Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:32PM GMT
By Zaher Mahruqi
The biggest shock of all is the deafening silence across the globe in relation to Assange’s situation. Assange stood for the oppressed, the usurped, the villainies-d, etc. But we can’t blame the oppressed and the likes for not being able to defend the man. It is generally harder for them to go against money and power.”
In what must be the balcony of the most luxurious prison in the world, on the 20th of December 2012 and on the balcony of a brave embassy, stood a principled, committed and brave man in defiance of tyranny, torture, blackmail and all the dirty things that seem to come with power nowadays.
Even in those difficult conditions Assange spoke for the tens of journalist who remain in jail around the world simply for speaking their minds and spreading the truth. He also announced the release of one million leaked documents during the beginning of 2013; ironically, the very actions that landed him in that virtual incarceration.
A very wise man once said that when one witnesses a wrong deed (injustice) he must attempt to stop it by his hand, if he can’t then he must try to stop it by his mouth (pen) and in case he can’t do that then he must at least hate it and show disgust towards it.
Assange stood for the above in great length albeit by his pen. The man risked losing his normal life by pursuing the most powerful of this world and he must have been aware of the dangers involved. Hence the absurdity of some of the crimes he is being accused of.
No one in his right mind would go against a people willing to wage unjust war after another just to get their way without knowing the dangers in which he was enmeshing himself. Even more absurd is that someone with Assange’s intellect would go against such forces if he has himself committed a crime; let alone a sexual crime.
The more important question however is not whether he is guilty of a crime or not, the question with wowing effects is how in the world the US is adamantly seeking his extradition simply for his journalistic endeavors? That too is not a big surprise as the US attitude and behavior towards what it considers enemies are very well known. The list of people who got hurt by simply defying America is too long for this article.
The biggest shock of all is the deafening silence across the globe in relation to Assange’s situation. Assange stood for the oppressed, the usurped, the villainies-d, etc. But we can’t blame the oppressed and the likes for not being able to defend the man. It is generally harder for them to go against money and power.
Where are the academics, the decent Politian’s, practical media, honest billionaires, and people of God, where are these people? When Assange decided to take this path, like many people who seek justice, he must have been in no doubt that if justice is on his side then the world will be too. Sadly, the world doesn’t seem to be on his side, at least not in deed.
The danger of not defending such people as Asange is that the very evil he is confronting with his hunt prevails and becomes more solidified and widespread. Needless to say, when such crimes are allowed to happen openly, when the truth is being silenced so blatantly and the world watches on, the result is that other oppressors are let out of the box. Anarchy is legitimized, anarchy prevails.
These kinds of people are a rare commodity and are the last line of defense against lies, deceptions and injustices and as such they must not be allowed to fail nor fall. All the rhetoric that Assange’s work is compromising the national security of his pursuant is utterly stupid and quite defamatory.
Assange’s efforts are no different from the efforts of any self-respecting and honest journalist who pursues the truth at any cost. In fact, what distinguished better journalists to mediocre ones is their ability to gather information especially the so called sensitive one.
America is used to the filtering process executed by the likes of CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and shamefully even Al-Jazeera in some instances and as such Assange is a true thorn in their psyches. That however is the very reason that honest people, from journalists to politicians to activists must fight back, by deeds.
To be fair, there are those few individuals and media who have said things in defense of Wikileaks and his founder and their efforts are not in vain but more needs to be done. Justice is a thing that can’t defend itself and must vigorously be defended specifically in an era where those on the other side are many and have got resources.
Television programs, documentaries, and even international conferences dedicated to the support and defense of Assange and Wiki leaks are of utter importance. A man standing for justice for all should not be standing alone at this dark hour for those who dare expose atrocities by big shots.
Assange is a journalist, he may be of a different kind but remains a journalist and a messenger and no one should be allowed to shoot at any messenger and it is up to us to fight for a man who remains confined in an Ecuadorian Embassy.