The climate of fear

By Wole Soyinka

Is such book that leaves one with tears, even those hard hearted fellows. I have read the first essay only to discover the French detonated an A bomb in Algeria in 1960!

And of UTA flight 772 bombing that was treated as a footnote compared to the Lockerbie bombing a year earlier.

If you add to this, the almost nuclear war during the Angolan self liberation struggle. There is really nothing to say. And that is a scary place. It is fear untold.

One should read this book. It’s a collection of five essays by the renown author on fear, human dignity- search for it- and all.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

6 thoughts on “The climate of fear

  1. renudepride says:

    The truly scary and unfortunate message is that it is our own greed and stupidity that is our greatest threat! Naked hugs! 🙂

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  2. judyt54 says:

    We have always had terrible wars, and thinly veiled reasons for having them. As long as man has been able to make weapons, there’ve been wars over minor–or major–infractions of one set of rules or another.

    And a war that kills 50% of the population may seem trivial when you look only at the number of dead (1000 dead out of 2000, say) and not how much of a physical loss it actually is, is still more devastating in the eyes of the people left behind, than a war that kills 30,000 out of 5 Million. In a war like that, most people will be touched but only peripherally.

    This is not to minimize any of it, or the greed-disguised as “for the common good” involved, since all wars, whether they’re designated as Holy Wars or Land Grabs (‘expansion”) or whatever your reason, are still, at heart, wars of greed and prejudice.

    Hell, it’s even biblical. God said, go forth and kill all the Hittites (or whomever was out there at the time) and take their women, and salt the land. Over and over and over. And then the remaining Hittites would come out of the caves, steal back their wimmin, build an army, and God would said, “go get ’em. They stole your wimmin and salted your land.”

    Bascially there will always be wars. They just get more and more terrible. We are fast approaching the end of the Christian era, and I suspect no one is more aware of that than they are. But it’s virtually unstoppable, at this point. And it’s going to be a mess. I don’t expect to be around for the denouement, but I surely hope some modern scribes (called computer programmers) have been carefully storing information away for when the dust clears. If it clears.

    Sometimes you have to push all the chess pieces off the board, and start over.

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    • makagutu says:

      I think war is inevitable. We will always have some excuse to go to war. Some will claim you don’t pray right as the premise for war or others will, like Bush, will say you are either with us or them as a premise for war. And war allows even those who would otherwise be unrecognized to be seen. Soldiers coming home from war are treated with respect- respect the veterans and all.


  3. I’ll track this down.


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