It's a pity that friends' lists only go back two weeks. They offer an interesting glimpse at the past. At what trivial memes swept LJ at various points, and at what serious topics caught everyone up.
As I've been catching up, I've seen an awful lot of posts about American torturing Iraqi prisoners, and about Arab terrorists executing an American hostage. More to come, I expect.
It's a little surreal at times, to find, sandwiched between posts full of weighty thoughts on torture, terrorism, good and evil, someone who's just writing about how her day is going. "I have chocolate! Yay!"
I wish I had chocolate. At the moment, I don't even have grape tomatoes.
I'm not going to offer my opinion on what's going on in the world. I actually don't know what's going on in the world. I've not been followng most of the links to political/global commentary in LJ, and skimming past reproduced articles and editorials. I'm not currently reading any newspapers or newsites. I don't watch TV and I don't listen to the radio. I feel a bit bad for being so ill-informed. I'd feel worse about it, except that even when I try to follow events closely and keep on top of what's happening, I still feel like I don't know what's going on. It's just then I have a lot more versions of reality to chose from.
One of the few links I did follow was zaimoni's link to a blog interview with an Iraqi doctor who had interned at Abu Ghraib (I'd like to find out how all Arabic words look in Arabic, then put them all in Arabic fonts when I post about them. I can't pronounce them anyway). The doctor talked about how well-treated the prisoners had been under the Americans, while he was there.
It was curiously ... plausible. Human nature is such a funny thing. I find it perfectly believable that American soldiers would torture Iraqi prisoners, and also perfectly believable that American soldiers would treat Iraqi prisoners with respect.
I can even believe that both things could happen at the same place.
No, I don't suppose I've ever known what's going on in the world.