Catching Fires (or Different Definitions of the Word “Revolution”)

This is a classic award winning picture of a monk that caught on fire. He was Thích Quảng Đức from Vietnam. And he started the Vietnam War, which we all know, didn't end up very well for the US.

This is a classic award winning picture of a monk that caught on fire. He was Thích Quảng Đức from Vietnam. And he started the Vietnam War, which we all know, didn’t end up very well for the US.

There is something about fires and people that somehow signal revolutions.

To illustrate:

I can't wait for November! Final installment of The Hunger Games Trilogy will be shown on theaters!

I can’t wait for November! Final installment of The Hunger Games Trilogy will be shown on theaters!

Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games who was, obviously, a bad-ass reluctant revolutionary was “the girl on fire” who became the mockingjay. I am not sure if Barack Obama is a Katniss Everdeen or a Peeta Mellark.

King Abdullah of Jordan is bad-ass too. Recently, he did the revolutionary thing of openly condemning and going after ISIS terrorists for burning one of his country’s pilots.

Let me just say that if I am a Jordanian and I saw this picture of one of my country's pilots, I would ask my king to go ahead in annihilating ISIS too.

Let me just say that if I am a Jordanian and I saw this picture of one of my country’s pilots, I would ask my king to go ahead in annihilating ISIS too.

One can say that ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood are as revolutionary as the fascists and Nazis were revolutionary circa 1930s. In fact, once upon a time the PLO was revolutionary too — well before Hamas came into the picture.

There is currently a trouble brewing in Mindanao, which is south of my country. However, despite that, I still maintain that it's more fun in the Philippines. I mean, Hongkong or Singapore can get so staid, yes?

There is currently a trouble brewing in Mindanao, which is south of my country. It started with a certain Malaysian terrorist named Marwan (who is now dead, thanks to the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police). However, despite the brouhaha, I still maintain that it’s more fun in the Philippines. I mean, Hongkong or Singapore can get so staid, yes?

In my country, the MILF are the flavor-of-the-moment revolutionaries. In the 1970’s during martial law, it used to be Joma Sison’s boys. However, my people have been disenchated with Maoists since China started its road to capitalist heaven (good for them, I say!).

There are different kinds of revolutions. There are revolutions that are waged for freedom, like one that happened in 1898 in my country. There are seemingly incomprehensibly large revolutions that irrevocably alter the world as we know it (WWI and WWII are classic examples).

And then, there are revolutions of the heart.

Like when we fall in love and it changes us.

 

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References:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/03/jordan-executes-isis-prisoners_n_6609754.html?ir=World&utm_campaign=020315&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-world&utm_content=FullStory&ncid=newsltushpmg00000003

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/02/03/isis-burns-jordanian-pilot-alive-in-cage-on-video/

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/670588/replacing-aquino-with-binay-its-like-jumping-from-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire?utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=social&utm_source=twitterfeed

http://www.rappler.com/nation/83089-clash-biff-milf?utm_content=buffer3bb69&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-immolation_protests_by_Tibetans_in_China

 

 

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