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02.september 2020- Safaa Khalaf Irak/Stavanger

02.september 2020- Safaa Khalaf Irak/Stavanger

Hvordan er det å være på flukt eller i eksil når verden rammes av en pandemi? 13 forfulgte forfattere rapporterer fra sin hverdag i en digital dagbok. Bidrag nummer tjueen er fra journalist, forfatter og poet Safaa Khalaf. Safaa er nåværende fribyforfatter i Stavanger.

Odious thoughts on a virus that shuts down the planet!

By Safaa Khalaf

Translated from Arabic by Oda M. Winsnes



How can an invisible microscopic creature shut down an entire planet and defeat the world?!

How can the old familiar regimes with their deadly arsenals simply cave to an utterly bizarre virus?!




How can it be up to a 50-cent surgical mask to save the brutal capitalist economies?




Ever since we humans launched the industrial revolution, and in so doing invaded nature and violated the lungs of the Earth—the vast lush forests—we have pierced the sky with harmful fumes in order to score a victory and remain in power in a famished world.


The awful thing about the industrial revolution is that it in many ways shaped this racist world.




It is a fragile world. A random person decides to eat a bowl of soup made from an old bat that has carried a horrendous rage in its blood, tucked away in some cave for centuries, but suddenly it decides to put a dent in the delusion of the world’s population!




What if the world didn’t have the internet? How would billions of people confined behind walls of fear be able to communicate with each other? Before the internet, the world was truly vast. The idea for the internet sprang out of globalization, and the entire world would become a tiny village, freely connected. But in reality, that village became more constricted than a bricked-up room at home.


Even the internet, humanity’s savior, grew into a pit of appalling hatred, and the social epidemic was allowed to spread, threatening the humaneness of interpersonal contact. The UN calls it an infodemic. Don’t the jihadis use the internet to spread death and terror?


Over the past thirty years through the “information revolution”, plastic-y, cold and hypocrite feelings have started to supplant the friendly, warm feelings between people.




Governments and the WHO have decided that the solution that will defeat the virus is “social distancing”. This option, fascist and frightening, will actually promote egoism and a feeling of superiority among people.


It is instead “social approximation” that will protect diversity and promote communication among people, which in turn cements a culture of acceptance towards one another, dispels all vagueness, and opens up channels of profound understanding towards other people’s conduct and culture. It will also close more demonic detours before they can lead to war or the hatred that is responsible for people straight out rejecting each other.


Distancing conjures up lies and myths in our minds, transforming open societies into “closed boxes” and that is the way to disaster and the crimes of mass extinction.


What makes a country like North Korea so diabolical that they can just spin fantasies of an imagined oppression? It is because of the isolation imposed by the communist fascist regime.




How can social distancing be allowed to destroy societies and deepen the hatred?


Being an Iraqi citizen, my roots go back to the poor south, and in particular to that blighted oil city of Basra. I can show how distancing deepens the hatred and spreads savage suppositions that foment violence.


In the fall of 1990, the Security Council and the US decided to impose a full economic embargo on Iraq because the bloodthirsty dictator Saddam Hussein had made the mistake of attacking Kuwait. The world decided to sentence an entire people for actions they bore no responsibility for. That is the blind justice of a hypocrite world.


The economic embargo devastated the Iraqis’ ability to get around their own country. Our daily concern was limited to scraping together enough to afford food, which was scarce. The different segments of Iraqi society got separated from each other and grew increasingly isolated. Unfortunately, the geography also became a destructive force for the Iraqi population. The country was divided into a Kurdish North, a Shiite South and a Sunni central and western parts.


And because the political establishment supported these differences, since that only increased their power, they took advantage of the isolation that came with destitution and poverty, and so those three segments have remained insular. Racist and hateful ideas began to take hold between them due to the lack of contact and social interactions. Each group became convinced of two contradictory and destructive ideas: “oppression” and “superiority”, which in turn resulted in a forced separation, an eternal alienation.


From 2003, as a result of the American and British invasion of Iraq, violence and murder ravaged the country and was compounded by neighbours like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Turkey, and the incitement and involvement of terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. It was only too easy for the Iraqis to start fighting amongst themselves now that the alienation was stronger than the will to come together. As a result of 13 years of social distancing and alienation between 1991 and 2003, the Iraqis no longer knew each other. They did not realize how incredibly much they shared, and so the violence kept afflicting up to a million people.


This is the biggest danger of the coronavirus—that a culture of alienation will spread among the seven billion people living on a planet under threat because of climate change.




How can people live in isolation?

When the great thinker Friedrich Nietzsche lived in the forest all by himself, he imagined that the world only needed the Übermensch. An extraordinary man who does not submit to his own humanity, but rather to his own extraordinary powers, which means he deserves to live.


Who planted this idea in Nietzsche’s mind? Isolation did.

Isolation imposed by an invisible virus.




The dangers threatening the world are the following: China’s immoral regime, global warming, and Elon Musk.




Today, and in the times to come post corona, there is an insane capitalist who wants to revive this tragedy and create the Übermensch, and that is Elon Musk, a racist born in South Africa. He practices a racism of the most arrogant and advanced kind. He wants to create automated people, that do not possess the frail characteristics of humanity. The world has no more need of a monster that can justify such a thing than it has of billionaires that just exist without producing anything. But perhaps an invisible virus can defeat them and destroy the colossal economies.


In the movie “Inferno”, there is a demented billionaire who wants to suppress humanity by spreading a mysterious virus through the water so the world population will shrink to an acceptable level. It resembles the ideas of Nietzsche, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, and Elon Musk in that the fittest will survive, or more precisely the wealthiest. Africa, for instance, would perish alone and isolated after millions of centuries.




The coronavirus has raised complicated and existential questions on what our lives are good for. How pointless all the bloody conflicts over resources, oil, gas, and trade routes have been now that our existence as humans on this planet also comes to a pointless end!