Cats can be the innocent victims of human folly as is shown in this video about the Syrian war. This is a great video. A calico cat, probably a community cat, is featured in the video at 7:24 minutes and 12:50 minutes into the video. You can drag the timeline bar to those times and start the video there if you wish. The bar is just below the video itself. However, I’d strongly advise watching the video because it is so good. It is gives a good insight into the war and shows how the domestic cat integrates into Syrian life at this time.
Note: to drag the video to those times place the cursor over the circle to the left of the bar below the video, left click and then drag the circle to the right hand side while watching the time as you go.
In my opinion, the Syrian war started with a revolution for democracy which created chaos and anarchy over large parts of the country which in turn allowed people from other countries with other interests to join in, in an effort to claim a stake in the country. These are organisations that are, by and large, offshoots of Al Qaeda who want to create a fundamentalist Muslim state. This has muddied the whole situation.
The West does not want to interevene for this reason and because the Iraq and Afghan wars are expensive failures in terms of money, lives lost and lives broken.
You’ll see at 7:24 minutes and 12:50 minutes into the video a charning and intelligent man saying that if there were more cats like the calico cat sitting on the plastic chair in the video, then perhaps the West and particularly America would intervene and, as a consequence, help defend the original revolutionaries – the Syrians who want a democracy. He argues that the cat is more important to Americans than Syrians.
He makes the point that cat videos on YouTube getting one million hits are more interesting to the West than the Syrian war. He is correct. The excellent video on this page has about 42,000 views at the time of this post. Many silly cat videos have views in the order of 1-20 million and more. Some of them are rehashed versions of previous videos: repetition. Cat videos trump human suffering everytime.
However the Syrian in the video does not know that there is a need for a revolution in the world of cats in America. Ironically, there are far more cats killed per year in America than there are people killed in Syria. So, I am not sure the man in the film is correct when he implies people in the USA are more concerned about the domestic cat that the Syrian people who demand democracy. People in the West don’t seem to care that much about anything other than what benefits them.
- My thanks to Marc for telling me about the video.
- The cat in the video on the chair seems somewhat stunned. For a cat, the chaos, lack of routine and noise of war must be traumatic or at least disturbing.