These good people and their war metaphors chronicle

“I don’t remember seeing my street like this and I think I’m in the middle of a war.” Robert Labadie, doctor from Amsterdam

There is respect for the metaphor

There should be a system of fines for misusing the metaphor. A broken windows protest and skirmishes with the police in a European city like Amsterdam, where in many countries it is better to be a little poor than to be rich, should not be used lightly as a rhetorical figure for a state of war. As Pepa Bueno writes in El País, we must respect the Syrians who have been living in an armed conflict for ten years and who do not even know when to get a vaccine against Covid-19 or even basic protective equipment for their health, professionals. We need to know how to “reject martial metaphors out of respect for those who fall under the bombs, while basically staying home and leaving the infrastructure around us intact in the hope of leading a life similar to Of Returning To Before “. All these protests by privileged people who take to the streets to complain that governments are restricting their movements are not being promoted by hordes of freedom fighters. There are not just those of them who intend to join one Time when governments are very fragile to pay political dividends, which is why the extreme right has been so active and ready to sharpen its teeth, showing signs of degradation. Like the idea of ​​a privileged young white man from central Europe, who yells against the government forcing him to be closed at home with all amenities, all because he can’t go out at night to something to drink and drink fun, when a virus spreads around us that spreads without restraint and, above all, kills the oldest and most fragile, it can be a metaphor for many things, but not for war. In fact, it looks more like an allegory of Western selfishness.

Think about survival

The war metaphor is a privilege for those who live without privileges. For those who don’t seem to live in conflict situations and who spend their lives escaping death. In 2020, Kadiatu Barrie lost several friends and went not to Covid but to armed conflict. And in an unexpected war scenario: Toronto, in a country that is a pleasant metaphor, Canada. “Young people are afraid to take to the streets, especially at night, for fear of being arrested by the police,” CBS told Canadian public television. “We have to think about our survival all the time.” Kadiatu Barrie was born in Sierra Leone, but grew up in northern Toronto since she was two. She did not bring back memories of the civil war in the country in which she was born, but learned to grow up with the conflict in one of the cities from the said first world in which she was supposed to live without filming a soundtrack. “I’m the oldest of six brothers, so my job really started educating my brothers and sisters about police violence, colonialism and the use of our voice.” The fight against systemic racism and police violence is not an option, but a necessity in certain areas of the privileged western world, which reserves certain areas for natural parks of poverty that serve as a glove for the “They are all bandits” postcard. go back to your country ”. In fact, the war is not a metaphor here, because whoever survives has little time to play with a “figure of rhetoric in which the usual meaning of one word is replaced by another that can only be used by implicit comparison”, in which Definition of priberam.

Wilmington, land of crime

In 2020, 31 people were killed in firearms and gun violence in Wilmington, the capital of Delaware. This is where the new President of the United States, Joe Biden (who was actually born but raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, lived). An increase of 35% compared to 2019. A total of 168 people were injured with firearms, an increase of 50% compared to the previous year. “We cannot be further mistaken, Wilmington has too much gun violence in relation to the population,” says local television station WITN Channel 22 on its website. The city of 70,000 people appears this week on Money Wise’s list of Worst Cities in the United States. Despite his city’s injuries, Biden did not take major initiatives to control armed violence in the United States, a war environment where the poorest and least white Americans are forced to raise their families. The goals for his first 100 days in office mentions that the gaps identified by the FBI in the registration control system for arms buyers will be corrected and the liability protection of arms manufacturers removed so that they can be prosecuted for the use of arms. in crime. Something, but definitely nothing, that will keep families who live in certain urban U.S. shooting ranges like Wilmington sleeping peacefully.

The checkpoint is a weapon

According to B’Tselem – Human Rights Information Center in the Occupied Territories, there were more than 100 checkpoints in the West Bank at the end of January. As one of the “harshest restrictions on the Palestinian movement”, it is easy to see how important this reality is in the daily lives of those living in the Israeli occupied territories. A study by the National University of An-Najah, Nablus, published in the latest issue of the Psychology and Education Journal, analyzes the impact of the daily “pressure” of these Israeli controls on Palestinian circulation on the lives of five university students, both of them Genders selected at random. The results of the study show that checkpoints are a daily problem as they involve uncontrolled restrictions that affect academic performance. The subjects in the sample, the study said, “agreed that checkpoints cause headaches, tension, poor academic performance, and frustration”. And the biggest problem isn’t even the tight control barriers, the biggest pressure comes from random controls put in place by the Israeli military on an ad hoc basis and which add a major disruptive factor in an already difficult daily life. One of the subjects of the study, a third year student in the Faculty of Education, explains the feeling towards checkpoints: “I always think about how long the barrier will delay us. Will my professor at university accept my apology? Will the teacher extend or postpone the exam time if he is late? I also feel pressure, sweat, fear of aggression, humiliation, and being asked to turn around. “