83 against after a vote on Tues­day, and the pol­icy was a key fac­tor in new pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s plat­form after he took over from Jacob Zuma in February.

Mr Malema said the time for ‘rec­on­cil­i­a­tion is over’. ‘Now is the time for jus­tice,’ News24 reported.

As a teenager, I read James Michener’s The Covenant. It’s Michener’s usual fare, a his­tor­i­cal novel, this one based on South Africa and the his­tory which led to the country’s exis­tence. Just a few min­utes ago, I down­loaded an audio­book ver­sion from the LA Pub­lic Library.

Since I have the lux­ury of time to refresh my read­ing on this coun­try, I’ll save any in-​depth com­men­tary on this spe­cific sit­u­a­tion for another post. But I don’t have to do a refresher course on human nature.

I’ve seen the non-​South African opin­ion sides form­ing among my friend and, yes, with some notable excep­tions, those opin­ions are formed along the color line. Both white and black South Africans have legit­i­mate griev­ances. Here’s the thing, once all griev­ances are addressed, even unto death, where does it end? Spoiler: it doesn’t end.

Regard­ing a poten­tial tribal war here in the US, I said this six years ago.

The God of Abra­ham, Isaac, and Jacob reserves vengeance to Him­self, and instructs Jew­ish and Chris­t­ian believ­ers to forego it. But even if one does not believe in Him, it’s easy to see the chaos which is nearly always brought about by the unend­ing cycle of human vengeance. You murder/​enslave/​oppress mine, then I take vengeance and murder/​enslave/​oppress yours. Then you take vengeance and murder/​enslave/​oppress more of mine. Then I …

Funny how every sin­gle pro­po­nent of vengeance man­ages to for­get this over and over.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Cannot vouch for the modernity of the map. I’ll put a new one up if this one is outdated.

by baldilocks

Sitting in for Fausta.

I’ve been putting off commentary on this.

White South African farmers will be removed from their land after a landslide vote in parliament.

The country’s constitution is now likely to be amended to allow for the confiscation of white-owned land without compensation, following a motion brought by radical Marxist opposition leader Julius Malema.

It passed by 241 votes for to 83 against after a vote on Tuesday, and the policy was a key factor in new president Cyril Ramaphosa’s platform after he took over from Jacob Zuma in February.

Mr Malema said the time for ‘reconciliation is over’. ‘Now is the time for justice,’ News24 reported.

As a teenager, I read James Michener’s The Covenant. It’s Michener’s usual fare, a historical novel, this one based on South Africa and the history which led to the country’s existence. Just a few minutes ago, I downloaded an audiobook version from the LA Public Library.

Since I have the luxury of time to refresh my reading on this country, I’ll save any in-depth commentary on this specific situation for another post. But I don’t have to do a refresher course on human nature.

I’ve seen the non-South African opinion sides forming among my friend and, yes, with some notable exceptions, those opinions are formed along the color line. Both white and black South Africans have legitimate grievances. Here’s the thing, once all grievances are addressed, even unto death, where does it end? Spoiler: it doesn’t end.

Regarding a potential tribal war here in the US, I said this six years ago.

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob reserves vengeance to Himself, and instructs Jewish and Christian believers to forego it. But even if one does not believe in Him, it’s easy to see the chaos which is nearly always brought about by the unending cycle of human vengeance. You murder/enslave/oppress mine, then I take vengeance and murder/enslave/oppress yours. Then you take vengeance and murder/enslave/oppress more of mine. Then I …

Funny how every single proponent of vengeance manages to forget this over and over.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Hit Da Tech Guy Blog’s Tip Jar for his new not-GoDaddy host!

Or hit Juliette’s!